So we have what appears to be another drama heavy idol show. That’s fine. I have experience with those. Let’s do this.
Our story began following lead girl Miu complaining about adults as she lived her life for the sake of it. She worked at a convenience store but wasn’t very social. The point of this episode was to show the first step of her going from the above pic…
…to this along with whatever else awaited her.
The first step began with Miu getting a black letter from a company called GIP. She didn’t want to go at first but the show would have ended had she not so she went.
The meeting spot was at the gorilla den of a zoo. There Miu met her soon to be idol teammates. I shall briefly give my first impressions of them:
Blonde: Sakura. She’ll most likely be Miu’s Kotori.
Brunette: Jun. She’s easily spooked. For now I’ll call her Oddball #2.
Redhead: Sato. She’s the tsundere.
Akane: My current #1 hype girl. She’s the brainy one. You know. The one who gives direct opinions and analyzes everything.
Ayaka: She’s the “Chick” of the group. Think something like a gyaru. I could be wrong but that’s the first impression I got.
Nicole: She’s the “Stick up her ass” of the group. Super talented, strict and way too serious. Whether she’ll eventually become the nicest and most supportive of the group like many of her ilk remains to be seen.
Last but not least we have Miyako, aka Oddball #1. I predict she’ll be the favorite of many.
Their Manager, Producer, whatever will be Gorilla Goda. He was like “Welcome. Follow me”. The girls hesitated but again the story wouldn’t progress otherwise so they followed.
The GIP HQ was located underground. We got a quick montage of the token idol facilities/floors and in the end were introduced to a standby room that looked like a shrine. As we all know female idols are the second most powerful beings in Japanese media (the first ones being lolis) so it makes sense. The mystery owner of GIP is behind The Wall. As idols their #1 job will be to follow The Wall, aka 22/7’s orders.
7 of the girls were like “I have no idea what’s going on but I’ll give it a shot” while Miu was like “Screw this mysterious crap. I’m going home”. Gorilla Gado was like “You will return”.
As she went home Miu complained about adult authority some more along with idols being stupid puppets made to dance for disgusting mortals. She was like “As long as have a paying job, my mom and sis I’m good”.
Less than a minute later…
Her former boss was like “You’re not a team player, your coworkers are afraid of you and customers complained over your lack of friendliness”. As Miu pleaded her case the boss told her “Look. A job means doing things you don’t enjoy. That’s how it goes”.
Miu got fired, got a bit upset at her imouto for asking about her musical career and lied to her mom. She sold her keyboard piano for a cheap price but didn’t care so long as she got rid of her. Of course this crushed her but she felt it had to be done.
On December 24th, 2016 before the idol enlisting deadline ran out Miu returned to the 22/7 Shrine. In her words she came back so she could learn how to become a miserable adult and make money to support her family, happiness be damned, no matter what it took. Either 22/7 responded to her rant or as I said she made it just in time.
Again I have experience with serious idol shows such as Idolm@ster: Cinderella Girls and Wake-Up Girls. This looks like a hybrid of the two. I’m interested.
PS: My best guess is Miu hates adults because her dad left them.