More idol x hardcore idol stan yuri goodness awaited us this episode…with something extra special in the middle.
Kumasu called Eripiyo over to check out a most interesting flier. It was about the upcoming Okayama Girls’ Festa, a festival dedicated to the ladies of Okayama or something like that. Cham Jam were set to make a guest appearance. Eripiyo got hyped…until she read the fine print about select members appearing. She was like “Of course it didn’t mean all the girls would be there. You know they’re only going with the Top 3.”
Kumasu begged Eripiyo to come so he wouldn’t feel awkward being one of the few guys there but she wouldn’t budge. Fortunately Guy #3 conveniently had the solution.
The trio got together to discuss the event. Kumasu mentioned Reo used to be part of another idol group. When Guy #3 asked for more info he was about to narrate but Eripiyo took over telling about how she met Kumasu but more importantly the day she first met and fell in love with Maina. As for Reo, she was a member of another underground idol group before joining Cham Jam. They broke up, she was scouted and became the leader of CJ. That’s about it for now. A neat little detail was Kumasu’s admiration of Reo being an honest one.
It was the day of the Girls’ Festa. Sadly our heroes failed to not stand out from the sea of lovely ladies. It was all to support their idols. None of the other models mattered to them.
It was time for the Cham Jam idols to show their stuff. As expected the trendy ladies had no idea who they were (Underground idols and all). We could see how hard Reo tried holding in her nervousness. Kumasu wanted to show his support but was overcome with despair for Reo. Luckily Eripiyo motivated him to cheer her on which was exactly what she needed.
During Sorane’s turn Eripiyo had a very interesting inner monologue where she talked about the harshness of the idol industry. This can be applied to other entertainment careers as well. As previously mentioned the Top 3 Cham Jam members were Reo, Sorane and Maki. When it comes to groups of any kind there are usually the breakout members. One huge example was Beyonce when she was with Destiny’s Child. She went on to become an icon whereas the other two pop up every now and then but are nowhere near as fondly remembered. When it comes to groups you either:
1: Do your best to get noticed and amass a fanbase or,
2: The higher ups decide who will be the breakout star(s).
In this case it’s more the latter. This is why Eripiyo quickly lost hope of seeing Maina walk the runway when Maki came after Sorane as expected. She was about to give in when suddenly…
Like Reo she’s super nervous but when she heard Eripiyo she shed tears. Eripiyo being the oblivious protagonist (Though she has valid reason for this) thought she was a burden to her. However…
The second half of the episode centered around fan letters. Eripiyo brought up not having sent one to Maina all this time because it felt like a lost cause. On the other side Reo talked about not getting attached to any fan because it felt like betraying the others. Maina thought she didn’t really have that kind of problem because Eripiyo was the only true fan she had.
We got a flashback of Maina constantly being visited out of pity by fans of the other members. That all changed when Kumasu showed up. She thought he was jumping ship but he was there on Eripiyo’s behalf. Back in the present Sorane arrived to check out her fan mail. Maina mentioned never getting any letters. Sorane was like “Not even from Eripiyo?” Maina said she’s too nervous to share her feelings with Eripiyo in person and hoped she would get a fan letter so she could express her love that way. Sorane knew what to do.
At the next show Sorane asked the girls what some of them would really like to have. When she got to Maina she was about to say “fan letters” but then remembered how hardcore Eripiyo was.
The rest I leave for viewers to see. It’s not wonderfully as I first mentioned, more like wonderfully sad. I’m pretty sure the goal is for the two to build up enough courage to speak their minds in person. At least I hope that’s where we’re heading.
Another excellent episode. Super excited for more.
Did you really think I’d forget to talk about the other girls? Remember the talk about getting attached to someone? We got hopeful signs of a relationship between Aya and Yuka. Probably a couple who bicker a lot but deep down love each other. We shall see. As for Yuka, see above pic of bug spray.
Now for the big one.
So back to the runway. While Maki was looking oh so sexy and hearing her fans cheer her on there was one person she spotted a mile away.
Based on sex appeal my Top 3 at first glance were Maki, Yumeri and Sorane. On Twitter my homies and I talked about Maki and Yumeri sharing an umbrella in the ED and were like “Please be a couple, please be a couple, please be a couple!” One episode later and we got this scene. Dreams do come true ladies and gentlemen. Sexiest couple on the show.