The end of the Cham Jam popularity rankings election was upon us. Let’s find out what were the final results and how it affected everyone.
Eripiyo’s leg had fully healed and she wanted to make up for lost time by immediately charging towards work. Somebody had to buy all dem Maina CDs.
She wanted to get started right away thus asking Kumasu to greet Maina for her. He explained this to Maina who in turn had a message for her, “Don’t overwork yourself”. Take a wild guess what happened next.
We joined A-ya wondering why she’s still in 6th Place below Sorane despite the latter dealing with (false) rumors of an affair. Her biggest fans said because she’s the “loli” of the group her chances of becoming Center were incredibly slim, instead embrace her loli role. She mistook that as “lolis were expendable in idol groups”.
To raise her chances she tried emulating Maki. It went as well as one would expect. When it comes to Japanese otaku they take their anime girl archetypes very seriously. It’s worth mentioning Yuka was the first to recognize A-ya in her new “Sexy” mode.
Eripiyo went the extra mile for Maina (again), for better or worse. The last day of the election had arrived. As expected Eripiyo was running on willpower. Sadly her body couldn’t keep up.
Eripiyo didn’t make it for the show. Maina grew restless. Even when Rena came to greet her she still thought of her beloved.
By the time Eripiyo regained consciousness it was too late. The election was over. Still she bought copies to support Maina. When the lovely employee (who I wish got more screen time) told Maina about it our heroine dashed to the subway in hopes of thanking Eripiyo. She wanted to tell her so badly how much she appreciated her support but worried over the boundary between idols and their fans. On the bright side she saw Eripiyo with a box full of her CDs and could barely contain her joy.
The next day Eripiyo joined Other Guy shopping for gifts to give their fav idols. They settled for clothes via recommendation. Eripiyo and fancy ladies don’t get along which predictably led to a hilarious exchange when she described Maina and her measurements to the saleswoman.
Before showtime Eripiyo had second thoughts, mainly whether it was selfish to expect something from Maina in return for her gift, hence the above decision.
The final election results were:
Sorane did her best to keep a stiff upper lip but it was hard to hide her disappointment. Way to go Other Guy. I’m sure some won’t blame him but his desire to monopolize Sorane is worse than Eripiyo’s crazy devotion to Maina.
Another deflated girl was A-ya. Luckily her fans’ motivation brought her back to reality.
As usual Eripiyo and Maina’s romantic development is slow but most of us knew going into it that was the case. Even so the two are so precious it’s worth waiting. Great stuff as usual.
Meanwhile the relationship between #2 and #4 continues being sexy and heartwarming.