I lost my bet. Oh well. Sumire’s visually my #1 hype girl. We got glimpses of her power but now it’s time to see what she’s all about.
Before we get to the star let’s quickly go over Ren’s latest grumble. While she admitted defeat as she handed over the keys to KeKa’s new idol training room (the second key was to the rooftop. The traditional school idol training ground) she refused to support them in their endeavors no matter how seriously they took it. She’d later get another small scolding by the headmistress for it.
As our heroines headed toward their new School Idol Club room Chisato had some fun with her easily spooked bestie. Hilarity ensued. To their surprise someone was waiting for them. Luckily for Kanon it wasn’t a ghost.
Sumire showed interest in becoming a school idol thus joining them as a trial member. As we saw at the start of the episode she was a former child actor with “showbishniz” experience as she showed by easily mimicking Chisato’s dance moves.
Things started falling apart when she brought up voting for the role of Center in the group. As she went into the long voting process her ego took a blow when Chisato and Keke immediately picked Kanon. She tried to object without being crude but when they had a more proper election in their class Kanon again won by a mile. Kanon at first didn’t deem herself worthy but Keke and the others knew she had the spark. Despite being more experienced than either Kanon and Keke Sumire got no votes. Keke deduced it’s because the two had brighter sparks than her. That was the last straw for Sumire, quitting the team. As always school idols seem to have the power to somehow control the weather as the three falling apart caused it to rain for a few days. The school idol elder goddesses, not Nozomi, wept for them.
Wanting to better understand Sumire Kanon (pretty much) stalked her. We discovered the reason she paced back and forth in the shopping district was in hopes of getting scouted by talent agents. As she took a break she reminisced about her glory days…until she saw “that role”. She didn’t count on Kanon being nearby.
I assume Sumire either worked at a shrine or her family owned one. She was about to a perform a memory erasing ritual on Kanon, ensuring she forgot ever seeing “that video”. Fortunately Kanon managed to reason with her. We got Sumire’s backstory. As mentioned she’s a former child actor. The problem was no matter how hard she worked she’s always cast as a background character or an extra. Even her infamous role was nothing special. Her getting no votes in the class voting told her she was fated to forever be a background character.
When Kanon told the girls Sumire wanted to be the Center mainly to further her own career Keke took offense, challenging her in honor of school idols everywhere. Unfortunately despite not thinking of school idols at the time Sumire’s talent was too strong for Keke to teach her a lesson in respect.
It became clear Kanon was the only one who could convince Sumire to come back because she could relate to her. Like how she was before Sumire felt like no matter how hard she tried she’s fated to live in obscurity. While looking for her she saw her checking out their performance on monitor, easily mimicking their moves, showing she’s still interested. Thus Kanon scouted her. She’s like “We would love for you to share your experience in ‘showbishniz’ to help us grow stronger. Plus if you want to become the Center you can compete with me for the spot.”
Sumire has Nico’s ego and Yohane’s madness. A powerful combination indeed. Plus her training gear is the sexiest so far so she lived up to my hype both visually and as a character. She’s proudly carry the torch of “goofy tsundere” like her three predecessors. She clearly took notes from Nico and Yohane plus keep an eye out for possible Kasumin traits.
Great stuff as always. Next time we may be blessed with a magical episode.