The term “epic” does not even begin to describe the latest eighth episode of The iDOLM@STER – the series leaves viewers speechless with a totally unique slice of life story par action movie excellence.
It’s Azusa’s turn to take the role of main character and she goes far above and beyond what any could have had in mind. Starting off, it seemed fairly simple – Azusa was preparing for a photo-shoot with Makoto and Miki Miki in wedding themed attire. Our interest at that point was around level one – little did we anticipate, Azusa is inadvertently kidnapped, lost, and then chased all around town. Now the situation has us captivated to a degree which could only be shared in the meme – “it’s over 9000″!
Before Azusa was kidnapped, she bumped into another bishoujo in a wedding dress – this girl dropped a ring, and Azusa picked it up. Once Azusa’s kidnappers realize they apprehended the wrong girl (they wanted the generic bishoujo), they set Azusa free, yet they forget to recollect the ring.
The group of kidnappers chases Azusa desperately around town – meanwhile, P-san and Makoto are out in search of Azusa. This episode transitions from respectable, to epic, to an intensity of which words do not yet exist to describe.
Azusa, if you remember from episode one, has a lacking sense of direction – this takes her venture across town in search of the other wedding dressed female and turns it into a silly, entertaining affair. As Azusa traverses the city, she becomes caught up in assisting the elderly, children, and simply flattering random perverts on the street. She has a naturally helpful and innocent personality which makes her intercity adventure significantly cute as well as hilarious.
While Azusa is sweetly seeking out the owner of the ring, Makoto is engaged in an extraordinary battle with these suited kidnappers. The subsequent unexpected action scene is so awe-inspiring, side-characters within the episode itself were fooled into thinking it were real. The fight is ridiculously fluid in terms of animation – put aside the fact we weren’t anticipating a fight to begin with, but the clash was animated to an extent of skill not even seen in actual animated action series.
Being a slice of life by design, The iDOLM@STER refused to let that hinder quality.
The entire mishap found in this episode is one completely original – never have we seen such an elaborate series of misunderstandings develop into the magnitude of events found in this episode, and so beautifully executed as well.
As it concludes, the photographer responsible for the photo-shoot manages partially by chance, and partially thanks to Miki Miki to get quite a breathtaking photo of Azusa running in a wedding dress with hundreds following behind her. After what we’ve seen with this episode, “The iDOM@STER” has become synonymous with “unprecedented” and “phenomenal”.