The iDOLM@STER’s serial spree of improvements continue with an episode surrounding the animal obsessed Hibiki – her well deserved screentime is spent overcoming obstacles with her harem of savage beasts.
This episode has two prominent developments intermixed, yet not entirely related, to Hibiki’s animal affairs. Strangely, this episode opens with an unusual scene and one particularly out of place for such a series – a reflective memory of an accident from the past. It is “out of place” in that it is an unexpected occurring traveling at a separate pace than the rest of the series. Yet this scene is again, nothing more than a memory – or rather, a dream.
Chihaya awakens to realizes the sight she saw in her dreams before looking outside the window and noticing the ever-energetic Hibiki chasing after her dog.
Since nearly the start of the series, Chihaya’s life has been touched on the surface and subtly interacted with – yet the series has not gone further into the depths of the mysteries which clearly lie within her heart. It’s apparent from her actions and irregular way of life when compared with the other idols, something is bothering her. She’s been afflicted with a personal worry since we’ve first became well acquainted with her character in the frog themed cook-off episode.
Progressively, the series has delicately expanded upon her backstory more and more – and one can presume that eventually, the series will open her character, expressing all that which we’ve awaited. For now however, Hikibi takes the limelight.
Back at 765Pro studio, Hibiki is in an argument with her dog Inumi about a food bowl – although the two are of separate species, it certainly seems they understand each other rather well. Hamzou is in the center of the argument, yet takes no sides – and the issue may be more complicated than Hibiki believes. In any case, Hibiki hosts a show on animals, and Inumi is normally her companion for the series – yet as they’re at ends, Hibiki heads out alone. Both her and the dog attempt to act uncaring of one another, yet one can tell without much effort they honestly do.
As Hibiki prepares herself for the festivities of the show, the bishounen group Jupiter arrives with their sickening producer. We definitely do not want to see The iDOLM@STER overrun by some bishounens, but regardless, another idiotic scheme ensues in which 961Pro, or whatever they’re called, try to oust the unfathomable skill of P-san and his 765Pro girls.
They actually managed to lure away Hibiki with a cheap trick in order to overtake the lead role of the animal centered show. Hibiki is however saved by the combined forces of her animal harem which interestingly includes a crocodile alongside some more common animals. All ends well on that front, Hibiki makes up with her dog – realizing the issue which caused conflict, and even managed to successfully complete the show without a problem.
The second promised particular plot twist is that as we notice, Jupiter is oblivious to the lowly deceit employed by their producer – they’re under the foolish impression that the honest and upright P-san is the one in the wrong, yet as their producer commands that aspect of their life, they truly could not know any better.
We’re not too hyped to learn about planets of the Milky Way, however we’re increasingly anxious to see what Chihaya has bottled up, and what characters are further focused on as individuals.