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With the iDOLM@STER approaching its end, an episode arrives ensuring megane wearing former idol and current producer of Ryuuguu Komachi, Ritusuko, receives her well deserved recognition.

Ryuuguu Komachi’s crew of cute girls intensely practice their vivacious choreography as they have an upcoming “himitsu concert”. Ritsuko’s riled up in instructive energy at the expense of the girls considering the concert date is closing in – this not to surprisingly leaves the group a mild mix of exasperated and exhausted. It’s not the strict practice routine which serves to be the main issue this episode however, the core of worry within this installment arises as Azusa is afflicted with the Mumps – a nuisance of an illness which leaves one gauged down and silly looking.

Azusa is of course left unable to participate in the secret concert due to her inconvenient condition, and adding to the matter, the dance routine fails without the additional flare on stage from Azusa. The single remedy is to find a replacement – and what better substitute could there be than someone who already knows Ryuuguu Komachi from the inside out, Ritsuko.

Although a former idol herself and more familiarized with Ryuuguu Komachi than anyone else, especially seeing as she established it, she initially refuses to play the role of an idol again – even if only for this single event. She hesitates with the thought of standing on stage once again – shyer than she seems. P-san suggests her to take on the challenge and become an idol for the day – yet she waveringly refuses with the reasoning she hoped to abandon her life as an idol when she decided to become a producer.

Ritsuko then asks Miki, who is willing to take the role, yet mentions she believes Ritsuko to be more appropriate for the position. Ritsuko herself realizes she’s most suitable for the part, but she fears the possible outcomes of returning to stage – repeatedly recollecting an event of her past. She has no negative aspects attributed to the stage, she’s simply scared of going back to something she’s been away from for all these years.

The pressure from every direction finally pushes her to accept the spot as an idol within Ryuuguu Komachi – initiating the harsh training led by Iori and Ami who get to take some revenge for the unforgiving workouts they receive. Everything then boils down to the day of the concert. It starts off expectedly with a uneasy Ritsuko, yet Ritusko keeps in mind that which others have told her – not to mention, she receives some inspiration from her team and even the audience.

When the day’s done, Ritsuko’s satisfied she relived her moments as an idol – requesting if she ever go down that path again, P-san “produce her”, then all returns to an average day for Ryuuguu Komachi as Azusa comes back.

Greatly enjoyable it was to see Ritsuko earning some focus, and like every other female member of 765Pro, end up with sort of attachment to P-san. Similarly, P-san’s reputation as a badass continues to grow well beyond anything expected when we first began this series with episode one months ago. He’s basically an expert at handling other people – he’s considerate with what he does, which in turn, brings about a positive outcome for the idols of 765Pro.

Split paths faced by each of the individual idols of 765Pro come together to form the face they wear for the public as role-models – this is essentially the beauty of The iDOLM@STER.

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