October 16, 2006

Lovedol episode 2

This is a bit late since I had a project due over the weekend, but I finally watched episode 2. Lovedol isn't so bad when it doesn't have 10 minute pans of pointless idol characters. I had fun this time, although there wasn't nearly enough Momoi. And surprisingly...Sakai Kanako. She has done so well in this episode and the last episode I can't help myself...I'm starting to REALLY like her voice now. I still don't recommend it yet though, unless you're a voice fan. There are plenty of better shows to waste time on, such as Kanon or Deathnote or hell, even Happiness! (Yui-nyan ahhhhh).

Anyway, Lovedol is now being subbed by a group called WinD. They've done a pretty good job on the first episode, so that is a good option if you ever feel like you need to shorten your life a little by watching this show.

Screencaps and summary follows:

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Episode 2 starts off with Tomohiro agonizing over Mizuki's rejection of his idol offer. Well what's the logical thing to do when the talent you're trying to scout ignores you? Follow her around and take photos of her of course. Stalking is a form of flattery you know. Ruri is keeping him company yet somehow unaware of how creepy this is. I have to mention her though, because usually I'm not a big fan of this kind of character, yet I can't help liking her a lot. It must be Sakai Kanako. She has really been impressing me with her role in this show now. She steals every scene she's in, which I'd say is pretty good for a newbie like her when going against the rest of this cast.

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Although he is getting frustrated with his constant failures, whenever he watches the idols pratice so hard yet remain unable to debut, the guilt of his inability reinvigorates his will to pursue Mizuki.

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Naturally, this leads to more tension. There are some songs sung by Mizuki again...very nice songs. Nogawa is a strong singer, and has been the only one with the opportunity to show this off so far.

Although Mizuki tries to ignore Tomohiro at first, he stalks her everywhere. Mizuki gets fed up with the unwanted attention and she finally speaks back to him with some harsh words. It turns out she doesn't think too highly of the idol business. Even though Tomohiro claims he wants to show her music to the world, she believes the recording industry is motivated only by greed and just wants to sell CDs and make money.

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Tomohiro can't take a hint. He still follows her around. How does he get away with this? ARREST THAT MAN OFFICER!

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Now even the ever-tolerant Ruri is worried about his obsessive behavior.

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Tomohiro realizes he probably isn't going to make any progress doing what he's doing, so he calls in a friend for guidance.

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It turns out this friend is actually Yuuki Touko (Kuwatani Natsuko) in disguise. Touko is a successful idol that he used to manage. Although she is pretty famous now, it seems she still remembers Tomohiro very fondly and is flattered that he called her for a meeting.

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Meanwhile, the idol-eggs, having also sensed Tomohiro's distress in the past few days, decide they should take things into their own hands. They hatch a plan in the shower to make friends with Mizuki so that she might join them more easily.

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But they each fail just as miserably. Not one of them has ever heard of the art of subtlety it seems. There is a fun scene here where Minorin shows her wilder voice as she forgets her primary mission and just rants on about her oneesama.

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In the end, they get caught by Tomohiro and abort the plan. Touko is a little disappointed when she finds out Tomohiro only met with her because he wants to hear her opinion on Mizuki (it seems like she likes him very much and was hoping for the reason to be a bit more scandalous). She recalls her own start as an idol. Although her mother was also an idol, Tomohiro did not become her manager for this reason. He felt she had conveyed her own sense of personality and he wanted to help her prove she was her own person - a legitimate idol not just because her mother was an idol. Through this discussion, Tomohiro realizes he was looking at Mizuki's situation a little too naively. Mizuki claimed she hated singing, but she also had something hidden she badly wanted to show through her singing. She wanted to be heard.

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Before they can discuss any further, Touko's current manager barges in, breaks up the meeting, and shoos everyone home. When asked how she discovered their location, she responds that she keeps very close tabs on Touko and knows her movements at all times. Looks like Touko is kept on a leash by that woman. Before leaving, Touko tells Tomohiro again that he can call her for a favor at any time.

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Armed with a new outlook, Tomohiro tries again to talk to Mizuki. Only this time, instead of trying to recruit her, he tells a story about himself and how he was tricked into being a manager by his sister. Yet after it was too late, he realized he did not regret it one bit. hile he had no talent himself, he could bring out the talent of others and share it with the world. From the looks of it, he has many many successes in this regard.

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Tomohiro says he's not just interested in signing her to a label. He became a manager because he really wants to help people, and this time he wants to help her. He knows through her singing that she has a hatred in her heart, and while he doesn't know what it is, he wants to help share her burden and get rid of this so she can sing without it.

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This time, Mizuki actually smiles. She says Tomohiro is an interesting person, and the first manager to act differently from the others. Step one has been completed. Later at the studio, the president announces a new addition to the third generation group. Everyone thinks perhaps it is Mizuki...

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but surprise, it's RURI! Ahhh...I love Ruri.

And that's the end of episode 2. I'm going to mention something that I hadn't yet realized back when I wrote the summary for episode 1: Nakahara Mai's singing in this is ridiculously good, possibly even beating out Nogawa. That's how good it is. This is especially surprising to me because Mai-tan's singing has been okayish for most other releases. Her last full length album was kind of a disappointment, and especially more of a disappointment now that I've heard her short solo in this. I previously only ordered Momoi's Lovedol character CD, but damn if Mai is going to sound like this I might have to get her's also.

Posted by Paranda at October 16, 2006 7:03 PM

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