October 26, 2006

Lovedol episode 4

Surprise, another update! Instead of doing something useful like study for my midterm, I've decided to do something completely useless like watch Lovely Idol 4 instead. This show is slowly corrupting me. I started watching this thing primarily as a Momoi fan but even though she barely gets any lines, I still find myself glued to this series. After bashing the OP in my episode 1 post, now I'm unable to skip it. I watch through everything start to finish and enjoy it, looped animation and all. It seems every week I am looking forward to the next episode more and more. The further I disparage it the stronger my urge is to watch. Oh what's going on??

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And it is: Episode 4 is a Ruri episode! This is good because pending Mai's story arc, the cheerful and clever Ruri has pretty much become my favorite character. As I've mentioned during my Canvas 2 rants, historically I've hated the "oniichan's girl" angle when played up to ridiculous levels, although recently with Maika and Ruri I'm starting to worry if I've been covertly infected by the dreaded siscon (No, it's just the seiyuu. Really!). Anyway, Ruri shows up unannounced during a meeting between Tomohiro and some director. Ruri claims she showed up with an umbrella because the weather forecast predicted rain, but in a clearly calculated move, she only brought a single set so they have to walk together. Tomohiro doesn't react kindly to this of course, because he's a big jerk >:(..

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The director invites them to go watch a recording session for a CD drama based on some magical girl show. The offer is further extended when they decide to bring everyone next time for a group learning experience. The group gets very excited about the possibility that they might have a chance to dub some lines. They rehearse the script together for a while. Ruri says she really would love to do the voice for the dog. Everyone thinks she is joking, but Ruri says she believes in the importance of the character and it turns out, she plays the character very well. During the rehearsal everyone is impressed by her "wau wau." Ruri's character song plays in the background during this scene, and Sakai Kanako does a pretty good job of singing the whole thing in Ruri's voice without sounding unnatural.

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Yet behind all the laughs, not all is well. There are some hints that Ruri is holding back her ambitions for her brother. Tomohiro, not being completely blind picks up on this, but then proceeds to do nothing about it. The next day, he comes down with a bad cold, clearly karma for being so inconsiderate. But now he can't take the idols to the recording session! What to do?

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No matter, Ruri declares herself the manager for the day and takes the group anyway. Big sister manager (I still haven't caught her name) has some harsh words for the sick Tomohiro, but Ruri defends him to the death. The manager says Ruri is still acting childish and the two get into an argument. Friction flares up as the idols take their seats for the recording.

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One of the actors Yukimi shows off several moe voice variation while reading the lines. However, the idols notice a bit of a problem: nothing she's saying is on their scripts. It turns out Ruri got the wrong script book. Sufficiently embarassed, Ruri becomes a lot more docile. It seems big sister was right about her. More and more people start to notice Ruri hiding her feelings.

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Eventually the idols chance to do some acting comes. They are requested to record the voice for the dog, the one role Ruri really wanted to do. Surprisingly, she refuses saying she must attend to her manager duties. The rest of the idols give lackluster performances, especially Miu (now established by this and the last episode to be the stupid one in the group) who makes a cat sound instead.

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Big sister senses decides she needs to take action, so she decides to drill her with a bit of tough love. Much insulting later, Ruri decides she's going to try out after all. Looks like big sis was looking out for her best interests after all. Immediately after, Tomohiro rushes to the door, only to get leg barred for having such horrible timing.

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The recording is a success. Everyone is stunned by Ruri's perfect sound effect and she gets cheers all around. At the end of the day, Tomohiro shows that despite his incompetence in all areas, he retains the uncanny ability to make his former idols really really like him. Just like the idol we saw in episode 2, this girl really cares about him too. Yukimi here was waiting for him to show up the whole time, and she does a cute routine with the stuffed doll asking him not to forget about her.

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After this, Ruri and Tomohiro go home together. Ruri announces she will no longer aim to be a manager and that she will follow her desires to be an idol instead. They agree this is the best decision. Don't worry, the screenshot isn't what it looks like.

Posted by Paranda at October 26, 2006 11:16 PM

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