Episode 3 follows the pattern of episode 2. The Idol genre is not the central theme. It is more of a character setting.

 

This time the idol group Six Gravity is the focused group, and they are partaking in an event at Animate, a megastore central to anime and manga fans. All 6 members were employees of the store, performing tasks like dressing as mascots, handing out flyers and at some points they were wallpapering and restocking items.

 

The event was supplemented with the added mission of selling 1000 Tsukiusa Bunny Characters who were dressed like Haru, who was acting as the Manager for the day.

 

When and if the goal was reached, the idols were able to put on a performance, performing their new single, Gravitic Love, the song they debut in  episode 1.

 

I don’t believe  Procellarum or Gravity Six are very popular idol groups, or not yet at least. There has never been an official mention of their rankings or fan count, but with the fancy costumes, the number of fans at the handshake event and the portrayed audience at the performances, it gave off the impression the two groups were well established and widely recognized.

 

In the Animate store, Ikebukuro location, there didn’t seem to be a large fan presence. Fan Girl behavior as I understand it is when fans will flock to a location that their favorite celebrity is at. If there was any advertising or mention of the members of Gravity Six at the Animate store, fans should have flocked, crushing the 1000 sale goal. The goal was not met until into the evening. Even if there was no advertising, it would have been leaked by a fan who posted it on social media.

 

As it turns out, Haru had arranged the Manager-For-A-Day event with a group lesson in mind. The main goal was not so much as a song promotion event, but an opportunity to understand the people who make their shows and CDs happen, as well as reach out to the fan who cannot attend concerts. The experience was meant to take the boys off of their idol pedestal and to understand the struggles of the people who help them on a daily basis. Usually this type of scenario is played out for a more famous celebrity who has forgotten the contributions of the smaller folk. So the scenario may be a bit pre-mature.

 

The message seemed to reach the boys, and fire them up to add more passion into their work, and share their enthusiasm with the patrons.

 

As in the second episode, there was not a conflict either, but more of a takeoff point. After the admission about the truth of the event, the characters were more motivated. This could have been the ‘climax’.

 

My favorite part of the episode, the CGI performance, was recycled. The same dance routine was used as both the opening sequence and as a performance at the end of the episode. The second run through the dance, cut scenes were planted into the performance and the background was altered to resemble the Animate Stage.

 

Now I understand why the dance did not change, it probably cost a lot of time to get it perfect, and dance routines remain the same for specific, but using it twice in the same episode was a bit of a disappointment.

 

The anime has been a lot less exciting after the first episode. I hope it picks back up again.

 

Tsukiusa also seems to be an unrelated character. He doesn’t appear to be directly associated with  a specific Idol group. The Tsukiusa doll sold at the event seems to be a common character, but he was dressed for this specific event. Collecting all of the Tsukiusas seems to be a fandom on its own. I don’t know if it is a city mascot, or has a relation to the managing company of the two idol groups. Iku and Rei in episode 2 hosts a radio show titles Tsukiradi, eluding to Tsukiusa as well.

 

Rating: B-

 

 

 

 

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