…huh, Wake Up, Girls! is actually dealing with some of the problems inherent in being an idol in a really interesting way? Like, I wasn’t expecting much, but the second episode, despite being really uncomfortable to watch at points ultimately was kind of the opposite of where I expected them to go with it.
Like, I adored AKB0048, but some of the stuff with having to just try harder to earn the audience’s love when they’re sending you hate mail and the “you must love the fans, even when they’re being ungrateful jerks” just rubbed me the wrong way. I was sort of expecting the bikini performance at the health club to be some sort of Secret Test of Idol Character regarding how dedicated they were to the job, but the girls’ feeling about it ultimately turns out to be correct—it wasn’t right, it was sketchy as hell. And I liked how the sort of episode-aesop is that the fans worth having are the ones who support your dreams and your well-being.
I set the bar so low these days, but I’m always happy to be pleasantly surprised.
3080 words in, which may well be unprecedented for me right out of the gate—it helps that I have the first chapter or so pretty well thought-out, but still.
At one point, considering the gender of a new character I needed to introduce: “I guess I could make this person a guy, since there’s only like three major male characters and all of them are jerks—eh, nah.”
(look okay it’s about magical girls I’m allowed)
I see the servers are robust tonight, Nintendo 3DS store.