Posted on 23 February 2013 with categories: AKB0048

In an attempt to catch up I’m going to combine two episodes in one for this one. But really: the only reason why I’m slow with this is my schedule. This really was a major episode for the characters. And not just one of them, but a whole bunch.

For a long while I kept wondering why Nagisa was the main character. This episode she got her chance, and she showed that it would be for her stupidity. She’s the only one stupid enough to suddenly make such a giant declaration when everyone is trying to be perfect. An incident that is bound to be able to get some publicity since the rules of AKB can be so strict sometimes. And yet she tries so hard. Cutting off one’s hair is a gret symbol for character-development.

And then there is Mimori, and I now see what the creators were trying to do with her. She grew from a walking boob joke to someone really interesting to follow in the way that she continues to grow, but in the end sacrificed too much, taking her body into neglect.

Kanata and Shiori meanwhile finally had a little moment together again in order to develop their relationship, and in particular the problem that Kanata still has not become a successor. Then there is the talk of the new Center Nova, who Hikari and Shiori are working towards becoming. It’s still build-up at this point, but the characters do a great job of showing why it’s so important for them.

And I think that is the strength of this second season. Like I expected, the focus is less on criticizing the idol business (it’s still there, though), but more on the characters. And so far, it has really succeeded in bringing out the emotions of all of the new characters. The huge case makes sure that it can keep switching between all of them and their stories. And it’s doing a pretty good job of developing them all. It’s the thing with series with a huge cast: you can’t have characters that are as well developed as with series with a small cast. The trick is the big picture: give everyone attention, and make the cast come alive. Highlight a few characters as the main characters, but don’t excessively focus on them at the expense of others. AKB does that pretty well.
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)

One Response

  1. Knuckle says:

    Sorry, but I’m really kind of confused here. Did you write this as you were watching the individual episodes? Because it seems rather disjointed saying things about events that happened in 19, but then seems to lack the insight of having seen episode 20 other than the few pieces that seem to be about the events in 20.

    Otherwise I’ve gotta agree completely with your last paragraph, they really make the cast come alive pretty well, and with a main cast so large actually give everyone a decent amount of attention. I didn’t expect seemingly side characters like Mimori to develop so much, and I’m really happy to see it happen.

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  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 07:49 PM)
    While I’ve not read Mushoku Tensei, I’m not sure I’d be bothered by a douchebag protaganist all that much, that might even be refreshing.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 07:46 PM)
    @Jak, Yeah check out Mushoku Tensei. Just a word of warning though, the main character starts of as literally the scum of the earth. He gets better but some unsavory aspects remain. His sickening preversions for one.
  • JaK
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 07:30 PM)
    haha yea xD i tend to read stuff with serious to semi serious theme’s anyway Afterschool was even more effed up then himegoto in terms of its ultra weird plot i was quite not sure that what happened in the end
  • JaK
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 07:28 PM)
    himigoto is the most adult of all these xD hourou musuko for the most parts remains in puppy love territory and not enough BNH chapters for me to deduce where its going
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 07:26 PM)
    @Jak: …we do tend to go for the same things.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 07:25 PM)
    @Jak: So I wasn’t just I and wicked on here who read those two.
    I think as far as genderbending manga goes ones like IS, Himegoto Juukyuusai, afterschool nightmare,bokura no hentai and hourou musuko should be in the majority. Its the dark or dramatic edge that adds to these stories.
  • JaK
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 07:24 PM)
    ohhh and nice light novel recom aidan didnt know about this one wil start this one soon
  • JaK
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 07:22 PM)
    monster musume is just weird i dropped it after 2 chapters
  • JaK
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 07:21 PM)
    Himegoto – Juukyuusai no Seifuku this is one effed up manga its like a adult version of bokura no hentai but far more well done
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 07:18 PM)
    I am reading Monster Musume. Honestly can’t say why I am reading it though. I ain’t even into monster girls.
    But yeah after this I think I will be dropping RE:Monster.

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