Episode 1 Impressions: The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls

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Idol shows are a dime a dozen anymore in the anime world.  Shows depicting girls seeking the stage, dealing with issues, and showing the world their guts.  Probably the most popular of them all is iDOLM@STER, a series that has grown immensely.  Now, enter a new batch of idols in Cinderella Girls.

e1idolmastercinderellagirls01Synopsis
Uzuki Shimamura has always aspired to be an idol.  To wear pretty outfits, be on a stage, and be like a princess.  Fitting that she’d audition for 346 Production’s Cinderella Project.  However, while she was close, she didn’t make the cut.  As her classmates slowly dropped out one after another, Uzuki remained determined to make her dreams come true.

One day, a shady looking man showed up at her training studio.  Thankfully, it turns out that he is a Producer from 346 Productions and offers Uzuki one of the three openings in the second casting.  Thrilled that she will finally make her debut, she quickly accepted the offer to join.  However she would have to wait as the Producer finds the remaining two girls.

No easy task, as he approaches Rin Shibuya, she quickly declines to listen to his e1idolmastercinderellagirls06offer.  She has no desire to be an idol and gives him a rough cold shoulder.  However the Producer isn’t one to back down.  Constantly waiting for her to walk to and from school, he stands politely with card in hands.

After returning to Uzuki time and time again, the Producer finally apologizes for making her wait so long in training.  As he explains that he is heading out to attempt Rin once more, she offers to join him.  This time, Uzuki talks alone with Rin and explains her dreams and desires to be an idol.

Once more, the Producer requests Rin to join them.  This time, with the notion that it could be an adventure to discover what she is really interested in.  He guarantees that it will open up her world.

The following day, Rin appears before Uzuki and the Producer to announce that she will in fact join the team.  Now all that remains is their third member.

e1idolmastercinderellagirls05Thoughts
First off, I have to admit that this is my first viewing of an iDOLM@STER series.  I’ve played a couple of the games and experienced their shorts, but this would be the first time consuming an entire story.  Of course, it has always been hard to actually get ahold of one of their shows, but thankfully this time around Daisuki has it available.

After this first episode, I have to say that I’m quite impressed.  It seems like the franchise has quite a bit of money to back it up as the visuals were great.  No CG dance routines, great backdrops, very animated characters; everything was smooth.  I guess it’s natural as the cuteness of these characters are indeed their selling point in a franchise of idols.

So far I’m enjoying the characters.  Uzuki is energetic and cute, but not too much e1idolmastercinderellagirls08as to be annoying.  She’s simple I guess.  At the same time, Rin plays a bit on the opposite card as a slightly tsundere character, but again, not to the point of mean or annoying.  Finally the Producer is great, silent and misunderstood.  The amount of misunderstandings he creates makes for some innocent laughter.

This first iDOLM@STER series for me is already turning out good, and I’m eagerly awaiting the next episode to see how the characters advance!

This show is streaming on Daisuki.net!

Episode 1: Who is in the pumpkin carriage?

Good

IMPRESSIONS VERDICT:
Good

Pros:

  • Good introductions
  • Comical moments
  • Cute characters
  • Beautiful visuals

Cons:

  • Tad slow at times

Impressions are based on a single episode and don’t necessarily reflect the series as a whole. Unless dropped, we will continue to give updates on thoughts and impressions of the series as time goes by.

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