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Nov 3, 2011 9:54 AM

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THIS IS AN ANIME ONLY DISCUSSION POST. DO NOT DISCUSS THE MANGA BEYOND THIS EPISODE.
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The show starts off right away with a Nanairo Button insert. Ryuguu Komachi isn't looking too great. This is the episode I've been waiting for, when they mention Ritsuko's past as an idol. Azusa ends up leaving and her face swells up...just a tiny bit lol.

Iori and Ami try to get Ritsuko to help out. She doesn't want to, she even tries to get Miki to take Azusa's place temporarily. In the end she does it, we get a little bit of dancing. Ritsuko gets hit with thoughts in rehearsal and stops dancing. She practices in the park and Kotori comes to visit her.

At the concert, Azusa has a message for all the fans...with a blanket over her face hahaha. Ritsuko goes on stage and sings Ippai Ippai! She looks like she has a blast with it. In the real-life concerts, whenever Ritsuko's seiyuu sings Ippai Ippai, it's always a highlight for me.

The ending is Mahou wo Kakete. Small cameo from the DS crew in the ED as well. Ritsuko is unbelievable cute in this, she needs to let her hair down more...and get rid of the gravity defying pigtails.

The next episode looks like Kuroi is up to more stuff, and it's probably a Takane episode.
 
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Nov 3, 2011 11:10 AM

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It was nice to hear Ritsuko sing again even if it's as backup for Azusa and her pigtails are back if only this once, but Ritsuko with the normal pigtails at the end and her hair down are better, that business hair style she dons all the time isn't sexy.


 
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Nov 3, 2011 8:06 PM

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Ritsuko's EP =D. Iori and Ami treating Ritsuko the way she treats them during practice XD. I was surprised miki didn't decide to fill in for Azusa when Ritsuko asked her. She's definitely changed and matured. Hopefully they'll show more about Chihaya as it showed up again like it has been the past few weeks.
 
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Am I the only one detecting noticeable amount of ass fetishism in this episode? :o

 
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Nov 4, 2011 9:00 AM

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Shake that booty~~~



I'm happy that Ryuugu Komachi is actually "playable" in the PS3 version.

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stevewiess01 said:
Am I the only one detecting noticeable amount of ass fetishism in this episode? :o


Nope, Iori has a nice ass btw.</a>


 
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kaimax said:
I'm happy that Ryuugu Komachi is actually "playable" in the PS3 version.


Yeah, I'm glad Namco has finally learned their lesson after getting bombarded from the IM@S fans. I'm sorry for all the Japanese Xbox 360 users though. :P

 
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stevewiess01 said:
kaimax said:
I'm happy that Ryuugu Komachi is actually "playable" in the PS3 version.


Yeah, I'm glad Namco has finally learned their lesson after getting bombarded from the IM@S fans. I'm sorry for all the Japanese Xbox 360 users though. :P


Namco learned their lesson and released it on a proper system where more people can access the game, 360 sucks in Japan and IM@S was one of the few Japanese games that is decent.


 
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Nov 4, 2011 4:10 PM

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Man that forehead bitch was so mean to Ritsuko during the training.
 
Nov 4, 2011 6:47 PM

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I enjoyed this episode more than I thought I would.
 
Nov 4, 2011 8:09 PM

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I liked the songs in this episode.
 
Nov 4, 2011 9:25 PM

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prismheart said:
I liked the songs in this episode.
I second this. They did play some pretty good songs.

I think Ritsuko would've been better without the braids. Just my opinion though.

 
Nov 4, 2011 9:36 PM

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13man18 said:
I think Ritsuko would've been better without the braids. Just my opinion though.

Like in the end credits slides. So adorable.
 
Nov 4, 2011 10:21 PM

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ZetaZeta said:
13man18 said:
I think Ritsuko would've been better without the braids. Just my opinion though.

Like in the end credits slides. So adorable.


But her pigtails are gravity defying~~~

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Nov 5, 2011 1:39 AM

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Ritsuko was such an ass to Miki - who deserved a lot more screen time.

WHEN IS MY NEXT MIKI EP!?

Frankly, I wish they'd stop wasting episodes on uninteresting characters.
 
Nov 5, 2011 2:27 AM

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ArcrexK said:
WHEN IS MY NEXT MIKI EP!?


I don't think we won't get another Miki-centric episode cause, she's already featured in many episodes.
Episode 6, 8, 11, 12, 13. she already have 5 major roles in those episodes and already have 1 sub plot, 1 brand new song. ( I counted in ep 13 cause she has that new song)

Let's do a tally count before episode 19(excluding ep 1,5,10,13,15 because those are group episodes
Haruka - 3, 4, 11
Chihaya - 4, 11, 12
Yukiho - 3, 11
Yayoi - 2, 7
Ritsuko - 6,18
Azusa - 6, 8,9,18
Iori - 2,6,7,9,18
Makoto - 3,8,17
Ami - 2, 6,9,18
Mami - 2,9
Hibiki - 4,16
Takane - 4

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Nov 5, 2011 7:18 AM
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stevewiess01 said:
Am I the only one detecting noticeable amount of ass fetishism in this episode?:o


The more Iori and/or Ami (Mami too) ass shots, the better tbh.
 
Nov 5, 2011 10:07 AM

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Oh Ritsuko..so hnnnnggggg. Animation was good too.

Can't wait for Takane's episode next. Hopefully, 961 doesn't fuck shit up too much.
 
Nov 5, 2011 2:06 PM

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When the drill sergeant is on stage herself she's shaking like a leaf! Very nice to see her perform for once. To think she even has a fan club left over! The ending slides of her as a teen were also very cute.

Looks like Takane will be in the spotlight next episode! =)
 
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mitch3315 said:
stevewiess01 said:
Am I the only one detecting noticeable amount of ass fetishism in this episode?:o


The more Iori and/or Ami (Mami too) ass shots, the better tbh.


My man, Iori's ass is a miracle of the universe.

This episode had a lot of bad animation, most of which features Iori, which didn't make me a happy camper at all.
 
Nov 6, 2011 3:24 AM

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Yay Ritsuko episode and can't wait for Takane episode which is next!!!
 
Nov 6, 2011 7:19 AM

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Ritsuko is not bad !!
 
Nov 6, 2011 6:32 PM

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Yay for Ritsuko Episode.
Miki having some development from her last episode is always welcomed.
 
Nov 7, 2011 2:39 AM

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i think ill finaly bump this up to an 8 after this ep. im really enjoying it so far and really liked this ep. oh and the booty shots were nice too.
 
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Even though i'm not a fan of Ritsuko, I must say I really enjoyed this episode. I especially liked the concert at the end when she was singing Ippai Ippai in front of the crowd.

5/5

Looks like the next episode will be a Takane episode and I really look forward to that.
 
Nov 8, 2011 2:23 PM

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I didn't like Ryuugo Komachi that much but it's a nice Ritsuko episode.

Hopefully, next is gonna be a Takane episode. I've been waiting for it~
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Nov 13, 2011 3:13 PM

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Is there going to be a team like this "Takane, Miki, Haruka and Chihaya" ?


"A Legend is but a tale of a beautiful lie."
 
Nov 13, 2011 4:48 PM
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Is there going to be a team like this "Takane, Miki, Haruka and Chihaya" ?
If there's any kind of team it will likely be Miki, Takane and Hibiki a-la Project Fairy.

 
Nov 25, 2011 7:36 AM
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stevewiess01 said:
ass fetishism

What the fuck?
 
Feb 2, 2012 10:07 PM

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I enjoyed this episode more than I thought I would.


This. This episode was surprisingly enjoyable, in a fun and cute way. Ritsuko's expressions and responses to the events around her were the highlight of this episode.

Hoppy said:
It was nice to hear Ritsuko sing again even if it's as backup for Azusa and her pigtails are back if only this once, but Ritsuko with the normal pigtails at the end and her hair down are better, that business hair style she dons all the time isn't sexy.


I prefer the business hairstyle over the pigtails, though; the gravity-defying pigtails are just silly. Letting her hair down apart from a ponytail would be best though.

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Let's do a tally count before episode 19


You could kinda count episode 13 (the big concert episode) as being an episode for everyone except the Ryuuguu Komachi characters.
 
Jan 14, 2013 2:01 AM

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I still don't understand why they had to put Ritsuko in the two openings. I don't know whether she is playable in the games or not, but to people like me who hasn't played it, it really looks like she was put there just for this episode.
Don't get me wrong, I don't hate her (she is an okay character), it's just that she is ruining the whole 12 girls team image in the openings imo. I mean the whole game/anime is about them, isn't it?
 
Jul 16, 2013 12:51 PM

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Nice dance animations.
Actually an alright episode
 
Sep 23, 2013 8:13 AM

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The moment when the glow sticks turned green was a "d'aaaaw" moment.

Decent.
 
Nov 5, 2013 7:01 AM

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for me, that song "Lots and Lots" is the best after the song "Ready!!" :)
Ritsuko is so cute. Lol.. the part where ami and iori was teaching her the way she taught them XD
 
Jan 10, 2014 7:28 PM

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Ritsuko was great in this episode, good thing she had experienced as an Idol before. LOL they are calling her a demon general for all those training.

 
Mar 16, 2014 3:01 PM

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One of the best episodes yet! Quite lovely character development I must say!
 
Mar 29, 2014 12:04 AM

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Ritsuko with her hair down actually looks good :)
"May those who accept their fate be granted happiness."

"May those who defy their fate be granted glory."
 
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I would to see Ritsuko as an idol too
Oh, well...

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The moment when the glow sticks turned green was a "d'aaaaw" moment.

I know that feeling xD
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Azusa gets sick, but at least we get to see Ritsuko as an idol.

That ending song was nice
 
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I nearly died when Ritsuko walked on stage. Could she be anymore robotic xD She was such a killjoy at the end. I guarantee Ritsuko will make a come-back as an idol. After this episode it seems more likely than ever.
 
Nov 24, 2014 10:36 PM

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not bad
 
Jan 8, 2015 8:53 AM

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Pleasant as an episode, a bit of space to Ritsuko we wanted, I wanted to know a little something about her.
Not bad storytelling, fun and serious at the same time.
Azusa was tenderness, his face a little swollen.
The drawings and animations were not as bad as in the TV version.
I hope that in the future we are talking a lot more of the characters and their past.
 
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Waaaa so Ritsuka has a Fans Club <3

Petit Bellpepper X Ritsuko ^_^


 
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It was nice to see Ritsuko turning into an idol once again. Especially liked how at first she was the one who was being the strict and bossy one (I admit she was just doing her job but I found it a bit too strict for my liking) and then she stepped into the Idol shoes and realized how hard it actually was. Then she went like "I got it, dammit!" Found that very nice.

I liked that rehearsal, twin braids suit Ritsuko surprisingly.
And I loved how she got scared for a second that she might disappoint everyone due to her being Azusa's replacement and Azusa not getting to perform. But then she realized that at least one person will be there who supports her no matter what. I love this theme a lot. True, as long as we have even one person who are properly looking at us then we get the will to fight. Honestly, one of the most beautiful scenes in this anime. The way they executed was really well-done with the green glow and a white shadow of a man, also the music was perfect.

Lmao her face when everyone was like good luck. I love her haha. And I feel "L-leave it to me (w-what should I do... I wanna return home heck a lot...)"

That was a great performance. She was shaking at first but then she saw the green lights and gradually got the confidence. You know, at first it bothered me how Ryuuguu Komachi got all the praise but they never really showed why it deserves that praise. Actually, it's alright that way. Ryuuguu Komachi is the reason many of the remaining 765 idols have gotten popular, it's the reason of the increase in their jobs, it's pretty much their first concrete energizing spot. Directly or indirectly, it's the reason many characters were able to develop. So I feel the whole Ryuuguu Komachi thing is very important to the story. And I love all the members in it. They were kinda "sacrificed" (for the anime fans) to make better things happen. I think, eventually the watchers realize the true beauty of this group and get to appreciate it, which is always nice.

One of the best episodes so far. Brilliantly executed. And Ritsuko's character development was great.
 
Nov 13, 2016 12:35 PM

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Really good episode. I'm glad I stuck with this show. I almost dropped it after the first couple of episodes, but it has really grown on me now that they've developed the characters a bit!
 
Dec 8, 2016 9:51 PM

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Finally Ritsuko got some time to shine, too bad you can get too old for the idol industry.