Anime Review: Wake Up, Girls! – 02

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The girls got a job that involves performing in swimsuits.  Not sure if that’s a good idea.

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RECAP:  As the so-called “big producer,” Sudo-san, takes the girls on a job at an onsen, the girls aren’t happy one bit with the outcome.  Forced into an unreasonable contract, their spirit is broken, even to the point where Miyu walks out on the group.  Suddenly, President Tange, who last left out on them without a word, returns, revealing the fake that Sudo-san really is.  With the President back in the picture, Wake Up, Girls! have a chance to pick up, but they need to get Miyu back on the team.

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According to Sudo-san’s logic, the girls require the resolve to deal with the kind of treatment they were receiving at this Onsen job.  Despite how wrong it all looks, he actually has a point.  Idols need to be able to bear the embarrassment of being looked at, even in swimsuits.  In order to survive in the Idol business, you have to put yourself out there; of course, in a controlled environment.  Although this still does not excuse the actions of the audience.  If I didn’t know any better, I’d almost think we’d end up with a Hentai-like ending.

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Thanks to the random appearance/return of President Tange, the girls and Matsuda are saved from the lewd thug, Sudo-san.  Her unexplained disappearance still cannot be excused, but it was a good thing she’s returned.  Now we can get the girls right back on track.  But, they still have to go find their missing seventh member, Miyu.

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By watching Miyu perform at the maid café, Mayu, Airi, and Nanase, catch a glimpse of what the type of audience they should aim for be.  The customers that support Miyu at the maid café cheered her on to continue her work with Wake Up, Girls! so that she can become a real Idol.  As Idols, the girls must aim to make their supporters smile and enjoy their performances.

But this also had a slight adverse effect as it reminded Mayu about her time in I-1 Club.  This is likely because of the fact that while fans can easily cheer you on, they can just as easily turn around and hate you.  Mayu very much likely received that sort of backlash when she resigned from I-1 Club.

Rating:  3/5

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It looks like Shiho will be chosen to perform at the Sendai I-1 Club theater.  Will this affect our girls?


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