Friday, July 22, 2011

First Impressions: The iDOLM@STER

Oh wow, is this the end of this season of First Impressions?

Plot Synopsis: Based on the XBOX 360 game The iDOLM@STER 2, The iDOLM@STER follows 13 aspiring idols aiming to reach their goals.

Before viewing: This looks like the gender-reversed version of Uta no Prince-sama, another harem series about people trying to make it into show biz. The character designs vaguely remind me of K-ON, which makes me suspect that this'll be a moe-rific series. It sounds a bit dull and flat. Also, I can tell that this series is going to suffer from character overload. It's probably not a good idea to have more main characters than there are episodes. Much like any other series with lots of of "important" characters introduced from the beginning, I suspect that none of them will get enough screen time for us to actually learn anything about them or grow to love them.

After viewing: Playing this game is exactly like watching someone else play a dating game. Everything about it screams it; from the set-up of the plot, to the way the characters are introduced, to how they interact with each other. The "main character" that the girls all talk to is a cameraman interviewing them, whose voice is never heard, but his dialogue appears on-screen, exactly like in a dating game. The way they talk, everything about them is like a girl in a dating game. All the different types of girls that always show up are there too, naturally. And just like watching someone else play a dating game, it's boring. It's even more boring than watching a dating game because there's not even the underlying sexual tension or the possibility of a relationship, it's just an interview with all the girls.  It's mind-numbingly dull. Hopefully the rest of the episodes aren't done in this same format, or because you can't possibly create an entire series through interviews with the cast.

And with that, the First Impressions of the Summer 2011 season are over! I'll be posting a summary of the season later, since I only did a first impression of half the series. The other series I'm going to do a review of.

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