IDOLiSH7: Second Beat! Episode 15 [FINAL]
God I can’t tell you have happy I am to be wrong about everything. Turns out this whole thing with Yamato and Mom’s drink was only a prank set up by Idolish7 and TRIGGER. But man THAT WAS SO RUDE!!!! I started suspecting something was amiss with the way Yamato seemed to be over-acting the role of the villain, it just didn’t seem like him at all. Turns out this was Riku’s idea from back when they were trying to figure out how to help Re:Vale out! HOW DARE YOU PLAY WITH OUR HEARTS LIKE THAT. It actually made me curse out loud. I wasn’t the only one who was mad about it, because even though Yamato wasn’t the only one in it as his job was to play the role as an antagonist, unfortunately Yuki already made him his target prank him at least ten times while they are filming together. He was quite mortified that he was fooled by the whole thing. However the prank did the job of proving to Momo just how much Yuki truly cares about him, and thanks to that Momo was able to confidently sing again.
That wasn’t the only surprise Idolish7 and TRIGGER had in store for them. With some luck and persuasion, they were able to find Yuki’s partner, and make the long overdue reunion finally happen. And the original member of Re;Vale was none other than Banri, who had been under their nose the entire time! I decided to keep my mouth shut about it last week because I felt there was no good way to talk about how obvious they made it that it was him since I have already told you guys I knew who he was. That cut of only showing his bangs and eyes, as well as his behavior was pretty much a dead give away. Another piece of clue they had left for everyone throughout the season was in Re:Vale’s ending theme, where they were looking at a blue line. Needless to say, I am glad they didn’t needlessly drag it out and allowed them to be reunited. It was very heartwarming to see Banri praise Momo and give him the acknowledgement an comfort he so desperately needed to truly feel comfortable with filling the void he had left behind. It is all thanks to Momo’s love and persistence that Yuki is still singing, and Re:Vale is still around. I was also happy that Yuki was able to get some closure as well.
I do feel bad for Yuki though (besides the fact he’s a bit of a fool for not knowing Banri’s full name), because the guy refuses to give him his contact info. Like come on man… Unless he’s just worried about Yuki texting him nonstop, seems to be something he would do, hahahahaha!
Much to my relief, the concert went on without a hitch. It was a bit of a shame though that we only got stills and snippets of TRIGGER and Idolish7 units’ performances. I am always hungry for their collabs, especially whenever Tenn and Riku are paired up because I just need Tenn and Riku having a good time together (such as holding the banner for the prank). It was also fun to see the two groups do the covers of Re:Vale songs together. It really goes without saying this friendship between the two groups is my favourite part about this series.
But it makes sense that they did it this way since this is Re:Vale’s concert, so they are the ones who need the best treatment. I definitely noticed they polished up the CGI for ‘Dis One’ performance. It didn’t feel as stiff as the earlier performance we had seen this season, so that’s a plus. I do hope it’s something they are willing to pay a bit more attention to next season.
It is truly a relief that nothing bad happened in the season finale, but that that didn’t stop them from stabbing us in the heart when Tenn was just trying to look out for Riku by telling him not to run, and then Riku snapped back at him with, “Shut up, you’re not my family anymore.” I guess you could say that makes them even after Tenn had told him to quit being an idol earlier on. But god damn it, don’t do that to me and please stop hurting each other, my heart can’t handle this!
As for Zero’s imposter, as suspected it was Kujo who was performing the act. Luckily Nagi had spotted him backstage so Idolish7 and TRIGGER both pursued him and the concert was able to be completed without an incident. Since Tenn already knew it was Kujo, he helped him escape after they had successfully cornered him. But it wasn’t until later when Tenn returned from the after-party when we learn that story behind Kujo’s actions.
And the truth is actually quite sad. But it just goes to show Kujo really needs to get professional help because of his inability to move on with his life. He is constantly living in the past, reminiscing of the good days, revealing this was never about creating a legend to surpass Zero, he just wants Zero himself so badly, that he’s unconsciously becoming him. That was why Tenn knows he will never be satisfied with his results. Unfortunately it seems only he is aware of this, as Aya seems convinced becoming the next legend will make him happy.
In the mean time, and the 5th Anniversary comes to a close with a special card supposedly from Zero himself, thanking Re:Vale for singing his song.
Coming into this season I knew there was bound to be drama, but maybe I underestimated what kind of emotional roller-coaster I was in store for.
If I had to describe this season, I would say it was overwhelming drama with some doses of wholesome content. And when I say ‘overwhelming’, I am not exaggerating. They were dropping bombshells left and right, and then smacking us with curve-balls. The fluffier and funny scenes were basically moments where we could catch our breaths. But even then, there were times when it was just too much and it actually left me feeling worn out. In fact, there were weeks when I actually dreaded the idea of watching the next episode. It just goes to show, although I absolutely love angsty characters and storylines, even I have a limit to how much drama I can take all at once.
Admittedly, while I still care and love this series, it is a bit sad that I don’t feel like I have come to love it anymore than I already did when I started this season. (Though TRIGGER is the sole exception because they are my bias and they were absolutely amazing!). In fact, as much as it hurts me to say this, there were actually moments when it felt like I had fallen out of love with the series before being reminded why I love it in the first place.
…Hm, sounds familiar?
The funny and rather ironic thing about this is how we actually saw this exact situation play out with the in-show Idolish7 fans. We saw how they were growing weary of the fandom’s feud and divide over who should be center, Riku or Iori, and then once talking amongst themselves about how they got into them in the first place, they fell back in love. Whether the writer did that to insert some self-awareness of just exhausting this shitstorm was or not, it is still an accurate representation of what some of us, myself included had went through.
But one of the things I really disliked about this season was how it was revealed that almost everyone in Idolish7 were directly or indirectly connected to Kujo. Of course in all fairness, to some extent, it does make sense because his history with Zero and how influencial his presence is in the entertainment field. However, this whole thing with Tamaki’s long lost sister Aya being adopted by Kujo was a ridiculous addition to stir up even more family drama. I see no reason for Aya’s character to get involved in this shitstorm. We don’t need more sibling separation drama. Riku’s and Tenn’s is enough as it is, and it is not about to be resolved anytime soon. This season was especially painful with the way they were attacking each other, the worst of it being when Tenn had the audacity to order Riku to quit being an idol due to his health. Sure while they continued to hurt each other they had some good and amiable moments and sort of resolved the spat they had at the end of the episode with Riku declaring he will work hard to convince Tenn he can be an idol, and get him to buy tickets once he becomes his fan, but it is overwhelming as it is. Not to mention, it doesn’t look like Aya is going to be around too much either, as she is studying to be an idol outside of the country, soooo…. what’s the point of this really? I just don’t see any merits from this kind of development.
That aside, let’s finally appreciate the great things this season had to offer! Starting with Tamaki’s amazing character development!
Out of all the characters, Tamaki was the one who benefited this season the most. Back in the first season, he was one of those characters I really couldn’t bring myself to care about, much less like. I had no patience for his bratty behavior, so seeing him get his act together and show his good sides was truly a blessing. It finally made me care about his character and appreciate his good qualities because Tamaki at heart, is a good boy. My favourite part was how he and Sogo were finally bonding, even though it kind of kicked off by Yamato’s lie about how much Sogo respected Tamaki. But at the very least, even though Tamaki knew it wasn’t true, it wasn’t all in vain because it became something he worked towards. It made him happy to make Sogo proud, and do well so he can be acknowledged by him.
That was also why it was so heartbreaking to see Sogo find himself in this horrible position of not knowing whether to tell him about meeting Aya due to the fear of him leaving their group. Luckily thanks to Ryu and Yamato, these two were able to make amends, but Sogo still has a long way to go before he truely becomes comfortable with relying on others.
Another character who we actually got to learn quite a bit about this season was Nagi. In fact I didn’t expect that at all this season, so it was a welcomed surprise. At this point, after toying with the idea that Nagi might be a prince, I have concluded Nagi is a royal retainer of a sort. His experience of fighting, disarming people, composure when doing a press conference and now constantly shouting, “GUARDS” to security seems to point in that direction. Curiously at the same time as we are getting all of these details, they story is starting to touch more around the mystery of Zero’s dramatic disappearance. As result, I am leaning towards the idea that there may be some truth rumors of Zero actually being royalty. We have seen Nagi did flinch and make an expression when Yamato and Mitsuki touched on that subject, so that’s something I will continue to keep in the back of my mind as the story progresses. Oh and on top of that, Nagi was also the one who asked Tsumugi how she would react/feel if any of them were to suddenly disappear. This raises the alarm for me because I am afraid Nagi might only have so much time until he has to make a choice between his original job and continueing to work with Idolish7.
As for Re:Vale, I love that they are the latest group to befriend Idolish7. It makes me so happy how have a circle of friendly rivals. It’s the wholesome content we don’t always get to enjoy in these type of music series. Both Momo and Yuki are endearing characters I have come to love, Momo especially thanks to his peppy character. He went through a lot this season, the crisis of losing confidence in himself and feeling like he could never replace Yuki’s original partner (Banri) to the point he couldn’t sing anymore. Yuki’s character was also fun, but I find I am mostly looking forward to seeing how his relationship with Yamato will evolve overtime. Despite their own little drama they went through, they certainly played a part in keeping me sane by offering a bit of light when needed thanks to their witty humor.
Last but not least, the ones who hard-carried this season from start to finish was none other than TRIGGER. Sure, the story revolved around Re:Vale this time, but TRIGGER were the ones who shined the brighest and (exluding the ugly spat between Riku and Tenn), they had come in clutch so many times, that they made me fall even more in love with them. I can’t tell you how many times they played a crucial part in holding everyone together, offering stability, and keeping us all sane as we weathered the stormy seas.
As a Ryu fan, I really appreciate that he finally got some more time to shine with serving as a reliable brother-figure for Tamaki to depend on when things got ugly. He was able to help mediate the tension and walk Tamaki through his emotions, all while enabling him to open up about his own insecurities. Also drunk Ryu is absolutely amazing and adorable.
Gaku also played a similarly big role when it came to sharing wisdom with others, but also never hesitated to defend his friends from slander. I love it how he doesn’t hestiate to call people out when it’s needed, putting his sense of justice ahead of his image as an idol. It was also very cute to see him, albeit, it looks like his love for Tsumugi will be one that remains unrequited. Poor guy, but it was pretty funny to watch him get rejected and roasted for it. Tenn also had his share of good moments, one of my favourites being when he just straight up declared TRIGGER, Idolish7 and Re:Vale are legends in the making. His charisma in that scene was top notch.
But out of all their moments, I think my favourite scene with the three of them was actually when Tenn finally admitted he considers them as friends. Gaku and Ryu have been trying very hard, and have been very patient with him about opening up. They weren’t entirely sure what he thought of them, so when he finally (and shyly) said it, my heart became all fuzzy. Best of all, that scene involved Gaku and Ryu vowing to support Tenn in becoming a legend, and promises to protect him, making it a memorable and wholesome moment they shared together.
And that’s about it! I am happy this season was able to be resolved without any further incident as I had initially feared! I also happy to that they had announced Season 3 is in the works! Last season we had to wait a while to find out, so this is great! They did a good job building up to it by introducing us to the the next group ZOOL. They weren’t shy about pointing out that these guys are not going to be friendly folks like TRIGGER and Re:Vale. We have been spoiled rotten with those two, but now enters the spotlight of the next bitter rival, and we can see how at least one of them (Isumi Haruka) is already quite hostile towards Tenn. I don’t know too much about their story besides a bit of their personalities, but I have listened to a couple of their songs, but they aren’t exactly to my taste, haha. Anyhow, I suspect there will be just as much drama, but I do hope that they will dial it back, just a bit.
Final Verdict: 8/10