Pon. You know what would’ve made this better? If the producer was standing out there holding a boombox over his head.
Oto. This episode is so intense. A little too intense at first.
Pon. Yeah, there was the music, and all the broken glass everywhere … I don’t know what you want, though. What would you have preferred? The characters crying over nothing?
Oto. I was just confused as to why everyone was so sad. I get that the characters have these hang-ups, but I still didn’t understand why they were acting the way they were. I don’t think it needs to be more emotional, I think they were being too emotional.
Pon. I didn’t get that. I got this sense that the other characters are trying to hold themselves back a little, trying not to make asses of themselves the way Mio did.
Oto. Luckily it calms down once everyone gets their shit settled.
Pon. Oh well. I like that the producer seems like a person with actual problems. That’s good. Also how he vetoes Uzuki and Rin trying to resolve the conflict themselves. Because, I mean, yeah. It’s not their job. They’re not the ones with an MBA or whatever the Japanese equivalent of an MBA is. It’s his job. The only weird thing is his thousand-yard stare, which suggests that his past trauma involved losing some idols in the war.
Oto. You have no idea how happy I was when Mio’s problems were fixed by Producer, in a nice way, saying, “Stop being a brat.”
Pon. That’s not what happened at all. What happened was, he rectified his earlier miscommunication. He brought those pictures, right? What he said to her was, “See, this concert was a success by the standards of what we were actually after, even if there weren’t a million people watching.” They weren’t trying to fill a stadium; they were performing at a mall, a place where people go to buy stuff. They were trying to sell some albums.
Oto. Which made Mio realize she was being a brat.
Pon. I guess, but it was because she misunderstood, not because she’s just bad or whatever. Doesn’t she get one free bratty moment? You gave Miki a free one. It’d be boring if none of the characters ever fucked up.
Oto. There was a misunderstanding, but she said it herself, she was only worried about how many people were there. I didn’t like when Miki was being a brat either. And yes, characters are allowed to develop.
Pon. She was worried about that at least partly because Producer failed to communicate what the goals of this event were.
Oto. I guess so. Anyway, when I say I’m happy about Mio getting over her stuff, I just mean I’m happy that all that needed to happen was her and Producer having a nice conversation.
Pon. Your frustration with this one character seems to have affected how you process the show.
Oto. Wouldn’t it?
Pon. Not necessarily. It does for me only when I have really strong negative feelings about a character. As I think we’ve, uh, demonstrated pretty well. I’ll often like frustrating characters, though. Speaking of which, I want to know how Anzu feels about all this. She’s important.