Hello, fellow i7 fans. Has the season started to change where you are? Here in Japan, it keeps getting warm, then cold, then warm, then cold…I’m looking forward to when spring finally settles down!
Were you worried about Sogo at the end of last week’s episode? Well, he’s still alive, of course, but I hope it serves as a lesson for you guys to not work too hard! Let’s take a look at what happened during Episode 13!
“If you’d just gone through the agency, we could’ve charged a huge talent fee!!!”
Japanese title: 失われたもの
Sogo is recovering from overwork but tells the rest of the IDOLiSH7 members that he may have to quit both IDOLiSH7 and MEZZO. Tamaki takes this especially badly, thinking that it is his fault. Sogo claims that isn’t the case and comes clean that his father is the chairman of the FSC group, which seems to have blacklisted Takanashi Productions. Sogo was disowned by his father for entering the music industry in memory of his late uncle, who was also disowned by the family for pursuing music. The boys are very understanding, and proclaim that they will become such popular idols that powerful companies such as the FSC will never be able to touch them!
Meanwhile, TRIGGER are ‘celebrating’ their new single topping the charts, and Tenn is suspicious that their song sounds very suspiciously like something IDOLiSH7 would put out, and even asks Tsumugi why i7 debuted with one of their existing songs instead of a new one. (He obviously couldn’t read the mood between Tsumugi and the other two hot guys…) It also seems to be no secret that Tenn and Riku are brothers, and the older Nanase twin tells Tsumugi that he is willing to talk to Riku if i7 win best newcomers at the JIMA.
Later, as the boys are in TOTALLY, DEFINITELY perfect disguises, they are stopped by a middle-aged man who tells them he is a fan of Iori. As they ask him how he saw through their AMAZING disguises, he points out that he recognizes Nagi from a billboard. Yes, the member that STANDS OUT THE MOST was not in disguise. Yasss (read in Nagi’s voice please)
Although Nagi did not go through the agency (much to Banri’s chagrin), the modeling work along with the appearance on Mr Shimooka’s TV programme are helping the boys gain exposure, so they celebrate with soba. Wait, the delivery guy looks very similar to Gaku ‘guy I’d most like to be embraced by No 1’ Yaotome! Wow, even his voice sounds suspiciously like Wataru Hatano, I mean Gaku! But of course he can’t work for soba delivery, right?
The i7 boys successfully appear on Mr Shimooka’s programme, and head towards their next live appearance!
It’s cute how Gaku only takes a strawberry from the cake
I would love for Ryu to clean my face up after eating!
Tsumugi got some great reactions again this episode. (Th-th-tha-ank you!)
The pigtailed girl defied gravity to jump into the sofa before watching Mr Shimooka’s show!
Nagi lifting Mitsuki’s arms up in the air right at end of the show was just too cute!
If you look carefully at the magazine rack, along with covers featuring IDOLiSH7, Yamato and MEZZO, there is a re:vale cover! It’s the one with a pink background and Yuki and Momo look fiiiine.
The totally-not-Gaku young man works for a soba shop. In Japan, many shops also do delivery, called ‘demae’ in Japanese. Along with the more familiar pizza delivery, other foods such as soba, udon, sushi, and ramen can be delivered. You may have noticed that the soba came in a regular bowl instead of a disposable one. Most demae comes in regular tableware, and you return it to the shop either by dropping it off yourself or by leaving it outside your front door to be picked up.
Soba is a kind of noodle made with buckwheat that is served in broth. The soba they ordered was tempura soba, meaning that it is topped with battered shrimp and vegetables. Nagi, however, comes along with stars in his eyes, incorrectly asking if it is ‘tsukimi soba’. Tsukimi soba is soba which is topped with an egg. ‘Tsukimi’ literally means ‘moon-viewing’ in Japanese and the egg represents the moon. You often see ‘tsukimi’ versions of foods (even at McDonald’s) around the time of the moon-viewing festival in September or October (which coincides with the Chinese mid-autumn festival).
Totally random trivia, but Mr Shimooka is voiced by Wataru Takagi. If you’ve ever watched Detective Conan in Japanese, you may be familiar with a recurring character of the same name, voiced by this very namesake (he also voices Conan’s classmate Genta). I was binging Detective Conan before writing this review, so I was like ‘Oh! Inspector Takagi!’ when Mr Shimooka appeared. His voice is exactly the same in the game, but it only really just clicked for me now. [laugh]
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Of all the episodes broadcast so far, this one was probably the most forgettable. Other than Sogo’s heartbreaking revelation (and child Sogo was so adorable), there was mostly set-up for the next few episodes. However, the tiny comedic moments scattered across the episode made it really pleasant to watch, and I was happy to finally see Soba!Gaku. If my local delivery guy were that hot, I’d be ordering Every. Single. Day. It’s good to see the boys slowly gaining traction, but I need more drama, please! There are only 4 more episodes left, so I’m interested to see how they will build up to a climax worthy of ending the series. I’m already hoping we can get an anime adaptation of Part 2!