Well, sort of… It’s not like she had a choice or anything.
It felt like a long time since Tantei Opera Milky Holmes ended back in December of last year. This show was particularly fun not because the girls were adorable, but for the outright hilarious comedy that didn’t involve the overused tsundere archetypes. With a second season coming next winter, I can only wonder about the shenanigans Milky Holmes and the Genius 4 will be up to.
For now, we have the summer special 1, which centers on Kokoro’s journey of becoming an idol shortly after the G4’s demotion for failing to capture Aresenè among other things.
When Kokoro got kidnapped in episode 4, I always wondered about Irene’s intentions with her. Through this flashback with the G4 infiltrating the mansion along with Milky Holmes to save Kokoro has revealed something. Irene was attempting to make her into an idol. Considering that the idol business is very lucrative, it’s not surprising to see Irene tap into this hidden potential. Unfortunately, Kokoro is totally against the idea until something unfortunate changes her mind.
Ironically, she reconsiders it when she returned to the headquarters. Even though she is a genius and earned a degree at Harvard at three years old, she would still make a good idol for one reason alone. She has a very cute appearance with a personality of a spoiled child. Also, she is the very reason the G4 relocated to a crummy and small room. Perhaps the other girls feel that they are better off without her around. On the other hand, Milky Holmes fully supports her dream of becoming an idol, especially Sheryl without knowing the consequences.
As shown in The iDOLM@STER, being an idol is no walk in the park. Even though we don’t see Kokoro’s training sessions for her singing and dancing, the idea of her having to appear at many interviews, photo shots and television spots is very tiresome. Astonishingly, she generated so much revenue at a short period of time, which is unrealistic because newly established idols get only a small chunk. Despite this, Kokoro’s singing sounded decent at best.
The rest of the episode was very predictable since Sheryl couldn’t accept being forever alone. She enjoyed the company of Kokoro despite being bratty and can’t help seeing her isolated from most of society. Surprisingly, It only took a glimpse of the fight with the Gentleman Thieves to change her mind and return to the G4. Well played, Henriette!
Although this special isn’t as absurd compared to the other episodes, it was definitely a treat to see Kokoro get a glimpse of idol life. It’s funny how she survived with the mostly obsessive fan base since it looked rough. Either way, it was an enjoyable ride and the cameo of Mori Arty was cute as always.
OVA Rating: 8.6/10
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- The special took place between episodes 7 and 8. ↩