For a while now, Ritsuko became a full-fledged female producer of Ryuuguu Komachi. Somehow, Azusa comes down with an illness, which causes her to become afraid of the inevitable…
If you take a look at Ritsuko, she isn’t the type to become an idol. She looks more like a business lady that is serious and wants to work with others to accomplish a certain goal. Judging on her appearance and personality, she strict, but knows how to manage people and get along with others. However, nobody knows about the other side of her when she was an idol except her dedicated fans. It only makes me wonder, why she is so ashamed of this? Maybe she is too self-conscious about it and fears that it will hurt her reputation as a producer.
Unfortunately for her, Azusa comes down with the mumps, a painful and contagious virus that blows up your face. When I saw her like this, it looked silly and at the same time, downright disturbing. This makes me wonder if she ever took the vaccine to prevent this from happening. But hey, if she never caught an illness, we will never see Ritsuko perform. Aside from that, Ritsuko becomes the obvious target to take Azusa’s place, causing her to become fearful. She desperately asks Miki to help out and allow her to join Ryuuguu Komachi in return to avoid doing it. Unfortunately for her, she shuts down her only route of escape and said that Ritsuko should take Azusa’s place. At this point, her fate got sealed and now she has to go through some hell training.
Despite all the back pain and nervousness, she had lots of fun practicing and performing on stage. When she gone through all the dance routines for “Seven Color Button” (七彩ボタン), it looked like she enjoyed it from her smile. At one point, she complained about not having any songs to sing, even though that wasn’t the case. When she finally came on stage and performed “Ippai Ippai” (いっぱいいっぱい), it looked like she was going to collapse from all that nervousness. Thankfully through the help of her old fans’ enthusiasm, it allowed her to become more confident and cheerful.
Although Ritsuko isn’t my favorite idol, she simply sparkled on stage and showed a different side of herself. She also came to appreciate her former career with the possibility of making a comeback through the help of the Producer. Even so, it was nice to see her perform despite the new song getting tossed to the sidelines. Of course, the song that Ryuuguu Komachi practiced is a new addition on the PlayStation 3 version of The iDOLM@STER 2 that came out a week ago. This only generates some more urges to get a copy for myself.