At last, it’s the big day has come with the New Generation and Love Laika making their first debut. Did the Producer made the right decisions?
Looking back on their debut, it seemed that the girls were excited and nervous at first. Sure, Anya was slightly nervous before performing on stage, but at least she has Minami by her side. Even so, I have to admit that they look really pretty in their outfits, especially Anya. It’s too bad that their performance got jumbled in with the New Generation. It would be nice if they shown each unit’s performances individually, but I guess they couldn’t fit it in a single episode.
On the other hand, it seems that Mio, our energetic leader of New Generation got really upset at the producer after their performance. When she ask him if it’s okay to invite her friends and he said yes, I knew something bad was going to happen. In contrast to Anya and Minami being very happy that there was an audience, Mio on the other hand was very upset. She expected a crowd, but in reality, the audience was probably 1/24th the size of that.
Obviously, she set expectations way too high. The sad thing is that she decided to quit being an idol because of it. This was something that could have been prevented if the Producer conveyed his words properly. Either way, will Mio’s outburst play out the same way like Miki? Perhaps considering that she still has ambitions of becoming an idol.
On the other hand, I felt that Mio’s outburst finally revealed one of the fatal flaws the Producer has. While the one from the main series was inexperienced, at least he knows how to communicate when the girls have a problem. Not only that, he is always with them while they are working instead of being a hermit and sit in the office all day long.
In comparison, the Cinderella Girls’ Producer may have a lot of experience under his belt and it shows by the amount of planning he put into preparing their debut, he just doesn’t know how to communicate properly. If I was in his shoes, I would have told the girls first hand that they are just starting and that the performance was meant to catch other people’s attention and build popularity. Sadly, he used the wrong words by saying, “it’s natural” to Mio’s question. As a result, he just made the problem worse. To me, he comes off as being way too cold towards Mio. Given that she is the leader of the unit, not only having Mio quit will ruin his reputation, it’s devastating for the whole project as a whole. Of course, he can’t afford to lose her. This is why I have a good feeling that he will try to convince her to come back the same way as the other Producer.
Judging by his reaction, it makes me wonder if he experienced the same kind of trauma in the past. Did he react the same way? Aside from that, hopefully he will set things straight next time and perhaps understand why he should be with the girls more often so that he can actually listen to their concerns. From this, maybe he can learn how to convey his words properly and show some emotion so that he doesn’t come off as being insensitive.