The big day has finally come as everyone in the Cinderella Project gets to perform at a festival in front of a big audience. Of course, it’s not without problems.
As you would expect with the good old Murphy’s Law, things don’t always go smooth. While it’s not nearly as tense as a typhoon causing an idol unit (Ryuuguu Komachi) to be very late at the live concert, thus leaving the other girls having to perform in the meantime, there were some dramatic moments that were well executed. For instance, while Minami has been a good leader, she overworked herself, which caused her to come down with a fever. As a result, she was unable to perform with Anya. Thankfully, since Ranko worked with her and Anya in the team building exercises, I’m glad that she managed to pull off a stand-in performance with Anya. Still, I find the pair fascinating for the fact that we get to see the voice actresses of Rikka and Sanae sing a song together just this time.
Of course, there is the rain, which kind of put a damper on the festival. I have to admit that it was pretty scary to see a bolt of lightning cause a total blackout. Thankfully, Mio didn’t mind the lack of audience since she, Rin and Uzuki know that they will come back and they did pretty quickly during their performance. Not only that, Mio looked very happy at the end of the event and glad that she didn’t quit.
Overall, I was very satisfied with the first half finale although we didn’t get to see the full performances of everyone’s song. I have to admit that the last song performance looked great and A-1 Pictures redeemed themselves with this episode since the animation was fantastic. To me, it seems that all the girls’ dream have become true since they are now true idols as seen with a big box of fan letters. Even so it seems that there might be an antagonist that will attempt to derail their dreams. Either way, I can’t wait for the second half to resume airing in 3 months since it will focus more on the girls themselves rather than the whole group.