From the start, I was right about Executive Director Mishiro taking the sleazy businesswoman route and screwing over the girls’ dreams for profits. Of course, the Producer is not going to let the girls’ dreams get broken because of her after the amount of effort he and the girls put into the project to make it successful.
As it seems, I kind of hate Mishiro now since her announcement does not only reek of vulture capitalists from companies like Bain Capital, but she believes that obtaining success quickly is better than the status quo by building the idol’s fame and fans more gradually. She believes that an international debut and breaking girls’ dreams will make the 341 Productions more money. I’m not so sure about that one considering that the western audience might not be interested in idol singers except for a sizable few. Not only that, the production company will mostly likely lose girls that have potential or a lot of talent, which will eventually kick them in the butt in the long run.
In other words, she is basically setting up 341 Productions to failure. While the girl’s morale dropped significantly, there are a few that are vocal about her decision. Aside from the Cinderella Project, Takagaki Kaede, who received some focus in this episode has shown opposition to Mishiro’s decisions while she turned down a big offer from her. She believes that the fans are more important since they are part of her roots that allowed her to become popular.
In short, if she accepted her offer, she would basically betray her fanbase and it’s clear that she does not want that. Still, I like her character. Aside from having a nice singing voice, which is not so surprising since Hayami Saori voices Kaede, she has an enjoyable and mysterious personality, especially when she tells jokes.
At the end of the day, while Mishiro’s cruel plan to ruin the girls’ dream is in play, I’m glad that the girls and the producer has not given up hope yet. Aside from the girls cleaning up their makeshift storage room for their lounge, they helped drafted a proposal for the Producer. Hopefully, this will convince Mishiro that the “now, now, now” mentality won’t work and she will let the Cinderella Project to continue, providing that she is not completely heartless. ¶