From the look of the last episode, you would have thought that Mishiro’s efforts are failing, right? Nope, she threw a curve ball at the Cinderella Girls project by making her own project.
I have to admit, while I don’t agree or like her methods since she only cares about the bottom line: wanting results quick and try to control every aspect of the production. However, things are different this time. She surprised us by creating her own project. As expected, she had an eye on Anya and Rin since they have a lot of potential.
Yep, I have to admit defeat and say that she was right when she stated that it’s up to the idol to decide. With that, she didn’t force them to disband their units. At least she have some mercy although I have a feeling that she is doing this to try to sabotage the Producer’s efforts in a passive way. Regardless of what conspiracy theories people will come up with on Mishiro’s motivations, even if the Cinderella Project beats out Project Krone, Mishiro would win either way since the Producer would already accomplished what she set out to do: create a unified project for 346 Productions. In other words, she doesn’t need to win in order to accomplish that goal.
At the same time, what I see in this episode is not the potential for betrayal, but rather a lack of leadership between the girls. When Mishiro gave Anya and Rin the opportunity to participate in the project, they were confused at first. Eventually, they thought about it and decide from their selves after revealing it to their respective units.
Let’s take Rin for example. While she didn’t want to do it at first, she realized that she would be hurting their chances for Nao and Karen to get a debut. When she started singing with them, she finds out that she could do both. Of course, Mio still think that New Generations will disband and thought that Rin couldn’t handle two units. I will touch on that later.
The interesting thing about the whole dilemma is that the girls are clearly relying too much on the Producer on what course of action to take. Aside from Rin as mentioned earlier, Anya decided to do it after she remembered what Minami said about trying new things and eventually talked to her about it. As you would expect, Minami understands, especially at the meeting when she said that she was okay with it. Yep, this is what I expected from the one true pairing of the show. I think Anya will do fine.
As for Mio, not so much since she ran out after questioning Rin and Uzuki if they would disband. Even after that outburst, she decides to have a solo debut. I would have thought that she would have learned a valuable lesson from last time, but no. It seems that her narcissism did not go away when she decides to become a solo artist out of the blue. I wonder what is she trying to accomplish here with this?
Either way, I seriously hope that she does not screw up the whole Cinderella Project by doing this or things will get ugly when the results come around. Then again, I might have been a bit too hard on her and she is probably thinking of something that nobody else is thinking about: going up to the plate and take the lead instead of solely relying on the producer. Either way, it will be interesting to see the outcome from the change of events. ¶