As the other girls moves forward, it is apparent that poor Uzuki is falling further behind.
From the look of the last episode, it’s clear that Uzuki has been out of it. It seems that Rin and Mio are so busy doing their own things that she is getting left out. It’s not so surprising since she worked so hard to create New Generations. In fact, she was the one that convinced Rin to become an idol and helped the producer to bring back Mio after what happened after their first live concert. In other words, Uzuki has nothing now since Mishiro ripped the effort she put into New Generations away from her.
In short, Uzuki decided to bottle up her feelings and start from the beginning like she was never an idol before. However, this eventually becomes detrimental to the whole group as she spends her time training while she starts losing her smile. Sure, she tries to cover it up, but the Producer and eventually Rin and Mio starts to notice, especially when Uzuki becomes unsure on whether or not she wants to do a Christmas Live Concert for New Generations. At one point, Rin became worried about Uzuki’s well being that she starts to forget her lyrics during the practice session. With that, she knows that she and Mio has to intervene before Uzuki’s absence starts to affect everyone.
I liked how Rin and Mio pulled Uzuki out of the training room so that they can finally talk about why is she acting strange. This was a good idea since Uzuki can no longer run away from her feelings and pretend to say that things are fine when they are not. Eventually, she admits that she wanted to shine like everyone else, but afraid that the only thing she is good at is smiling. She said that anyone could do that while she cries.
I doubt that since everyone smiles differently and that her smile influenced Rin and Mio to create a unit together with her. Uzuki is just underestimating herself since she already believes that she is too ordinary when her smile and determination is what drives the Cinderella Project. The Producer said so when he disagreed with Mishiro’s attempt to try to sack Uzuki. He said that Uzuki is important to the project because of her smile and that she will surely come back, which she does in the end.
While it’s cruel for Mishiro to even consider sacking her since she would be shooting herself in the foot. Anastasia and Rin will surely quit Project Krone if that happened with more people openly protesting her polices as they try to have her sacked. Yep, it won’t help her efforts considering that she is disliked by the whole organization already.
Still, I have a feeling that once New Generations gets back together during their Christmas live and perform their song that the members of Krone who watched their performance will be moved by it and decide to quit and join the Cinderella Project instead. This is a good possibility since they aren’t receiving the emotional support like the Cinderella Project. It’s already apparent since the Producer genuinely cares about the girls’ feelings while Mishiro don’t when she said that idols are like stars that fade away. It’s just the matter of the Producer doing his part to help bring Uzuki back and make the ball a success by bringing the glass slipper. We’ll find out in two weeks.