Now that Uzuki got herself out of her depression, with the help of Rin and Mio, it’s time for the Producer to lend his support too.
From the looks of it, Mishiro is dead set on having the Producer fire Uzuki. Of course he won’t allow that. Now that Uzuki back, she deals with the final hurdles in resolving her difficulties, which looks easier than it seems. Aside from participating in lessons with the girls, they also shared their initial expectations and experiences after they became idols.
While it’s clear that it will take more than just Rin, Mio and the rest of Cinderella Project to bring Uzuki back to her senses, the Producer also needs to gives her support and advice that she needs and he does. Aside from saying the usual reason he picked her is, which is her smile, he points her in the right direction by giving her a choice of leaving things as they are or try to move forward. In order for her to move forward, she needs a vision, which she is missing. It’s quite obvious that she lacked one, which kept her moving on after New Generations got split apart.
At first, she thought that her dream would stay a reality since her smile is what made New Generations possible. When that got ripped away from her as Rin and Mio started doing their own things, her dream was broken and she had nothing else to motivate herself to aim higher and reach her dream.
Let’s take this scene and compare it to her problems in regards to the actual game and its fandom (believe it or not, this is a true story). No matter how much you look at Uzuki, she is just an ordinary girl, which is why most players largely forgot about her. In the actual game, her card is in a group with other girls that have a cost of two. As the girls in her group became popular and receive super-rare cards, a voice and an Image CD, poor Uzuki gets left behind with each election. It was not until the fans noticed that she got neglected that things got better for her. After the fans realized how much suffering Uzuki got and felt bad about it, this is when she became popular. After that, she eventually won the 3rd Anniversary election with the help of the fandom. Since then, she got a voice, an image CD, super rare cards, a guest appearance in Idolmaster One for All and so on.
You might be wondering, what does this heartwarming fandom-related story has to do with this episode? Everything for the fact that Uzuki feared that she will get left behind now that her dream is taken away from her with no way to move forward. Now that her friends, the Producer and the other girls are supporting her, the only thing she needs to do is take the risk to climb the stairs without fear and create a vision that involves smiling. Given the context of her image song, “S(mile)ing” that she solos, she confronts her fears, shred her hesitation and aim for her dream that she longs for.
With her performance, Uzuki’s smile is what saved “New Generations” in the end. From Mishiro’s reaction, she is clearly pissed. No, it’s not because she can’t sack Uzuki anymore. She just can’t admit that she was wrong the whole time. Now that Rin and Mio now have a desire to make New Generations their priority, there is a good possibility that Rin might leave her other unit or convince Nao and Karen to join the ball and perform with New Generations.
Whatever happens, this is the beginning of the end for Project Krone now that Rin and perhaps Anastasia might convince the other members to see the light and go to the other side, thus leaving Mishiro behind. That or Mishiro will do something stupid that cause the Project Krone girls to go to the other side. Either way, I wouldn’t mind if either possibility happens since she brought it upon herself for doing things “my way or the highway” instead of thinking about the girls’ feelings and giving the support they need. Moreover, she downright refuses to acknowledge that the Producer’s vision was right the whole time. Whatever happens, the ball is going to be epic and magical. ¶