The time has finally come as the girls have their dream become come true at the Cinderella Ball.
I have to say that this was a beautiful episode as Mishiro becomes very disappointed that her belief turns out to be completely wrong. As expected, the Producer thinks about everything and even incorporated Project Krone into the event. From the looks of it, it appears that all the girls are having fun while the audience are enjoying their performances a lot. Still, I’m glad that everyone in the Cinderella Girls project (and their units) finally reunited, especially New Generations, who performed a new song together as the first performance for their project.
With the Cinderella Project performing their second song together, they have finally made their dream become true as it becomes a reality. I have to admit that it was nice to see where the girls are a few months after the ball. This was a nice touch along with Mio, Rin and Uzuki running into each other as the glass slipper fell out of the box. Of course, the Producer picks it up as they prepare for another live performance soon afterwards with the whole Cinderella Project towards the end. Are they hinting a movie from this? We’ll see.
As for Mishiro, it’s expected that she won’t get any type of punishment like the wicked godmother in the actual fairytale. It seems that after the ball, she never messes with the Producer ever again or try to dictate departments to do what she wants since everything went back to the status quo. In other words, she basically relegates herself to doing office work. Still, I won’t be surprised if she has the Produce manage Project Krone to withdraw herself from producing idols all together. After all, she is not well liked by anyone at the company, so it’s better that way.
As much I like the 765 Productions idols and the Anime, which aired back in 2011, Cinderella Girls Anime is a noticeable improvement over that anime. Sure, what Mishiro did is somewhat cringeworthy, but I have to give home some credit: She never went out to sabotage the idols in her company unlike Kuroi since it would cause the employees to revolt against her. I have to admit that everything Kuroi did to the girls makes me want to punch the screen literally.
With that, I felt that the drama was executed better in that respect since they focus more on the challenges the girls face. In that regard, I have to say that the drama involving Uzuki when she loses her smile after becoming afraid that she will get left behind as New Generations become further apart left a bigger impact on me rather than the one involving Haruka after the Producer got injured from a fall. As much I like the other Producer from the main series, Cinderella Girls’ Producer is clearly closer to the franchise’s theme of unity as he kept his project together despite the challenges they face while he helps strengthen the ties with the girls, especially with New Generations in two separate occasions.
On the other hand, while I grown to like some of the other characters, namely Anastasia and perhaps Minami (the best couple in the show) aside from Anzu, Ranko and Kanako, I feel that aside from the Cinderella Project girls, the other girls did not get much development. Sure, A-1 Pictures have done a better job portraying the characters, the huge cast left most of the girls having some to little screen time. Even Ranko, who is perhaps one of the most popular girls in the franchise hardly got any screen time in the second half. That is a shame, but it’s expected given that the list of idols who receives a voice keeps growing. Hopefully for a possible Million Live Anime, this won’t be a problem because there are only 37 idols in addition to the original 13 since Million Live is basically expands on the original cast. While the original 13 don’t need much introduction, I do see the same problem happening since it’s hard to develop all 37 of them in 25 episodes.
In short, while the show has it’s ups and downs, Cinderella Girls is only slightly better than the main Idolmaster Anime that aired in 2011. Sure, some veterans will adamantly say that Cinderella Girls is inferior to the original 13, but I have to say that I enjoy both of them. Although there were some animation quality issues in the beginning, which got fixed on the Blu-ray, I enjoyed the music and the performances for the most part. As one says, why don’t we have both?
Overall Rating: 9.5/10, A, Very Good