Miyama Suzune despite having a chronic illness during her childhood develops a dream to become an idol. She almost has a chance to make that dream become true in the semifinals. However, something happens that might affect the outcome.
It’s obvious that Suzune had a serious illness that required hospitalization. That is when she saw Amazawa Akari perform at the first Selection Project. The song she sang was “Only One Yell.” This of course inspires Suzune to become an idol. She also tells the nurse about the dream of becoming an idol. She eventually tells her to forget what she said. After all, she is not sure if she can make it because of her condition.
Fast forward six years later, her health improved. It’s obvious that Suzune trained hard for this moment as she made it to the semi-finals. She even woke up early to have breakfast before heading out to the venue for the semi-finals.
Sure, Suzune acts a bit too nice, but she seems to have a friendly relationship with Kurusu Seira. Yes, she is an American that is growing up in Japan. Of course, they know that only one can win to go on the finals. As expected, the mascot is a human shaped panda bear that speaks in a feminine manner is the MC.
As expected, each participant will sing the same song for 90 seconds and the audience votes by giving “yells” through a smartphone app. The girl who receives the most is the winner. In a way, it’s like a popularity contest of some sort. We do find out that Suzune’s favorite idol, Akari passed away from a car accident. That is heartbreaking, but what happens next just a big punch in the gut.
If you see the poster image, it’s obvious who will win. Sadly, it ended up in an upset since the main protagonist surprisingly lost. While Suzune had a better singing voice than Seira, a freak accident happened. Before Suzune knew it, she was on the floor. Is her disease going to snatch her dream away? It seems like it as she lost against Seira by about 200 votes. Popularity contest it is as Seira has the looks.
While Suzune tried to show good sportsmanship, but Seira notices that Suzune was really upset. After all, if that freak health accident didn’t happen, Suzune might have won. Still, it’s sad to see her parents become disappointed that their daughter didn’t make it.
Even so, I can’t help but to feel bad for Suzune. After all, without some sort of miracle, I guess the show is over as the protagonist already lost, or is it? We’ll have to wait and see next time. Still, it brings home the point that trying to become an idol is a dogy dog world to be in.
Aside from that, I can’t help to think that Suzune reminds me of Jun, that idol who had a serious illness during her childhood who eventually got better and became an idol. To make her loss hit home, the voice actress who voices Suzune also voices Takasaki Yuu, who doesn’t even become an idol, but ends up as the manager instead. Suzune just have bad luck as she lacks the usual plot armor, I guess, but hopefully it will turn around, somehow.