Last Idol - Sixth Episode, Center Position Battle!

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Last Idol - Sixth Episode, Center Position Battle!

Postby Nayoko-Kihara » Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:17 pm

LAST IDOL (ラストアイドル)
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https://last-idol.jp/
Thanks to otaku_blue, Moh, boinsie, Sohee.

The Show:
Last Idol is a battle royale-style competition airing on TV Asahi, starting August 12, 2017 in the Midnight timeslot, following female idols in their fight to debut as part of a 7-member group produced by Akimoto Yasushi (Onyanko Club, 48/46). The program hopes to make stars and to provide a spotlight for idols that have not had the chance to flourish.

The show will begin with 7 contestants. Each week a Challenger will appear and nominate one of the current seven to a one-on-one performance battle. As soon as the winner of the battle is chosen they will immediately take the contested seat and act as a training member of the group. The last seven girls in the group at the end of the show will win the chance to debut.

Applicant Information & Requirements:
• No experience is necessary. Applicants may be professionals, amateurs, and/or actively part of another group.
-- Applicants signed to an agency or entertainment office must obtain permission to participate.
• Must be between the ages of 13 - 26 (as of August 18, 2017).
• Those that pass must be able to attend daily lessons in Tokyo.
• Winners must be able to start activities as the debuting group after being chosen.
-- If a winner is already a member of an active group, these new activities can be carried out simultaneously.

Prize:
• Major CD debut
• Regular TV program on TV Asahi
• Covergirl appearance on a weekly magazine
• General Idol activities as a member of the final group

Current Group:
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Name: Majimawa Kana (間島和奏)
Age: 17
Height: 161cm
Position: 1 (Center)
Info:
• From Hokkaido
• Was an AKB48 Draft member, but never made it into the main group.
• Wants to fulfill her dream of becoming a full idol.
• Doesn't think anyone can beat her white (pale) skin.

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Name: Yoshizaki Aya (吉崎綾)
Age: 21
Height: 150cm
Position: 2
Info:
• Aspires to do her best as the eldest contestant, though she doesn't want to emphasize it as her only trait.
• Her mother is Filipino, her father is half-Japanese. Her early childhood was spent in the Philippines, limiting her learning of the Japanese language; because of this her family banned Tagalog from the home to strengthen her Japanese.
• Likes to chat, but sometimes doesn't know the words so instead gets by via facial expressions and gestures.
• Is currently a model / actress.
-- Commercial
Social Media:
Twitter
Instagram

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Name: Ozawa Aimi (小澤愛実)
Age: 14
Height: 160cm
Position: 3
Info:
• Wants to grasp this opportunity and do her best until the end, despite being young and inexperienced.
• Is good at drawing and physical activities; trained in gymnastics from Kindergarten to 6th grade, is skilled at jumping rope, and a variety of fighting techniques. She hopes to express herself through the confidence she has moving her body.

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Name: Yasuda Airi (安田愛里)
Age: 18
Height: 163cm
Position: 4
Info:
• Aims to try her best to become an idol that everyone will like.
• Everyone is surprised by her personality gap; she looks stern, but is actually very shy/cute.

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Name: Nagatsuki Midori (長月翠)
Age: 17
Height: 151cm
Position: 5
Info:
• Is currently a member of the idol group Opening Sisters, which will disband in September 2017.
• Has decided she's not done being an idol and will do her best as if this is her last chance.
• Thinks her feelings of not wanting to lose are stronger than any other girl.
Social Media:
Twitter

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Name: Yamada Mahiro (山田まひろ)
Age: 18
Height: 165.5cm
Position: 6
Info:
• Has loved singing and dancing since she was little; decided to apply to try something that would make her smile while getting to sing and dance.
• She will do her very best.
• She has studied dance since she was 8 years old; jazz, ballet, tap, and as of a year ago, hip-hop. Has a lot of experience in many genres and wishes to become an idol that can express various things.

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Name: Koga Yako (古賀哉子)
Age: 19
Height: 159cm
Position: 7
Info:
• Studying to become a dental hygienist.
• Was a finalist in the 2012 Miss Seventeen competition.
• Was one of the Grand Prix winners in the Ichigo Princess 2016 competition.
• Defeated Aizawa Ruka in episode 3 to take over postion #7.

Battles:
Spoiler: show
Battle 1
• Challenger: Orin (王林) (Leader & 7th generation member of Ringo Musume (りんご娘))
• Nominated: Ozawa Aimi (小澤愛実, position #3)
• Battle Songs:
- Orin: "For the First Time in Forever" (Umarete Hajimete; 生まれてはじめて) from Disney's "Frozen"
- Ozawa: "Kinjirareta Futari" (禁じられた2人) by AKB48
• Winner: Ozawa Aimi

Battle 2
• Challenger: Koga Yako (古賀哉子) (Miss Seventeen 2012 finalist, Ichigo Princess Grand Prix 2016 winner)
• Nominated: Aizawa Ruka (相澤瑠香, position #7)
• Battle Songs:
- Koga: "Zankoku na Tenshi no Teeze" (残酷な天使のテーゼ) by Takahashi Yoko, from "Neon Genesis Evangelion"
- Aizawa: "Silent Majority" (サイレントマジョリティー) by Keyazaki46
• Winner: Koga Yako

Battle 3
• Challenger: Asahi Kana (朝日花奈) (Member of Tokyo Rockets, former leader of Girls Symphony, former member of METROPOLIS, former solo gravure model/idol)
• Nominated: Yasuda Airi (安田愛里; Position #4)
• Battle Songs:
- Asahi: "Yasashisa ni Tsutsumareta Nara" (やさしさに包まれたなら) by Matsutoya Yumi (松任谷由実)
- Yasuda: "Arifureta Kotoba" (ありふれた言葉) by Kinoko Teikoku (きのこ帝国)
• Winner: Yasuda Airi

Battle 4
• Challenger: Takiguchi Kirara (滝口きらら) (Former member of KAGUYA; graduated March 2017)
• Nominated: Nagatsuki Midori (長月翠; Position #5)
• Battle Songs:
- Takiguchi: "Natsu Matsuri" (夏祭り) by Whiteberry (ホワイトベリー)
- Nagatsuki: "Yasashii Kiss o Shite" (やさしいキスをして) by Dreams Come True
• Winner: Nagatsuki Midori

Battle 5
• Challenger: Ikematsu Airi (池松愛理) (Former member of Rev. from DVL; group disbanded on March 31, 2017.)
• Nominated: Yamada Mahiro (山田まひろ; Position #6)
• Battle Songs:
- Dance-focused battle
• Winner: Yamada Mahiro

Battle 6
• Challenger: Takahashi Mayu (高橋真由)
• Nominated: Majima Wakana (間島和奏; Position #1, Center)
• Battle Songs:
- Takahashi: "Nijiiro" (にじいろ) by Ayaka (絢香)
- Majima: "Warukii" (わるきー) by NMB48
• Winner: Majima Wakana

Battle 7
• Challenger:
• Nominated:
• Battle Songs:
• Winner:


Fallen Idols:
Spoiler: show
1. Episode 3, Battle 2, Position #7; Defeated by Koga Yako
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Name: Aizawa Ruka (相澤瑠香)
Age: 18
Height: 164.4cm
Info:
• Was a local idol in the past as a member of Sendai☆Syrup, and was unable to fill the Sekisui Heim Super Arena. She wants to be an enthusiastic idol who can fulfill that dream.
• Is especailly good at not giving up. She started at the bottom of her previous idol group, but gradually worked her way to the upper ranks.


Misc.:


Episodes:
Spoiler: show
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3
4
5
6


Original Audition Information:
Spoiler: show
otaku_blue wrote:new TV program to find the ultimate 7-person female idol group.
https://last-idol.jp/
- Both amateurs and professionals can apply. Professional Idols that are already in groups can do this concurrently.
- Girls aged 14-26 can apply.
- Format of the show is a replacement battle each episode and the final 7 by the end of the show will debut.
- Winners will get a regular show on TV asahi, major CD debut, cover of weekly magazine and get to perform general idol activities.
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Re: The Pointless H!P Musings/Rants Thread

Postby AyuHikaru » Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:31 am

oh man, that one with the short brown hair :heart:

I'm pretty excited for it. A JP Produce 101? I'm here for it.
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Re: Last Idol - First 7 contestants announced

Postby boinsie » Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:03 am

Moved this over here. :thumbs-up:
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Re: Last Idol - First 7 contestants announced

Postby Nayoko-Kihara » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:10 pm

If someone wants to translate the names and details of the first seven contestants, I'll make the first post look at least half-way decent.
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Re: Last Idol - First 7 contestants announced

Postby Moh » Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:22 am

I can give you names but not much else. :lol:

間島和奏 Majima Wakana
吉崎綾 Yoshizaki Aya
小澤愛実 Ozawa Aimi
安田愛里 Yasuda Airi
長月翠 Nagatsuki Midori
山田まひろ Yamada Mahiro
相澤瑠香 Aizawa Ruka
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Re: Last Idol - First 7 contestants announced

Postby boinsie » Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:36 am

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1. 間島和奏(まじまわかな/17)Majimawa Kana
She was an AKB48 Draft member but never made it into the main group. She hopes to fulfill her dream on becoming a full idol.
From Hokkaidou, 5th grade, no one can beat her white skin.

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2. 吉崎綾(よしざきあや/21)Yoshizaki Aya
She's 21 years old, and though she doesn't want to lean on it as her only trait, she would like to do her best as the oldest.
Mother is Filipino, father is half-Japanese. She spent her early childhood in the Philippines which stunted her Japanese language learning, so they forbade Tagalog being spoken in the house so that she could strengthen her Japanese skills. She likes to chat, but sometimes doesn't know the words and gets by via facial expression, gestures, and so on.
https://twitter.com/yoshizaki_aya
https://www.instagram.com/yoshizaki_aya/
Her intro doesn't mention anything about it, but she's a current model/actress. https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%90%89 ... E%E7%B6%BE
Spoiler: show


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3. 小澤愛実(おざわあいみ/14)Ozawa Aimi
Young and inexperienced, but in order to grasp this opportunity, she wants to do her best til the end.
Good at drawing, but also physical thing. She did gymnastics fro kindergarten until 6th grade, good at rope jumping, a variety of fighting techniques. Because of her confidence in moving her body, she hopes to be able to express herself this way.

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4. 安田愛里(やすだあいり/18)Yasuda Airi
She'll do her best to be an idol that everyone longs for(??).
Everyone is surprised by her personality gap. She looks very stern, but her personality is very fearful/shy/cute (uyu uyu).

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5. 長月翠(ながつきみどり/17)Nagatsuki Midori
She is currently a member of the idol group Opening Sisters, which will disband in September. She's not done being an idol, and will do her best as though this is her last chance.
[I'm not really clear what she's saying in her "I won't lose to anyone else!" section. Something about being really good at coming back from negative experiences? 劣等感を感じると負けず嫌いな気持ちがめちゃくちゃ出てどうにかしてあの子に勝ちたいと思うので、そこの気持ちは誰よりも強いと思います。ここから負けず嫌いを発揮して特技を見つけます。]
https://twitter.com/midori_ops

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6. 山田まひろ(やまだまひろ/18)Yamada Mahiro
She has loved singing/dancing since she was little and decided to apply to try something that will maker her smile while doing those things. She will do her very very best.
She has been learning dance since she was eight, jazz, ballet, tap, and she started hip-hop a year ago. She has a lot of experience in many genres of dance and wishes to become an idol to express various things.

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7. 相澤瑠香(あいざわるか/18)Aizawa Ruka
She was a local idol in the past (*article doesn't say, but she was in Sendai☆Syrup) and was unable to fill the Sekisui Heim Super Arena. She wants to be an enthusiastic idol who can fulfill that dream.
She's really good at not giving up. She started out in the bottom of her previous idol group, but gradually worked her way to the upper group.
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Re: Last Idol - First 7 contestants announced

Postby Nayoko-Kihara » Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:56 pm

First post is updated. If something needs to be added/altered/fixed let me know.

boinsie: I rephrased some of the translated trivia; if you would rather I use what you wrote directly please just let me know and I'll switch it out ASAP.
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Re: Last Idol - First 7 Contestants Revealed

Postby boinsie » Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:22 am

No prob, please feel free to rephrase, bearing in mind that my translation wasn't entirely accurate in the first place. :hehe:
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Re: Last Idol - First 7 Contestants Revealed

Postby Nayoko-Kihara » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:30 pm

I'm sure it wasn't that bad. :lol: I'm not even sure how many people will be paying attention to this show on jplop.
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Re: Last Idol - First 7 Contestants Revealed

Postby Nayoko-Kihara » Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:24 pm

First episode. There's a studio audience, and it looks to be a relatively recognizeable MC/judge lineup. I know faces but not names, so if someone wants to throw them out for me I'll add them to the first post too.

Alternates:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5wsfrn
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5ws6oo

Summary:
Spoiler: show
- Intro to the concept of the show.
- Audition footage.
- Introduction of the first 7, starting from Center (1) position.
- Clips of the girls learning song and choreo for the show.
- Performance of the song by the first 7.
- First challenger appears; Ringo Musume's leader & 7th generation member, Orin (王林).
- Nominates Ozawa Aimi (position #3).
- Battle will happen next week.


My personal opinions:
Spoiler: show
- I hope battles happen in the same episode someone is introduced in starting by the third episode, or this is going to be a little annoying. I really expected the episodes to fill an hour slot, not a half hour.
- The song sounds like a basic AKB track.
- The choreo is okay.
- I'm fairly sure they didn't sing it live, which is annoying since they're going to have to sing for the damn battles anyway.
- I recently watched the "Idol Matsuri" competition/event with Ringo Musume in it, so it was nice to recognize the pink member in the audience.
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Re: Last Idol - First Episode Aired, Indie Idol Challenger!

Postby Nayoko-Kihara » Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:36 pm

Episode 2.

Alternates:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5xf9og
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5xf480
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5xfm01

Summary:
Spoiler: show
- Re-cap of episode 1.
- Re-airing of the lipsynced performance from the first episode.
- Intro of Orin (1st challenger).
- Picks up with her picking Aizawa Aimi to battle.
- Introduction of the judging panel:
--- Yuzo? (i have no idea who this is)
--- Singer songwriter Oomori Seiko
--- Song producer CarlosK
--- Ling Tosite Sigure drummer Masatoshi "Pierre" Nakano

- Orin performs "For the First Time in Forever" (Umarete Hajimete; 生まれてはじめて) from the Disney movie "Frozen".
- Aimi performs "Kinjirareta Futari" (禁じられた2人) by AKB48.
- Oomori Seiko announces Aizawa Aimi to be the winner of the battle.
- Comments from both girls.
- Comments from Ringo Musume members in the audience.
- Oomori Seiko explains the reasoning?
- So much crying.
- Preview of episode 3.


Personal thoughts:
Spoiler: show
- The lipsyncing of the group's song is still stupid; she had to sing live in the battle, and it wasn't great. Just let your mediocre voice flag fly.
- Orin was robbed.
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Re: Last Idol - Second Episode, First Battle Winner Revealed!

Postby Nayoko-Kihara » Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:57 pm

Episode 3.

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http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5ybl3f
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5ybqhk
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5ybz08

Summary:
Spoiler: show
- Re-cap of last week (Aizawa Maimi vs Orin).
- Re-airing of the main song performance.
- Revealing the next Challenger, Koga Yako (古賀哉子).
- Background on Koga Yako. She's studying to be a dental hygienist, was a finalist for the Miss Seventeen competition in 2012, was one of the Grand Prix winners in the Princess Ichigo 2016 competition.
http://ichigohaihi.net/ichigo/2016_entry.php
http://ichigohaihi.net/ichigo/2016_entry/01_koga.php

- Koga nominates Aizawa Ruka (position #7).
- Koga performs "Zankoku na Tenshi no Teeze" (残酷な天使のテーゼ) by Takahashi Yoko, from the "Neon Genesis Evangelion" anime series.
- Aikawa Ruka performs "Silent Majority" (サイレントマジョリティー) by Keyazaki46.
- Judge Yuzo (?) announces Koga as the winner of the battle. She will take up position #7, Aizawa is out of the group.
- Judge, member, backstage reactions.
- Preview of next week.


Personal thoughts:
Spoiler: show
- I actually thought Ruka was more interesting. I hate her song choice (are they all required to sing 48/46 songs?), but she
seemed more charismatic. Yako was just there and seemed kind of blank.
- However, I'm happy to see members will actually end up changing throughout.


Image spoilers:
Spoiler: show
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Koga Yako (there are pictures of her all over the place)
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Re: Last Idol - Third Episode, Surprising Second Battle Results!

Postby Nayoko-Kihara » Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:22 pm

• It's been announced that an audition for a second group will take place soon, and those that were provisional members of the first group or failed challengers may have another chance. I don't know any further details.
惜しくも対決に敗れた暫定メンバーおよび挑戦者は、
決定した7人組グループとは別に近日始動するセカンドユニットへの参加可能性があります。
https://last-idol.jp/

• The Project Site for the show was opened on August 12th. Along with basic history, show participation, etc. information on the members, if you sign up (free, I don't know if it's Japan-only) you gain access to exclusive videos of the members and can gain EXP for your account (I have no idea what this is for).
https://last-idol.com

• Episode 4.

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http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5z7sy4
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5z9vdc
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5z82pd

Summary:
Spoiler: show
- Recap of last week.
- New performance of the group's song, with the new member in position #7.
- Introduction of the new challenger, Asahi Kana (朝日花奈). She's a member of indie group Tokyo Rockets, the sister group of Party Rockets GT. She was formerly the leader of a group called Girls Symphony (少女交響曲); she graduated on May 21, 2017. Before that she was a member of METROPOLIS and was a solo gravure model/idol.
https://girlssymphony.net/
-- She was a solo gravure model/idol; she released several DVDs between 2013 and 2015.
http://actresspress.com/%E6%9C%9D%E6%97 ... %E5%A5%88/
- Asahi challenges Yasuda Airi, position #4.
- Asahi Kana performs the 1974 song "Yasashisa ni Tsutsumareta Nara" (やさしさに包まれたなら) by singer and composer Matsutoya Yumi (松任谷由実).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yumi_Matsutoya
- Yasuda Airi performs "Arifureta Kotoba" (ありふれた言葉) by dream pop band Kinoko Teikoku (きのこ帝国).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinoko_Teikoku
- The judging panel has changed.
- Choreographer (PASSPO, UP UP GIRLS, etc) Takenaka Natsumi (竹中夏海) announces Yasuda Airi as the winner; she keeps her position.
- Reactions.
- Backstage comments from Asahi.
- Preview of next week.


Personal thoughts:
Spoiler: show
- Finally some interesting / unexpected song choices.
- Finally (after two battles, my impatience :lol:) one of the seven not singing an 48/46 affiliated song.
- I wouldn't have cared much either way regarding who was chosen this time. They were both equally as okay.
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Re: Last Idol - Fourth Episode, Unexpected Song Choices!

Postby Nayoko-Kihara » Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:30 pm

Episode 5.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x606bxc
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x605fz5

Summary:
Spoiler: show
- Episode starts right away with the challenger nominating.
- Challenger is Takiguchi Kirara (滝口きらら). She is a former member of KAGUYA (graduated March 2017). I believe
she's still working as a talent, but that's from grazing her Twitter.
Her sister is Takiguchi Hikari, a member of the group drop.
https://twitter.com/k_takiguti

- Takiguchi Kirara nominates Nagatsuki Midori, position #5.
- Takiguchi performs "Natsu Matsuri" (夏祭り) by Whiteberry (ホワイトベリー).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiteberry_(music_group)

- Nagatsuki performs "Yasashii Kiss o Shite" (やさしいキスをして) by Dreams Come True.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreams_Come_True_(band)

- The judge called on today is rock musician and award-winning author Ootsuki Kenji / Ohtsuki Kenji (大槻 ケンヂ).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenji_Ohtsuki

- Kenji announces Nagatsuki Midori as the winner. She keeps her position.
- Comments / reactions.

- There are two battles in this episode.
- The next challenger is introduced; Ikematsu Airi (池松愛理). She was a member of Rev. from DVL starting in 2015. The group disbanded
on March 31, 2017. (This is the group the famous "once-in-a-thousand-year" idol Hashimoto Kanna was part of.)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rev._from_DVL

- Ikematsu challenges Yamada Mahiro, position #6.
- They each perform dance routines with minimal singing, instead of a full vocal battle.
- Singer MAIKO is called on to judge. She announced Yamada as the winner, letting her keep her position.
- Comments / reactions.
- The Last Idol group performs their song "Bandwagon".
- The show ends with backstage comments from Ikematsu.


Personal thoguhts:
Spoiler: show
- Kirara got points from me just for her song choice. That song is -ALWAYS- fun.
- Midori is the only girl from the initial lineup that I like, so this is the first time I've felt even the slightest bit conflicted about who I would have picked.
- Well shit, Midori can actually sing.
- I have no opinions on the mostly-dance battle. They were both mediocre from what was shown, but the entire battle was skimmed over so quickly I don't even care. Ikematsu is pretty is really all I think after watching that.
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Re: Last Idol - Fifth Episode, Double Battles!

Postby Nayoko-Kihara » Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:41 pm

Episode 6.

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6101ru

Summary:
Spoiler: show
- Immediately open with introduction of the new challenger, Takahashi Mayu (高橋真由). She was a winner
of the fashion magazine Popteen Semi-Grand Prix competition. She hasn't really done any entertainment
work yet.
- Takahashi nominates Majima Wakana, position #1 (center).
- A VTR is aired, featuring some details on Majima's background and being put in the center position.
- Takahashi performs the song "Nijiiro" (にじいろ) by Ayaka (絢香).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayaka

- Majima performs "Warukii" (わるきー) by NMB48.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NMB48

- The voice over MC gets super hardcore because OMG center position up for grabs.
- Judge Sugiyama Kazuhiko(?) announces Majima as the winner of the battle, she keeps her position.
- Crying, comments, more crying.
- Comments from the deciding judge.
- Performance of the group's song "Bandwagon".


Personal thoughts:
Spoiler: show
- Mayu looks like a nervous mixture of Iikbuo Haruna and Arihara Kanna.
- Neither of them had particularly interesting song choices, but Majima did better.
- I get why they air the performance of "Bandwagon" every week, but it still feels like a waste of time unless someone gets swapped out after losing a battle.
- Next week's challenger looks interesting to me.
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