I want to distinguish how I feel about the different things that are going on involving the same succession conceit in this show.
The conflict and rivalry that exists in Takamina V’s head as she struggles to keep her legitimacy as a successor in the face of Kanata’s obvious legitimacy as the would-be Takamina VI is really something I enjoy.
The fact that Kanata is visibly disappointed – stunned, at the “defeat snatched at the jaws of victory” when her idol Takamina V rallies and performs, which consequently robs her of the opportunity to stand-in for her on stage. The fact that she was already wearing the uniform adds extra cruelty. This is awesome.
The consequence I don’t particularly enjoy is that I am now choking on a meta Mary Sue – not anyone in the show in particular, but Takashi Minami herself, the original idol as she lives and breathes.
I’m now saturated to the point of irritation at how the strength of character displayed by both Takamina V and Kanata – every good thing they do, every triumph of their will, every gentle and wise act they perform, are reducible to approximations of Minami Takahashi’s soul/persona. And let’s be real here. That soul and persona is an image for sale to fanboys.
Now I have nothing against Takashi Minami as a person. I don’t know her, and I don’t really care. What I care about is the construction of this piece of entertainment. It’s fascinating to me that the writing/construction is neither weak nor crude. The episode in narrative terms achieved everything it needed to.
But either something was overdone, or the soul (or the utter lack of soul of) the show is exposed. I care about Takamina V and Kanata well enough – they’re the characters with the stories. Don’t force Takahashi Minami down my throat. She’s a fucking 3D Mary Sue in my anime.