There are a lot of things going on in this episode, with so many characters’ getting lines or scenes that either flesh out their characters more, or further their little stories along: from the Takamina succession drama, to the Chieri vs. Nagisa (vs. Yuuko!) (t)rivalry this episode moved a lot of these along.
But it’s really Yuuka’s little story that I’ll focus on in this post, as I find myself curiously relating with the character that I least suspected of being set-up as a viewer-insert-kun. But with a name like Mamoru in a moeblob show, I should not have been surprised right?
Mamoru was the love interest that Yuuka left behind on Lancaster. He was not supportive of Yuuka’s desire to become an idol, he did not think much of it and had little interest in AKB0048. This was not surprising, given the entertainment ban that suppressed the information about the group, and that he was a football jock and not some kimoi wota. Why should he be into that idol crap?
This is similar to my attitude near the beginning – nowhere as extreme, but I certainly wasn’t interested in AKB48. I was only in this for the cartoon.
Somewhere along the way Mamoru read an article and before he knew it he became addicted. Then he became an freedom of entertainment fighter wota. Again, I’m nowhere as extreme but after a few episodes of watching and blogging this show I read a few articles and before I knew it I must have watched hours of AKB48 videos on YouTube, and perhaps favorited over 9000 versions of RIVER. Also, Acchan T_T…
Now I’m hardly a fanboy of the thing as a whole, but I definitely now have this affinity for this show, the band, and an appreciation of its existence as a thing in itself: the Human Instrumentality Project of Media as Product and Currency within Material Culture.