First Impressions - Kami Kuzu  Idol

First Impressions – Kami Kuzu Idol

First Impressions – Kami Kuzu Idol

Sometimes the first post of the season is one of the big shows, but this time it’s one from the bottom reaches of the Season Preview. In case you don’t know me I don’t care for idol-related- well, anything. I don’t like anything about the industry at all, including most of the anime tie-ins. It’s bad songs at best performed to a soundtrack (if not lip-synched altogether). The people who run the industry (many yakuza-related) are among the sleaziest around, and generally speaking the fandom’s relationship with the idols themselves ranges from dysfunctional to downright dangerous.
So why bother to preview Kami Kuzu Idol at all? Well, I’ve liked some of Studio Gokumi’s work, for starters. And the premise seemed to at least suggest the possibility of genuine satire. That premise finds a hard-core slacker idol named Niyodo Yuuya who’s part of a duo called “ZING”, about to be fired because he has no interest in being an idol at all, and doesn’t try to hide it. His neurotic partner Yoshino Kazuki has to carry him as dead weight but has a phobia about working alone. One day the ghost of a deceased 17 year-old idol named Mogami Asahi appears next to him and I think you can see where this is going…



The good news is that I didn’t hate the premiere at all. But that said, it’s pretty clear this is not a series interested in seriously critiquing the industry. The word that pops to mind is “affable” – this was pleasant and nice, with some amusing moments. I kind of like the idea of Niyodo’s fans eventually turning on him for acting (with Asahi’s control) like he cares – which I suspect will happen. I also suspect that he’ll end up seeing the good side of being an idol and act the part without her help, which would be the pat and predictable way to go.
You have to pretend you don’t know how creepy and awful the idol industry is to enjoy this fully, and also overlook the unhealthy impact idol shows are having on the anime industry. That’s way too much work for me, frankly, but it has an easy likability to it that should serve it well, and for someone who doesn’t have my reflexive disgust at anything idol-related I think Kami Kuzu Idol could be a perfectly pleasant diversion.
Sometimes the first post of the season is one of the big shows, but this time it’s one from the bottom reaches of the Season Preview. In case you don’t know me I don’t care for idol-related- well, anything. I don’t like anything about the industry at all, including most of the anime tie-ins. It’s bad songs at best performed to a soundtrack (if not lip-synched altogether). The people who run the industry (many yakuza-related) are among the sleaziest around, and generally speaking the fandom’s relationship with the idols themselves ranges from dysfunctional to downright dangerous.
So why bother to preview Kami Kuzu Idol at all? Well, I’ve liked some of Studio Gokumi’s work, for starters. And the premise seemed to at least suggest the possibility of genuine satire. That premise finds a hard-core slacker idol named Niyodo Yuuya who’s part of a duo called “ZING”, about to be fired because he has no interest in being an idol at all, and doesn’t try to hide it. His neurotic partner Yoshino Kazuki has to carry him as dead weight but has a phobia about working alone. One day the ghost of a deceased 17 year-old idol named Mogami Asahi appears next to him and I think you can see where this is going…


The good news is that I didn’t hate the premiere at all. But that said, it’s pretty clear this is not a series interested in seriously critiquing the industry. The word that pops to mind is “affable” – this was pleasant and nice, with some amusing moments. I kind of like the idea of Niyodo’s fans eventually turning on him for acting (with Asahi’s control) like he cares – which I suspect will happen. I also suspect that he’ll end up seeing the good side of being an idol and act the part without her help, which would be the pat and predictable way to go.
You have to pretend you don’t know how creepy and awful the idol industry is to enjoy this fully, and also overlook the unhealthy impact idol shows are having on the anime industry. That’s way too much work for me, frankly, but it has an easy likability to it that should serve it well, and for someone who doesn’t have my reflexive disgust at anything idol-related I think Kami Kuzu Idol could be a perfectly pleasant diversion.

Source:https://lostinanime.com/2022/07/first-impressions-kami-kuzu-%e2%98%86-idol/

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