Idolish7 and the Pride of an Idol (7th Day of Anime 2018)

There ain’t anything better in a pinch than an unused OWLS post.

Meta context: I was unhappy with how the post on Shinkai movies (which was listed on the spreadsheet as the 7th day for a while) turned out, so that’s been pushed back to January. I still have this post from when I was excited about my OWLS debut though – complete with introductory text – so enjoy what could’ve been, had I not had said debut delayed for a few months…consider it another pseudo-OWLS post from me.

If this is your first visit to the Spellbook, hiya. The name’s MagicConan14, although some opt to call me “Aria” instead (not my real name). This blog’s spoiler policy’s a bit nasty though – I talk about what I want with no spoiler warnings – so if you don’t want to be spoilt on Idolish7, you’d best click away.

If, instead, you’re not sure what OWLS is, they’re Otaku Warriors for Liberty and Self-Respect, who promote acceptance of individuals regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion and disability. I’ve flung the name about for a bit because I’ve been trying to prove to myself I’m capable of being part of OWLS for a while now…

That goes really well with the prompt for this month, pride.

“In honour of “Pride Month,” we will be discussing the word “pride” and its meaning. We will be exploring pop culture characters’ most satisfying and joyful achievements or skills that they possessed and whether or not these qualities could be seen as a positive or negative aspect in their personal lives and/or society.”

Now, Idolish7 won’t be the first show that comes to mind when it comes to “pride”, but hear me out on this…

We have a bunch of boys who’d throw away everything at a chance for pursuing their dreams. That includes the son of a famous company president, Sougo, whose musical uncle inspired him to turn away from his father, plus Riku and Tenn, whose family was split because Tenn was scouted for his current position in Trigger. You’d think they’d resent the music industry and turn to some other pursuit, but instead through Takanashi Productions and specifically their head Otoharu Takanashi, they end up as part of the same group – our titular “Idolish7”. So while their pride could be considered negative to the ones around them, they stick to their ideals and what they’re good at.

Regardless of whether Idolish7 fail, like when Iori forgets the lyrics to the song “Today is…” at their second stage show or when they make in-universe star Douglas Rootbank change their light cover (long story, that…), they keep heading towards their dreams to be the best idols they can be. In this case, it means challenging Trigger at Black or White, a huge end-of-year show which only few groups can get into (and apparently the in-universe version of the real-life Red and White). Since this is an idol show, of course it’s either them or Trigger that win…and the outcome of their Black and White duel is a secret, because I’d prefer you watch that for yourself.

Idolish7 aren’t afraid of failure or controversy either. If they fail, they learn where they’ve gone wrong and pick themselves right back up. This is noted after the aforementioned stuffup of “Today is…” to be Nagi’s specialty, since he’s the one who suggests a sing-and-dance to get everyone smiling again. However, there are also some mixed feelings on the matter as well:

“It feels strange to make others feel happy by just doing what you want.” – Yamato, Idolish7 episode 17

Regardless of what “pride” means to the different members of Idolish7, Trigger or any of the other idol groups, the road to success isn’t paved with happiness. There has to be some hardship, or else the journey won’t seem worth it.

That’s why I’m proud to say I supported Idolish7 from the moment they first played basketball way back in episode 1, because pride doesn’t just mean you know you can do something – it also means knowing when to get back up if and once you’ve been knocked down.

If you’ve read this far, good on you. I’m done here, so you can peruse some of the other 12 Days of Anime posts instead…either my own, which you can do here, or others’, which you can do here.







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