This premiere did not necessarily live up to my expectations as the show I was looking forward to the most of all, but it was by no means a bad first episode. The new time skip (on top of the time skip between the flashback story from Season 1 and the main story) was a bit jarring at first, as was having to listen to Yotarou (or, rather, the new Sukeroku) again, because I don’t really like his voice.
Aside from that, though, the very fact that this show is a sequel to a show I loved a lot has taken it far already. Seeing Yakumo, Konatsu and even Matsuda (who I feel is underappreciated) again was just so amazingly fun, it almost brought a tear to my eye. In particular I love how you can clearly see how much character development Yakumo has gone through over the course of the story. His personality, his demeanor, his way of talking, it’s not just there because someone decided that was how he was going to be when he grows old, it’s all a result of everything he went through in the first season. And that’s extremely pleasant to see. I could listen to him talk and do stuff for hours.
Verdict: I’ve been waiting for this all year, dreams come true, etc. etc.
As an idol show, this is turning out to be more like AKB0048 and, to a lesser extent, Wake Up Girls, Idolmaster and Aikatsu than like Love Live and the like. There aren’t many characters, at least so far, and I didn’t get the impression that it’s going to be super character-driven either. The first episode was just mostly introductions, training and establishing the world, so it wasn’t the most interesting premiere, but the show does have potential.
I’m particularly interested in how explicitly political the idols are in the show. It’s not just that they’re idols who happen to have personal messages for the general public, they actually have their own party. As for the “villains”, they’re just caricature-ish mainstream politicians at the moment, but there were some hints about foul play possibly being a factor in the story, so I’m looking forward to seeing what comes out of that.
Verdict: A slightly different kind of idol show. Not anything amazing yet, but I think it has potential.