Konna No Idol Janain?! 02: Things get Hairy
The second episode picks up things exactly where the first one left off: with Aya-sensei explaining to the girls how to be a successful young idol by explicitly pandering to men’s desires.
Sensei has the girls rattle off the list of idol “qualities” that fans like. The first one that gets thrown out is “loli”, then “tsundere”, and the list goes on until it ends in “alien”. Then sensei concentrates on hairstyles and how an idol group can use hair to distinguish its various members and give them distinct “personalities”. Sensei only manages to discuss two hairstyles, and each of them gets its own catchphrase. Thus
1. Pony-tail: the Eternal Standard
Innocuous sounding, to be sure, but Aya goes out of her way to explain that men are aroused by the exposed nape of the neck (so very touchable) and the stray hairs that are invariably formed with this hairstyle. Also, she tells us that there’s a certain allure to a girl’s (messy) hair when she unties her pony-tail.
2. Twin-tails: the Double Arches of Worldly Passions
The catchphrase says it all. It’s ironic that sensei teaches the girls that only the young ones should wear this, and yet the effect of wearing them is to arouse the most tempestuous desire.
My assessment of the acting continues to be the same: the main girl (=Umika) is good for the part, the other ones are OK in their supporting roles. Aya got to do an anime meganekko interpretation which came off very forced, though ultimately that’s the script’s fault I guess. Umika’s retort here (that sensei wasn’t actually trying to teach them anything but was just using that as an excuse to play out her own fantasies) was appropriate and funny, but not funny enough to make up for the unnaturalness of the scene…