Kakegurui Episode 8: Idol worship

Well, this week's episode was pretty much all setup for the actual game next week. Even with that in mind, I'm not really looking forward to next week's episode. The idea of a popularity contest or some kind of idol competition doesn't sound too appealing on its face. Hopefully, there's more to it, but I guess I'm just skeptical for now.

This letter seemed to set off most of the big moments in this episode, which is part of what made it disappointing to me. Yumeko seems perfectly capable herself, so it seems strange that she would need help from someone else to face Yumemi. And just to be sure, was it the hoodie girl who sent the letter? Based on timing of scenes, she seems to be the most likely candidate, but I wasn't sure if that was the intended interpretation.

If I were to take anything from this episode, I'd say there's probably something going on about online celebrity here. Even if Yumemi is impressively popular online, does that really translate to anything to close to an Academy Award? I've always seen online fame as something completely separate than normal media fame, even if it's slowly getting to the point of equivalence. But hey...this guy's strategy counts as legitimate views, right?

As a final note, I do want to say that I think that the idol battle itself isn't totally out of nowhere for a show like this. Yumeko is pretty good at putting forth a fake persona to cover up her crazy side, so the battle seems to fit her well. We'll just have to see where it goes.

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