Gekidol – Episode 1

By: ThatNerdyBoliviane January 5, 20210 Comments
Seria falling asleep in her classroom.

What’s it about? An unknown calamity has destroyed cities around the world, but that doesn’t matter because Morino Seria dreams of becoming an idol and hopes to bring joy around the world through her performance with the Alice in Theater troupe.

Seria falling asleep in her classroom.
I too fell asleep watching this premiere.

If you’re an idol fan then the winter 2021 season is going to be especially kind to you, but I hope those shows turn out to be better than Gekidol.  I was a bit hopeful this was going to be good since Ueda Shigeru directed a couple of episodes of Ascendance of a Bookworm and while the chief script writer Ōchi Keiichirō worked on Adachi and Shimamura with mixed results, I thought with their powers combined something adequate could be created. 

Unfortunately, Gekidol’s premiere feels so devoid of any meaning that it’s hard to get invested in the show’s underlying story about why there are black holes that have caused the disappearance of several cities around the world. Instead of creating a good balance between the mysteries of this phenomenon and Morino Seria’s journey into becoming an idol, the story ultimately treats that global devastation as an afterthought.  Granted, life must go on, but this episode could’ve done a better job establishing the state of the world and how we got here.  

Teacher explaining the disappearance of Ikebukuro
Something is always happening in Ikebukuro.

Seria’s a bit of an air-head and clumsy, but while she’s earnest in wanting to become an idol, she isn’t all that interesting and I’m not sure if her journey is worth following.  It doesn’t help that Seria’s friends aren’t very encouraging of her goals, but at least she’s forced to realize how much work it takes to become an idol.  Aside from meeting up with her eventual teammates and hinting there is more to the troupe than meets the eye, nothing much really happens in this episode. 

I’m almost grateful that Funimation released Episode 1 together with the Alice in Deadly School special, because I’m struggling to find anything noteworthy to talk about for this premiere…but even the special is a bit difficult to talk about, because it was boring.

Alice in Deadly School is a zombie story created within Gekidol, and according to the troupe members it’s their best selling show.  If this production was meant to showcase the acting of the troupe members then it definitely showed how emotionless their performances are, and I honestly doubt it’s going to get better for the rest of the series.  It also made watching this premiere unbearably long, just saying. Even the Power of Friendship felt forced.

I don’t want to be so harsh on this series, but idol fans deserve a better story than this.  I’d give this one a strong pass.

Zombies trying to destroy a helicopter.
I’m sure there are plenty of terrible zombie movies, but this was just so emotionless.

About the Author : ThatNerdyBoliviane

ThatNerdyBoliviane was originally born in New York City and essentially lived there until the age of 17 when they had to move to Toronto for reasons. They are currently struggling to survive in this weird-ass world that does not celebrate awesomeness enough. They self identify as Queer Quechua (Mestize) Bolivian-American and are involved with social justice work of all kinds. Aside from that, they are an avid lover of anime, manga, cartoons, (on rare occasion live-action TV shows if it’s good), and having amazing discussions with other folks about nerdy things. You can visit their blog Home to my Bitter Thoughts or follow them on Twitter @LizzieVisitante.

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