Imagine a world where there are various idol singers are working to stand against the way the Japanese government is handling the country by spreading cheer through song and dance. There are seven different political parties, including the SOS Party, Bishoujo Party, Wakaba Party, Starlight Party, Subculture New Party, Heroine Party, and the Sanrai Party. These “goddesses,” as the anime itself styles them, are charged with bringing change to “dismal” Japan, and they’re known as Idol Dietwomen. That’s the world of Idol Incidents, a wholly bizarre series that combines cute idols with politics. Just what we need in the world’s climate right now, if you ask me.

The government is just as corrupt as some might call several installations in the world right now, but the best way to solve it, according to Idol Incidents, is to raise the people’s spirits with choreographed dance numbers, inspirational speeches, and effervescent young women with the power to change the world. The series opens with an idol rallying her village to plant paddies full of rice, and the people of the village do so with fervor. The twin-tailed singer, Natsuki, is considered the “village idol” and goes on to become a full-fledged idol in service of the people, who are trying to rise up past the corruption that takes place in their very own government offices.

The idols sing and dance their way into people’s hearts, but it’s so weird since that’s not really much in the grand scheme of things. Singing and dancing can’t alter economical problems and it can’t get people jobs. I suppose the people of Idol Incidents aren’t that concerned with “real” problems such as those and I’m overthinking it, but the show seems to think that flowery dance numbers and catchy tunes are going to really turn things around. It’s perfectly normal to them. I guess I’m the weird one for thinking otherwise, at least to them.

You can’t argue that, especially in the realm of idol anime, it’s a strange sight to see a young woman scouted for her ability to rile up a crowd and inspire them. But that’s not what happens here. Instead of Natsuki’s talent, in the beginning, she’s tested on her physical might, for some reason. Just like tons of other young ladies when she’s being screened for her ability to participate as a new Dietwoman, Natsuki must reach the top of the horrendously tall “Idol Hill.” And then it seems like she’s in, ushered and poked and prodded to give her first performance later in the first episode.

Honestly, the entire setup feels more than a little off, even if it is meant to combat a corrupt government. The fact that young women are being recruited to train and work hard to sway the people’s thinking is strange on its own, especially considering the intensive training the potential Dietwomen have to go through in order to prove their worth. Main protagonist Natsuki is obviously ridiculously strong, as she proves time and time again in the first episode, but many of the other girls aren’t in the same boat. I’m wondering if there might be some sort of dark twist in the future, even though common sense tells me otherwise, but it wouldn’t feel out of place.

The opponents to these idols, such as the Rougai Party, ask questions that perhaps the people need to ask themselves: “Is it really song and dance that your government needs?” It’s a worthwhile question to pose, but the people Idol Incidents is aiming to keep on board won’t be listening. I have to wonder myself, though, what’s going to happen when all the people have are positivity and dancing girls to deliver them. I hope it can hold my attention until the very end, because it has certainly captured my imagination for the time being.

You can view Idol Incidents with subtitles on Crunchyroll.

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