Accurate representation of Chihaya's intense performance
Chihaya hogs the spotlight more than she should though not without good reason. According to the Blu-ray audio commentaries, Chihaya being vocally-talented wasn't initially one of her traits; It was only when Imai Asami recorded Aoi Tori that the creators realise that they could improvise and incorporate it into Chihaya's character. This is probably the only franchise in existence where the characters and seiyuus are extensions of each other
Kuroi's final tribute to the Chihaya fans in forcing her to perform a Nemuri Hime a capella is reminiscent to a certain Azusa music video that went to become one of the most viewed iDOLM@STER MADs on Nico Nico Douga. Had it not been for the fact that the old lady has been shafted in favour of the younger idols, this is how this week's episode could have played out.
I genuinely liked Jupiter as rivals and it was disappointing to see that they quit 961 before actually strutting their stuff against the girls. I admit that while I wasn't too fond of them in the beginning, but I succumbed to my inner homosexuality in the game when they gatecrashed my party with Koi wo Hajimeyou. By the end of it all, I found out that the boys themselves are actually pretty chill, and were fed different stories by Kuroi about 765:
Hakuto: Takagi NTR'ed a certain girl from Kuroi (笑)
Shouta: Kuroi lost to Takagi as producers back in the day
Touma: 765 Productions resorts to dirty schemes to gain the upper hand
Kuroi himself never actually goes into detail as to why he hates Takagi so much and even after you beat Jupiter, it is never mentioned what happens to 961 head honcho after that. I knew I could count on the anime's interpretation of in-game events and sure enough, they pulled it off better than I had expected. And since they are venturing into unknown territory, the implication that Kotori may have been the idol whom Takagi and Kuroi had both produced in the past was a nice touch; Having her sing 花 at the bar while the former partners 'reconciled' was simply icing on the Christmas cake .
Speaking of which, it does bring to question as to what Kotori's real age is - ZUN the photographer looks pretty youthful in the picture, while Kotori's mole was below her right eye before it sagged all the way to just above her chin. Hmm...