Episode 12 – Heroines Run the Show: The Unpopular Girl and the Secret Task

After writing itself into a thematic briar patch, Heroines Run the Show makes a dash towards a happy conclusion, but it can’t help stumbling over the nettles. On the surface, this is a pleasant ending that wraps up a confrontational final arc on a high note that leaves everyone in a better place than where … Read more

Episode 11 – Heroines Run the Show: The Unpopular Girl and the Secret Task

If you had told me ten weeks ago that the penultimate episode of Heroines Run the Show would end in a bloody punchout, I’d have been mighty incredulous. Yet here we are. Given the incredibly knotted circumstances, it feels like the most appropriate note to go out on too. This is a very strange installment … Read more

Episode 10 – Heroines Run the Show: The Unpopular Girl and the Secret Task

Embroiled in a salacious scandal born from photographed high-fives, Hiyori and her two large idol sons navigate the treacherous tabloid waters and bail out with solutions that prove to be both tidy and messy. As I discussed last week, this is a thorny subject with tendrils in a lot of different topics, including online fandom … Read more

Episode 9 – Heroines Run the Show: The Unpopular Girl and the Secret Task

Congratulations to all audience members who had “a visual allusion to one of Francisco Goya’s Black Paintings” on their Heroines Run the Show bingo cards. You can fill in that square now. While this episode may be lacking compared to the cosmic family drama of a Titan chowing down on one of his offspring, “Scandal” … Read more

Episodes 6-7 – Heroines Run the Show: The Unpopular Girl and the Secret Task

In retrospect, it’s fortuitous that I didn’t have the time to review last week’s episode on its own, because “Producing Hiyori” works much better when paired with the conclusion provided by “My Childhood Friend.” The makeover arc seems to be an inevitability in any piece of media that stars an even slightly plain-looking girl, and … Read more

Episode 8 – Heroines Run the Show: The Unpopular Girl and the Secret Task

After two weeks of wrestling with the hot button issue of whether or not it’s ethically acceptable to style Hiyori’s eyebrows, Heroines Run the Show dials itself back with a straightforward episode exploring how track kids are just built different. We had annual Field Days throughout elementary school, and as a nonathletic nerd who preferred … Read more

Episode 5 – Heroines Run the Show: The Unpopular Girl and the Secret Task

Well, well, well, if it isn’t the consequences of Hiyori’s actions. After hurting her foot at the end of last week’s episode of Heroines Run the Show, the other shoe quickly drops, along with the rest of her body. Her athletic aspirations hit a big stumbling block at the same time that her trial period … Read more

Episode 4 – Heroines Run the Show: The Unpopular Girl and the Secret Task

When I made that quip in my last review about an endgame polycule, I didn’t expect the next episode to immediately canonize it. Although it’s dream-only for now, it further proves that Heroines Run the Show has a good degree of self-awareness and an amiable sense of humor about it. Romance, it seems, will likely … Read more

Episodes 1-3 – Heroines Run the Show: The Unpopular Girl and the Secret Task

Ah, idols. The sights. The sounds. The surly teen boy stars who need to be reined in by their classmate and secret part-time manager-in-training. It’s a wild world out there amongst the fickle peaks and valleys of showbiz, and Heroines Run the Show is here to put its own spin on the music industry by … Read more