This may be one of the heaviest episodes of Aikatsu, and not just because of the snow. What could’ve caused such self-denial for so long? We’re racing towards the conclusion, but we’re not there yet. Also, even though you may think that Solvette is on the planet Tundrastar from 0048, I’m now somewhat confident that it’s in alternate Switzerland. The geography is one thing, but Neve, Schnee, and Neige all mean “snow” in French, German, and Italian, the three official languages of Switzerland (thanks to Etoce for his encyclopedic knowledge of languages). Good on you if you figured that out earlier. Now then, try not to freeze by keeping your heart warm with more Aikatsu.
Unassuming at first, this episode brings some of the best psychological digging thus far. The emotional conflict arising from the main plotline is driving Aikatsu to new heights, and along with it comes the outdoing of expectations. I had a lot to say in my thoughts this week (link still on the Guide page), but as usual, I want everyone to watch for themselves and form their own opinions. I’ll read what you all think as well.
Whoa, Chiba Misuzu is finally back to write this great Aine/Wakaba/Hibiki episode! Even with all the embarrassment it teaches an enduring lesson that even adults would do well to remember. And while this week was great, next episode is something I’ve been looking forward to for well over a year… what could it possibly be?
At the risk of repeating myself, Hibiki’s character, backstory, personality, and development are all perfect (and no, that’s not a reference). Her passion and love with no outlet, countless hours of convincing her heart of her true feelings, even while alone with no feedback to go by, strikes me on a personal level. And her creativity in making unique scenarios doesn’t hurt either. I want to see more and more of this, but I also don’t want to pain her. But I believe that even after she’s able to resolve it, there will be plenty more Hibiki to come.
And this week, physics lessons. On top of Mio’s struggling, I really liked everything shown about Hibiki too, really connecting her and Alicia into the web of everyone else’s relationships. There are more parallels and mirrors than I’d expect from an injection of newness, which I really appreciate. Also, this week will probably also be a bit late due to reasons. By the way, if you’re going to Sakuracon be sure to go represent Aikatsu fans to Morihoshi Sumire. She’s there for Neverland and I can’t go, but if you are make sure not to miss out. (Addition:) Katou Youichi will also be at Anime Boston! He’s the writer of all of OGkatsu! And I won’t be going to that either…
God, this episode was fire and hot and EXCELLENT! The best, most exciting and hype way of starting off a new season in at least a year. Just when you think it can’t get any better, it does, over and over again. Now quickly! Go and watch!
There was also something requesting an actual TL note the week. If somehow you weren’t aware of it, the story referenced was Amaterasu and the cave of Ama-no-Iwato. The specific person talked about is Ame-no-Uzume, known for her rather… lascivious dance. That explains the clothes being thrown off. Aikatsu: As educational as ever.