I’ve never related to Mahiru so hard as in this episode. Questioning such a fundamental aspect on competition has been long-coming in Aikatsu, and the philosophical ramifications are not likely to disappear from the minds of the viewers that easily. With that said there were some real surprises, and some real heartwarming moments. I’m very excited for what’s to come in the future.
It begins in earnest. I was considering writing a long explanation about just how tragic Elza is, but I may not get around to it before it’s too late. In any case, she easily ranks among the top three most troubled Aikatsu idols and I believe strongly that she is deserving of empathy. When even your opponents worry this much about you, perhaps it’s time to reconsider your choices. And yet, being unable to do that in part due to external factors outside your control is what makes this so painful to watch. I can only pray that she is saved soon. In lighter news, a oneshot girl I love is coming back next week, so I’m super excited for that too!
They kind of even look like superheroes, what with the lightning bolts and long scarves. Sometimes, the only way to resolve your insecurities is by getting a little uncomfortable. Or at least embarrass the people watching a little bit. But getting out of your comfort zone like that is also one way to inspire others.
Yes, this was exactly the pairing and lesson I had no idea I so desperately wanted. It had just fantastic writing and setup and intricately wove Aria and Mahiru’s necessary growth events together. This was a truly satisfying and fulfilling episode of Stars.
Also, I can’t believe I forgot to mention this, but as most of you are probably aware, starting this April a new series of Aikatsu, Aikatsu Friends, will be airing. The theme this time around is pair units known as Friends, and our main characters will be aiming to become the top unit, Diamond Friends. We’ll see you there.
What better way can there be to start off a new year with an Aikatsu drama episode? It was full of little references like who took over the role of certain events repeated in last year’s episode, who did what in the first-year talent show, little notes certain idols made in their scripts for past shows, and more. A couple other things also bear mentioning. For one, “hanetsuki” is referenced. If you’re familiar with other anime that have a New Year episode, it’s that paddle badminton game where whoever drops the shuttlecock gets something drawn on their face with a brush. There’s also a bit of a kanji joke in the middle, but if you look at the signs the meaning should become clear. I do have one slight disappointment with the episode near the end, although it definitely didn’t detract from the quality.