At this point I can only say that Planet is just getting better and better with each episode. There’s a bit more lore about how the system works this time, and a few mysteries I look forward to seeing solved. The way Swing and Dressia work are so cool, and the points system really jives with my own philosophy about what makes an idol.
Why does the sky in the live action segments look so grey/overcast in every scene? It makes the establishing shots look really depressing…
Waiting for weather in a weekly series is just impracticable.
I would just have imagined that over the months they’ve been filming, they would have gathered some establishing shots of the school/studio on a nice day.
I’m also loving Ai Planet, thanks for your subkatsu! 🤭💖
Really loving it so far, keep the great work!
Juicy lore episode. I love Aikatsu.
Watched it again. Tadokoro Azusa as the Kyuubey… it’s beautiful.
This is probably my favourite episode so far. I’m glad the series is being written by Ms. Chiba, since she was one of my favourite writers on Stars.
Awesome as always! I love aikatsu so much
Shiori’s idol nametag likes to disappear https://files.catbox.moe/qdhisc.webm
Oh, I think that’s a rounding error due to sub-frame timestamps on the sign. I’ll fix it for next ep, thanks for pointing it out.
Why aren’t they wearing face-masks?!?! (#LAUGHTRACK)
I finally watched Aikatsu Planet eps 1-3 and would like to leave my impressions… if you’ll have me! (´・ω・`)
The first episode was… UNOBTRUSIVELY AIKATSU!!! I’m glad Namco Bandai realized just how dumpster fire Aikatsu was; might as well jump the shark while they still can (#LAUGHTRACK)
Also, I’m not sure why previous commenters had issues with Aikatsu acting… is this their first J-Drama? (#WOMP) That’s the basis of Japanese mannerisms: forcing a grinding smile while “smiling-with-the-eyes” squint, putting their hands in front of their mouths like dainty anime characters, stiff/robotic dance moves (and just moving in general), giggling at things that aren’t funny… THIS IS AIKATSU!!!
Something else I found Aikatsu: the main character (Mao) has a unique face; her bangs, eyes, smile, nostrils, head-shape, chin, everything is almost a horizontal line or boxy… Like I’m watching a kawaii version of Masahiro Sakurai’s younger sister or something (#LAUGHTRACK). Not that I’m impartial to it, mind you! I just thought I’d point it out, without being weird about it… (◍˘ω˘◍)
(“No Jay, that comment was totally weird!!”)
Opps my bad (#LAUGHTRACK)
(hope this comment goes thru >_<!!!)
(woo first comment went thru!)
Other things I’ve noticed up to this point:
None of the characters have catchphrases… Like: “Gracias! In other words…” or “I WOULD LaaaiIiiIiikee to ooffferrr maaaiiii APPRREEEESHEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAASIOOOOOAAAANNNNNNNNN!!! *warrior pose while rotating head*” or even something lame like “DON DON KOI!!!”… This isn’t very Aikatsu of them! ヽ(●ﾟ´Д｀ﾟ●)ﾉﾟ Also side-chara’s “Mondai/Question!” bit doesn’t count (#WOMP)
Asking questions… IS NOT A CATCHPHRASE!!! >_<!!!
Another observation: Aikatsu is generally super-colorful/saturated but their real life counterparts are… peach? Like the color scheme is entirely skin-based/nude/beige/white/etc. Even the school/backgrounds look like a big block of flesh… it had to have been intentional by the designers/color-team, right? Like accidentally stumbling on Kim Kardashian's instagram page or something (#LAUGHTRACK) Not that I know about that or anything!! I just wasn't sure how to process all that toner… if anyone understands color-theory and would like to leave their thoughts, please do!! Onegai!!
Observation 2 (this is like the 4th observation but still): despite having less animated segments, said segments were still ass (#WOMP) Like wtf is up with those Pac-Land Arcade backgrounds?! Heck I know it's Pac-Man's 40th Anniversary but still!! My breath fucking smells like shit yet you don't see me taking a shit all over Namco Bandai's series!!!
("WTF JAY THAT LAST BIT FELT UNNECESSARY AND ALSO DIDN'T MAKE SENSE!!!")
…crap, ur rite (#WOMP) 3D bits were still top notch tho! (by Japanese standards…)
NOW, for Ep 1 No-No Zone Corner!!! >_<!!!
“What a coincidence, I was thinking the same thing: becoming your dress”
EW WHAT THE HECK THAT HORSE IS A PERVERT!!! (#LAUGHTRACK)!!!
I SEVERELY HOPE this show doesn’t become popular with doujin artists so they’ll refrain from creating scenarios with idols mating with horses!! That’s just not right, man! Bronies… ARE NOT RIGHT!!! Aikatsu DOES NOT LIKE BRONIES!!! SO DON’T DOUJIN THEM!!! >_<!!!
Anyway I'm giving Aikatsu Planet Episode 1… EIGHT POINT SEVEN AIKATSUS OUT OF 10!!! (´つ＾ω＾⊂) Not enough stupid/silly segments but I have hope!!
EP 2 Impressions:
EW GROSS THE MAIN CHARA’S BROTHER HAS A THING FOR HANA YET DOESN’T REALIZE HIS OWN LITTLE SISTER IS NOW SECRETLY HANA?!?! I SURE HOPE NO DOUJIN ARTIST MAKES THIS SITUATION ANY WORSE THAN IT ALREADY IS!!! >_<!!! (#WOMP)
Also Mao’s look of disgust was pretty funny lol…
Enter Tamaki ROO-REE… this… IS AIKATSU!!! (super silly and stoopy-doopy!!! Yes!!! And best yet: she’s cananocially 19 (in real life) so it’s not weird to obsess over her! (◍˘ω˘◍) (#WOMP)
(“No Jay!!! Your No-No Zone is showing!!!”)
Drats! GOMEN!!! >_<!!!… but honestly her segments were pretty fun!
Also when ROO-REE said “Put your hand on your face to make it look smaller!” _:(
Anywho Roo-Rii is a much needed addition to the Aikatsu cast, but I still feel like the rest of the cast (judging from the OP) is rather… plain? Their cartoon-versions at least: blonde hair, rock hair, pastel-candy hair, elegant/passive(???) hair… they don’t even look like their real life counterparts (#WOMP), so at least spice up the anime designs y’know??
Anyway this episode was fun! Way stronger than ep 1… I’m giving it… EIGHT POINT SEVEN AIKATSUS OUT OF TEN!!! (8.7/10)
Ep 2 No-No Zone Corner:
“Hana’s way cuter than she’ll ever be”
UMMMM WHAT IS MEZASHITE DOING IN MY AIKATSU?!!? (#LAUGHTRACK) That’s NOT AIKATSU!!! (but it was pretty Aikatsu seeing Mao and side-chara hide behind the curtains despite everyone knowing they were there and politely acting like they weren’t cause Japanese people are polite like that…)
Opps text got cut off due to brackets. The first paragraph said:
“Put your hand on your face to make it look smaller!” LEAVE MAO’S MINECRAFT-HEAD ALONE!!! It’s like the devs knew Mao was conscious of her Minecraft-Head and blocky smile… AND WANTED TO POINT IT OUT TO FURTHER EMBARRASS HER!!! Not cool Aikatsu Team (๑´╹‸╹`๑)
Ep 3 Impressions:
ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh SIX POINT ONE AIKATSUS OUT OF 10!!! (6.1/10) Please please PLEASE “let new chara be a stupider version of Kitaoji Sakura ONEGAI SHE MASS!!!” >_<!!!