It’s Stars on Parade! Like last week, this episode deeply exemplifies the heart and soul of Aikatsu Stars, and gives Raki a place within it. Let’s look back together on the lessons we’ve learned and how far we’ve come since then.
I can feel it, the spirit and soul of Aikatsu flowing through my blood. Even now, Raki is still growing and learning as an idol, maturing as a person. We’re at the climax, and it looks like we’re going out with a bang.
I’m not going to make a separate post about the important announcements, I’m just going to put the most important things here. You can view the videos yourself on AiTube or aikatsu.net.
- Starting Saturday March 28, a new season of Aikatsu on Parade will begin with a web broadcast. If you’re reading this now, it means you probably won’t notice any difference with the sub releases or where to watch.
- The Aikatsu DCD (arcade game) is starting a new set to match it.
- A new Aikatsu project is starting autumn of this year. We know that there will be new Aikatsu machines to match it, and we know there will be a TV broadcast for it. More information is coming in June. Anything more is speculation.
Man, not only was this a festival of locadols, it very seamlessly led into the upcoming arc. More than just a feelgood episode, it again utilized the past foundations of Aikatsu to nurture Raki as well, and set up her next steps. But mainly, it was just a ton of fun.
You may have heard, but they announced that there will be a “Big Announcement” on Sunday, March 8th, in two weeks. Nobody knows what it is. If somebody says they do, it would be to your benefit not to listen. Please don’t spread rumors here either. Thank you, and look forward to it.
This is where everything finally comes together. Where all we’ve learned and experienced is combined into one climactic explosion. All the people, the places, the times and spaces, the lessons and links and love. This is for her and them, but also for you and me.
This is Your Entrance.
I know how many people were not just excited, but dying to see this episode. So don’t worry about my thoughts—you go out there untainted and enjoy it.
P.S. Next week will be slightly delayed because I’m going to Geika, the biggest Aikatsu doujin event in Japan. So it’ll be out during the week sometime, not the weekend.
The departure that the structure of this episode takes from some previous ones, both in this season and before, serves to make it a strong addition to the canon of both Raki’s story and Aikatsu itself. It has probably the most natural progression of having her included that could ever be possible. See if you can tell the ways in which she’s grown too.
I doubted that they could make it work, and now I can’t imagine the episode happening any other way. Somehow I am more than satisfied with everyone who got the spotlight this week, as again, every scene served to both bring out the best in the characters while adding something new to Parade through the eyes of Raki. And the climax was as exciting and intense as they intended.
This episode is so pop! And it even starts with a super old reference that I was hoping for! I couldn’t possibly be in a better place to sub her triumphant return, and I even relearned some things about her that had slipped my mind over the years. But not to be outdone, the contents of the episode itself were so much fun that every bit was enjoyable. Now this is the right way to start off a new year.