Aikatsu Stars! – 028

Ako kitty wins MVP simply for bringing back the best costume

Ako kitty wins MVP simply for bringing back the best costume

And suddenly it’s Halloween! I know that two very devoted viewers just explained one of our translation choices for the last episode, but we decided to swap Subaru’s nickname for Yume from Tomato to Boiled octopus. It felt like the right time, and coincidentally someone offered to do the BDs for this series today, so I’ll be updating all the past incidences of this for his batch.

Today’s refined reference was to Shakespeare, to the best of my knowledge Hamlet. This was rather hard to find, since attached to the Japanese quote is a poorly translated English version of it, which is nothing like the original. If you look into it, you’ll actually find it’s quite lewd in context.

And finally, I hope you’re old enough to have seen a certain magical girl show that’s referenced from the 90s. Or at least the poor remake of it from the last couple years.

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Aikatsu Stars! – 027

It's called the prone guts pose

It’s called the prone guts pose

There’s a tiny animation error in this episode where it says 9/15 instead of 10/15. I guess it just goes to show you that BN Pictures locks their animators up for longer than they should. I’m looking forward to the Halloween episode next week, let’s see how it compares to the S3 one.

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Aikatsu Stars! – 026

Me during free days of gym class

Me during free days of gym class

Lily’s back! Welcome to the second half of Aikatsu Stars, with a new OP and ED to boot. I really like them, and I think the OP director’s certain tendencies (perhaps embodied by the above girl’s name) will be obvious. I forgot last week to mention that KirakiLine is the next version of KiraKiratter, and of course is based on Line, a chat program primarily for phones and often used in Japan. There’s also a certain Fist of the North Star reference, or at least that’s the most well-known use of the line. I haven’t quite gotten around to reading or watching it yet myself, unfortunately.

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Also, October 10th is Mezashite’s fourth anniversary. Thank you all for sticking with us!

Aikatsu Stars! – 025

I am Breakfast in this scene

I am Breakfast in this scene

Delays brought to you by computer failure. It’s actually appropriate given the events today. This is the first episode in a while actually written by Kakihara Yuuko, the series compositor, and with that knowledge you can actually kind of feel it, since several of the characters’ personalities are knocked back into place and given a new foundation. Also, I made a handy spreadsheet right here dealing with focus and songs and such, so feel free to check it out for reference. I made this because none of the Wiki or Wikia articles had exactly what I wanted all in one place.

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Aikatsu Stars! – 022

Quiz: How closely have you been watching Stars, and what's wrong with this image? Answer after watching

Quiz: How closely have you been watching Stars, and what’s wrong with this image? Answer after watching

Congratulations: If you’re reading this, then you’ve probably just reached your 200th episode of Aikatsu! It hasn’t been four years just yet, but it’s still quite the accomplishment for everyone.

The name of Yume’s CD is the same as the title of episode 1, but we shortened it a bit here. It’s also the name of a real upcoming song you can see on the back of the case (if you can also read Japanese). This episode was visually different than usual, if only because the animation director (probably) made everyone look cute and mushy. You can see it clearly in the final scene. There are also some nice little continuations of past events which were fun to spot, so I hope you feel the same.

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Aikatsu Stars! – 021

Second best sensei this season

Second best sensei this season

They play Red Light Green Light this episode, but Anna makes it all clever and stuff. They also do some tongue twisters—so far as I can tell, they aren’t supposed to make sense (for the same reason as before, actually). Besides the PLOT, there were some interesting little things, like who wears what coord. Unfortunately it seems like someone on either animation direction or storyboarding was asleep at the wheel, because a lot of cuts aren’t fluidly put together this episode. It still looks good enough though. And we get plenty of the mint trio too. Also Laura’s CG hair is definitely not stiff enough.

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Aikatsu Stars! – 020

I just wanted to show off their casual clothes

I just wanted to show off their casual clothes

Tsubasa means wings (not bird), and Taiyou means sun. No it is not related to Icarus. This episode is almost like a tongue-in-cheek joke about Ichigo and cliffs. You’ll see what I mean if you keep in mind who voices Tsubasa. And the title “Taiyou ni Moero” could be a reference to any number of things including “Taiyou ni Hoero” or “Moero! Taiyou”, old Japanese films and shows. They aren’t important to the plot though.

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