We wanted to release this episode now just so that we could say: Happy Birthday, Ako!
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Gonna be honest, I was kind of worried about the episode during the first half, but the second half and performance blew those clouds away. Impossible rainbow aside (the sun needs to be behind you to see a rainbow), I’m going to borrow the words of a fan on Kirakiratter and say you must absolutely watch the CG this episode. The depth of expression, the little touches put into the audience, and even the song itself reminding me of Melody of the Heart blew me away. What an absolute pleasure it was.
What a treat this episode is for those with a good memory of Aikatsu Stars. I try to keep my writer obsession to myself, but for his third episode of Aikatsu at all, Nomura Yuuichi has shown that he’s done his research, and absolutely loves the show. There’s even the introduction of a certain new character, but most importantly, the Bridge to Stars: STARDOM, is reframed almost literally. What beautiful moments this episode brought. Do enjoy. Oh, and this was the 250th episode of Aikatsu overall.
Whoa, I did it! Yes, I subbed our first one of these special episodes, and from the very same room at home that I rarely return to where I ignored the very first “special” episode before 12 of the original series on Christmas. This is almost entirely live action, with interviews and just general chatting between the voice actresses of Ichigo, Akari, Yume, and a few other special guests. It’s not exactly necessary to watch, but I certainly enjoyed it. Also be warned that this is a bit below our usual quality, as I only did one pass on it and there’s no editing or typesetting. Plus, doing real people talking off-script is super hard compared to anime. It’s still fine to watch though, so enjoy if you’d like. It’s pretty inspirational and moving at parts.
Several years ago, I wrote a now-prophetic post about how simulcasts were killing fansubs, but expressed optimism given that at the time, at least everything was getting a CR edit. Looking back, you can really see just how much has changed since then, and what I wrote is really showing its age. Unfortunately, the Subpocalypse came to be, and things are only getting worse. With Sentai, Amazon, and Netflix ruining everything, I’m almost nostalgic for the simpler times with just CR and Funi (which have since merged their simulcasts). But just saying that isn’t very convincing, so I’ve compiled a short list of egregious errors and unacceptable practices just from the first half of this season. This is of course by no means comprehensive. Just take it as a sample of what innocent anime fans are wasting money on. I didn’t bother labeling what anime each are from.
You could tell pretty easily that they called in the series compositor this episode as a sort of “here we are” review episode. Every character had their own place in the story, as is her specialty, and things not seen since as early as episode 2 of the show came back through references sprinkled throughout. It felt very “complete” or “whole”. And it was the perfect preparation for the very special episodes coming over the next two weeks.
That said, there are a few things that need noting. Like how Lily attributes this week’s quote to a German poet, when in fact she is referencing an American scientist who is referencing a Roman philosopher. Or how Mahiru’s idea of a good teacher is literally the opposite of what a real proper teacher is like. Or how Yume snuck in a certain meme during the middle of the episode. But with that in mind, it was well crafted, and basically was a fun way to have the moral of the summer for the kids.
We’ve moved servers, but due to my incompetence our seedbox and XDCC aren’t up yet. I’ll get to it this week, but for now you shouldn’t notice any terribly different things.