The strong flow of Aikatsu continues in this episode, even with a first time writer. I adore the weight that’s being put into becoming Friends, it may even be stronger than units have been in the past. But all that means is that the magic that will come later will be stronger as well. Let’s all try and reach a higher stage, even if it’s only a tiny step at a time.
Man I love the staff for a day episodes, they always make sure to enforce how important every single aspect of Aikatsu is. There’s just so many great little things in this episode, from old Aikatsu references to expanding the setting to making sure there’s plenty of room for character growth. My waku waku is as high as it was last week.
It’s happening! That art! That music! Those characters, voices, animation, story, family, songs, CG, direction! Every time I rewatched part of this episode, even if only a few seconds, I fell more in love with it. The only advice I can offer is the exact same thing I said two years ago: have no expectations, give it a try, wait a while, then watch it again. I can guarantee that with time, you’ll feel it nestle comfortably inside your heart, right next to Aikatsu and Stars. After all, the more friends the merrier.
I was definitely waiting until the right time between series to release this, not just being too lazy to sub a 10-line 45-second PV. This is just Youtube quality, feel free to reupload it if you have a better rip. I really only did it for posterity. Also, scroll down now if you want to see the Behind the Subs panel, I finally put it up.