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.
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.
Hey, it’s been a while. I guess that second trip across the country and presentation took more out of me than I expected. Still, here’s the most recent episode after a far too long break.
Also, there was a bit of an interesting announcement (confirmation?). Next month, two episodes of Aikatsu Stars will be replaced by a 5th Anniversary event crossover between Aikatsu and Stars! I think these will be in place of the regular episodes, so they’ll come out with the regular sub schedule. Check out the link if you want, or resist if you want to save all the fun until it airs.
First, thank you so, so much to everyone I met at Anime Expo. All the fans, the cosplayers, the artists, and everyone else was so kind, and I just love meeting other people who feel the same way about Aikatsu. I’ll be back again, so don’t worry if you wanted to meet but missed me.
This episode comes exactly 50 after the last Tanabata one, and was about perfectly timed this year. Perhaps because of that, next week Aikatsu Stars will be on break. The following episode will be in two weeks. Until then, keep on enjoying your summer.