The director tweeted that these two episodes were the big climax before the series enters high gear. He said that with this, the three main characters have now all stepped up to a new start line. Please enjoy.
Wow, in this episode BN Pictures simultaneously manages to spell “Kibougaoka” the way I like it (with the ‘u’ in the middle) as well as screw up a copy/paste on one of their signs. The girls watch videos in the middle of the episode, and all the phone says is “Halftime show [Class] [Year]”, nothing important. This was a really well constructed episode, and I won’t give anything away. Rumors say that next week with have even better staff too.
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.
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.
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.
Also, October 10th is Mezashite’s fourth anniversary. Thank you all for sticking with us!
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.
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.