Aikatsu Stars! – 098

I feel like they’ve been trying to send a very specific message this season

This episode was so fast I almost got whiplash, so watch out. And truly, we were the Kemono Friends.

Episode 098: Torrent | Magnet

EDIT: I forgot to mention! I’m hosting another panel at Anime Boston this year titled “Behind the Subs”! And yes, it’s all about how we make subtitles. It’s Friday at 11 AM in Hynes 306. I remembered to add this kind of late, so I’ll say it again in the next post release.

Aikatsu Stars! – 096

A strong feeling

There’s a lot that I can express here in words, but as is my policy I want everyone to experience it for themselves first. I’ll just say that my expectations were exceeded. I devote this episode to Yume, in celebration of her birthday. Happy Birthday, Yume-chan.

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Aikatsu Stars! – 094

Monica is still the best, and now Aria is part of their posse

I’ve never related to Mahiru so hard as in this episode. Questioning such a fundamental aspect on competition has been long-coming in Aikatsu, and the philosophical ramifications are not likely to disappear from the minds of the viewers that easily. With that said there were some real surprises, and some real heartwarming moments. I’m very excited for what’s to come in the future.

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Aikatsu Stars! – 093

What does it mean… to become light?

It begins in earnest. I was considering writing a long explanation about just how tragic Elza is, but I may not get around to it before it’s too late. In any case, she easily ranks among the top three most troubled Aikatsu idols and I believe strongly that she is deserving of empathy. When even your opponents worry this much about you, perhaps it’s time to reconsider your choices. And yet, being unable to do that in part due to external factors outside your control is what makes this so painful to watch. I can only pray that she is saved soon. In lighter news, a oneshot girl I love is coming back next week, so I’m super excited for that too!

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Aikatsu Stars! – 092

D4 is the cutest!

They kind of even look like superheroes, what with the lightning bolts and long scarves. Sometimes, the only way to resolve your insecurities is by getting a little uncomfortable. Or at least embarrass the people watching a little bit. But getting out of your comfort zone like that is also one way to inspire others.

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Aikatsu Stars! – 091

I want a Lun Lun body too!

Yes, this was exactly the pairing and lesson I had no idea I so desperately wanted. It had just fantastic writing and setup and intricately wove Aria and Mahiru’s necessary growth events together. This was a truly satisfying and fulfilling episode of Stars.

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Also, I can’t believe I forgot to mention this, but as most of you are probably aware, starting this April a new series of Aikatsu, Aikatsu Friends, will be airing. The theme this time around is pair units known as Friends, and our main characters will be aiming to become the top unit, Diamond Friends. We’ll see you there.