This is the pre-fest, or in other words, the warm up for the festival. Yep, that’s about it.
What Karen and Mirai do this episode touches me on a deep level as the ideal of a relationship between two people. Even if the A plot of the episode was literally identical to a previous one beat for beat, the B plot of these two more than makes up for it. Karen’s ethos and dreams are what I strive for. Plus, she wears the cutest earrings later in the episode.
I want to post the image of the love story, but I also want you to see it for yourself! And also these hexagonal glasses are nice too. But really, it looks like Dream Academy is finally back after all this time, and someone is pulling an Ichigo to attend it. There’s just so much good and emotional about this, and I leave it to you to enjoy. I also skipped subbing the announcement sign right in the middle of the episode—all it says is that Aikatsu on Parade will be airing Saturdays instead of Thursdays, so you should probably expect the release date of subs to move back a little bit as well.
What could I possibly say? Everything was for this moment. There were some very strong vibes from a certain line Mizuki once said (more on that in my usual weekly thoughts), and I felt that this episode reached levels just as high. This performance shook my core, and I hope I was able to do it justice.
By the way, you may have seen the Important Announcement video released yesterday (if not, you can watch it at this link). I may sub it real quick for posterity, but not today. I’ve been recovering from a cold all week and I’m still not quite there yet. And before anyone asks (and I know people still will), the answer is yes, we are.
100% perfect vacation episode making use of every last second for it, and wasting no time on anything else. No worrying about setup or dealing with the overarching plotline for later, this was devoted entirely to beachkatsu and nothing else. There’s also a bit of an unexpected surprise at the end, so don’t skip through anything. We’ll have more info on that next week.
Karen Island! And that can mean only one thing! We got some old Friends back, we got some crazy Aikatsu, and we got a glimpse of the true power of chaos control. This just makes me want to see an Aikatsu and Two Car crossover. I don’t want to give anything away, but from start to finish there’s something worth seeing. Not to mention next episode as well, perfect for this heat.
The buildup to the finale was so naturally included that I didn’t even realize what was happening, and it made it that much more touching and impactful. And for long-time viewers of Aikatsu, you may also recognize the kind of idol that Mirai seems to want to make, one who can, as they say, produce herself, if you catch my drift. So awesome.
This week is unexpectedly last minute because I had to spend the entire weekend and more in DC for a conference, but I did sneak away for long enough to see some cosplay at Otakon. I hope some people were there representing Aikatsu in my absence.
Yes, this hits so many Aikatsu themes that I love, and it’s a totally novel take on the “imitation” archetype that’s so often used for antagonists. Everyone has their part to play, and we’re steadily moving forward, although there are still some mysterious left to resolve.
This episode has some of the best timing, both comedic and dramatic, that I’ve seen in a long time. That’s in addition to just how realistic the hesitations, doubts, and fears are between Hibiki and Alicia, and the interplay between them. You can really feel the difference between a fine episode and a great one in Aikatsu. Plus, the girls visit a very familiar food truck that many people might remember. And I haven’t forgotten about talking about AX either, I’ve just been busy.
I’m back from AX! And I’ll share more about it in a separate post, but I wanted to get this out as soon as it was finished first. The short version is that our cosplay meetup was a lot of fun, and it was awesome meeting everyone throughout the week. See you tomorrow (in spirit) for the next episode!