Thank you for waiting! We are proud to present our subtitles for Aikatsu! 10th Story
~ Mirai e no Starway~! I know it’s been a long wait, but this has been a journey for all of us, and we’re proud to have brought you Aikatsu for the last ten years. In addition, I have made a batch of every single Aikatsu release we have ever had (in some cases only the higher resolution)! Very simply, these are only the exact most updated releases from Mezashite, not BD rips. That means that some of them will have TV artifacts like weather warnings and such. If you can find BDs for the main series, you should go for the higher quality. This release is simply to make sure that there is at least one source available for posterity. I have much more to say, but it has spoilers for the movie, so it’ll be below the release. And once again, thank you for always supporting Aikatsu.
And a note: The movie released as three separate episodes on the BD, so that’s how we’ve subbed it. And yes, they are numbered correctly, since you may be confused when you start episode 2.
You’ve watched the movie, right? Good.
I’ve written my thoughts on Aikatsu so many times at length, usually when one series ends, but this is the true finale. Aikatsu started airing in 2012, when I was just starting my senior year of college, and the first season ended as I was living on Etoce’s couch looking for a job. It marked my graduation, and the start of the next phase of my life, but I don’t remember how much I’ve talked about myself since then. After all, I just wanted you to know me as the translator and subber of Aikatsu, without worrying about things like gender or age or identity. It’s my actions and words that make me who I am, not superficial things about me.
But the timing of this release is more important to me than you might realize. Because in one week, I’ll be defending my PhD thesis. That’s why this release has taken so long to finish. Just as Aikatsu began with one graduation, it’s ending with another graduation for me. Everything I’ve done in the interim, in these last ten years, has been working towards this degree, and it almost feels like fate that these two equally important parts of my life are coming to a close at the same time. It’s been, to put it lightly, the hardest thing I’ve ever accomplished mentally, emotionally, spiritually. Grad school is not an experience I’d wish on anyone. It makes you question your soul and your reason for existence at the limits of existentialism. But that’s exactly why Ichigo’s speech at the end hit me so hard, and has made me break down sobbing every time I hear it.
It’s not about dreams or accomplishments or promises. She simply says “I know you’ve always done your best. You’ve worked hard and made it this far, and that’s why I know you’ll be just fine.” Could any other words so simple hold so much weight, and be able to save someone’s life? Ichigo has always been there for me, for us, being an inspiration, and shining a light on our paths. We’ve watched her and supported her, just as she’s supported us… just as our past selves support our present, and our present supports our future. This marks the start of the next phase of my own life, and although we may not have any more subs to release, I’m hoping this won’t be the last you hear of me in regards to Aikatsu. I hope that you, too, will find that everything you’ve done has given you the courage to live on, whether it’s simply to greet another day, or to change the world. Let’s say it together, one last time. Always passionate…