The departure that the structure of this episode takes from some previous ones, both in this season and before, serves to make it a strong addition to the canon of both Raki’s story and Aikatsu itself. It has probably the most natural progression of having her included that could ever be possible. See if you can tell the ways in which she’s grown too.
I doubted that they could make it work, and now I can’t imagine the episode happening any other way. Somehow I am more than satisfied with everyone who got the spotlight this week, as again, every scene served to both bring out the best in the characters while adding something new to Parade through the eyes of Raki. And the climax was as exciting and intense as they intended.
This episode is so pop! And it even starts with a super old reference that I was hoping for! I couldn’t possibly be in a better place to sub her triumphant return, and I even relearned some things about her that had slipped my mind over the years. But not to be outdone, the contents of the episode itself were so much fun that every bit was enjoyable. Now this is the right way to start off a new year.
Happy New Year! We have now entered a new decade of Aikatsu! As I mentioned, this took a while because I was away the whole week at Comiket, meeting a lot of doujin artists as well as an actual animator for the anime. While this wasn’t quite a New Year’s episode, it was certainly a great one, even breaking some new ground for Aikatsu and having a focused, emotional plotline. Next week’s episode (the one that would air tomorrow) is on break, so the next one airs the 11th. As it is, I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday, and happy year of the rat!
P.S. I learned something very interesting when I went to the Aikatsu Museum. The color designer for the series gave several interviews that were posted up, but the most interesting one was about Raki’s design. If you look closely at her eyes, you can actually see that they contain all the colors of the previous protagonists in some way: Ichigo, Akari, Yume, Aine, and Mio. Pretty cool, huh?
It’s Christmas! Christmas! Everything and [almost but not quite] everyone is here! Traditions and people you’ve forgotten! Scenes from your dreams! It’s out now so you can watch at your leisure. It appears that next week’s episode will air as normal, but it’s going to take a few extra days since I’ll be at Comiket for New Year’s, so just be aware.
This is the most high concentration of powerful idols in the history of Aikatsu. From seeing how adorable Elza is still keeping her desires fresh to actually being able to witness the fruits of Karen’s love, to this scene with Mizuki above, this is like a vortex of Aikatsu from everywhere all centering on the present. Go forth, and have your soul shaken.
This episode was deep, as deep as the sea, with plot, character motivation, and love for the series. Even as one door is opened, countless more mysteries sprout forth, longing for answers. Sure there was a lot to be excited about simply as a fan, but there was a lot to chew on as an overanalyzer of children’s anime as well. We have only just crossed the start line; here is where the real game begins.
Ringo is the best Mama. And to be honest, a song this episode is in my top three least liked list from all of Aikatsu, even if I really like the dress. Thank you to that guy who actually gave me a card in real life from her coord a while back: I just got two more pieces of it on my own, so only one more until I have the full thing.
I like the lesson this episode, and it does have some good forward progress and development as well. And just when I thought next week couldn’t get any better, I saw the preview. Oh, and more importantly, they just announced the next Aikatsu on Parade real life concert tour. I’m gonna need to go to those while I have the chance.
I’ve got so much to say, it’s almost better to say nothing at all. My senses took in everything to me, in the rawest, purest way straight from a TV screen in Japan, and I gave it back my hot tears in return.
Yesterday I had a great time at Aikatsu Carnival 8, a doujin event in Kyoto, meeting other fans, buying books, and spreading the overseas love of Aikatsu to the people here. I may have spent too much money, but the memories I got in return have a hundredfold the value. I want to see everyone again next year if I can.