Kyouko is such a wonderful new character, superficially a combination of Sakura and Seira, but so much more. I think she really embodies the themes Aikatsu Planet is trying to share, and what each episode starts out by saying—this is a place where you can be true to yourself and become who you want to be. The sincerity with which this is told and shown made me tear up each time I rewatched it. Next week, something special that I think every Aikatsu fan has been hungry for a long time. Also I started putting my recorded episode thoughts up again, which I don’t do here to avoid absurdly long posts.
At this point I can only say that Planet is just getting better and better with each episode. There’s a bit more lore about how the system works this time, and a few mysteries I look forward to seeing solved. The way Swing and Dressia work are so cool, and the points system really jives with my own philosophy about what makes an idol.
Now that Mao has become an idol, it’s her turn to start learning the ins and outs of the trade. Luckily for her, she’s got the perfect teacher, Ruli—except she needs to keep her identity a secret?
Okay, I have no idea why I went all preview on that when I never do. I just feel like this season is going to ramp up slowly rather than go blazing right out of the gate, especially with Hana’s identity being such a huge plot point, and our knowledge that Meisa’s coming back as Rose later on. For the longtime Aikatsu fans, there are three returning voices who make appearances this episode; see if you can pick them out. I found it pretty hard for two of them without checking the credits, but felt pretty silly once I read it. Maybe I’ll give the answer later if nobody figures it out.
It’s been a long time, but we’ve finally returned. Things look a bit different this time around, but deep down inside, I can feel that this is surely Aikatsu. More than Akari gen, and more than Stars, I think we’ll all need some time to adjust, so take it at your own pace. We’ll be here, as always, doing our subkatsu.