And there’s nothing wrong with that.
I’m gonna write this post like a review, so I will no longer gonna comment on every little detail found in the episode. The quick synopsis, review, and final thoughts is (hopefully) going to be the format I will be using.
Let’s dive right in.
Yume’s performance is the talk of the to—school and she became an instant celebrity. On a routine part physical education class, part voice training, Yume did poorly and the her class wondered how did Yume manage to perform on stage that wowed everyone. This then caught the attention of Sakuraba Rola, and thus begins Yume and Rola’s relationship as friends and rivals.
The title of the episode is “We are rivals,” but the anime didn’t entirely focus on it. Half of the episode is about the freshmen starting their “self-producing” by first selecting what kind of specialty they prefer — ranging from being cute to drinking tea without a chair to sit on. Each of the S4 members are part of these groups and they’re also the groups’ representatives/top students. And each group is headed by Anna and the three teachers we saw in episode 01. So this confirms they’re not just designers.
The highlight of the first half is Koharu caught the attention of S4’s Yozora. As I mentioned previously, Yozora likes cute things and cute girls, so I guess it’s natural for her to be attracted to Koharu. There’s nothing sexual going on — Yozora noticed Koharu’s soft skin and complimented her.
Infatuated, or, I dunno, in… fatuated. Sorry, that’s how I see it… Koharu decided to join Yozora’s group.
Yume and Rola ended up in the same group.
Rola is the token rival character of Yume with that SMUGNESS (OH MY GOD) of hers, but I guess the twist is, Rola isn’t the type to sabotage or antagonize Yume just because she’s a threat. I mean, if they did that, the audience might not like Rola.
The two ended up working together for a party event for the freshmen, and from there, the two finally get along. I guess the best part is Rola is in fact a caring individual who is not out to make Yume’s life a living hell. Rola knows Yume has the potential, but Rola needs to teach Yume how to harness it or help her improve. Rola even defended Yume after one of the students criticized Yume’s recent performance to be not on par with her first one.
THE GODDAMN SMUGNESS
It was a good episode with good pacing. I like how the anime slowly introduces these characters and at the same time not messing up with Yume and Rola’s relationship. We finally get to see the intro, and apart from the boys suffering the same-face syndrome, it seems they’ll be an integral part of the story, and not just filler to add some testosterone to the anime.
Is there something in the episode I don’t like?
Koharu. I’m having a hard time liking her, despite that yuri moment with Yozora. She’s just boring to look at and her voice can’t express more than one emotion. Koharu is like a more boring version of Sumire S3, and that’s saying a lot. And…
Little Miss Smug is a better partner for Yume. She’s SMUG, beautiful, expressive and she’ll have more attention and character development than Bore-haru.
…that’s what I’m wishing at least.
— SHiN @ Lazy Lily Fansubs