Yeah, I’m still working on putting actual witty titles for my reviews.
This review was delayed a bit because 1.) I was dead tired from work or 2.) Dark Souls 3 kept me occupied. But anyway, I’m obviously 4 episodes in and while I love Rola and S4, and I do like the new direction, Aikatsu Stars! is lacking that charm the OG Aikatsu! had. Of course it’s too early to judge Stars!, but for now, the show lacks something and I’m not enjoying it as much as the original.
Or maybe I’ll enjoy the episodes more if I have people to discuss the anime with. Right. The review.
Anna made a big announcement that her class will be part of an Aikatsu! TV program, and the girls, especially Yume are all giddy with excitement. What’s even more exciting for Yume is her admiration S4’s Hime will also show up. After a brief wishful thinking/delusion, Yume’s excitement was shot down because the girls are only helping out with the preparations backstage.
I get the feeling I know why sequels just skipped character development episodes about the girls who are completely new and working their way up — Eats up time and breaks the pace.
When I watch the episodes, sometimes I just want them to get it over with because I already saw these kinds of episodes/stories. If Rise and Nono were complete newbies and didn’t do a special appeal on day one, then the anime will focus episodes of them training, and actually make season 4 50 episodes longer. I guess this was the writer’s mindset when they were making Aikatsu! season 3 and season 4.
But that’s just me.
Rola a qt
For some reason Yume heard Hime playing the piano inside a building that’s designed to be soundproof. I guess a window was open and the cool morning air helped the sound travel better… or something.
Though not a fleshed out story like Tsubasa in episode 3, Hime and Yozora in this episode have enough involvement that it didn’t feel like they’re just there for eye-candy. There was a decent interaction between Yume and Hime, and how they talked about giving your 100% to a performance/task/assignment/etc. will always yield the best result. Or something like that, I didn’t catch all of the dialogue since I suck at Japanese.
And… that’s it. There’s nothing much else to talk about this episode. The stage preparation activities were fun, Rola being a qt (as always), more S4 screen time, Bore-haru being boring as always (she is also Yozora’s personal fucktoy), and the anime not being subtle at advertising their cards. Yeah, nothing much else to talk about.
— SHiN @ Lazy Lily Fansubs