Aikatsu Stars! Episode 05 Review: Fire up stage, forget the rest

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Yeah… I’m still working on my supposed witty review titling gimmick.

Anyway, I’m gonna sound like a broken record in this review, so yeah, just, uh, letting you know on what to expect. Also I’m writing this review while listening to my Aikatsu! music collection with 357 songs and music tracks on the playlist. Here’s hoping for prism spiral to pop up.

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One month has passed and the freshmen of Four Star Academy were given a new assignment still relating to self-producing. This time around they’re gonna dance on stage wearing the dress they will end up creating, and have one week to do it. In her efforts to create a fitting dress and not to be a try-hard about it, Yume takes inspirations from Yozora, and then bumps shoulders with Nikaido Yuzu.

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As you can see, Yuzu is one lively specimen.

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Yuzu has an entourage of, uh, ser—students.

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We’re five episodes in and it’s Yuzu’s turn to take center stage. I have to say Yuzu is my favorite S4 mainly because of Ao—she’s an expressive and lively character. I’m pretty sure you know by now (assuming you followed me back in 4chan) I love expressive characters and that’s the main draw why I instantly like Rola and Yuzu, and the reason why I (initially) disliked Sumire and disliked Bore-haru.

The episode is mainly about Yume trying to give her custom dress an identity (if shimei means identity), so it needs to a fitting theme or meaning instead of being a mishmash of frills and ribbons. First Yume tries to figure out what Yozora said on TV and failed. Yuzu “unintentionally” swooped in and give Yume some advice and inspirations.

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Rola and Yuzu are best girls? I’m totally okay with this.

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Yume finally created her own dress that matched with her personality, theme, etc., and danced on stage… with a new song (FINALLY). The episode is fairly straightforward with decent pace and great character development on Yume and Yuzu.

FINAL THOUGHTS

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There’s this disconnect when an idol is training hard to be the best idol out there, and ended up performing a song that came out of nowhere. Sure, Yume’s song is very cutesy fitting her character, but with no reason why the song is there is very disappointing.

The message of this episode was very clear — The dress, the cards defines the idol’s identity, not the songs.

OTHER THOUGHTS

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Tsun-tsun dere-dere.

— SHiN @ Lazy Lily Fansubs

P.S.

prism spiral didn’t show up. ;_;

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