Aikatsu Stars! Episode 06 Review: Identity Crisis

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Aikatsu Stars! tried new things, and that’s a good thing. What’s not a good thing however it’s trying to be something that it’s not. Parts of the anime felt alien to me, and I hope to the Blue Goddess they won’t try to imitate other idol anime.

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Yume conveniently opened her phone just in time for some S4 news and man, it’s one big news. S4 is announcing a new drama (sitcom?) and to make things more interesting, and perhaps save money hiring third-party extras, they’re setting up an acting audition and everyone in Four Star Academy are invited.

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This is perhaps Aikatsu Stars’s version of the signature drama episodes in the series, and it’s one one entertaining episode yet. Mainly because the episode is packed with stuff with no boring parts… And for once I didn’t blame Bore-ha—I mean—Koharu for making me drowsy.

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The girls are looking at the poster, and Koharu filled them in on the drama’s story and premise.

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Seeing the entire thing is exciting and Koharu has good knowledge of the story, Yume invited her to join the audition. With no confidence with her acting skills, Koharu refuses.

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Rola encouraged Koharu that none of them have any experience and the very least they’re around to help Koharu. But what made what made Koharu budge is…

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Yume telling Koharu that she may end up working together with her beloved Yozora-senpai. Should I be amazed over the fact Koharu is interested because of Yozora, or Yume knows Koharu’s deepest and lustful desires?

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A chunk of the episode is the girls auditioning for the drama and this is my favorite part of the episode. Tsubasa is the lead actress and also in charge of the audition.

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Yume and Rola acting. They were literally robotic… with matching SFX.

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Difficult, huh, Rola?

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Oh yeah, new character. Meet Saotome Ako, a girl that looks and acts like she’s a mix of Otome and Yurika. She’s tsundere, has a fang, and childish. She’s not a direct clone of Yurika and that may be a bad thing. Another trait Ako has that will make her not so identical to Yurika is she a big fangirl to one of the M4 guys. And from the looks of it…

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She’s one of the types that gets ignored by the person they admire. Sorta like the cheerleaders who are constantly tailing Rukawa Kaede from Slam Dunk. Ouch. Harsh comparison, yeah.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

I think that’s enough spoiler screenshots and story details. Ako is a fun character and I do like tsundere types, but she’s not good enough to dethrone Rola as my favorite girl in the anime. A lot of you folks will love her to death though. She’s tsundere, a girl in love, easily gets jealous and her personality is a mix of Yurika and Otome.

Overall it’s a good episode with lots of character interactions. The drama part is very good with some good dialogue and a new Swing Rock-esque song.

OTHER THOUGHTS

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What, Four Star Academy doesn’t have a grand library for idols? Why are they doing in a public bookstore?

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Aikatsu Stars is having an identity crisis by doing things that doesn’t feel Aikatsu at all. Part of the episode feels like they’re trying to be PirPara, and sometimes they’re trying to be Shugo Chara.

What makes Aikatsu! unique? Aikatsu! is all about idol activities — girls dedicating their time working hard on becoming a successful idol. Aikatsu! is lighthearted with little to no drama, no idol-forbidden romance. Aikatsu! is just all about the girls and nothing else.

When I watched this episode, part of it feels off like I had to recheck the file I downloaded was Aikatsu Stars and not some other anime. These parts felt foreign and thankfully, for the most part, episode 6 felt like a genuine Aikatsu experience.

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Yume is surprisingly dedicated to her dreams of becoming an idol. Unlike Ako.

Remember that part where Aoi shook Ichigo’s hand and said something like “no matter what, we’re still friends”? Or Ran doubting their friendship won’t last because the life of an idol entails betrayal? Those didn’t happen and Sunrise swept them under the rug. I hope Bandai Namco will do the same in Stars. Aikatsu! doing non-Aikatsu! things is not Aikatsu!.

— SHiN @ Lazy Lily Fansubs

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Rola still a best.

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