Because it feels like I’ll reach the point of no return after 5 episodes. Sorta happened in Aikatsu! S3 where I skipped a lot of episodes (Sakura’s ascension as SLQ, HinaJuri in that chili getup, two-drama episodes I think, the beach episode, the festival episode). Will I go back and watch those episodes, and finally 100% S3? I dunno. Maybe I will once I get a copy of the BD raws or have the time to get the BD sources and convert them to decent-sized quality encodes. But, yeah, I dunno.
Realistically though, I’ll probably watch those once I’m better at Japanese. It kinda sucks most of the time I only understood 60-80% of the story. I wouldn’t dare attempt watching a complex show without subs hence why I picked Aikatsu! (essentially a show for kids) as a learning tool. Then that means my Japanese proficiency is at an elementary level? Ouch.
Anyway, to make things easy for me and prevent myself from stopping this marathon, I’ll watch one episode, write a review of it here, watch another episode, and write the review here, and so on. I won’t make these reviews very detailed (again, I’m not good at Japanese), so… shall we start?
EPISODE 11: MANAGER FOR A DAY
LITERALLY rolled out the red carpet.
With a lot of foreshadowing by the secretive headmaster, it feels like Yume is gonna fight monsters from other dimensions, or something. Fortunately, for now, that didn’t happen.
To make up for the commotion that happened in episode 10, Hime invited Yume to be her manager for one day. On the first day, Yume sees more of Hime and what makes Hime one of the best idols in the school.
Let’s see, it took me more than an hour to finish this because there’s nothing new in this episode, and lost interests at some point. Sure we get to see Hime’s life as an idol, love Bombay-tier spicy curry, she is solar-powered for some reason, and Yume learned a lot from the experience as Hime’s manager for one day, but the story is pretty much normal-okay. In the end, it was a good episode and a good experience for Yume as she strives to become a great idol.
EPISODE 12: <how do you spell it> TIME!Kisiragi Tsubasa is the dorm master(?) and with her very strict standards, the girls are in for a rough time. The story in this episode is actually new with Tsubasa in charge of the dormitory (was she in charge from the start?) where Yume, Rola and Koharu are staying at and they soon discover that Tsubasa is one tough girl. And as you may have guessed, there’s a story behind Tsubasa’s attitude, so the episode wasted no time showing us what’s what.
I personally love this episode because, well, while the story is predictable (not really a bad thing), it gave use more glimpse at Tsubasa’s childhood and how she developed, and what made her a tough cookie. Tsubasa reminds me a bit of Shibuki Ran who prioritized success over anything else until she found friends at S4.
Squirrel on tree. Nothing unusual.
EPISODE 13: FAIRIES AND SPANDEX
A full-blown drama episode featuring all of the cast of Aikatsu Stars!. Our little fairy Yume is looking for her sister Hime who has been kidnapped by someone who has bad fashion sense. In her journey, Yume meets friend, foe, and other fairy tale characters as they travel the land in search for her sister.
This would have been a perfect episode if they didn’t half-ass some of the scenes like Anna and Rola’s nonsensical scene and the bad guy wearing spandex of all things. There’s a bit of character progression here involving M4 (Male 4?), but overall episode 13 is a fun little distraction.
Not sure this is a parody of Cinderella or a parody of Hansel and Gretel. Or maybe both?
EPISODE 14: SIBLING RIVALRY
The main three takes a backseat as we watch Kasumi Mahuri with big sister issues.
It’s no longer a surprise Mahiru and Yozora are siblings and though it wasn’t explained very well, Mahiru wants to beat her sister and probably wants adoration or acknowledgement that Mahiru can achieve great things on her own. Sorta like Kurebayashi Juri’s issue with her family reputation and take it to extreme levels. By the end of the episode, Yozora acknowledged Mahiru’s skill as an idol and she responds by doing a few laps around the campus. Is this a start of a long and bitter rivalry between siblings? In the eyes of Yozora, no, I don’t think so. Not sure about Mahiru.
Since Mahiru got a CGI dance number before Koharu (and other signs like Koharu isn’t in art work of Aikatsu Stars! the Movie), there’s a high chance Koharu will end up like Hattori Yuu. Not sure why Japan needs to write off these characters and it’s annoying they’re doing this to Koharu as well. Yeah, I get it, Mahiru is the sexy type and attracts the male crowd with her “mature” attitude and personality and there’s no need for another cute type character, and all that, but I hope this is not the case and Koharu will stay relevant.
Stylish Rola is stylish.
Still a good episode and my other complaint is I didn’t like the new song. I dunno why I didn’t like it. Maybe it felt monotonous or the song didn’t match Mahiru’s personality.
There, I finally caught up with Aikatsu Stars!! Some of the dialogue were hard to figure out, but thankfully I got the gist of it. If you’re gonna ask me if I can translate an episode, my answer would be a big NO. I can understand what they’re saying (most of the time), but I can’t put them into words. Not sure that made sense…
Right! This ends my review for Aikatsu Stars! episode 11-14, and I’ll see you next week… Hopefully. And if you’ll excuse me, I have an Aikatsu!-only Event to monitor.
— SHiN @ Lazy Lily Fansubs