Movie hype and drama.
On one side, there are people who wants something new in the Aikatsu! formula, and they got what they wanted by adding a major plot, the “legendary idol gone sour” kind of plot and giving supporting cast of characters that weren’t in the arcade games some purpose or relevancy.
On the other side, there are people who wants to keep things as they were — An anime series that doesn’t follow the melodramatic footsteps of their counterparts, an anime series that’s lighthearted, colorful, comfy and with good music. A series that’s all about a group of girls doing idol activities and nothing more.
I’m on the latter.
Episode 18 is setting up for the movie’s (now on theaters in Japan) main story. Four Stars Academy is holding another big event called “Aikatsu! Island” and it’s basically an Aikatsu-themed park of sort. Everyone on Four Stars Academy will be joining and to kick off Aikatsu! Island, the school is looking for 4 freshmen to sing and dance on stage. Gee, I wonder who among the hundreds of students will be selected.
It’s a two-part story involving Ashida Yuri, in charge of the Dress Make room and of course Yume as she works hard so she can be selected in the top 4. Now before you go adjusting your goggles, Yuri (有莉) means “existence” and “jasmine.” Yeah, this is one of the reasons why you should NEVER translate something using Romaji. And hey, if the vague tweets are true, we may see a new character named literally Lily.
Okay, so we get to see Yuri’s background story, but it wasn’t really enough and majority of it spent with Yume as she helps her with the promotions and posters. The 2nd half of the story is Yume working her way up to the rankings. The episode properly showed how idols self-produce their events and activities, but this time, Yume had to balance her idol activities and helping out Yuri.
Rank 30 isn’t really bad, Yume. I mean… My rank in Photokatsu’s current Aikatsu Stars Event is currently at rank 2900+ and dropping fast. ;_;
In the end Yume, Mahiru, Rola, and Ako got in. I mean, DUH, no surprise there. The other students should just quit because there is no way they’ll reach anywhere near the 4 girls. Anyway, we get to see some more tidbits about the headmaster’s evil plan which I assume is about pushing the girls to near exhaustion because maybe he wants to test their limits or see if they can replicate the power of the nameless idol that keeps a picture of.
It’s a good episode but as I mentioned in the first part of this review, I’m not a big fan of the changes of the series. Aikatsu! was different and unique among idol shows at the time. Now, Aikatsu Stars! is trying some new things that are alienating. I may like it, but a part me feels like I’m just watching this out of sense of responsibility(?) because I am a fan of the original.
— SHiN @ Lazy Lily Fansubs
Koharu just swallowed the gum…
T-Times like this, you need Juicy Fru—*ahem*