My readership is still small, but I do appreciate it when people talk about my thoughts on the anime I review. Yeah, some may be antagonistic because their views are different, but come on, if we’re thinking the same thing and agree on the same thing, wars shouldn’t have existed.
With that said, I recently argued that Aikatsu! doesn’t need drama or romance because the point of Aikatsu! is about girls going about their idol activities. Is this really true? Or is it just me in denial because I’ve been accused as “anti-het” or someone who hates heterosexual relationships in my Chinese cartoons?
While my preference of anime porn is indeed yuri, I don’t hate het. My favorite anime of all time is Vision of Escaflowne and the anime I consider the most beautiful anime ever made is Full Moon wo Sagashite. Who are the couples in these shows? Yes, exactly.
At any rate, I will prove my point at the end the review.
It’s summer in Four Star Academy, our young idols are feeling the heat and experienced strange things like Koharu’s hair defying the very laws of Physics. Luckily for them, the girls bumped into S4’s free-spirited idol Nikaido Yuzu and she invited them to check out a major summer dance event (purportedly) up north where it’s cool. The trio takes a back seat this time around.
Before going further, I’m gonna point out that I’m very, very fond of Koharu now and she’s my 2nd favorite non-S4 character in the anime. I’m not exactly sure why I like Koharu, really. I mean, I used to hate her but after that much needed Koharu episode, I’ve grown attached to her. Yeah, she’s not as flashy as the other idols and she’s never gonna be the new S4, but there’s something about her charm that I find very attractive. Not in a sexual way, FYI. :V
The long-awaited Yuzu episode is finally here… d-dazo…!
I could say this is a two-part story featuring the free-spirited Yuzu and her entourage (not sure how to translate kanbu here) who specializes in catching one elusive senior. The first part is Yuzu being the most carefree girl in S4, a girl with loves interacting with people and have fun. If you look away for a second, Yuzu will run off to do silly things and this is where the Dance Class’s executive students come in.
Actually it’s hard to talk about the anime without tossing out spoilers, but I will just say episode 19 is one of the best episodes out there with a combination of great pacing, fun, humor, character development for Yuzu and the Dance Class, and a bit of mystery to keep the fans excited.
If you were following me on Twitter, I RT’d a magazine screenshot of a potential new character. I wasn’t sure if this new character is for the game only and thankfully we got a confirmation that Shirogane Lily is in the anime.
Lily is good at singing, she’s with the head students at the Song Class and she’s childhood friends with Yuzu. We only got a brief glimpse of her in episode 19 and I’m sure she’ll play a major role in the anime soon.
Typical stoner hippie. Blaze it.
I know my review didn’t really highlight how good this episode is because you need to see the best parts for yourself and posting spoiler screenshots just ruins the fun of the episode. My opinions of Yuzu in the first few episodes were mixed (despite her being voiced by Aoi’s VA) and I considered her to be the weakest girl in terms of characterization. Now that I’ve seen Yuzu inhibited and how affects the people around her, I can say she’s easily on par with Hime, Yozora and Tsubasa. I can see why this 2nd year is a deserving member of the coveted S4.
All in all, episode 19 is a very good episode and this is what Aikatsu Stars! should be like. And this brings me to…
I wasn’t pulling words out of my ass when I said Aikatsu Stars! was suffering from an identity crisis because the show was indeed trying to be different by adding new things like drama, male supporting characters, a plot, while missing the point on what made Aikatsu! great.
Episode 19 is a good example that Idol Activities is the anime’s greatest strength. The episode is well-made, true to the original theme and it contained no drama, no Subaru, no fainting idols, and no headmaster hatching a shady plan. The girls were having fun, everything in this episode was so comfortable, and relaxing. It’s like I’m watching the original Aikatsu!.
If the fans were really clamoring “for a more dramatic, plot-driven approach over its traditional reliance on idol activities,” then they’re asking to bastardize the very soul of the anime. Go watch this episode and watch, say, episode 17 and I’ll ask you: Do you really want change?
— SHiN @ Lazy Lily Fansubs