Aikatsu Stars! Episode 27 Review: An Open Door


I had trouble understanding 60% of the dialogue, but I think I got the general gist of the story. Yeah, I’m still not good at understanding Japanese, but hey, watching anime raw and translating doujinshi is a way for me to learn. Am I getting good at it? I dunno. I mean, I can understand most of the dialogue, but I stumble when a character uses archaic words or words not commonly used.

Thankfully the visual and audio cues gave me the needed context. Most of the time.

With that said, my review may end up being short, and, uh…

Also see: SHiN @ Discord-katsu!

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Aikatsu Stars! Episode 26 Review: New and Improved?


Aikatsu Stars! tried a lot of things to make them stand out like putting male idols, more drama, dubstep music, and so on. Something tells me these changes were also a part of an experiment to see how the fans adapt. It turns out some of them were bad ideas and will probably be scrapped.

There were couple of instances of this happening in OG Aikatsu! like the friendship “will be put to the test” thing mentioned by Aoi, Orihime and Ran. What happened to it? Scrapped in favor of a more wholesome and drama-free approach. Dream Academy was supposed to be a rival school and in the end the school became buddy-buddies with Starlight. Maybe because they don’t want the fans avoiding buying the DreAca cards, or something.

We’re now at the 2nd half of the series and we get to see the new OP and ED themes. The changes are too early to tell, but judging by the OP and ED, Aikatsu Stars! is bringing back some elements from OG Aikatsu!.

That’s what I think at least. On to the review.

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Aikatsu Stars! Episodes 24-25 Review Marathon


Oh hey, another review marathon because I was a bit busy last week. What did I do? Well, we, in case you didn’t know, I manage two websites and we recently translated a doujin.


Give it a read when you have the time and if you’re an Akari x Sumire fan, you’re gonna love this one. Lewd warning, though.

Now then, I’m not gonna spoil everything, so don’t expect me to post delicious screenshots of a certain supporting character from episode 25. And as usual, I’m gonna be brief and direct with these reviews.

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Aikatsu Stars! Episode 23 Review: Silver Lily


Another day, another episode to review. I won’t go in-depth with this because there’s really nothing much to talk about unless I spoil everything. The episode is fun, though.

I had trouble writing this review because I have a metric ton of other things to do. I just can’t keep up, but I’ll try to make this review somewhat readable.

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Aikatsu Stars! Episode 22 Review: How to not self-produce 101


When I was young, around the time MTV actually meant “Music Television”, I was rather picky when it comes to artists I follow, and with one exception, I never followed the local artists. The reason for that is they’re only popular because of their looks and some okay-ish singing skills.

There was a popular teen actress promoting her new debut album on TV. While it was nice she’s making a CD single for her fans to enjoy, what she said really turned me off. She said “the CD contains revivals of popular songs” and that killed my interest of ever checking her CD out. “Where is your original song? It’s your debut single, surely you have something original to sing.” I said to myself.

It’s not even an isolated case, 90% of these singers always say their CDs are a collection of revivals. This lack of originality and lack of passion to sing made me hate my local artists and throughout my childhood, the only local artists I cared for was the Eraserheads. Oh yeah, Boyzone is my most-hated boy band in the 90s.

And yes, this is relevant in my review of episode 22.

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Aikatsu Stars! Episode 21 Review: Full Metal Jacket (Literally)

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“Are you quitting on me? Well, are you?!”

Poor Pvt. Pyle-chan. ;_;7

A couple of days late because I was busy with Photokatsu. I LITERALLY (and figuratively) reached 20,000 points in less than 3 days. Yeah, that’s how obsessed I am. Now that I have acquired all items and got some sweet SR cards, I’m back to review another Aikatsu Stars! episode. Isn’t that swell?

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Aikatsu Stars! Episode 19 Review: Idol Activities

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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.

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Aikatsu Stars! Episode 18 Review: The Movie Hype

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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.

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