I guess you can call it entrance exams haha.
Basically here it’s a system where you choose 5-6 different subjects, then everyone across the state does the same exams depending on which subjects you do.
Yeah and then they do some magical calculation to give you a number between 0.05 and 99.95, which shows your percentile ranking across the state and determines your priority for courses with higher demands. So if you want to study medicine then you need to work hard but everyone else kinda has a way around it if they want to study something else.
Also I’m hoping to get into an art or science course but i actually don’t have specific plans for the future but lord have mercy pleasw get me somewhere.
Btw fun fact there’s about to be a mini war in Victoria in an hour since all students have to do an English subject and the English exam is up next :)
Hong Kong is nice. Lots of places to explore, although we didn't really explore much due to the limited time we had there (4 days only). Also went to Disneyland. More details during my Hong Kong trip right --> here (sorry, too lazy to type it again XD)
Sorry I knew it started, but I forgot. It's a bit careless of me. Thanks for going through the trouble of messaging me but you don't have to give me reminders. If I don't participate, just remove the marks I won't mind.
Are you planning to use both Gaarumageddon and Tricolore images into one background?
Because if so then I'll probably just wait until some Gaarumageddon images come out that are efficient for rendering.
As for the wallpaper, I made an alternative Gaarumageddon version with a cut-out shapey version I had in mind so that it can cover the missing parts in case we can't find new images. Don't know if it looks weird though but...
At the moment I'm being forced to start thinking about my future career. I literally have no idea what I want to do.
Its not even my last year of highschool and my subject selection for next year doesn't even affect my uni course (besides English). I took so many career quizzes but they keep saying 'engineer' or 'scientist' although I suck at science. As much as I like it, I don't want to do something stressful.
But the point is that when we choose our subjects, we have to decide on what courses we want and choose subjects related to it, providing a good enough reason for a teacher to sign it off. I'm not worried because I don't care which course I take because I don't know what to do. My plan is just to rank high so that I have a chance to get into any course I like; however all the year 12s in my school are saying to not choose chemistry because there's a huge gap in the curriculum b/w year 11 and 12. I'm taking chemistry this year. I have to take it next year too otherwise I'd be wasting my dad's money
>< If I do badly then I won't rank high, and that's my only concern.
Sorry for complaining but this subject selection thing is stressing me out. By the way, how is mass communication going?
Here's a piece of advice for you, Yukisa-chan. So, the current scenario is like this: Chemistry isn't your strongest subject, and yet if you don't take it your father's money would be wasted. So, i believe the only way to handle this situation would be to tackle your weak points by creating a study group consisting of your friends-especially those who are proficient in Chemistry. That way, you might be able to catch up and do well in your studies.
As for me, I'm fine at the moment. I will be completing my diploma soon and moving on to a full degree after August.
Nah I'm definately taking chemistry. It's just that since exams finished, it was so stressful that I forgot I liked the subject. And of course I talked with my teacher- actually I talked to as many people as I could which is how I came to this decision.
On another topic, I changed my profile pic to my drawing of Akari and Sena lol, since I ship them <3. Although I didn't have Sena's hair colour so it looks purple.
You ship both Akari and Sena too? That's awesome, for I do as well! I really think that those two really do have some chemistry between them, and it's kind of sad that due to the original series ending there's no way to know how their relationship turned out. But it's okay, for the spin-off still has some adorable moments between Yume and Subaru, both whom kind of resemble Akari and Sena respectively.
Yeah true, I haven't really finished it yet (only watched the performances towards the end) but he designed a wedding dress for her right? I think its pretty obvious now. Plus they're still around 14 so the romance aspect of their relationship would probably come much later.
To be honest I'm not a YumexSubaru shipper yet. I'm not against them but Subaru's interest in Yume seems too forced. Plus with all the teasing Subaru's doing to get her attention (which, yes, is adorable), it seems like he just wants to be close friends unless I'm really dense and he's actually just hitting on her. I hope they go through the friends route first because their meeting doesn't look like its sailing towards the romance route at all... if that makes sense. Plus it would be more interesting that way (for me at least).
If anyone, I support Koharu and Asahi. They haven't had any moments yet but.. hopefully they don't get lost and go to the wrong island too.
Oh, you ship KoharuxAsahi as well~man, we really are like two peas in a pod, literally speaking. Actually, although it's quite subtle, there have been two moments thus far; the first occured in Episode 13 when Asahi played the role of Prince Charming and gave Koharu back her glasses, which was cute. The second one happened in the next episode; it's not really much, but during his introduction scene, was it an coincidence that he chose to pop up beside Koharu instead of Laura or Yume? Maybe not. Then again, considering how obsessed Koharu is with the Kasumi family, Asahi seems to be the logical choice for Koharu when it comes to romance.
Well, considering the fact that Pretty Rhythm, which had a large kid audience and still had plenty of pure romance, Aikatsu Stars! might also go down the same path, albeit mildly. Like you said, gotta hope for the best...
Speaking of romance, there was one scene in Dear My Future which was really well-written. Guess what happened at the end of Episode 29?
WELL I don't remember DMF by episodes but by guess was it Rizumu's wedding or something?
Nvm I'm looking it up. Ohhhh Yun-su's confession. I forgot he did that. I had mixed feelings about that scene, because in my heart I don't even like Yun-su and I found it unprofessional that he didn't design for COSMOs. At the same time, he was extremely brave, he didn't wait around (unlike a certain someone) and the fact that he based the design on Aira shows that he considers Aira his only muse which I found really sweet.
Anyway Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live, the director explained, was supposed to be aimed at all ages so it can be viewed by families, which explains all the deep family drama, romance, near-death scenarios etc. In my opinion, its aimed at girls of all ages, I mean there was ALOT of male fanservice especially in KingPri... which I enjoyed ;)
The first three Aikatsu seasons were perfect for kids, and myself (because I am a child at heart), but there was hardly any romance as well. So yeah, hopefully they change the target audience for Aikatsu Stars.
Yup, exactly! While Yun-su sadly never got to be with his first love, at the very least he did possess qualities that Shou didn't have. He was more calm and rational than Shou, as well having a tragic backstory and was very passionate when it came to his ideal muse, Aira. Although in the end, Shou won because he actually dared to jump to save Aira even if it meant sacrificing both of them in the flames during the Grateful Symphonia, while Yun-su was left stranded while holding a vine. Well, as they say, every cloud has its silver lining, so it's possible that he got married to So Min in the near future.
And yes, I'm glad that you understand the mechanics behind the uniqueness of Pretty Rhythm, to which there is no other equivalent. No other anime in the idol genre has come close to replicating the pure emphasis that Pretty Rhythm puts in combining the traditional elements of music and dance with real-life, human drama, pure romance and actual, certified couples instead of basic shipping. Throw in some emphatic life lessons and comedic moments, and top it up with a original concept that no other anime has come up with before (ice-skating while dancing and singing), add some mysterious and mystical plot elements such as the Prism World and their messengers, and of course show off the strong bonds of friendship between various characters (Mia and Hye In, yay!), and you got a anime series that's called Pretty Rhythm.
As for Aikatsu, while it was very entertaining and had plenty of life lessons and wonderful characters as well including some terrifically awesome songs, the one thing that played a major factor in the staganation and utter demise of the original series was its lack of drama and suspense. I mean, if you consider the fact that there's a huge adult fanbase as well, the lack of drama in Aikatsu was kind of off-putting and unrealistic. I believe that I have discussed this with you before, but let's be honest; every single character in Aikatsu barely showed any traces of negative emotions such as sadness, hate, jealously and rage. Not that I'm saying that there weren't any cases, but for the most part the general atmosphere throughout the four seasons was super-postive, like everyone was able to get along together without any sort of trouble. Even idol anime counterparts like Love Live and Idolmaster had some truly heartbreaking moments, I tell you. In Aikatsu, it almost seemed like everytime there was potential for suspense and drama, it was immediately resolved and the next episode would come on without the characters being affected at all.
Dammit if we could write our school film essays on Pretty Rhythm we would get straight As.
And YES you completely understand how I feel about Aikatsu. The characters are kinda shallow and they never fight. Its hard to tell if they are even close friends. The only character I think they portrayed well was Mizuki- she never waited around for opportunities, but created them instead. At the same time, she wasn't completely perfect either since she had some trouble making friends.
There happens to be an idol anime I like a lot which is much more suspenseful and darker than Pretty Rhythm. Its called Glass no Kamen and its about acting. If you remember back in Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream, Sonata's story when she was abandoned by her parents, it's pretty much the same and she picks up acting by watching her soon-to-be rival perform in a play. The only difference is that its a 1976 manga so the art style isn't impressive; although the 2005 anime refined the style so it looks amazingly decent enough. Plus there's only two main characters, yet these two developed characters much more interesting than ten undeveloped characters.
To be honest, I feel like these days the creators are just simply afraid of making their characters 'ugly'. They focus too much on making them appeal to the audience by making them pure/tsundere with bubbly personalities + bright coloured hair and eyes. And they're way too careful with trying not to make them do anything too immoral. Especially in a physical aspect, they never try to make their characters appear ugly either. Like I have never seen an even slightly overweight MC in an idol anime... actually I would definately watch that.
Besides Aikatsu Stars!, i'm currently watching Detective Conan (as of today Episode 730), Pokemon XY&Z, Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete, Kabeneri of the Iron Fortress and Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn:RE 0096.
They're all my favourites, but if I had to choose one than Ito because of her voice. I became a fan of Mikako Komatsu immediately after hearing her solo performance in episode 6, plus I can relate to her hobbies such as playing instruments and writing songs.
I like Ann-chan too except I was mad that they didn't do much with her. The story of trying to get her father to accept her dream of becoming a patissiere ended way too quickly and in the end, Ann mostly appeared for Wakana. I like them both though <3
Ah...that was a pretty salty experience if you ask me. Rainbow Live had many separate plotlines with different characters each, so it was inevitable some characters would have their involvement cut short.
But, do you know which character in Rainbow Live flopped the most?
Rinne, IMO, was actually a decent character in her own right despite being mostly emotionless for most of the series, but she made up for that for having an incredible solo song and conducting some of the best Prism Shows in the history of Pretty Rhythm.
The very character that flopped beyond saving-is none other than Ayase Naru. God, sometimes I do wonder how was she even the main character in the first place...
When you think of main characters, usually they are the ones who receive the largest amounts of character development and attention, as well having a important role to play within the plot of the series they star in, right? Well, not Naru.
The thing is, Naru did start out as a decent main character at the beginning of the series, and at least until the midpoint of the series (Episode 26), she was still okay. But then Rainbow Live became more story-driven at this point, and every character on the main team, from Ito to Wakana, managed to slowly mature into people who were more capable and understanding compared to their previous selves. (Etc: Bell becomes more kind-hearted, Otoha wasn't the corwardly girl she was back then, Wakana certainly isn't that spiteful anymore and Ito, thanks to her family reuniting once again, became a much more happier girl) Even Ann, who was involved in a bitter and heartwarming dispute with Wakana, had to go through some tough moments which shows that she had some maturity.
But Naru? You wanna know what is it about Naru that makes ticks me off? I'm not saying it's her constantly cheerful if air-headed personality is a good thing, in fact it did work well in Episodes 20 and 25, however that was the first half of the season. Afterwards...god, I can't stand it anymore! All of her fellow friends had to go through various challenges to get where they were today, Over the Rainbow as well, and she alone was like; "I don't care about everything happening around me, I just gonna still retain my happy-naru pose even in the worst of times, and as long Rinne-chan's around, I will be okay."
It even becomes worse when you think about it: the first example of Naru's extreme incompetence as a main character comes into mind during the preparations for the Winter White Session. There were three episodes, focusing on one pair each.
In Episode 36, Wakana had to deal with her father who was hell-bent on leaving for Singapore with his entire family, and Ann was there to stick up for her no matter what happened, because she couldn't bear the thought of Wakana leaving her again.
In Episode 37, we had of course Ito finding about the whole car accident stuff, where upon Otoha, remember, was understanding enough to comprehend the situation and truly did her best as her partner and friend to comfort Ito.
And...Episode 38. Two things occured in that episode. That were enough to make me lose faith in Naru as a main character. The first occured when Naru met up with Kouji, who was still brooding over what happened last episode. You know what Naru did? Instead of trying to sympathize with him and comfort Kouji, as anyone (including me) would have done, what did she do? She makes a joke about daiifuku and ohagi. My jaw literally dropped wide at that moment. What...kind of response was that? Aira, let alone Mia, and even Lala would never have been so "cold" or simple-minded to give that kind of response, for god's sake! Also, her friend Ito had her heart broken over the incident as well, but did she go any further in finding out what happened and comfort her friend. No, of course not. Yes, i know that Ito told Otoha not to tell anyone, firstly because of personal reasons and secondly because the others had their own problems to deal with, but Naru, ever the problem-free lazybones, could have been there for her, but no, she never ever really helped Ito as a friend.
And that's not even the worst part, remember what I said about there being a second part of Episode 38 involving her incompetence? Well, each of these three episodes was about one character having a problem, and their partner helped them out with it. Obviously the former concerns Wakana and Ito, while the latter were Ann and Otoha respectively. Now it's Bell and Naru's turn, and Bell's problem was with her mother, whose views clashed with her own. Now, tell me, what did Naru do to help Bell out? Did she boil a cup of tea to calm her down, like Otoha did to Ito? Or did she stick by her side, like Ann did for Wakana?
No, no, no! Naru just stood there while Bell and her mother clashed and was like: "don't know what's going on and I don't care." Even when they slept side by side, all Naru did was tell Bell how great she was and how she wanted to have a good show with her bla bla bla, which was almost exactly the same thing that she told Bell back in Episode 25, when she was still a decent character. Worse, while the others had at least the companionship of a partner who understood how they felt and strove to do their best for the sake of their fellow partner, Bell had to handle things on her own, and Naru never once lifted a finger to help her out. Even Rinne would have done a far better job than Naru. Seriously, can you imagine Aira, Mia and even Lala with the same kind of incompetence as Naru had? There's more, but I'm going to take a rest for now.
I don't know how to explain it, but if it weren't for Rinne, my next complaint would be the Happy Rain members. Since I actually like Naru as a character, it was definately a disappointment for me after episode 26 she didn't make any effort for her team. But at the same time, she already did a lot for them, like bringing the team together, letting Ann crash at her place when she ran away from home, or getting Ito to run after Kouji. Its more to do with the non-existent relationship between all three of them. They pale in comparison to all the hardships and struggles that Bell Rose or MARs or any team in the Pretty Rhythm universe.
But that isn't a problem for me as it was for Rinne's behaviour throughout the series.
For me, Rinne had no character whatsoever. Everything she did, it was for the sake of her job as a messenger. It was only the part at the end when Rinne saved June from disappearing that she finally did something out of the ordinary, but she only pitied June so I can't make any sense out of that.
I mean sure she risked her life to beat June, but its not like she was doing it for anyone than she was doing it for her job. I was honestly satisfied when June (2nd fave chara) told Rinne that she understood nothing about loving someone and having to leave them, but it really annoying to see that Rinne could easily leave Naru with a smile on her face. I mean sure she cried, but I don't know if its an art issue or its because of the sound but it looked fake. Basically I would have liked to see more between Naru and Rinne. The only thing that existed was a one-sided friendship where Naru treated her Rinne preciously and Rinne looked like she was fed up with Naru. Sometimes I even feel sorry for Naru.
It's extremely ironic that the very team (Happy Rain) that put on what possibly could be considered the best Prism Show performance (IMO) on stage had to be so disunited when off it. Neither Ann nor Ito ever relied on each other for advice on how to solve their respective personal issues, and Naru, as I said earlier, was about as useful as a trapdoor on a lifeboat.
Jesus Christ, Happy Rain were extremely bad in terms of real friendship and togetherness. I mean, Bell Rose had even more chemistry between them, to the point where those three could have been the main trio instead of Naru, Ann and Ito. I really hate criticising any aspect of Pretty Rhythm, but for even a loyal fan like me, the incompetence and disunity of Happy Rain represents one of the few if largest flaws in Rainbow Live story, and please keep in mind that I typed out every word in this dialog with absolute reluctance; Happy Rain's members might have been brillant as individuals, but when paired together, they were as cooperative as a zoo pen filled with a fox and rabbit.
That's so true actually. And don't worry, I know you're not hating, just simply giving constructive criticism. They were great individually (Naru included <3), even Rinne, especially when she performs Prism Shows. However united they suck.
Also what I find hilarious at the end of Rainbow Live was that besides Rinne who went back to Prism World, pretty much everyone ended up being affiliated with the top Prism Show School Edel Rose EXCEPT the three main characters: Naru, Ann and Ito who go to normal schools. In fact, they were and are the least serious about Prism Shows compared to the whole cast.
Btw I like your comparisons, but c'mon Naru wasn't that useless... not in the first half anyway :/
That's what I mentioned earlier about Naru, actually.
The thing is, if you take Naru's contributions to the plot and compare them against Aira's, Mia's and even Lala's acheivements...well, I wouldn't be surprised if those three were secretly laughing at her during those All-Star Selection segments.
Aira: Helped bring Rizumu back from the darkness, won the Prism Queen Cup and performed the Aurora Rising Dream.
Mia: Constantly strived to be the ultimate Prism Star, never abandoned or ignored her friends and performed the Grateful Symphonia along with Hye In.
Naru: Always ignorant of her friend's problems, never effectively tried to go beyond her way to help them out and constantly wails and cries.
Lala: Did at least try her best to help anyone in need of help, cares for the welfare of her friends and family, and is still moving up through the idol ranks.
Actually at the end of Rainbow Live, Naru saved the Prism's sparkle while everyone else's efforts went to waste after June performed which kinda left me salty...
Honestly I regretted episode 50 so much.
Funny how things turned out, you know? Usually main characters are the one who, in the penultimate episode, show how much character development they 've gained throughout the series and save the day for everyone, thus resolving the plot and bring a happy end to the season.
Unfortunately, Naru's attempt to save the Prism Sparkle was pretty much painful to look at, to the point where I was thinking that: "Sorry, Naru, but you aren't really doing well for a main character." I remember gripping the edges of my chair when Aira was about to perform the Aurora Rising Dream and cheering for both Mia and Hye In when they performed Prism Act: Dear My Future, however, when the time came for Naru to shine, she flunked. Yes, I'm aware that the system was down at the moment, but for a main character, she should have done better.
True. With all the expectations for another seven or possibly eight consecutive jumps, she only performed Happy Naru Arrow Mugendai. Rather than cheering her on trying to save the sparkle, I was mostly disappointed that it was gonna be her final jump.
I, however, did like that short period of silence before she perfomed Prism Live. Unfortuntely what followed was anti-climatic.
Actually, after the Winter White Session I really didn't like how most of the Over The Rainbow Session played out. For example the stage. Winter White Session's hall was super magestic and it was such a huge upgrade from the Try Groovin' Session. However, the final stage looked even worse than Dreaming Session.
Another thing that didn't make sense to me was back in the Winter White Session arc, when Naru and Bell reached second place. I understand how Rinne and June got first, but the ones that should've been second were Ann and Wakana. Clearly they were the most compatible group there (off-stage) but Naru and Bell had to win because they're main characters. Plus Naru was crying most of the time, while Ann and Wakana were Mia-level determined to win.
"Tries best not to crack a smile" That question of yours might be difficult to answer, however, it you allowed me to list my favourite song based on different categories, then I might be able to provide you with a reasonable answer.
Actually, I think it would be better if I listed my own favourite songs based on my own personal categories that i came up with. I might use some of yours, though. Anyway, I will start out with Aurora Dream first.
1. Favourite Aurora Dream Song ( Group) (Episode 34)
Hop Step Jump-I love this song a lot; it's really cheerful and showcases the chemistry between MAR's, however in Episode 34, when Aira stole the show by maxing out her power while declaring her love for Shou...aw, that was so romantic.
2. Favourite Aurora Dream Song (Solo)
(Harune Aira-Dream Goes On) (Episode 50)- Hands down, the best solo song among the three members of MAR's, and for good reason; this song inspires anyone listening to it to continue on with their dreams because anything is possible, and Aira made hers possible by performing the Aurora Rising Dream with this song. That scene...was so emotional and fullfilling, and it brought the first season to a happy closure.
Serenon with K
(Toudou Kanon-Don't Give Up) (Episode 43)- I don't mean to say that both Kaname's and Serena's songs weren't good, but Kanon's solo song, Don't Give Up surpasses both of them, partly because she is so cute when she performs with that song. Her voice fits in with the dreamy yet melodic tunes, which was the main reason I got attracted to Kanon's character instantly (she is also my favourite Serenon with K Prism Star as well).
1. favourite trio song- I wannabee myself. I didn't choose this in relation to my favourite Pretty Rhythm group or anything, its just that the lyrics and melody are cute and energetic- I just never get tired of this song. Its one of the most catchiest songs in Pretty Rhythm that I've heard.
2. favourite duo song- Cherry-picking days. I said before that Ann and Wakana was the best duo IMO, plus its also the fact that I just simply love the unity. And its too cute. Plus the lyrics <3
3. favourite solo song- Dream goes on :D Same with the first two, its because of the lyrics. One thing I like about Aurora Dream songs compared to the other seasons is that the English is grammatically correct!. Its lively and refreshing.
4. favourite prism live- Otoha's- I feel like her prism live was the only one with cool rhythmic lines though. Fan of jazz music btw.
5. song with the best singing- nth color- this might be a bit biased because Rumi Shishido is one of my favourite VA, but despite her really angelic singing in Ojamajo Doremi as Onpu, her new song blew me away. It was like her voice just evolved and I didn't know she could sing like that. She sounded so mature, expressive, and super angelic.
6. song with the best dance- Que sera. I mean it has hand claps and rabbit ears and cute simple moves like that heart trace... it was just way too cute. My second choice would've been vanity colon.
7. overall best song- Life is just a miracle.
8. honorable mention- Blowin' in the mind. I don't even know why Wakana would want to keep Sweet time Cooking magic if she has this song. It suits her much more, and its fun to sing, and just like I wannabee myself I listen to it over and over and I never get tired of it.
Oh, and I forgot to add in one category for Aurora Dream, here it is:
Favourite Aurora Dream Opening Theme Song:
(1000% Kyun Kyun Sasete Yo) I know that You May Dream was super catchy as well having the distinction of being the one that started off the entire series, but 1000% Kyun Kyun Sasete Yo really stole my heart when I first heard it; it's lyrics were so doki doki, and the montage of all the characters shown on screen while the song was playing was really well-placed. I mean, the fact that when the song slowly builds up (when Aira is holding her hands together) and gets totally unleashed (MAR's fly into space with their pom-poms), it's just too good.
Ah that song is relaxing. Its just bubbly, cute and simple, but we haven't gotten those kinds of songs in a while. However, I think I would still go for You May Dream. I don't know why but I guess its the part of the opening when Aira and Rizumu run up to Mion and they just play around in Prism Stone.
Favourite Prizmmy Song/ Favourite Dear My Future Opening Theme Song:
(Life is Just a Miracle)-The utlimate Dear My Future Song, hands down. I can't even imagine any other song (maybe OP1) that could have single handedly captured the essence of the entire season itself. Life is Just a Miracle is a song that also manages to express the strong bonds of friendship between the girls of Prizmmy, who, when together, would cast aside their differences and work together, play together, laugh together, perform Prism Shows with each other, etc. Also, just one look at the first lines of this song and you will understand what it really means to be a Dear My Future and Prizmmy fan.
'Our meeting was more than a coincidence, through I didn't know it at a time, Now I know that it was a miracle!'
You see? That's why I said that Life is Just a Miracle is the true essence of Dear My Future itself. For Mia, Reina, Karin and Ayami to have met, it certainly was not a coincidence, it was indeed a miracle. For those four to have witnessed Aira's Aurora Rising Dream in the same arena, then meeting up together to eventually form Prizmmy, it was indeed fate, no, a miracle that led to Prizmmy's formation and the evolution of the bond between these four girls.
Favourite Puretty Song:
(Shuwa Shuwa Baby)-Oh, I loved this one as well. The tempo and beat are just too perfect, and it made my heart go doki doki a lot. Just like Life is Just a Miracle, Shuwa Shuwa Baby also perfectly describes how much Puretty have grown since those early days. The best rendition of this song was in Episode 42. Yes, that episode. It was so god dang perfect, especially when considering the timing of the lyrics coincided perfectly with the events of that episode. Let's see, Puretty rescuing MAR's (and Aira), Aira's brainwashing is broken, Puretty evolve their Prism Act into Sky High Symphonia that surpasses the Road to Symphonia that Aira performed, everyone reuniting with each other and Kintaro gets trolled by Kyoko's mom. Perfect.
Favourite Trio Song (Sprouts, P&P, COSMOS)
(Mirage Jet)- Ah...at the beginning the music starts off slow, then the tempo and rhythm slowly but surely starts to bulid up, then it transforms into a jazzy atmosphere with the cutest yet dreamiest voices you'd ever heard. The mismatch of costumes (Ayami wears a frilly pink coord that makes her 100% even more cuter, while Reina and Jae Eun wear enveloping black coords) makes for a interesting match up, and their voices blend in such dreamy yet perfect harmony, along with a touch of romance as well.
Yay! Life is just a miracle. Like you said, the lyrics to this song reflects all of Prizmmy and Dear My Future. Its pretty much my favourite unit song TBH.
Shuwa Shuwa Baby is my favourite too, nothing much to say about that one because you already know.
For the trio songs, I like P&P the most because of their 'thank you' theme and catchy lyrics, but at the same time I can capture the messages in all three songs. Its really hard to chooes just one after all ><
But I know what you mean with Mirage JET, in my opinion its really relaxing and I especially loved how it suited the atmosphere of one of their Prism Acts. The Rainbow Road one- where everything was in black and white and it went to the jazz instrumental, it made me think of the 1960s or something... not great with history btw I'm just guessing what it was like back then.
I just can't get over how incredibly sublime and cool Ez Do Dance is; it's always manages to give you a huge burst of energy after listening to it. That said, the visuals are very high-quality, and my most favourite part is that after Ann stares at the full moon, the music goes BLAM and we have Happy Rain moving in tune to the song! That's like , A-grade if you ask me! Ez Do Dance is defintely my opening theme song of choice in Rainbow Live. Oh, and what's even better? When the boys sing it in Kings of Prism, of course!
Butterfly Effect: A really beautiful and uplifting song; given the fact that it is considered to be the final OP Theme of the Pretty Rhythm series, the lyrics are really touching and give off a sense of farewell.
Favourite Trio Song: Doshaburi Happy
An obvious choice, but do you know why? There's something ironic about the fact that the best trio song in all of the Pretty Rhythm was sung by the least united trio Prism Unit (Happy Rain). But that's not much of a problem when said song is pretty much part of the defintive Pretty Rhythm experience, as well being the main insert song in Episode 26, aka the best episode in all of Rainbow Live. Happy Rain may be ultra-individualistic off-stage, but when they perform Doshaburi Happy, it's like the rain just washed all my worries away, not to mention that their dance is extremely on par with the flow of the lyrics. Admit it, you will always be smiling throughout this entire song; it's so postive, cheery and wonderful to listen to that I consider it to be the one of the best idol anime songs ever.
Favourite Duo Song: Sevendays Love, Sevendays Friend
Remember way back in Episode 38 of Dear My Future, when MAR's blew us away and the shocking plot twist that came afterwards? Well, Rainbow Live had it's own equivalent to that, and a even superior one too. Let's just say that Episode 43's duo performance by Rinne and June was enough to mindblow the bloody hell out of my tiny mind. No, maybe destroy is the correct word. Or was it annihilate?
Anyway, I can't even begin to describe how vivid-no, enchanting...jesus, let's just say that you really can't describe this duo show in just one word. Then again, it is appropriate considering the fact that said Prism Stars aren't human, they are actually...Prism Messagers! Duh duh dun! Plot twist aside, how can I even describe in full detail of how literally out of this world this performance was? Both Rinne and June were in full sync even though those two were actually battling each other, and the orchestra theme playing in the background was so rich and powerful...god, sorry, but I can't continue on like this, I mean, Sevendays Love, Sevendays Friend cannot be simply described in simple words. The only thing you can do to appreciate its beauty and grace is to go and watch it all over again. Or just listen. Because this is a once if a lifetime experience, mark my words.
Favourite Individual Song:Sweet Time Cooking Magic
Okay, to be fair, all of the individual songs (sans Wakana) were really catchy and fitted in properly with their character and personalities. So, how was I supposed to pick my favourite? Simple. If you really love sweets, and the character that loves making them, Sweet Time Cooking Magic is just the perfect recipe for you.
When Ann sings this song, it's lyrics are really representative of her love for sweets, as well having a message about how you should never give up no matter the circumstances, and always try to remain positive. Oh, and Ann becomes twenty times cuter when she performs on stage with her My Song. That's more than enough reason to love this, right?
Honourable Mentions: BT37.5 and Vanity Colon
The former, just like EZ Do Dance, manages to project a extremely intimidating yet cool aura. Oh, and it's got rock music themes! That said, in Episode 19, when she performs this and thinks of Kouji...aw, my heart went doki doki. On the other hand, Vanity Colon is really refreshing and cute; the "pa pa pa pun" sounds really take the cake for me however.
Favourite Prism Live: Ito's/ Otoha's
I thought long and hard before making a choice, and here I am. These two Prism Lives simply cannot outdo each other in terms of quality and beauty (quite appropriate since the two Prism Stars who activate them are group partners). Ito's Prism Live is very cool, she whips out her mini piano and skates on stages while tapping on it to the tune of BT37.5. Otoha's one is by no means slouchy either, as Episode 21 proves. I mean, coming off some good old fashion character development and instantly evolving your coord to perform a Prism Live is badass for such a timid girl. Oh, and did I mention that she's the first one among Bell Rose to successfully pull it off? Otoha may be timid, but on stage she's a completely different person, as Episode 11 proves.
I completely agree with all of them, just because I love every song in PRRL, it was hard to choose the best XD
I love Otoha though, how she's really timid IRL but when she performs, her style is unexpected. I knew it would be really cute, but it wasn't as bad as Naru's either (I love her song, but I couldn't take it seriously) overall she was just fun to watch.
She's the first to do a lot of things actually, not just Prism Live. For example, at the Prism Queen cup she was the first (human) to do 5 jumps + Prism Live alone, first to perform overall which was difficult considering she got all the trash talk after Jin effed up, first to change into her platinum coord and first, (besides Naru), to bring part of the sparkle back. Also first of Edel Rose to get a mascot. Plus she can both write lyrics and design clothes. Naru, Ann and Bell can designed clothes, but they never wrote songs. Ito can write songs and Wakana wrote Bell Rose's lyrics but they never designed any clothes.
I also can't get enough of how perfect Sevendays Love Sevendays Friend was. I mean, if we showed that to anyone, they would have to accept that it beats any anime idol performance in existence, forcing them to accept Pretty Rhythm as the best idol anime (although MARs and Hiro are the only idols in the whole franchise). I seriously can't accept any other idol animes that are currently airing right now because Pretty Rhythm raised the bar too high with that performance.
Gift was a pretty good song, but it wasn't for me. However Rinne's singing was just god-like, her seiyuu deserves a raise XD Even as Ayami she sang really well in that first line of Life is Just a Miracle.
I love how you and I are like two peas in a pod when it comes to agreeing that Pretty Rhythm is a true masterpiece.
Sevendays Love Sevendays Friend was just so majestic, but what makes it even more unique is that the ones performing weren't human but of another world aka the Prism World. And yes, I completely agree with you on this song raising (or giving a huge boost) Pretty Rhythm to a nearly-insurmountable height where not even the other popular idol animes could ever dream of overtaking. What makes it even better was the reactions of the main characters; everyone was spellbound; Hijiri's reaction summed it all up when he said: "It's like a out of this world performance!" He was defintely right on that; how could anyone not be mesmerized and awed by that awesome combination of two Prism Messengers in perfect sync and harmony?
Haha true. But after watching Prism King Cup movie it seems they got much better dance moves THAT ACTUALLY TOOK SKILLS.
Not to say Aikatsu idols aren't great dancers, but they couldn't be professionals since ANY CHILD can copy them. Watching Pretty Rhythm, it would be much harder. Remember how I said Pretty Rhythm was an anime for all ages? I guess thats why performances like Naru, Ann and Ito's exist with simple moves to imitate; although to be fair Ann and Ito are more song-based. Characters from Bell Rose have choreographies that are a little more challenging but not impossible; although you can actually see the difference in level since they attend a top school.
Dancing like Rinne, June and Kazuki is impossible unless you're a competent ballerina/street style dancer.
I'm gonna compare to Aikatsu since its the most popular idol anime ATM, but there wasn't anything like that in the anime. The only dances I thought were particularly done well were Juri's because of her Spanish-styled dance and possibly Yurika's axel jump in Eternal Flickering Flame. Just saying, for an anime that should be more dance-focused than Pretty Rhythm, they are falling behind a lot even though they do amazing stuff behind the scenes.
And true, the reactions are amazing too! All you see in Aikatsu is 'as expected of...'
Yeah thats the only comment people make after every Aikatsu performance.
The best reactions come from Jun Takigawa though, 'UNIVERSE!' XD
Actually, it's an simple matter of perspective since both sides have equally competent dancers; it's just that the environments in which they reside in have a direct influence on their style of dance.
In Aikatsu, it's all about realism, which means no magical superpowers or anything like that. In short, while the idols of Aikatsu may have accomplished and talented dancers such as Rin and Juri (Johnny-sensei is the best), they are only ordinary humans and as such their dance skills, while powerful and skillful in their own right, aren't what you would call out of this world or god-like. Also, in a fact that might come in handy later, the idols of Aikatsu usually train and hone their dance skills on solid, ordinary surfaces.
With Pretty Rhythm however, it's an entirely different story. It's a given fact that the idols in Aikatsu put in hours of training and go through grueling training regimes in order to polish their dancing. Now, try performing those dance moves while wearing ice skates with razor-thin blades on ice rinks. Let's be clear; it would take an insane amount of concentration and practice to maintain your balance on such an slippery surface, not to mention having to constantly skate around while performing Prism Jumps, Acts and Lives.
This is particularly why I think that when it comes to maintaining high standards and qualities of dance, Prism Stars fare much more better than idols. This is particularly due to the fact that the surfaces that both sides train and perform on are quite different. In Aikatsu, idols have the "luxury" of solid, ordinary surfaces which contain adequate friction and provide a degree of stability, thus giving idols peace of mind and allowing them to concentrate fully on dancing and singing. In contrast, Prism Stars constantly need to keep check of their balance even during major Prism Shows; one slip or mistake could cause you to topple down, thus increasing the chances of injury. This is what gives Prism Stars an edge over their Aikatsu idol counterparts; if you can still perform great Prism Shows and showcase some cool dance moves while constantly having to move around on a extremely smooth surface with little or no friction, then you already have proved yourself to be a true idol/Prism Star, since you have the mentality and confidence to prove so.
That said, i meant no offense to the idols of Aikatsu, since they are also good dancers in their own right. Also, Pretty Rhythm does have a hax plot point in the form of the Prism Sparkle, which gives Prism Stars the ablilty to perform Prism Jumps, Acts and Lives, something which couldn't be done in Aikatsu or Love Live. But, let's face it, if it weren't for the fact that Pretty Rhythm had it's characters perform on ice rinks rather than solid, ordinary stages, than we wouldn't have witnessed such amazing and unforgettable Prism Shows like Rinne's and June's duet of Sevendays Love Sevendays Friend. After all, those ballerina poses wouldn't have been possible without the use of ice skates (although Akari had a somewhat similar performance in Episode 107; however that was due to CG generated water).
Did I ever tell you that you write really well? I mean its almost flawless the way you easily make references to certain episodes in the anime and just adopt it to prove your points.
I forgot about Akari's performance in 107, that was one of the good dances in my opinion. I mean ballet techniques such as plies and grand battement (behind) would need stretches to train your body into that position than just simply remembering the move would be needed to execute that step.
Sure Pretty Rhythm does have the aid of the Prism's sparkle to dance on ice and perform Prism Jumps, but we forget that the Aikatsu system can also do that illusion thing that it does to create special appeals.
However, regular idols could do pretty much anything that Prism Stars in Pretty Rhythm can, even the ballet techniques. For example, June's spins are pretty similar to doing a few consecutive pirouettes, and its possible to do it at her exact speed on normal ground. Actually it should be easier for them as well considering, like you said, they have solid ordinary surfaces.
Anyway my point is that I'm okay with the dances if they're models or singers like Ran and Sumire, but otherwise their choreographies suck and it you can't really see any of their skills because its just too easy. Considering Idol Activity is Starlight Academy's audition song, it might as well just be a singing audition instead.
On the other hand, its not a bad thing that they have simple choreography because most of their results as idols come from their actions outside of performances; but it sucks to see that even the top idols settle for mediocre performances/dances when they have so much more potential to be amazing.
Well, IMO I do see your point: when it comes to choreography and dance in Aikatsu, I have to admit that most of the time I'm far more interested in listening to the song than checking out the dance moves of the 3D generated idols. It's true that could have done better; however it's not as if all of the performances in Aikatsu have bad choreography, there are several performances where the level of dancing skill was quite decent or catchy.
Sorry for late reply, I haven't been going on because I had two weeks off school and spent most of the time gaming... which probably wasn't the best decision I've made in my life.
I think I want to take back what I said about the choreography in Aikatsu being bad after all. I'm convinced they have several performances that have a decent level of dance skill; but as the main characters are top idols I kinda expected a level above the lines of what the average dancer can do especially since they just introduced the Wind Dance class. Instead their level of dance hardly affects their status as an idol. Then again, like you said, most people are into the music.
That said, yes, it is true that the music appeals more to the fanbase compared to the dance; I read that we use our ears more often than eyes in contemporary society which means that we can listen to music passively much more easily than we can watch a dance performance passively.
Btw, I appreciate your compliment about my writing skills; I consider myself a decent writer, but for the most part it just feels natural.
There are great animes out there about both music and music performance that go into detail about the challenges of improving your skill level and facing those with talent; but I'm kind of frustrated that there isn't a lot of animes that focus on dance. I mean sure Pretty Rhythm, Aikatsu, Love Live etc. all have dance in it, but its never been a central aspect of the anime but more as an... accessory? can't think of the right word.
Enough complaining I should really come up with another topic... do you have a favorite voice actor/actress? If so, who?
I remember, it was so many years ago, the first ever japanese subbed anime series that I ever watched was Shugo Chara. I had watched other anime before that, but those were all dubbed in English. With Shugo Chara, everything changed. Suddenly, I was listening to a strange yet beautiful and exquisite language coming from animated characters, and the first time I saw Hinamori Amu, I was like: this girl is so cool and spicy. Yeah, I already know that she's a insecure girl deep inside, but back then it was just Episode 1 so I had no idea about that.
But it was her voice acting that blew me away; Amu's/Ito's voice acting was...how do I put it...warm. Comforting. Pleasant. These are the first terms that come to mind if I were to describe her voice. Ito's voice fitted in perfectly with Amu's personality. I can't describe it any more than that. She and Amu were a perfect match.
Nice choice, I liked Kanae Ito too because of Amu-chan, but its also because of Pretty Rhythm so hearing her voice gives me a sense of nostalgia.
To be honest, my favourite role that she played is the narrator from Aurora Dream; even though its not a character I feel like she just nailed it and I wouldn't ask for anyone else. I never skip the opening lines of Aurora Dream. Ever. :)
Its hard to mention one favourite voice actor, but if I have to choose then its Okamoto Nobuhiko.
Exactly, not only did she voice Amu perfectly. she also did the same wonders with Hye In, Kaname and Meganee. Out of those three I loved Hye In the most because I saw a bit of Amu in her: cool and beautiful on the outside, but insecure and moody in the inside. Having the same voice actress helped a lot.
Speaking of Okamoto, I found out that he voiced Wataru in Aurora Dream-and guess what, he also did voice Musashi, the guardian character of Sanjou Kairi from Shugo Chara.
I didn't know Okamoto voiced Musashi though, pretty unexpected considering most of his roles are mischievous-type characters. That was nice to know.
Speaking of Shugo Chara, one of my first and all-time favourite VA happens to be Nana Mizuki who voices Utau. I have quite a few songs from Shugo Chara that I love which include the 2nd opening (I think it was called Minna Daisuki), Secret Princess (Amu's version TBH) and My Heartful Song.
Mine are the 5th opening (3rd OP of Doki) and as for the endings, I absolutely love Honto no Jibun, Rottara Rottara and Take it Easy!, but the best ending song of Shugo Chara IMO is the 2nd one aka Renai Rider!
I can see why you love the 5th opening, its sooo cute.
To be honest its a long time since I've seen Shugo Chara so I only remember Lotta Love.
I also remember the one with Yoru in it. I didn't like how it was dark compared to all the happy and sweet endings that theyhad; although it was supposed to be like considering how sad, and perhaps scary, the song and the storyboard were in relation to the events happening in the anime at the time.
Precisely. The Yoru in Season 1 was really funny if irritating, often pulling pranks and whatnot. The Yoru in Season 2 was a extremely depressed and deflated shugo chara no thanks to his owner being brainwashed by Easter. Needless to say, the 7th ending is my least favourite, because it's so dark, just like you said.
For me, back in junior high at Canada it was optional, except for those who lived in Quebec. You know where Montreal is, right? That's the state capital of Quebec. The unique thing about its people is that their first language is French, unlike the rest of Canada. I have been to Montreal before, which inspired me to pick up some French...although I dropped it because it became a tad too boring for me. But I have considered taking it again, so to say.
I don't think there is another first language spoken in Australia besides English, but almost or probably more than half the people have a different cultural background and its probably the best point of Melbourne.
On a completely different topic, can we talk about how sad it was that Koharu had to leave the series even though she never performed? Or more like after she finally met Asahi lol. Hope she comes back soon.
Have I asked who your favourite characters in Aikatsu are? Mine are (coincidentally) Yuzu and Ako which is why I'm hyped for the new episode when they form a unit with Yume.
Just to let you know, there are plenty of people who were pretty pissed off when Koharu left. I was one of them.
I just don't get why Koharu had to be (temporarily) dropped out of the main cast. I mean, why? That's the thing! Nobody knows! Why would you throw out a main character of all people just for the sake of "character development"? Especially one who holds the record for a main character who has not performed since their debut in a idol anime (surpassing Mion who took until Episode 12/13 of Aurora Dream to do a Prism Show)?
BNP has been treating Koharu like a rotten sack of potatoes ever since Episode 1, and it pisses me off so much that I can't understand why they would do so. What, just because you couldn't find a proper singer for her? Bull crap! You are telling me that you can find singers for Yume, Laura and the rest of the main characters and S4, but not for Koharu? To hell with you, BNP! You guys ruined Koharu for sure!
Part of me didn't like it either however (sorry you might hate me for this) I'm kind of glad she went to an extend.
I think they made it more interesting that way. I don't think I'm the only one who thought Koharu would end up convincing her parents to let her stay, the same way many other anime characters have done in this situation (e.g. Wakana Morizono).
Remember how the series kept stressing the importance of individuality? I believe the reason why Yume is so OP is because she already found hers to begin with. The same way Laura went back home, I think Koharu also needed to go to Italy so she can do the same. The fact that she hasn't performed yet and the way they are carefully choosing her singing voice, I hope it means that we can expect a lot from her when she comes back and not treated like a rotten sack of potatoes like you just said.
Its not as if she was terrible at the start, the way she won the Halloween thingy (out of the whole 1st year cohort) and made an impressive Show Girl performance implies she'll be potential high ranking idol, its evidence that we can expect lots and I'm willing to wait for that to happen.
Sorry for that just now, i let my feelings speak out too much.
I took some time to think about your words, and checked out previous comments made by other users regarding Koharu's departure. Yeah, I guess you do make an strong point; at the very least Koharu wasn't totally neglected during her tenure alongside Yume, and yes, it's true that just like how Ichigo came back stronger after visiting America, Koharu has the potential to build up her skills while over at Italy, thus coming back a more stronger idol capable of challenging Mahiru for a spot in the S4.
The sad part is, however that she won't be around Yume anymore, at least for now and participate in many adventures together.
Yes, its true she won't be able to participate in adventures with Yume which really contradicts the first Aikatsu's concept that idols can definately reach for the top together. While most characters didn't think this at the beginning, competitions were all fun and games after that and they started making units too. Not to mention, they trained in groups for the Starlight Queen Cup.
But its different in Aikatsu Stars, they're not just playing friendly rivalry (which annoyed me in the first season), but the characters seem more desperate to beat each other, even going through their own lengths to improve at a pace that suits them.
Exactly. I might have mentioned this before in a previous conversation, but the present anime adaption has adopted a very different approach in contrast to the original; it's true that the overall atmosphere of Aikatsu Stars is significantly more darker and realistic in contrast to the conflict-free atmosphere of the original.
When you come to think of it, the rivalry between Yume and Laura is nothing unlike the so-called "friendly-rivalry" between Ichigo/Aoi and Akari/Sumire. This rivalry was tense and heated to begin with; and it's clear that unlike in the old days, where barely any conflict would occur between rivals, the rivalry between Yume and Laura has only begun to heat up even more, and its relevance towards the overall main plot only serves to highlight how far Aikatsu has come in terms of creating realistical conflict.
And let us not forget how much Aikatsu Stars has been influenced by another certain idol anime series; it is no coincidence that the Yume-Laura rivalry bears various similarities with Aira/Rizumu, Mia/Hye In and Naru/Bell in various forms or the other.
Probably the most relevant out of these three is the Naru/ Bell scenario, for it bears the most similarities to Yume/Laura. Think about it: Both Yume and Naru are main characters with only a fraction of talent and skill that both their rivals, Laura and Bell possess. Yet despite their significant disadvantage, the former still manages to prevail over the latter. Why is that so? In the case of Rainbow Live, it was because of the fact that Naru had access to the Prism Live, while Bell didn't. This would utimately cause Bell to go through extreme training all just to learn the Prism Live as well, which cost her physically and mentally. The same also applies to Yume; like Naru, she isn't the best at idol activities, yet was able to hold her own against Laura and even surpass her because of her own version of the Prism Live: the Rainbow Mode that enchances her voice and other abilities. Both Bell and Laura were understandably frustrated and confused due to their failure to beat their significant other, which is more than understandable because of the same elitest background that both of them originate from. To sum it up, their pride took a heavy blow: they couldn't accept the fact that despite their high level of skill, someone else was able to surpass them.
The main difference between those two however is that while eventually Bell was able to learn the Prism Live via her Pair Friend, that doesn't seem to be the same case for Laura because I remember Hime mentioning something about only a few people could be chosen by the Aikatsu system to bear that Rainbow Power, which probably means that Laura probably cannot have the same power as Yume does, since only certain idols can be chosen.
The idea that the main character will somehow prevail over a more experienced rival because of a hidden talent is pretty common. For example in AoKana (Asuka, Misaki), Glass Doll (Maya, Ayumi), Hikaru no Go (Hikaru, Akira), Love Stage (Izumi, Ryouma)... La Corda d'Oro...Princess Tutu...Uta no Prince sama... of course with some differences though since none of these are idol animes.
To be honest, the whole Pretty Rhythm similarity thing is really getting to me, I can't accept it as a coincidence. This one I would let slide, but countless others that I think you would know. When you mentioned the MC's rivalry being similar to Pretty Rhythm, a thought came that Yume, Laura and Koharu are extremely similar to MARs.
Yume and Aira stayed at the school to improve. Laura and Rizumu went to search for another coach to give them strict training; both of them are the rebellious-type too. Koharu and Mion who are both models went overseas to hone their skills.
Exactly! I'm glad I'm not the only one who spotted those similarities as well. In fact, it was kind of to be expected, knowing that both the Pretty Rhythm and Aikatsu franchises have a intense rivalry dating back to 2012.
Uh, wrong guess. I only picked this fanart of Lily as my avatar because it caught my eye. If you were to ask me about my favourite Aikatsu Stars character, I am torn between Laura and Tsubasa. I seriously cannot pick between those two; Laura's individualism and pride are perfectly balanced out by Tsubasa's coolness and epicness.
Oooh, you seem to have an interest in cool-type characters then.
I said this before but I like Ako and Yuzu who both happen to be pop-type characters. Ako because she acts mean but is actually nice, and because she's a unique actor. Yuzu because of how she went out of her way to invite Yume and Ako in her three-member team and personally train them just to defeat her fellow S4 teammates because a team with two S4 members is unfair?
My third favourite is Tsubasa though, because of her dedication to acting. The cliff scene was really cool.
I'm starting to grow more fond of Ako; I mean, it's really nice knowing that she actually tried to cheer Yume up in Koharu's place, especially since Laura had also left and Mahiru was busy coordinating the unit SKYGIRLS with Yozora and Tsubasa.
And speaking of Tsubasa, she is literally the EPITOME OF COOLNESS. If you took Kiriya Aoi, Kamiya Shion, Otoshiro Seira and mixed them all together, Tsubasa would be the final result. And is it any mere coincidence that she kind of resembles Pripara's Shion?
Yeah, there are so many reasons why I would choose Ako. I liked her even during the times she only ever talked about Subaru which was my original ship but sadly he doesn't even notice her lol.
And yeah I guess Tsubasa might be similar to Shion? But to be honest I like Tsubasa more. Also to be honest I didn't like her past of giving up singing because of Hime. Funny because she's the coolest character but has the (don't mean to offend) lamest past it felt like she ran away while Laura still hasn't given up to defeat Yume (which is more admirable). I hope that she doesn't live in Hime's shadow in the future of something like that. It would be different if she would've decided to switch classes even if she was the top Flower Song idol. I forgot what happened so I may be wrong about the reasons she switched classes.
I have to say that your assumption is partly wrong here.
The thing is, the reason why Tsubasa made the switch was because when she first met Hime, way back when both of them were merely rookie idols, Hime shown brightly on stage, way better than Tsubasa did. This prompted the latter to acknowledge that it would be Hime, and not herself that would shine and represent the Flower Song Class. One cannot help but respect Tsubasa for backing down and making way for Hime to shine; her selflessness and opened-minded spirit that enabled her do to so is without any doubtworthy of true respect, a factor in which I also acknowledge.
Despite that, Tsubasa still hadn't figured out her next path yet at this point. And it was at that very exact moment the head teacher of Bird Theater Class, aka Yachigusa Momoko chose to step in. After both of them conversed a bit, Momoko sensed her frustrations, and so she decided to explain the virtues of the Bird Theater Class to Tsubasa. It was only then that Tsubasa finally realized that Momoko's philosophy synchronized with her own desire to spread her own wings by discovering her own true self, therefore deciding from that moment on to join the Bird Theater Class and the rest is history.
In other words, Tsubasa didn't run away and switch classes out of intimidation; she chose to do so because she believed that was the best possible course of action. Keep in mind that when Tsubasa listened to Momoko's advice, she was influenced by her philosophy of spreading one's wings (meaning that there are countless possibilities, so rather than stick to just one on the ground, spread your wings and try to experience more of them). That's why Tsubasa chose to join Bird Theater, mainly because she had found her own true calling and passion, that of acting.
Thanks for explaining that. I couldn't quite figure it out myself, so can we say that she wasn't suited for Flower Song class in the first place? Unlike Laura who surely finds her passion in singing, Tsubasa chose that path simply because she was good at it until she met Hime.
It was at this point that Tsubasa was lost because she didn't know how to shine like Hime, yet she knew it wouldn't be through staying in the Flower Song Class right?
Precisely. You could say that this was the exact moment where Tsubasa found herself at a diverging path; either she could continue on a path that would forever render her under the shadow of Hime, or decide to forge her own path in unconquered territory, where she could shine the brightest.
She chose the latter, and that's why she stands out alongside Hime as her equal. Had she chosen the former, Tsubasa might never have gotten past the rank of admin, much less become a member of the S4.
This is another question that I can't figure out, but does Tsubasa actually like acting?
Well, of course she does, but is it in the same way that she liked singing before or completely different? She's chosen to start acting for experience because she's still forging her own path right?
So either its just Tsubasa's way of choosing an area that she can conquer in order to become top idol because she doesn't specialise in any class yet is quite competent in different areas of Aikatsu (including singing), or she fell in love with acting the moment she discovered her potential in that area.
You could say both. Yes, at first Tsubasa had no choice but to switch classes if she was to break out on her own. I'm not sure about whether she struggled at first or took to acting like a duck to water, but looking at her now, do you really think that she hates acting? No, she doesn't. Whatever doubts she might have, Tsubasa is now fully committed to the Bird Theater Class and her acting career.
It seems like she is interested in acting and isn't just doing it because its part of her Aikatsu activities. Last question about Tsubasa (sorry for so many questions), do you think that she's still trying to forge her path or that she's already found it?
Basically is she just acting as a way to experience new roles and gain different skillsets or she seriously wants to take her acting to a new level.
Like I already said earlier, whatever doubts Tsubasa might have had back then, those doubts have been already washed away. Did you see Tsubasa constantly whining about : "If it wasn't for Hime I would already been top of the Song Class."? No! Tsubasa is now living her idol/actor life to the fullest. Episode 20 is testimony of her firm commitment to acting, and there's no doubt that after she leaves the S4, the path to Hollywood lies ahead for her.
This can't be happening! NO!!!!!!! Prizmmy are disbanding come next year! NO!!!!!!!!
Yes! That's what I mean, it always felt like Tsubasa was troubled because she could've become top of the Song Class 'if it wasn't for Hime' which isn't really the right message to give to viewers. I know that's not the reason she switched but its possible to interpret it this way (unless it was clarified in the anime but I don't remember).
But at least now she's definitely committed to acting so the reason doesn't really matter anymore. I really like acting animes too ever since Skip Beat.
I'm sad Prizmmy's gonna disband too but I honestly stopped following them after Ayami quit so... yeah...
Do you know if all of them are going to continue with their idol careers?
If Prizmmy is disbanding then what is happening to PriPara though? Are they going to continue the franchise without Prizmmy singing the openings/endings? Because it wouldn't be the same that way... they were with us since Aurora Dream.
If i'm not mistaken, the Prism Mates (the B team to Prizmmy) was responsible for voicing most of the later opening themes and ending themes. However, given that they too will disband alongside Prizmmy at the same time, this hints towards the end of Pripara.
It sucks because we will never get the chance to actually attend a live Prizmmy concert, much less interact with Mia and the rest. Love-san was really super lucky tho-I really envy her because she actually got to attend both Prizmmy and STAR ANIS concerts live.
Good for you that sounds nice. I would've played with my younger cousins as well if they weren't so crazy :/ Too many fist fights this year...
I ship YumexSubaru now. I didn't before but now I do after the Christmas episode. I found the pacing great, especially how he didn't just fall for her at first sight and became interested after they learnt things about each other.
I thought I was going to feel sorry for Ako but lately it seems like she never loved Subaru that much in the first place.
Also poor Asahi though, can't see Koharu when he wants too.
I'm so happy-like, really happy that Aikatsu Stars is taking a huge step forward on the romantic front. Yume calling Subaru by his real name for the first time and him realizing his true feelings for her was so cool. Ako and Kanata are literally becoming Yubaru 2.0; those two still have some ways to go before the former can get over Subaru and the latter also starts experiencing some true feelings for her. And we have to wait for Koharu to come back before we can see further development on the Asaharu front. Anyway, things are looking pretty smooth for now.
About Ako, her obsession with Subaru mirrors the typical fangirl of this day and age who overfantasizes about any male idol of their choice to the point where said obsession can become dangerous. So it's fortunate that Kanata is there to keep her fangirl tendencies in check. If things continue as they are, Ako might warm up even more to Kanata.
Yup I've been doing the whole binge-watching old + new anime, reading manga, playing games thing too.
Thanks for asking, but I promise nothing's happened at all :D
I didn't even notice until you mentioned it, but it may have to do with some disruption of my daily routine. Because it's holidays, I've been replying and doing other things at my own convenience which is a bad habit of mine. I hope that doesn't bother you at all.
In fact I was talking to my brother just before and our conversation literally went like this:
Me: So it's finally 2017, 3 days have passed and what have you accomplished?
Brother:... 5 days have passed *shows me the date on his phone*
I see. Well, as for me, I can't believe that it's been one week since the new year began. I also can't believe that I have to go back to UBC soon...it seemed like just only days ago that my extended winter break just begun. I'm really starting to regret a few things that I failed to accomplish in these past few weeks...it's time I started picking up the slack.
Ikr, time passes by so fast. You go to a pretty good university don't you?
Well I pray that both of us can make the most of whatever vacation time we have left TT^TT
I think I did pretty well when the break first started but I haven't done anything since New Years. Although now that I think about it I only have a bit left compared to before so I'm going to go do that now...
Good for you, I always watch movies with my family.
You probably know by now (or not) that I pretty much only watch anime. Whenever my family drags me out to watch real life movies I have no idea what's going on. They made me watch The Force Awakens even though I haven't seen the other movies yet; although I kinda enjoyed it so I guess it's okay?
The last time I went to the cinemas was to watch Kimi no Na Wa though, it was pretty cool too.
I'm really surprised and a bit annoyed by Ako's lack of a concrete backstory; the only hint was during episode 17, when we saw a scene showing a younger Ako fangirling over Subaru in her own room. I suspect that her story will play out just like Yurika-a shy introvert who adopts a totally different persona when dealing with outsiders which probably explains her joining up with the Bird Theater Class.
True, that would make a good backstory for her. Makes sense since she showed hints of being shy too.
I hope they also clear up, why Subaru. Even if she doesn't like him that way, there should still be a reason why she's crazy over him (besides the fact that he's leader of M4...kinda). Subaru doesn't seem like he'd be an actor either.
Unless her acting skills are actually far more great and she's pretending to love with Subaru although she only kinda admires him to an extent; but really became an idol because of Kanata that would be cute... also unbelievable.
Haha, that's just so unbelievable, just like you said.
Speaking of which, recent developments show that everyone (eligible) is currently gearing up for a push towards a spot in the ranks of the S4. Who do you think is most likely to become a S4 member by the end of this season?
Hmm I haven't seen that part yet, but if it's because of 3rd years Hime, Yozora and Tsubasa leaving and Yuzu getting to keep her spot then I would say Lily for Song Flower Class, Mahiru for Moon Beauty Class, Ako for Bird Theatre Class and Yuzu managing to keep her spot in Wind Dance Class.
My only doubt is that Laura will get Song Flower Class instead but I think that won't happen and she will have a final showdown with Yume at the next S4 selection while they're at the same level. Unless the writers are really nice to their characters and them decide both of them the chance of being S4 then idk.
Your prediction is spot on! I had the same thoughts as well considering the predicted outcome of this S4 selection for 2017.
The Flower Song spot is where the main spotlight will be on, doubtlessly. With four important characters duking it out for that one spot, there's going to be a heavy dose of drama in the next few episodes, especially when you consider how much personal stake they have in the race; both Lily and Yuri are 2nd year admins, and as such this is their last chance to make the S4, while Yume and Laura, being the main character and the co-main respectively, have their own personal rivalry that has been emphasized on throughout the season thus far, which will continue to play an important role in the post S4 selection storyline, especially if they don't make it this year, which would be understandable given the fact that those two still have much to learn. The general idea is that the four of them will defintely benefit in some way no matter the outcome: Lily wins and gets spend more time with Yuzu, while proving to be quite the effective if chilly leader. Yuri will inevitably capitulate sooner or later, but her capabilities will see her being promoted to leader of the student council, thus succeeding Tsubasa's position at the very least. Yume and Laura will become admins, thus ensuring that their rivalry continues to play out up until the next S4 selection.
Regarding the other classes, it's pretty much straightforward; unless Koharu comes back (unlikely) just in time for the selection, Mahiru won't have any competition at all. Same goes for Ako, and while I would like to see Arisa (the Bird Theater Admin) challenge her for the tight to succeed Tsubasa, the latter hasn't got much character development to be of relevant importance. As for Wind Dance, Yuzu will hold down her spot into the next year.
I think it would have been nice to have more second years like Lily challenge Mahiru and Ako for S4 too but so far we only have side character admins like Arisa (who I didn't remember to be honest).
Since Yuzu became an S4 member in her 2nd year, then that proves that its possible to get into S4 as a 1st year (assuming she earned the spot at the end of her first year and maintained it all the way until the end of her 2nd year). The only exception is that she had dance lessons since young, but that seems to play a small role in her achievements.
Talent and passion or dedication is more relevant to most of the characters who reached the top of their class, as shown by Tsubasa and Koharu (if she wasn't competing with Mahiru). Yume also didn't have much background experience besides stamina training yet reached an equal standing with Laura. I've considered the fact that its possible for old/new characters other than Ako and Mahiru to become S4 but the reasons I explained made me believe that it wouldn't happen after all.
I really hope so; the main reason why they didn't introduce a proper main character from the Dance Class (Ruka doesn't count since she always gets put on the bus to LA) was because too many characters at this stage would have ruined the pace and flow of the plot. This is in stark contrast to the 1st season of the original series, where too many characters were introduced to the point where some of them had their development cut short (Kaede) or postponed to later seasons (Sakura).
When you put it that way, I do seem to prefer more development on our current characters than to see a new main character. The unbalanced delegation of classes for the 5 main (Yume, Laura, Mahiru, Ako, Koharu) makes the outcome of this anime all the more unpredictable.
That's the same logic that the writers used in order to justify Koharu's departure...although I still have a hard time accepting that logic. It just feels so wrong to me, like the cons outweigh the pros regarding her departure.
For example, just by putting Koharu on the bus and not even giving us any scenes of her in Italy, that decision alone automatically derived her of any sort of character development-the one thing that any major character in fiction cannot afford to be without. Also, keep in mind that while the current storyline regarding the S4 selection revolves around the Song Class and the rivalry between Yume and Laura (not to mention Lily and Yuri to a certain extent), Koharu's absence means that Mahiru is all but confirmed to replace her sister by Season 2, which means there won't be any drama revolving around the Beauty Class, which is a shame considering how much potential a Mahiru-Koharu rivalry had. But like I said earlier, plenty of restrictions make that scenario impossible; I genuinely hope that the writers will focus on that come Season 2.
That's true, then I guess this first S4 selection won't really mean much.
In the first place, the only reason that made S4 important/exciting is because of the rivalry. The MCs life-dreams have literally to become top of their class, yet they still have many pathways outside S4 so its not the end of the world. They don't gain much from being S4 either (besides more fame), or at least something we can look forward to.
Its only exciting because its like a final overall test between the rivaled main characters, so when you take that away, theres no drama happening at all.
Exactly. The S4 are basically the position of the Starlight Queen split into four different spots. There's a huge distinction in terms of prestige between the positions of SQ and top idol (#1), which we all learnt about back in the original series. The same should apply to Aikatsu Stars as well, but as far as I'm concerned, there hasn't been any mention of there being a top idol position in this universe as compared to the original. I'm not properly convinced that those four alone are the utimate and most powerful idols to have ever existed; surely there must be another idol unit that is just as equally skilled as the S4.
True, but I do believe that the current S4 are amazing. and also the reason why the main characters want to be S4. Definately not the most powerful idols, but still quite influencial.
Its not that the main characters want to become the top of their class, they can easily achieve that at their level. If anything their true goal should lie in surpassing the current S4.
After watching the latest episode, an idea made me hope it could really happen, but how cool would it be if Koharu designed her own brand? There's already two users for Romance Kiss; therefore it'd be boring if Koharu used it too. I don't mind if Mahiru does it instead either because (in my opinion), Romance Kiss, or rather, Asian clothes don't really suit her (I don't know how I will, but I hope I don't sound offensive saying that). Her Sky Girl coord looked great on her though. Plus it's weird that she'd use the same brand to surpass her sister.
In fact its ironic that none of the Moon Beauty Class students design their own brand.
Now that you mention it, that's true. You would think that Yozora, the eldest daughter of an powerful and influential family that has deep connections within the fashion model industry, would already have created her own brand a long time ago. I suppose this is due to storyline reasons, but it does seem very ironic that someone as fashion-oriented as Yozora has not created her own brand yet; double irony when you realise which character from the original series she is based upon...
Right? You'd think because Yozora is in Moon Beauty Class and S4 that she'd be good at it, but I guess being a model has their own purpose which lies in giving inspiration to other designers. Too bad they never looked into that much, she never really had a story about herself. Although it'd probably be similar to certain characters in the original series and I'd rather not touch upon the same struggles they had again in Yozora.
Yeah, unlike the other S4 members, Yozora never really stood out that much to be honest, and Hime only stood out because she was integral to the main story. The only moment where we could relate to Yozora was in Episode 15, where she actually showed some real emotion and slapped Mahiru, which btw, gave Aikatsu Stars a much darker and more realistic edge.
Ah I really didn't expect that slap, but I guess violence kinda runs in their family...? XD Even the way Mahiru confronted some delinquents actually made me scared inside, it also makes me wonder if Asahi actually has an evil/cunning mind behind that cute face.
Speaking of Asahi, or rather the M4 characters, would Kanata doing a CG performance count as being the first idol in Aikatsu to have green hair?
Right? The best thing we can hope for is to wait until Season 2 or the season after that, assuming that the development team will introduce someone with green hair by that point.
Don't give up hope on Yuri yet; she has roughly the same amount of luck as Shion, which should at least garner one CG performance for her in the near future. She even has a playable 3D sprite in the arcade games as well.
Oh, and this just came into my mind, but I realized that out of all the current S4, Yozora is the only member not to have any sort of personal interaction with Yume, which probably explains the lack of her own story. Of course we could have found out more about her from Koharu's perspective, but she's in Italy right now and we only got a glimpse into her past courtesy of Mahiru's perspective.
Ah true, Yozora never talked with Yume personally. If we go through all the character interactions between Yume and the S4 members, Hime partnered with Yume for the S4 battle and helped her with the rainbow phenomenon problem and there was also the rain sickness thing. Tsubasa gave advice to Yume on class change, acting and was generally there for her as student council president. Yuzu helped Yume with her Dress Make and formed Yuzukosho. I wonder if I forgot something...
In my honest opinion, I believe she spent the most time with Yuzu who also made the best senpai out of all of them (though unintentionally) by helping Yume. She always happens to be there during the right moments and offered a necessary momentary change of pace such as forming Yuzukosho, offering advice for the Dress Make (which I thought would be Yozora's time to shine) and taking them to a dance battle event to deal with summer heat. This is probably one of the best reasons why Yuzu is my favourite.
Not trying to say that the other characters are below her, but I feel like Yuzu's actions made a better effort than the advice that she recieves from Hime and Tsubasa. Hime could only watch when Yume tried to deal with her rainbow problem and Tsubasa is simply trying to help everyone while maintaining a sort of distant relationship. Not to mention that most of the S4 members needed Yume's help in return.
I agree with your points about all the S4 members, but I have a major bone to pick with Hime. Believe me, when I say major I'm really serious. Do you even know how furious I was by Hime's total incompetence in her handling of the entire Rainbow Mode situation?
Ever since the premiere episode, Hime has been done nothing but repetitively give out vague signs regarding Yume's condition at hand. Yeah, I get that she's not at liberty to tell the truth due to Jin Norizuki 2.0, but that reluctance makes her look weak and spineless, especially when in comparison to Mizuki. For all her flaws, at the very least Mizuki was her own boss; she never bowed down to others under heavy pressure. Hime, she's like: "I really would love to explain everything. but I can't do so because, well, Headmaster told me not to!" This altitude of hers basically makes her a gray character; she might actually care about Yume, but never rebelled against Hikaru, which essentially makes her a spineless sock puppet.
Another thing that is absolutely clear is that if there’s anyone best placed to replace Hime by the end of this season, it’s none other than Lily Shirogane herself. Time after time again, Lily has proved herself to be very capable of dishing out good and sound advice to both Yume and Laura, and especially during the most crucial times. Hime, in contrast has really bad timing: the only time she actually tries to tell Yume about what’s going on, ( Episode 30) was exactly when Yume was going through her PTSD period due to Koharu’s departure. Seriously, that is totally lame, even by her standards. In contrast, Lily, while ignorant of Yume’s condition, didn’t shirk her responsibilities as a admin. She gave both Yume and Laura sound advice when it ACTUALLY MATTERED. If it wasn’t for her advice, I doubt that Laura would have been able to get out of emo mode, which is irony considering the fact that Lily is basically emo herself.
In short? Lily has a stronger (inner) spine than Hime: the former doesn’t let her physical weaknesses become a liability for her while the latter never once though of severing the puppet strings attached to her by Hikaru. Period.
Thank you!! Felt like someone had to mention that. Hime went through the exact same problem, overcame it, and couldn't give a single piece of advice to help Yume. I mean, I guessed that once Yume was in trouble, it would be her time to shine but she kinda just stood there o.o I believe she apologized because she couldn't help though.
I thought I would also blame Hikaru but he wasn't spineless either when he decided he would rather expel Yume than make her suffer like Hime. Although his sabotages were backfired because Yume progressed extraordinarily. Also from recent episodes, it seems like he's kinda a clumsy little brother on the inside so there was nothing to expect from him in the first place. ╮(￣▽￣)╭
I also don't get why Yume was worrying so much either. When she had the rainbow power, she had to beg for it to come, so surely it would've been easy to let it go away? She could've just told the system "I don't need it anymore" but they're treating it like its a curse XD
And yes I absolutely loved how Lily handled Laura's situation too!! And I also love how Yume and Laura helped her in return which showed how much Lily was trying to help others, yet still develop as a character. For someone who is able to gather the help of many people and finally learn to work as a team, I bet she would make better S4 than Hime.
Truer words were never spoken any better, my friend.
Episode 27 showed that when it comes to guiding the youngsters, Lily is far more versatile and quick to share her experience, her opinions, and giving out proper and sound advice to Yume without any hassle. In contrast, Hime's often dodges the real issues at hand and keeps on offering pretty vague hints about the current situation, always keeping Yume in the dark.
I understand that Hime's true motive was to try and protect Yume, but look what happened in later episodes, for god 's sake! Both she and Hikaru kept her in the dark right until the worst possible moment, and that was when she chose to tell Yume right after Koharu left, just like I said earlier.
Another thing that pisses me off is the way she and Hikaru teamed up to pressure Subaru into abandoning his investigation. Dude, you guys suck! Subaru was literally trying his best to find out the true cause of Yume's deteriorating condition, and both of you just ganged up and forced him to stop investigating, when in fact he was trying his best to get to the bottom of things because he cared for Yume's well-being!
I felt sorry for Subaru when they asked him not to try and figure out the cause of Yume's sickness after performance thing. By then he clearly cared alot for Yume but didn't have the right to do anything at all because it was "for Yume's sake".
I think I came up with a logic to explain the behaviour of Hime and Hikaru but I think they believed that Yume's talent and effort was far inferior to Hime's in the sense that Hime is more talented which explains why she was able to "splendidly" overcome the problem. But for Yume, they didn't see it in her and already believed that either 1) she would eventually stop using the power or 2) she should just give up because she doesn't have whatever Hime has to overcome the situation (since Hime's a born prodigy). Hikaru even told her that when the time came for Yume to reveal her progress, that it would be an "impossible" task. Whatever the reason though, they still suck :/
Summary: They underestimated Yume and decided to make her give up her whole career in advance without discussing it.
In any case I hope the rainbow power situation isn't over and maybe one day, Yume and Hime will be able to control the power and perform together with it or something.
I highly doubt so; in fact over at the Aikatsu Stars Wiki I've already voiced my opinion on why Yume's power still remains a prominent factor in the storyline, and a few other users agree with me on the possibility that it hasn't been completely taken out from the equation.
Speaking of Hikaru, I can't help but compare him with Orihime. I know that both have entirely different methods of governing their respective academies, but let's be honest, from the way he's done things, Hikaru is not going to win any nominations for the Idol Academy Headmaster of the Year Award. To my knowledge, Hikaru has never commanded the same amount of respect and loyalty within his own students as much as Orihime had. The reason is because of her status as a former idol, which gave her an advantage in adopting a more hands on approach with her own students, often maintaining personal contact with them and discussing with each other about their problems. In contrast, I doubt that the same level of personal contact and camaderie existed between Hikaru and the students of Yotsuboshi Gakuen; he basically never even attempts to try and interact with his students on a more personal level, to the point where he basically ignores all the issues of the other classes and instead chooses to expend his attention on the Song Class and Yume alone due to the rainbow aura situation.
I think its pretty obvious that Orihime handled things waaaaayyyy better, and like you said, as a former idol and understanding her students better.
Hikaru is literally Jin but without the insanity and more evidently a comic relief character. To be honest, while Hikaru doesn't play his role well, I don't really have anything against him. I'm probably being biased because he's kinda young, hot and wears glasses but I find entertainment in the guy from his personality (similar to the way Jun acts in Pretty Rhyhm).
While his manner seems kind of mysterious and suspicious, its still not confirmed but its possible that he thought of and arranged Yume's meeting with Hotaru (otherwise it may have been Hime) as well as gave Laura the position as Lily's assistant when she was in trouble. I don't think they've confirmed it but it could be true. Its not much, but it still shows he actually catches up with his students. And to be fair, nothing actually happens in the other classes.
Well, I guess so. Point is, I honestly doubt that he's that popular among the students of Yotsuboshi Gakuen, which makes me doubt even more that there's going to be a similar scenario like that of Lovely Party Collection, where the 1st gen and 2nd gen girls threw a big birthday bash for Orihime.
Oh, and speaking of birthdays, I just remembered! Tomorrow just happens to be Aoi's birthday, so be sure to wish her well! XD
Come to think of it, it will be pretty sad to see distant teacher-student relationship compared to the original anime. I liked the gratitude and admiration that the main characters held for their teachers, especially Johnny-sensei.
I just realised I missed so many birthdays this January [Rin, Nono, Shion, Subaru, Lily]. Aoi's birthday is on the 31st which is today for me so I'm just gonna make a trip to her page right now lol.
Yup, Aoi is also my favourite which really made me sad since season 2 of Aikatsu didn't really do her justice in my opinion. I don't think there's anything wrong with her role since she actually helped Ichigo many times throughout season 2 (the same way Kii helped Seira), but since she's not a producer I wished they showed more of her efforts as an idol. I might be the only one but I didn't like her constellation dress, mainly the skirt, and song choice as well. They also missed her competing with any Dream Academy students let alone a rematch with Seira.
Moving on, Idol Time seems really weird to me and I didn't expect it. I'd prefer it if they use a completely new set of characters instead of throw everyone out except Laala. It would've made more sense if they made Non the main character but I guess I won't know until I watch it.
Also summer holidays have ended for me and I'm finally starting my final year of high school so don't be alarmed if my replies seem rushed or delayed. It just means I'm working hard or crying, just in case :D
Btw, while I'm in agreement that Aoi's individual efforts as a idol were only given more coverage at the beginning of the series and in Episode 71, I was surprised by the fact that there are actually people who have a negative view of Aoi's solo performance. For the majority of fans, especially die-hard Aoi fans like me, that performance was, from start to finish, perfect and flawless. Prism Spiral is one of those special songs where the character, song, general atmosphere and outfit are in perfect sync.
Yes, I love Prism spiral. I've been listening to it that past year which is why I was expecting a new song, but in the end it was the usual. My first impression of her constellation dress was that it looked amazing, just as expected... but the skirt!! I hate to say it but the asymmetry made me feel uncomfortable. To have high hopes for episode 71 but see that nothing really changed (same song, Aoi accepting who she is... which is a good thing, constellation dress looks like an upgraded ver. of premium dress), it was a bit of a let down. They did change the stage but I preferred the runway. Since you seem to like episode 71's performance, sorry you had to read my complaint ><
Nonetheless, I am glad Aoi is representing Aquarius as an Aquarius myself because she's just an amazing and inspirational character!
Oh boy, the Constellation Dresses were beautiful and unique in terms of design and quality. You are right about one thing however-there is no doubt that the wings were what made those dresses tick-without them the coords wouldn't have been as epic.
Now that I think about it we walked through a lot of cool-type idol characters....
Tsubasa... Laura... Lily... Aoi... okay I got the clue.
Thinking back on it, the reason why Akari stopped worrying about her special appeal training was because Ichigo referenced the quote that Aoi wrote in her letter (unseen star), which is great because its my favourite scene from season 2.
The other scene is from the same episode I think, when Johnny-sensei said (paraphrasing here) 'those who know what its like to hit rock bottom and climb back up may be able to surpass even those who have not and become strong'.
Yup! I love all the cool-type idol characters, but my overall favourite is Aoi-sama of course~her intellect, beauty and fangirling tendencies are just so infectious that one cannot help but be enchanted by her.
Speaking of which, it's true that Aoi has had a lot of influence on the main plot of Aikatsu, both subtle and unsubtle. Besides the examples that you mentioned earlier, there is no denying that Aoi is one of the main reasons the entire series even happened.
Back in Episode 1, a butterfly effect of sorts happened; Ichigo just happened to spill juice on Raichi's collection of Mizuki pics, and as a result she wanted to take him to Mizuki's solo live as a apology. But she didn't have tickets, remember? That's where Aoi's expertise came in handy for the first time; via her vast connections, she managed to procure tickets for the three of them, which led to Ichigo fangirling over Mizuki and thus wanting to join Starlight Academy. If Aoi hadn't been there, the entire series basically would have never existed in the first place.
Oh yeah, that's right! Remember how back in Season 3, Aoi was recruited by Orihime to act as a teacher for the 1st year students until she got replaced by Naoto? Orihime had already noted Aoi's potential back then, so it makes sense that she would give Aoi some experience in teaching the rookies which would then pave the way for her to become the next headmistress of Starlight Academy.
Oh wow I might wanna go back to watching. I don't remember the teacher experience Aoi did at all XD
I remember the part when Ichigo, Aoi and Ran all had to hold some kind of seminar for them and only Aoi managed to do the job if that's what you're talking about. Sadly as headmistress she wouldn't have much of an opportunity to teach anyone personally.
But really, no matter how you look at it Aoi would be completely perfect for the job than anyone else in the anime. Her support and advice throughout the series to help others was better than anyone else, she is already a respectable top idol and above all her large database on idols and quick to gather information may even make it possible for her to connect with pretty much every single one of her hundreds of students with ease.
You could not have been more spot on with your statement. Honestly, I can say with absolute confidence that no one in all of Starlight Academy (I would be stretching it too far if I said the entirety of the idol industry) has more contacts and established databases than Kiriya Aoi herself. Even her closest rival, DreAca's Saegusa Kii, has only her trusty network (the Internet) to rely on. Aoi's sure not called the Idol Profressor for nothing.
That said, I always thought how funny it was that due to a lack of qualified candidiates, Orihime had no choice but to promote one of her best students and later on the academy's groundskeeper to the position of the 1st year's tutor. Maybe no one really wanted to teach a bunch of rookies, even if said rookies studied at the prestigious Starlight Academy.
I think I understand why Orihime would use her own students instead of finding another teacher actually. In my mind I like to think that rather than having no choice, it was the best choice to use one of her students to teach the 1st years. Since the current top idols other than Masquerade are the main characters, where else would she find idols of the Aikatsu world good enough to pass on their knowledge to the them? After all, just by entering Starlight you could say all of the middle school third years/graduates are pretty much accomplished idols and, not to mention, are from the best idol school in Japan. She could probably bring back a Starlight Academy alumni as well... but remember... who's on the idol rankings again? XD
Just to add, the episode when Seira visited Starlight pretty much said everything. It's made up of self-producing idols and they aren't bound by any training rules such as the extent they can run laps.
And Naoto's not really just a groundskeeper... actually we don't exactly know the extent of More Than True's popularity so his qualitifcation is questionable.
To be fair, he actually might be more intelligent that given credit for. If I recall correctly, wasn't Naoto the one who gave his older sister (Tiara) some advice and support up until she opened Dream Academy?
Oh, now I remember! In Season 1, there was this episode where Naoto gave Aoi her new coord, and told her it was via his sister's network, but we never knew anything about his sister's identity until Season 2. This proves that even midway through the 1st season, Sunrise was already in the planning stages for Season 2.
Did you enjoy the Valentine's Day episode? For me, it was kind of dull considering the fact that Subaru got rivalzoned and M4's performance was less than a minute. On the positive side though, this is a clear indicator that the relationship between Yume and Subaru is still evolving and requires more time before she can realize her true feelings for Subaru, and vice versa. I also liked her new progression aura and changing room pose as well.
To be honest, the Valentine's Day episode was one of my favourites. I can see where you're coming from with the dull part though since nothing really happened; although the rival thing got me laughing for ages. Actually the whole episode was scene after scene of laughing and fangirling especially at the start when they make fun of Hikaru's social skills. Let's face it, he's become a comic relief character.
I have to say that I felt sorry for Asahi though XD
Hopefully another opportunity comes next year. We also have the White Day episode to look forward to, if they make one. The new progression aura reminded me of the time Aira declared her love on stage, since both of them wanted to deliver their feelings even though Yume's love wasn't meant to be romantic, I was still touched.
Speaking of Valentines there were birthdays that I totally forgot about- namely Madoka Amahane and Ito Suzuno.
Afterwards (in Aikatsu Stars) there is Nozomu (Feb 18), Hime (Feb 26) and Yume, Naru & Mion (March 3). We also can't celebrate Shin and Louis from King of Prism though until another 3 years lol.
In the fairest sense, I think the writers wanted to tone down all the Yume x Subaru hype for a little bit. The shipping craze reached its peak on Episode 37, where all three pairings got mentioned in that lovable Christmas episode (Asahi moaning about Koharu's absence, Kanata stealing looks at Ako and of course Subaru blushing after realizing his feelings for Yume XD). Don't worry, I'm sure that sooner or later both of them will soon each other more "differently'.
Speaking of which, Episode 45 will finally focus on Ako's personal issues and her motivations for the S4 Selection. There's also Kanata and Tsubasa thrown in, so nothing could go wrong at all.
Hopefully none of these nightmare scenarios come true.
That said, I honestly believe that out of all these shipping pairs, KoharuxAsahi has the most chance of actually becoming canon. You know why?
The reason for this is that in contrast to YumexSubaru and AkoxKanata, the feeling between Asahi and Koharu is actually mutual on both sides. Koharu's admiration for the Kasumi family also extends towards Asahi, and the latter got turned on by her sterling perforance during Episode 25.
What makes their mutual attraction so cute and heartwarming in contrast to the others is that it's purely natural; unlike Yume and Ako who both acted hostile at the beginning towards their respective shipping partners before warming up eventually, Koharu acted shy towards Asahi straight from the beginning. And Asahi didn't tease her like Subaru or act cool like Kanata; he reacted like any boy falling in love for the first time would naturally do. It's not even a secret that both of them have feelings for each other; in fact it's pretty obvious to anyone else that those two would make a great couple. Mahiru already knows about her brother's crush, and Asahi was man enough to outright proclaim that he missed seeing Koharu RIGHT IN FRONT of his M4 teammates, unlike a certain guy who doesn't know how to deal with a girl with blonde ponytails.
Out of all those my favourite is Asahi and Koharu, and I find it funny that Koharu gets mixed up with Mahiru during her Aikatsu activities, yet spends alot of time daydreaming about Yozora that I wonder if she'll have time for Asahi as well LOL Which also means we'll have a new sibling rivalry XD
I can't blame Subaru though, he's only 14... or 15. For all we know, his love for Yume could just be a phase and with his position I think he should first value his career over a light crush (since idols are kinda forbidden to love or something like that). Obviously I doubt he'll fall out of love, but he's only known Yume for a year. Also we have to take into account that Yume is only 12 and just became 13.
Speaking about their age, I think that's the reason why I doubt these pairings will be canon by the end of the story.
It depends on "when" is the end of the story. Say for example that Aikatsu Stars takes at least four seasons to complete its runtime...Yume would already be 16/17 years old, and Subaru would be 18/19 years of age, so its not implausible. Althought to be fair, Aira and Rizumu were already crushing on both Shou and Hibiki at 14 years, and the latter pair got married one and a half year after Aurora Dream.
With Aira and Rizumu falling in love at 14, they probably mirror Subaru and Asahi respectively. One is in denial/does not know what's going on while the other is already learning to flirt (not supposed to be an accurate explanation but close enough) :D
The point is that its common for middle school students in love to be amateur at it (since you don't expect people to just start dating at elementary... I hope- or even if they did you can't believe that they're serious even if they think they are), so I would cut slack for Subaru. Its normal for different people to go at different paces. But if Aikatsu Stars does run for four seasons like you said, and Subaru becomes 18/19 and still can't figure out his feelings then that's a different story.
Now that we talk about their ages, it makes sense that Subaru started to have a crush on Yume and Yume has yet to reach the stage where she can fall in love.
True. This is apparent in Yume's innocent indifference to Subaru's discomfort: she hasn't hit puberty yet (I think) so it's unlikely that she would know anything about crushes and stuff like that, while Subaru, having just hit puberty, still has plenty to learn about love. This inexperience might explain why he feels very confused when it comes to his actual feelings for Yume, just like you said.
That said, the way Aikatsu Stars treats the concept of romance is a bit...strange. Let's be frank, while its true that AS is more open in regards to showing genuine romantic crushes as compared to its predecessor, in-universe, nothing has been mentioned about how romance is viewed by the idol industry. To put it this way, we know from experience that romance is seen as a big no no in idol circles in both real life and anime series. However, in AS its status is kind of...ambiguous. No one says anything about romance being allowed, but they never said anything about it being banned either. So, in conclusion I suspect that the concept of romance happens to occupy a grey area in the Aikatsu Stars universe.
That's true, the way the idol industry treats romance in Aikatsu Stars is never mentioned but I just assumed since, like you said, my experience from anime and real life makes sure the idol hides his/her personal love life so that their image remains 'pure' to the public.
While romance may be allowed, there is definately some sort of restriction but I hope they're not too strict about it. The thing is, the romance idea nearly always only applies to the girls, but never seem to matter to the boys. If a guy is found dating another girl, people would want to know who the girl is but no one would change their image of the guy. Whereas if a girl is found dating someone, all the male fans will go against her just because he feels 'betrayed' and they can no longer date in his fantasy.
Ah...yes, now I remember, the same thing happened back in Dear My Future with Rizumu and Hibiki. To this day, I will be forever grateful to the fact that P&P was there to bail them out, otherwise things could have gone awry.
That said, the way the AS writers have handled things so far is recommendable. They aren't rushing things between Yume and Subaru, nor are they attempting to eradicate all traces of romantic feelings unlike in the original. In other words, they are keeping it nice, slow and natural.
You could say that slow, natural, dying from waiting progression of love is probably my favourite (and strangest) pleasure of romance anime. Love at first sight is nice too (referring to Koharu and Asahi) but nothing beats getting to know the other person better and developing, in my opinion, a more healthy and long-lasting relationship.
Sometimes when I say I don't 'ship' someone, for example Yume and Subaru, it doesn't mean that I hate them together. It really means I don't want them to be together yet, but sometime in the future (way further though) they should be canon; although I don't mind if they potentially fall for someone else. The reason is obvious, Subaru had no reason to love Yume at the start. Sure they could be friends, but it was only when Yume overcame her trials that Subaru recognised Yume for her good and bad points and eventually fell in love.
I really like to ship characters depending on who they like most of the time. In fact, I would rather see Ako's love story with Subaru progress (even if its not going to be a happy ending) than see a new romance bloom between Ako and Kanata. I really really really want to see her confession scene to Subaru and see her get rejected... strange stuff I'm looking forward to seeing in AS I know XD
I also want to point out that it doesn't make Koharu and Asahi's relationship unhealthy, it just means that they are at a more potential risk of not liking each other in the end because they only met once. Since Asahi is actually a very sensible and pure guy who never gets angry... whos knows considering Yozora's slap and Mahiru's karate though... he seems like the type to get to know the other better, so they aren't any worse than Yume and Subaru.
Violence runs in the Kasumi family, perhaps? Oh well, seeing that as long as Koharu still remains in Italy, her relationship with Asahi will remain untouched, which is why I hope for her return soon. I'm sure that things between them will be awkward at first, but sooner or later, she's going to be more susceptible to his playful charms.
I can't help but think there's another side to Asahi because he strikingly resembles Nagisa from Free in both appearance and personality. The difference is that Nagisa occasionally displays a cunning/devious personality but Asahi has not (yet).
The same for Yuzu, she reminds me of Zeno from Akatsuki no Yona since both of them are the most childish of the four top idols/dragons (also the fact that they like to be babied, are the least dramatic, have golden hair etc.). In the end, Zeno is revealed to be the oldest and possess the strongest power of the four which makes sense when I link him back to Yuzu. Of course, I'm referring to the way (I believe) Yuzu makes the best senpai out of all the S4s. Pretty off topic but its rare to see characters that always act cute on the outside but hide an unexpected, inner, devilish side to them.
I practically agree with you on this. Out of all the S4, even Tsubasa herself, Yuzu was the most approachable and easiest to get along with. She didn't exude any sort of superiority unlike the others, and had a very hands on relationship with her class admins and the 1st year students. Yuzu may seem like someone who likes to play all the time and act childish in contrast to the others, but in reality, she's one of the most capable characters in Aikatsu Stars.
Actually Tsubasa could be a special exception. As the student council president she does her job diligently so while things like uniform check and presentation are minor, it deserves credit. I would exempt her from actually having to go the extra mile as a senpai.
Now that I think about it, she does go the extra mile by supervising Ako, offering class change advice to Yume and giving the others the chance to experience live filming. And also for helping Mahiru by introducing Sky Girls (not that she needed it but it still helped with her dream to be S4).
Compared to that though, I still think I prefer Yuzu even though Tsubasa clearly puts in more effort. (In fact Yuzu put in the least effort which is ironic since she helped a good deal). Like you said about her being approachable, Yuzu's friendliness is probably more advantageous during desperate times such as when students need help on a personal level. I think every time, it was Yuzu who reached out to the others instead of vice versa. Its probably instinct that somehow always lets her be in the right place at the right time.
Speaking on instinct, when Yuzu gave her L.A. overseas opportunity to Haruka, she said it was because she didn't want to leave but I get the feeling that she may have subconsciously realised that Haruka would benefit the most out of all the first years by studying overseas and come back as a competent S4 candidate, hence making her own class stronger especially once she graduates. That would be stretching it quite a bit though. Also the time when Yuzu just randomly thought "I wanna ride a dolphin" which led to her win against Tsubasa in the quiz game. Since she tends to rely on what she naturally wants to do, Yuzu tends to overlook much more important things which is a setback.
No, it's okay. In fact, I'm really impressed by how you described both of their modus operandi with unadulterated precision; these facts are the main reason why I consider both Tsubasa and Yuzu to be among the most outstanding and capable of the Aikatsu Stars characters. While those two might have different methods and mindsets when it comes to handling certain matters, what makes both Tsubasa and Yuzu so capable is their hands-on approach with their admins and first-year students,as I mentioned earlier.
Both Tsubasa and Yuzu directly contrast with Hime and Yozora on many fronts, btw. When you come to think of it, there's a distinct line that splits the S4 into two separate entities. The fact is, whatI'm trying to say is that there's some sort of class division that is present not just in the S4 itself, but the entire academy as well.
On one side, you have the rich and talented idols (Hime, Yozora, Laura, Mahiru) who were born into high-class families, were trained from birth in their respective professions and as such are considered by many to be the epitome of perfection in idolhood. On the other hand, you have those who were born into middle-income families, who had little to no professional training in their respective fields (Tsubasa, Yuzu, Yume, Koharu) and as such had to rely upon themselves and their friends to gain experience in order to catch up with their peers.
In other words, this schism between social classes explains precisely the main differences between Hime/Yozora and Tsubasa/Yuzu in the S4 itself, and why their respective interactions towards their juniors are in deep contrast with each other. Here's my point: the ones who were brought up in upper-class, elite families may had all the skills and techinques imparted to them by talented coaches from birth, but as a result of such an sheltered upbringing in terms of environment, they took on a very elitist altitude, which led them to form a rather low opinion of idols born outside their social circle, and as such may not interact much with other idols and focus on training in their quest for utimate perfection (remember how Mahiru and Laura were like before they met Koharu and Yume respectively)?
In contrast, the ones who came from middle or lower-income families grew up in ordinary, everday social environments that you and I both know quite well. These future idols didn't have any of the privileges granted to their rich counterparts from birth, likely due to having less wealth. As such, they had to do things the hard way, with limited resources and so on. And yet, these very same idols would later go on and build up many friendships as part of their Aikatsu, and become very successful in later life. Why? Because these idols, the ones that were born in common social circles, they were able to succeed thanks to a combination of hard work, sacrifice and grassroots Aikatsu without relying on the amount of privileges or influence that their family name might have granted to them.
Basically, this theory explains why when it comes to interacting with their juniors, Hime and Yozora are pretty much emotionally detached from them (sans Mahiru regarding the latter) while Tsubasa and Yuzu are so close and friendly with them.
I really love your insight on how their social classes may have affected their social etiquette and I couldn't agree any more. Those that come from ordinary families do seem to be more capable of opening up to other students.
While Hime and Yozora isn't any less bad at approaching others to talk or public speaking, they keep holding back or putting up a front. The two don't drop formal speech with anyone and their image on the surface seems no more than an idealistic imagination of an idol prodigy, that's inhumanly hardworking with no flaws. To be honest, this part of Aikatsu wasn't done well since Mizuki was introduced, but the attempt was pretty good during the Star Anis arc.
However, if we're talking about their success due to their upbringing, I have to half disagree. It's true those with more money have the advantage, but its not as if Yume and the others had to do things the hard way. Considering their financial situation, they could still afford private teachers, maybe not as skilled, but qualified enough to close the gap between themself and the higher class. The teaching skills of a teacher only determines a very small gap between their students, but progress relies solely on the efforts of the student themselves. However, since Yume pretty much relied on the stamina she aquired from her elementary school volleyball training club practice, then yes they did have do things the hard way with very limited resources.
True, but as in real life, there is indeed a huge gap in talent and quality between children originating from rich families and those who come from middle/low-income families. This is why people from the latter tend to have more success stories than the former; the rich ones had already more than enough resources and wealth to back them up as they grew, while the less-than affluent ones had to practically start from stratch with nearly nothing.
In other words, inequality between social classes is a concept that has also been quite realistically implemented within Aikatsu Stars. While it is true that all first-year students are entitled to the same amount of training programmes (meaning everyone gets a fair share of idol education), there is quite a huge gap in terms of quality between the rich and not-so rich students. Take a look at Laura and Mahiru, who both come from very influential and talented families, and compare them to Yume and Koharu, whose families are in the middle-income range at the beginning of the series. Know what I mean to imply?
Basically, Laura and Mahiru, whose training literally started in their infancy, had already in their possession plenty of experience in their respective fields (singing, modelling) and as a result were way ahead of their classmates when it came to excelling in their idol activities. In contrast, we all know how Yume's singing was like at the start of the series, and Koharu's balancing acts were less than satisfactory. Both of them had to literally start from stratch and rely upon the advice of their seniors (admins and S4 alike) in order to catch up to Laura and Mahiru respectively.
In short, even if the medium in question is a public school where all students recieve equal opportunities regardless of rank or status, those who had already trained from birth with unlimited prestige and wealth are more likely to excel from the get-go, while those who came from the lower end of the social circle are less likely to be successful that immediately. Of course, people like Ichigo, Akari and Yume were able to take advantage of the opportunities granted to them and advance up the steps of idolhool glory, but for non-main characters, well, that's another story. And poor Koharu, btw, who wasn't a main character and didn't have rainbow powers like Yume did, never stood a chance of beating Mahiru. Ever.
I can see that Aikatsu Stars does tend to use wealth to depict differences of social classes; although the theme isn't really a major issue in the story (which is why I said I half disagree about money determining their proficiency).
I actually think its less to do with money but more to do with being exposed to the industry as children. Like I said, nothing stopped Yume and Koharu from getting previous training. They're clearly not poor so they can get lessons as well if they asked. But the reason why the two are so behind is because compared to the others, their families have no connections to the idol industry; hence they become exposed to idol activities much later in their lifetime. I'm only strictly speaking about the Aikatsu Stars anime, if they were actually living an impoverished lifestyle, then I guess its understandable there would be a huge gap. But they aren't.
If we really want to talk about the concept of wealth determining their upbringing, then its more clear in Glass Mask, also known as the anime which Sonata Kanzaki and Kyoko Asechi's backstory was based on.
[long unnecessary summary of Glass Mask] In the anime Glass Mask, the main character Maya (Sonata) at one point complains to Ayumi (Kyoko) that she was jealous of her for being the daughter of a famous actress, meaning she gets the privilege and opportunities without having to work hard and should appreciate her fortune. In response, Ayumi claims that Maya's situation is more desirable for an actress, that way people don't have to say that she's only good because of her family's influence despite all the hard work she's put in. And of course, Maya doesn't even come from a middle-income family, she ran away from home and was taken care of by Tsuikage Chigusa (Kei Coach) who also had little to no money to take care of her students (they lived by performing). In this scenario, it makes more sense to say that people with less wealth need to work harder.
But for Aikatsu Stars, not so much if Yume and Koharu have a stable lifestyle. If we're speaking about the factors that determine success, especially in the idol industry, let's face it, wealth can only take you so far. Let's say someone bought their way into getting auditions and such, the audience will be the one critiquing them and decide if they are good enough to continue. Even Aikatsu Stars has shown that the true factor of success lies in talent and effort.
I actually think its less to do with money but more to do with being exposed to the industry as children.
Thank you for reminding me on what I originally intended to clarify; besides having a lot of money to boot, idols like Hime and Yozora were exposed to the world of idols since birth. In Hime's case it's even more literal: episode 11 clearly shows how even as a toddler, she was already exposed to the show industry, which gave her an enormous head-start over pther girls of her own age. The downside to being involved in the idol industry since birth however, and as I said earlier, is that living in such a sheltered environment can dramatically alter your social habits and future lifestyle to the point where an ordinary childhood is out of the question, and when you consider how "well" Hime did when it came to interacting with her juniors (not to mention her weak efforts to guide Yume during the rainbow aura saga) shows how detached she can be from the more grounded realities of social interaction. Even worse, she's an only child, and you know how bad their communication skills can be in real life. At the very least, Yozora did have her own merits by caring for her own siblings, but just like Hime, she falls into the same elitist circle as her.
In contrast, Tsubasa and Yuzu were exposed to the idol industry only at a much later stage in their childhood. We know that in episode 12, young Tsubasa was shown to be a very shy girl who didn't have any experience at all, while Yuzu, despite having some dancing skills, was nowhere near the level she had accomplished as a S4 member. However, despite their families coming from ordinary backgrounds which meant they had no special connections, at the very least both Tsubasa and Yuzu were able to live relatively normal lives, untouched by the glamour and fame that was associated with children of celebrities, which gave them more opportunities to interact with children of their own age and thus become more sociable while being accustomed to the realities of daily life.
As a definitive example, let's take a look at one of the factors that separates both the elites and the ordinaries in terms of social skills: the admins.
As we all know, the admins basically run the administration of the entire academy while assisting both the S4 and the first-year students. To say that they are one of the most underrated yet valuable assets of Aikatsu Stars would be a massive understatement. Without their presence, the whole academy would fall into chaos overnight, so it's understandable that there need to be good communication channels that exist between the S4 and their respective class admins in order for things to run more smoothly.
So, what place do the admins have in this discussion? Well, if you did pay particular attention to how closely both factions in the S4 interacted with their admins, you would know that:
(a) Hime and Yozora are shown to have scant interaction with the admins; in fact Yozora has never been seen doing so, while Hime's time spent with both Yuri and Lily is quite limited, and there doesn't seem to be any sort of cordial element in their conversations, which is only what you would expect from a boss-employee relationship: strict and professional.
(b) Tsubasa and Yuzu are often seen together with not just their own admins, but also admins from other classes too. In Tsubasa's case, while this is to be expected as she is the student council president, her relationship with Yuri and the other admins is actually quite cordial and pleasant. And of course, we have Yuzu being best buds with Lily despite being of different rank and status, not to mention her "love" for both Miki and Saya.
So, to put my theory in simple terms, Hime and Yozora, who grew up in a life where countless people catered for their needs and pampered them, see their admins as mere servants who only should be interacted with on professional terms. On the other hand, both Tsubasa and Yuzu, who grew up alongside their friends, were able to understand how precious human values like companionship and friends could be in life, and thus treated their admins like how true senpai should treat their kouhai.
Well I know you can see that you understand being exposed to the industry makes a difference, but while it does give people like Hime a head start, their parents just also happen to have the money to just make it work since, you know, they're famous. In that case I'm probably beginning to completely agree with what you have been trying to say.
However there is an example of family influence in the series that had nothing to do with money, and that was the time when Yume won the most votes for 'idol you'd like to receive Valentine's day chocolates from' just because her family owns a confectionery shop.
But at the same time, even with all the help that they get, they still need to put in the effort in order to keep up with the training so if they don't work hard then its pointless. But as we can see, the Hime/Yozora/Laura/Mahiru group work really hard as an idol just as much or maybe more depending on who they are compared to the other mains.
And also I just wanted to insert a little happy squeal about how Ako, my favourite character in the anime, managed to be first to secure a spot in S4 :D
When I made that previous comment, I didn't see your second. That was well written, the way you explained their social skills depending on their class background.
I just found out how to word my point but basically the reason why I believe there isn't such a huge gap between idols who are more exposed to the idol industry and have previous experience is because there isn't that big of a difference between Hime/Yozora/Laura/Mahiru compared to Tsubasa/YuzuYume/Koharu. Even if you point out the latter's talent and effort, perhaps they may have worked harder than the former to close the gap but from what we've seen, Hime, Yozora, Laura and Mahiru have worked really hard as well just to get to where they are. And yet, in less than a year, they've become equal rivals.
Well, the results of Episode 46 were a bit surprising, but overall it was predictable per usual.
I mean, did anyone who has followed the anime since its premiere find Yuzu retaining her S4 position and Ako taking over Tsubasa's spot to be a huge surprise?
What irked me however, was the fact that I had no idea the outgoing S4 would still participate in the S4 Selection, which is basically saying that all the S4 will win regardless of the level of competition involved, and that the runner-up will at least be compensated by obtaining their spot. But, as shown in Ako's breakdown despite getting into the S4, was it really that much of a compensation when she still didn't manage to beat her senior?
The same thing might happen to Mahiru in the next episode, and the chances of Yozora beating Mahiru are pretty much high. Even if you could argue that unlike Ako, Mahiru at the very least has a new grade-up glitter and no other significant challenger-rivals to deal with, Yozora will still most likely prevail in the end. Everyone knows that fact is the unspoken truth.
And let's not even get started about Flower Song since it's just as Ako said: "That class is gonna become an warzone." And who can argue with that? The other classes had little inter-competition to begin with, but when you take into account that we have freaking-five powerhouses in that class alone, things aren't looking upward. At the very least, in Wind Dance Ruka still has a chance next year, and both Ako and Mahiru already had at least gotten the minimum requirement (runner-up) to join S4, however there's the distinct possibility that Hime might win, and only one person is gonna get that runner-up spot.
Yeah I was sooo happy that Ako was able to become S4 but it didn't make sense as to why she was so frustrated at not being able to beat Tsubasa when she only decided she wanted to surpass her like minutes before the actual performance. Even when the others tried to hold a pity party, I was literally mad. Its like giving my friend an at-least-you-tried cake and saying "I'm sorry you didn't get 100% on your last test" when they got 98% and are at the top of their class.
In Mahiru's case, at least she has more of a chance at beating Yozora than Ako beating Tsubasa. Its a really high-scale dream but I would actually like to see Mahiru win, or at least give a performance that would make Yozora see her as a threat and get pushed to the limit. They've been training in the same environment, the difference is that Yozora has been better at everything so far. I hope Mahiru could find something she has the upper hand at because I really empathise with her sibling complex.
Well, let's hope that she won; I haven't watched Episode 47 yet in order to avoid spoilers so I have no idea what to expect other than the inevitability of Mahiru getting her sister's S4 position for the next year. The only question left hanging in the air is this: did Mahiru obtain what she wanted by finally beating her sister or only managing to acheive runner-up?
Speaking of which, have you heard the latest news for Season 2? There's a shocking piece of news regarding Koharu.
Honestly I just went to Aikatsu Star Wikia's blog posts to find out about Koharu.
Also, this sense of betrayal though! She chose her family over her dream academy Four Star, but is happy to leave them for Venus Ark? (I wonder if I can mention spoilers even though its just a conversation between us two)
But you know... whatever floats her boat XD (pun intended)
After so many months of trying to figure out the REAL reason why the writers had Koharu leave Four Star Academy in the middle of Season 1 without even bothering to develop her character any further unlike the rest of her fellow first-years (Yume and co), I finally understood why when the presentation aired; they were saving Koharu for Venus Ark! Speculation aside, you do have a point: Koharu jumping ship (pun intended as well) has to count as one of the most "what" moments in all of the Aikatsu franchise.
Like, really? So you chose to give up any further development and growth with the potential to have many good memories alongside your friends just to follow mama and papa to an foreign country despite the fact that you live in a boarding academy, which provided a room for you to stay in so you could learn how to be independent and not rely upon your parents? And not only that, after everyone in Four Star Academy came out in full force to wish you a happy farewell, a sequence of events which included your childhood friend undergoing severe PTSD and your beloved senpai along with her little brother, who has a huge crush on you rushing back from their tight schedules in order to wish you the best in hopes that you come back one day, how do you intend on repaying the gratitude of the entire academy, including the efforts of your friends who toiled to ensure that you could receive a proper farewell?
Oh, simple, just hop abroad a ship that intends to purge and steal talented idols including your best friend from the very academy that gave you a opportunity to participate in idol activities with her, and why not wear their uniform while you're at it? Ain't that the most loyal thing you could have ever done, eh, Nanakura "Judas" Koharu?
Waaaaiiiiit slow down I don't think you should compare Koharu to Judas. Unless your grudge against Koharu joining the mean girl's group really runs that deep XD
We don't know the intentions of Venus Ark, but its Aikatsu, they can't be bad people even if we wanted them to be.
Also, I never thought I'd say this but I'm actually going to miss the original S4 group. If they help Yume and the others fight against Venus Ark, that would be pretty cool. I always hoped that Hime and others would break down the senpai-kouhai relationship with Yume and others and form a large idol unit like Star Anis. And I don't mean the same relationship Mizuki and Ichigo or Ichigo and Akari have where age matters, but actual genuine friendship like Mion was to Aira and Rizumu.
I have a tiny suspicion that things might turn out to be more tense than compared to the previous relationship between Starlight and DreAca. For one, we know that Stars has a tendency to be a bit more realistic than its predecessor when it comes to conflict, and despite the premise for Season 2 mostly mirroring the Season 2 of the original series, current conditions however might result in something different this time around.
For one, instead of being a fair competitor that aims to be on equal terms and coexist peacefully with the rival academy like DreAca, the policy of Venus Ark seems to border on recruiting the best idols anyway possible-including those in rival academies like Yotsuboshi Gakuen. It goes without saying that if you try to take away a valuable resource from one faction without offering anything in return (aka stealing), said faction is going to be pissed off and counter-attack in order to preserve their valuable resources.
What makes the situation even more unpredictable is the nature of Venus Ark's headmistress, Elza Forte. We know that from the PV her supposed catchphrase is" "I, Elza Forte, will obtain everything!", and from the looks of it, she sounds like someone who will stop at nothing to acheive her goals even if it means burning a few bridges in the process (Hikaru ain't the only villain in town right now). Fun fact, did you know that Hime rejected her offer to join Venus Ark, and that Elza was totally left surprised by her rejection? Seems to me that's probably the main reason why Elza moved on to a new target in her sights: Nijino Yume. And Elza happens to just have in her possession the perfect bait...Koharu.
I missed my chance to make this joke, but it looks like KoharuxAsahi won't happen because she can't ride two ships at the same time :p
Let's be honest, Hikaru didn't make a very good villain. Sure his plans were evil, but with good intentions; however they also completely sucked so it proves that he wasn't as smart or cunning as he set out to be. And its not just him, every other villain in Aikatsu were complete disappointments. My point is if Elza actually did burn a few bridges, that would be the dream.
I'm actually really annoyed by the new character designs though. As pretty as Elza looks, I can't help but feel that its unfair to make her look like an evolved version of Laura. Kirara as well, her brand concept is great, but the contrast of pink and blue in her hair is really uncomfortable. I get she's meant to be a pop type character and sometimes pop characters and brands would go out of their way to make everything vibrant and have a random combination of literally everything but it was only fun when Nina Dojima did it. I wish they'd just stop making them look like comic relief characters, both the idols and the costuming.
Agreed. A lot of people have been saying that she's basically a grown up version of both Laura and Mahiru mixed together, and let's not even get started with all the Mizuki comparisons.
The main source of contention that I have is based on Kirara's design. I mean, do we really need another Nina Dojima clone at ths stage? Especially when we already had one in the form of Haruka Ruka? Okay, the latter admittedly isn't an main character, but let's be real here, if there is any reason the creators should justify Kirara's copied design from Nina, they should at the very least come up with a original idea, like how Kirara actually has a far more darker personality not usually present in her outgoing, cheerful persona that all pop-type idols carry.
Nothing to do with clones, I just hate her hair in general.
But you have a point, even if Nina is a side character, Kirara deserves a new design espeically since Nina was for comic relief anyway. I was only able to tolerate Nina because she was a side character, including Kokone and Miyabi (they both had that "I'm a side-character in Aikatsu hairstyle", you know how they're kinda peculiar but not attractive).
If Kirara was a side character, I would've been fine with it but she's not. Plus it doesn't help that I really really love her brand, so its such a waste to let the idol wearing it, no offence, look so stupid.
Speaking of idol-types, the only idols that ever win are the cute or sexy types. While cool-types such as Aoi and Laura have their time to shine, they always come second and will never make it because plot armour. It helps that cool-type idols are often seen as a threat though.
And pop-types are even worse because you just know they'll always be in last place. The only characters that went against the norm were Seira and Mikuru because they were partnered with Ichigo and Mizuki. But overall, neither cool nor pop types ever get their moment and literally just act as filler idols for the final moment.
I love pop-type idols so it would be nice to see them win. And I also mean in a dress that does them justice. Even though there are so many nice Shiny Smile dresses, why did Yuzu have to choose the animal one for her and Lily in Episode 42? I get animals is their theme for the winter season but apparently the concept of Shiny Smile was meant to be "a more adult-like pop feel" so I don't understand why it looks like a two-year-old's colouring book. Again, I hope its the last time, just like Kirara's hair.
Tbh I feel like I overreacted with that argument. We have yet to see Kirara's personality and even if she does look stupid, she's part of the enemy team so its a good thing. Although it might be annoying seeing one of our fellow Four Star academy characters lose to someone with hair like that.
Huh...good point. Now that I come to think of it, pop-type idols have never accomplished much when it comes to actually winning things. The only significant accomplishment ever achieved by a pop-type idol in the Aikatsu franchise was Otome acquiring the position of Starlight Queen in Season 2, and even that wasn't considered to be that important, mainly because her role wasn't touched upon that much in contrast to Mizuki's role in Season 1.
Another worthy example was Hinaki managing to actually obtain the runner-up spot in the very same competition, only to be beaten by Akari, your archtypal cute-type protagonist. And of course, there's Mikuru who also squared off against 2WingS along with Mizuki...to lose out and get the runner-up spot.
For all of their cheerful antics and colourful designs, pop-type idols can't seem to catch a break. Oh yeah, what you said about Shiny Smile does have its own merits too; the brand itself and its coords don't feel very mature-like, at least in my opinion.
Hinaki getting the runner-up spot was completely overshadowed by Sumire's bravery in attempting that ultimate appeal thing though. Even Mikuru's final performance with Mizuki was in a sexy-type dress that's why I didn't mention them. Anyway I think I might stop my argument there, its not a big deal.
Oh...yes I defiintely did-after spending over an week trying my darn best to avoid all possible spoilers. Glad to say that my dilligence finally paid off-I honestly did not expect Mahiru to beat Yozora at all! Wow!
I mean, let's be real here, there was plenty of skepticism revolving around whether Mahiru could actually beat Yozora even after acquiring a new grade-up glitter, and her chances were not helped by Yozora's fellow S4 compatriots thrashing their own respective competition (Tsubasa beating Ako by an mile, not to mention Yuzu doing the same to Miki, Saya, Ruka and Tamaki were all predictable results, to the point where there was an legitmitate fear that the same situation would occur in the last two class selections. It goes without saying that this revelation made Mahiru's need to win over her sister even more important; otherwise, as Ako put it in her own words, the new S4 would have been ridiculed as incompetents who only got handed their positions due to their predecessors graduating.
Even still, I wasn't sure if Mahiru could still win, especially after Yozora made that stunning entrance during the catwalk segment. So when the scoreboard placed Yozora below Mahiru on 2nd place, my jaw literally dropped. Wow...she actually did it! After spending the entirety of the season and all of her life being under Yozora's shadow, Mahiru finally managed to beat her sister fair and square in a equal contest! Even better, her victory means that for the first time since after 2WingS managed to beat WM in the climax of Season 2, a underdog has surpassed the superior one in a Aikatsu competition by relying on her skills and talent rather than because the plot and writers called for it.
You don't know how much I absolutely love Mahiru's win. I can't say I expected it, but I desperately hoped that she would win while watching the episode, even if the possibility it was small. Admittedly, I teared up a bit when she finally achieved her goal.
What I love most of all is that Mahiru didn't do anything special like the way Ichigo or Seira had Aoi and Kii calculate their outfit and song choice. All she did was continue her daily Aikatsu activities like everyone else with Yozora as her inspiration and main goal even if many thought it would be impossible for her to surpass her older sister.
As for Yozora, she's going to be someone special when she goes on her new journey and definitely not an idol anyone wants to mess with either. In my opinion, Mahiru's win is perhaps mostly influenced by her Stylish Girl Lesson. With her own magazine segment, its no doubt that she has inspired and helped many of her fans, or even to-be fans to make an effort to present themselves. On the other hand, Yozora's experience and skills are better for promoting many clothing brands and to easily influence and change the trends of the nation's fashion industry.
Now that we know its possible for predecessors to be defeated by the first years (which makes sense because of Yuzu and the fact that age gap is proportional only to their amount of experience) I have changed my predictions for the Flower Song Class battle.
This might sound a bit strange but I will explain:
1. Laura- With the frustration and struggles that she took to find her individuality, we all know that Laura found it the hardest. Now that she's discovered her path, she has been nurturing her new self so far but has yet to present it. Plus, her concert with Mahiru proves that she's already qualified to be S4.
2. Hime and Yume are tied for second. This is mainly based on the situation with Elza who wants to recruit Yume, I think the battle will showcase Yume as Hime's equally standing rival so that Elza would want Yume on her team, and as you said, while armed with the perfect bait: Koharu. Plus, it would be difficult for Elza to steal an S4 member away from Four Star considering how prestigious the position is.
At the same time, I also think that Koharu will return to Four Star. After all, its possible for her parent's work to finish before the second season; therefore she can return as a third year and fulfill her dream with becoming an S4 member together with Yume.
3. Lily - I don't think Lily will become S4. In the first place, she said her dream was to become S4 so that she can start her own brand, but I think the creators already prepared her brand earlier in the season just so she can fulfill her dream without having to become S4.
4. Yuri because she's the only known Flower Song Class member left.
You know what, I forgot about Yume's Berry Parfait which made the decision quite obvious now. I still want to keep my original predictions though. While Yozora handed down Romance Kiss to Mahiru, it won't be the same for Hime who self-created her brand, especially since Yume is the main character so she will have to surpass Hime one day.
And I think Tsubasa will hand down her brand to Laura when she becomes S4. Whose going to represent Song Class aside, I'm also hoping that Ako gets her own brand too :3
After all, we can't have two Shiny Smile users in S4, otherwise both of them would be the muse.
Eh, now that I come to think of it, that's true.Ako should be liable for her own brand come Season 2, and the sooner she comes up with one, the better, so as long she can finally get some proper character development and emotional investment at last.
That said, speaking of Mahiru, this is only an personal opinion of mine, but all things considered, Mahiru inheriting the brand from her sister might turn out to be quite detrimental to her independent self.
I mean, I understand that she did so out of respect and love for Yozora, and that Romance Kiss isn't technically owned by her sister (I recall that in Episode 27, Lily mentioned with the exception of My Little Heart, the other three pre-existing brands, Romance Kiss included were all assigned to S4 members as their image brands), but I feel Mahiru would have done better if she created her own brand...oh well, then again, I'm not the one who makes the decisions at BNP...
I remember saying that I always thought Romance Kiss didn't suit Mahiru, so your not alone. But now that Mahiru gets to inherit the brand, it also means that there should be a drastic change to the new dresses because of her influence, since Mahiru has been wearing the Romance Kiss dresses that were created in Yozora's image until now.
All I hope for now is that Ako gets a new brand. That probably explains why she didn't get a Grade Up Glitter.
That's the most likely explanation, tbh. I think the writers kind of wanted to tone down her character development a bit so they could save it for Season 2, when she became an official S4 member, much like Sakura from the original series. Which is nice and all, but that decision had the unfortunate side-effect of making the viewers (us and everyone else) feel less emphatic about whether she was going to win or lose.
That's true, the whole time with Ako going on about Subaru we were never able to tell if she was really serious about her career as an actress. Of course, thanks to Kanata, we could see that she's working hard for herself and not (just) for Subaru. I think we should expect a huge character development now that she has her own personal dream, which is to surpass Tsubasa.
Its so weird how at the start the writers convinced us that the show would focus on Yume, Laura and Koharu. Yet Mahiru and Ako had their fair share of story and drama for their seperate classes despite the little opening time they had at the start.
Plus I always thought I would be cheering for Koharu to beat Mahiru and realise her potential as a Moon Beauty Class student, but in actuality our ally turns out to be Mahiru and now she's basically my queen.
Firstly, good job. Secondly, that seems like a good idea and no I haven't watched Ordinal Scale and I don't think I'll watch it unless someone uploads the movie. My friends told me it was OKAY but not worth going to the big screens. This is the first time I heard someone say it was amazing.
I actually quite like Sword Art Online and obviously it doesn't seem like a bad movie, but... like... I just don't have enough commitment to see it using legal means you know XD
However, I am planning to watch Koe no Katachi. Heard the manga was good.
Well, you haven't seen nothing yet. I know my opinion might sound biased, but in reality, when you're watching the movie in a huge cinema theater with the best sound and screen size available, you might be tempted to think otherwise.
Nah, knowing you for the past year I have no doubts that it must be a great movie; I just have a lot of assessments atm and I don't want to fall behind so I'd rather wait until I get my free time to go and see it. Koe no Katachi would be out by then too.
Tbh the only anime I am actually watching right now is Aikatsu Stars soooooo yeah :p
Well, good luck with your assessments then. Oh, and as of this moment I'm out of the anti-spoiler zone.
...Am I supposed to be glad that Laura won at Lily's expense? I mean, even though the next episode might render both of their gathered points invalid, it still kinda hurts to see Lily not being able to be fullfilling her promise to be on equal terms with Yuzu, and even more so knowing that Laura's current victory might only be an temporary one.
In my case I just saw little bits of spoilers sprinkled around, such as videos of their performances in my recommendations on youtube and that was literally enough to let me figure out what would happen.
ATM I really really want Laura to win!! Nothing against Yume, she's one of my favourite characters; but I also love Laura and I don't want to finish Season 1 realising that she didn't contribute to the story at all, except as Yume's support character.
Of course Lily was in the same situation and I feel upset too because she would've made the best S4 member. At the very least, she is an amazing designer and an irreplaceable admin, and has long established the fact that she's one-of-a-kind.
Simple. Once the episode was subbed, I immediately watched it.
You have to feel bad knowing that, either one way or the other, this episode was merely an prelude to the big one (Episode 49); it's fairly obvious that both Yume and Hime are definitely going to surpass Yuri, Lily and Laura in terms of points gathered.
What I really loved about this episode was how the writers distributed equal screentime to both Lily and Laura; I especially enjoyed the former because Yuri was covered for a reasonable period of time as well, for this episode showed how strong the bonds between Lily and Yuri as fellow admins and close friends were. Yuzu's reactions probably mirrored anyone who didn't wanted Lily to lose at all.
But still, credit must go to Laura for finally managing to find her path in Aikatsu at last; even if she loses out to Yume again, this time around she will be prepared to face additional challenges in the next season in order to take Yume's presumed S4 position.
Yeah at the moment, all signs are saying that Yume and Hime will top the other two. With the whole Yume gets a new brand, Elza wants Yume to join Venus Ark for a reason, Laura saying how she didn't care about results, how she only surpassed Lily by a margin etc.
But I can still hope.... and the only hope I'm holding onto right now is the proverb that was used in this episode: "The Goddess of Victory is fickle" and "The Goddess of Victory smiles upon those who put in the effort". Although debatable, I honestly believe Laura put in the most thought and effort out of everyone to find her individuality and become who she is at the moment. Even Anna-sensei thought so.
Meanwhile, Yume is using the brand that Hime created herself to become S4. I can't even place her above Lily even if she's using her own personal Grade Up Glitter.
My point exactly. The reason why I value the cool-type section (Yuri, Lily and Laura) of the Flower Song S4 Selection over the cute-type section (Hime and Yume) is that because their struggles seemed more realistic and motivational compared to the latter.
What I'm trying to point out is that Episode 48 was less about finding out who among the two of them would finish ahead of the other and more about observing the climax of both Lily's and more importantly, Laura's character development arcs. Both of their struggles, as I mentioned just now, were projected in far more realistic proportions in contrast to the cliche struggles usually portrayed by MC like Yume. For Lily, she had to endure physical deficiencies and a harsh past; for Laura, she had to cope with the hard-to-swallow fact that someone else (Yume) who was presumably less talented than her was able to surpass her own talents with little to no effort at all. So while those two might not be able to win the S4 Selection for this year, at the very least the payoff was that they finally managed to acheive their own dreams with their own effort and power.
Moreover, the progression of events and development of their backstories was sufficiently explored so we could relate to the characters at some level, or sympathise with them: instead of crudely-wrought backgrounds, the writers took the time to emphasise that both Lily and Laura are human, worth showing concern for, and while this might apply to Yume as well, the same cannot be said of Hime; it was bad enough that her incompetence during the rainbow aura saga was in full display, but she rarely ever displayed any sort of traits that might have led us, the audience to sympathise with her at any point.
Yup, both Hime and Yozora were displayed as seemingly inhuman. Not to say they are, but they would make the two seem like that so if they lose, no one is upset.
And it doesn't help that Hime has weaknesses, no one gets sick due to low air pressure from rain (unless I'm ignorant). I mean... unless we're on a mountain. If we consider people like Mizuki, Mion, June, they were all 'perfect'-type characters, at least each of them showed some signs of being human. Such as Mizuki wanting to make friends, Mion wanting her family to watch her perform and June who was in an unrequited love (even though she IS inhuman).
Basically the only character I think they presented well was Mahiru. Yozora was technically her support so even if she didn't make much of an impression, I'm okay with her role in the story especially since not everybody can get the spotlight.
Obviously there is so much more I would ask for, but at the very least, they've gotta let Hime redeem herself one day. Or if they're planning something big with her, it'd better be worth it.
I admit, I overexaggerrated, but its just the fact that they made her hair seem comical in contrast to her sweet character and brand, and her refined school. Feels like its something to do with the fact that she's pop type, when she could be pop without having to look funny.
I'm actually okay with it now (don't know what was wrong with me then) but now it really depends on what they end up doing to her as a character.
Heh...for me, I prefer straight hair with some curves. That category includes Tsubasa (love it when she has her hair down) for now, because it's really hard to find someone else in the Aikatsu Stars universe with totally straight and unhindered hair like her.
Actually I like how Tsubasa's hair is braided and pulled back like that.
Its true that her hair is one of a kind in that world. The same applies to Hime, I actually like her hair a lot especially with the pale blonde... but its a bit of a drawback when she wears pink, I can't stop thinking that she looks like Barbie.
Why did I ever not think of that? Come to think of it, you do indeed make a good point. Oh, and let me ask you this in relation to her appearance; have you ever considered the possibility that Hime might actually be of foreign (non-Japanese) birth? Because it's really hard to envision a native Japanese girl of having European-like facial attributes.
Honestly, ever since I had that thought, its been haunting me and I can never unsee it. I wonder if anyone else had the same thoughts?
Anyway, I've actually never considered Hime being non-Japanese. She should be part Japanese for sure with 'Shiratori' as her last name, unless its a stage name. Its a pretty good point, I'd be surprised if she wasn't partly foreign.
Awww I absolutely can't resist Hime as a child! She looks so sweet and innocent, its somewhat lucky she grew up without changing. Except for those dark times with Hikaru, which I just realised, Hikaru nor Hime ever redeemed themselves after that.
As for her nationality, its nearly certain that she's not fully Japanese but as for her other background information, we'll only know by time.
Yeah, I know, and that's why to this day I still feel really salty about the way Hime, and especially Hikaru got off scot-free regarding the entire rainbow aura incident.
The real reason for both of them not getting any repercussions for their misdeeds was because of the writers chickening out. Rather than opt for a Rainbow Live-esque drama that would have resulted in things taking a more darker turn, they decided to give Hikaru some sympathetic points while glossing over his previous actions just like that. Like, seriously?
Here's a better alternative story scenario: Had Yume's condition taken a turn for the worse, there is no doubt that even at that point, if Hikaru had kept employing his harsh methods and piled up the pressure on an already crushed Yume(Jin Norizuki 2.0), even Hime (like Bell) would have decided that enough was enough and then spilled the beans to a horrified Subaru, who then would call out Hikaru for his actions. Then the whole truth would have been revealed to everyone as well, and eventually Hikaru would have to step down from his position as headmaster to be replaced by Anna, and also to face questioning by the police for abusing his power. Also, Laura, having found out the real reason why Yume kept surpassing her despite their gulf in talent, would then wrongfully declare Yume to be a cheat and then train even harder to beat her (remember when something similar happened to Rizumu?), eventually going down towards the path of darkness and corruption. Eventually, Laura would return back to normal after losing in the climatic battle against Yume in the penultimate season finale.
But no, the writers didn't want to go that far, so they decided to create a happy ending full of rainbows and sunshine, where Yume finally got over her power issues via plot armor and MC cliched power-ups, and instead of being called out for their misdeeds, both Hikaru and Hime are now being treated as heroes and sympathetic characters, all when they shouldn't have such fair treatment in the first place!