「ファーストステップ」 (Faasuto Steppu)
As much as I like characters having to experience hardship to grow, I’ll let Sunshine pass this time. Not only because the damn scene almost had me tear up, but the follow up afterwards was executed with just the right tone that it didn’t annoy me all that much.
Third Year and Director
After a brief shot of her flying overhead during the first episode, we finally get to meet Mari! Totally not what I pictured after hearing her “accented” Japanese, I was happily surprised to discover she wasn’t your typical airhead that gets lost in her own pace. That and I appreciated how she provided an avenue for Chika, You, and Riko to finally get this whole “idol” thing off the ground. Even with her pretty ridiculous requirement to fill an entire gymnasium, there’s no getting around that Mari is looking a couple steps ahead and is patiently waiting to see how Chika handles the challenges ahead of her.
Even though it’s pronounced like Aqua and has a katakana reading (アクア) to back it up, I think I’m going to forever call it “a-core” in my head. Be it habit or just stubbornness, something about my incorrect way of pronouncing it seems more correct in my brain
Awkward pronunciation of words aside, I sure hope I’m not the only one who really wants to know who wrote those words in the sand. Written in a slightly different style than the other English words that we saw, I’m really hoping the person behind it all has a special meaning for it. Because for those of you who went through the original show, there was a special reason why Nozomi picked the name μ to begin with!
The Actual Performance
Okay, before I rave about how much I loved the performance let me get something off of my chest. Had the performance ended when the power went out and the episode cut to black as Chika started to cry, I think I probably would have joined right alongside her. Something about watching all their effort literally get blown to pieces by the storm would have hurt in such a great way that I’m afraid I’m entering some dangerous territory even thinking about it. Because honestly, what great story has its characters find success without a little misfortune on the way?
Anyways, I freaking loved everything about the performance. From the shout out to μ’s first performance where almost no one showed up to the heartwarming moment when the portable generators got things up and running, seeing the huge crowd of people show up was just icing on the cake.
With one big obstacle out of the way, I can’t help but feel that we’re about to dive into the part of the story where all those naysayers start coming out from the woodworks. Luckily, it looks like most of them seem to be pretty onboard with the whole thing (minus Dia, but we all know how she really feels) and hopefully we won’t be subjected to too much nonsense.
Anyways, I’ll catch you guys next week. See you!
In an effort to provide the most information possible, I’ll throw the names of things like insert songs down here or important facts for your reference.
- Insert Song Name: ダイスキだったらダイジョウブ! performed by 高海千歌（伊波杏樹）、桜内梨子（逢田梨香子）、渡辺曜（斉藤朱夏）