「ふたりのキモチ」 (Futari no Kimochi)
I never expected Hanamaru to leap straight into one of my favorite girl spots! Because honestly, how can I not love someone who appreciates the goodness that we call Hoshizora Rin?
Okay seriously though, I actually thoroughly enjoyed the whole mini-arc of watching Ruby and Hanamaru struggle a little. Both tied down when it came to truly becoming a “school idol”, it was rather sweet seeing just how the two rely and grow from being with each other.
On Ruby’s side, it’s got to be tough being Dia’s younger sister. Seeing how she’s the clear cut definition of what a respectable “Onee-sama” would be and she’s also the student council president among other things, I’d probably react the same way Ruby did if I were in her shoes. But with some prodding from Hanamaru and a little encouragement from the current members of Aqours, I’m willing to bet all of us had some pretty wide grins as Ruby climbed those stairs and embraced one of her bigger dreams.
With Hanamaru, I loved how the show played the Rin card on her. Not sure if she’s good enough or even suited to being a school idol, it was a nice call back to the days when Rin wasn’t sure if she could ever rock a skirt let alone be an idol. Remembering the inner struggles and just how amazing it was when Rin got to be the center with that beautiful gown, I appreciated that Hanamaru used Rin as a source of inspiration (That and as a Rin main, it’s nice to see her get some recognition!).
As I suspected, it looks like the new few episodes are going cover how Aqours manages to fill out it ranks. With the first and second years in play, I’m hoping we get to see some of the third years. Specifically, I’d really like to see some backstory on Dia and whatever happened to shatter her dream of becoming a school idol.
Catch you guys next week!