「ヨハネ堕天」 (Yohane Daten)
In my opinion, this week’s episode was truly something great. With a perfect combination of all the slice-of-life and idol elements you could shake a stick at and a itty bit of heartwarming friendship right at the end, there really isn’t much more you could ask for. Well, I guess I would have asked for another insert song, but we can’t have everything!
Enter, Tsushima Yoshiko, sometimes also known as Yohane the Fallen Angel. A character who I thought I would completely dislike especially because of her chuunibyou tendencies but ended up genuinely liking quite a bit because of those darn tendencies. Hear me out though – how boring would have it been if her only purpose was to be the “edgy” one of the group? Seeing how µ’s didn’t have any archetype that would fit Yoshiko, you could say I was afraid that by trying to create something they’d end up falling flat on their face. As I said earlier though, Yoshiko is a lot more than just a chuunibyou girl and I loved how the story used it to reinforce some of the finer points behind just what Aqours stands for. Specifically, that each and every person is unique in their own way and should rock whatever it is they enjoy. Because in an industry as superficial as the Idol industry, it’s refreshing to see the dreamers get some of the spotlight.
Chika the Leader
Just like Honoka before her, I doubt there’s anyone who’s watching that would say Chika isn’t the leader of the group. As the founding member and the one who’s trying to push this whole thing as hard as she can, it makes you wonder just how difficult it must be to constantly run face first into obstacle after obstacle. Even when you consider all the help she’s received, it’s pretty amazing Chika hasn’t fallen apart even worse than she did when the power went out during Aqours’ first performance in the gym. And even though this point probably won’t get much focus, it was nice to see Chika acknowledge that leading a group like Aqours isn’t the easiest thing and that she truly has the resolve to try her best to do so.
With the sixth member found, it doesn’t look like we have that many more to look for. Luckily, they all seem to be within reach (except Kanan, but I’m sure they’ll flesh her out eventually) and with that surprise cliffhanger between Mari and Dia, I’m willing to bet one of them will be next on the “recruit to Aqours” arc. In any case, I’ll see you guys next week after I blow through all my LP as I slowly re-enter Idolhell. 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. New: I’m also going to keep my favorite girl list here so we can all fight about it together <3
- No New Insert Song This Week ):
- After a lot of thinking, I think my current favorites go in this order: Hanamaru, Ruby/You, Yoshiko, Chika, and Riko. The slashes just means I couldn’t pick between the two and they share the same spot. Let me know your favorites down in the comments! And it’s cool to change them later, I know mine might :’)
- Also, did you know Hanamaru is the shortest of the first years? At 152cm, she’s 2 cm shorter than Ruby.