Oh boy, things got pretty serious this week with the introduction of Aqours’ new rivals — Saint Snow.
Onward to Tokyo!
Before diving into some of the heavier (at least for a Love Live) stuff, let’s talk a little about the fantastic first half of the episode. With good feelings flowing throughout and lots of corny moments for all of our favorite characters, this episode served as a perfect break from the constant growth Aqours has been experiencing. Seeing how it’d be a little ridiculous to constantly watch our girls find success in everything (at least I’d think it’d be a little ridiculous) and just as ridiculous if they ran into some giant insurmountable obstacle, a small break in the pace is exactly what the doctor ordered.
Seriously, when was the last time we got to see Riko break that strict personality of hers and get drawn into one of her secret passions? And while I never would have assumed she’d be a giant sucker for romance / otome things, we all have things we get a little weak in the knees for, am I right?
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed what we saw of Aqours in Tokyo. While it would have been nice to get a surprise µ’s appearance, I’ll patiently keep waiting for it since there’s no way the show runners could have a Love Live spinoff without throwing at least a tiny bone to the audience, right?
You know, even though A-Rise was the “group-to-beat” throughout all of the original show’s run, there was never a moment where I felt negative feelings toward them. Confident but never full of themselves, they viewed their opponents with respect and never underestimated them. I wish the same could be said about Saint Snow. With one less member but ten times the ego, their introduction left me feeling less than positive. Toss is their less than friendly greeting before going on stage and it wouldn’t be a stretch to say I wanted one of our girls to smack them in the face.
Playing devil’s advocate though, I guess one could say Saint Snow is here to show us that School Idol life is more than just sunshine and smiles. But even if that were the case, I still can’t appreciate the way they behaved. Hopefully they get some kind of redemption moment or somehow manage to fall completely flat on their faces.
With a big performance scheduled for next week, it looks like there’s a possibility we might get two new insert songs! However, based on the episode’s title it sounds like things aren’t going to go over all that well. Hopefully I’m wrong though and we get to see a bunch of Aqours doing cool Aqours things!
See you next week!
- Insert Song: No New Song This Week!
- Current favorites no change! Still: 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 :’)
- Hanamaru was so adorable again this week. God this show knows how to appeal to the Hanamaru fans.