“Isn’t It Frustrating?”
Episodes like these are what I live for. A combination of anger, frustration, and a tiny bit of tears all wrapped up in a neat twenty or so minutes.
Saint Snow, Part 2
Okay, as biased as I am, I do have to admit that the two girls that make up Saint Snow were pretty cool. Too lazy to look up their names since I just don’t care for them all that much, their performance was actually really cool. Popping their bodies to the beat with a song that would definitely be blue in the game, there was really nothing to fault about their stellar performance.
However, I still can’t give them a pass because of just how fucking rude they are. I’ll dive into a great example of tough love in a moment, but listening to the way they addressed Aqours and their comments toward them got my blood boiling. Seriously, I was about to have a total 180 when Seira went out of her way to actually compliment Chika and the others. Instead, I had to listen to a load of crap from two girls we know nothing about nor do I want to know about. Hazing and plot building be damned, I didn’t appreciate how the show used Saint Snow and wished someone would have just hurled a water bottle at them or something. That said, I guess I have to give some credit to the show for creating such a polarizing group. Because now more than ever, I can’t wait to see Aqours return the favor by knocking them out of the running in the future.
If there were a saving grace for this episode, it’d have to be Dia. Having supported the group in her own roundabout way while also providing a ton of tough love, the payoff of listening to her console her underclassmen felt so good. Without being condescending and dropping a few honest compliments at the expense of her own image, Aqours couldn’t have asked for a better senpai.
Now, if Kanan and Mari could figure out what the heck they’re doing. It’s really sad thinking about just how strong their friendship used to be and what it turned into after the group encountered their first wall.
Inspirational Chika and Looking Ahead
I’ve never been a huge Chika fan, but this week’s ending might have changed that. Seeing how she’s stuck in the leader role and has to deal with all the tough parts of failure, I loved how she tried to stay strong to keep everyone else’s mood up. Even with You prodding and Ruby bursting into tears in-front of Dia, Chika managed to keep her head up even with the weight of the world pushing down on it. Good on you Chika for finally in my eyes becoming something more than just a simple Honoka clone.
Overall, I thought we had a fantastic episode. Some hardship has been long overdue and its delivery felt right on the money without feeling too short or too drawn out. And with Aqours looking to find their groove, hopefully the story will shed some more light on our third years who have apparently seen some shit. See you next week!
- Insert Song: SELF CONTROL!! by Saint Snow
- Current favorites have had a slight change. I combined Yoshiko, Chika, and Riko into all third place since they’re all just that good :3 and tossed in Dia because bestsenpai: Hanamaru, Dia, Ruby/You, Yoshiko/Chika/Riko.
- Even though I accidentally erased them, I had “bye felicia” in my show notes around when I wanted someone from Aqours to smack Saint Snow.
- I LOVE that Hanamaru is a snack monster. Just like me :’)
- SIF EN LL PLAYERS! With the first EN Sunshine event ending soon (Chika x Rika), how have you done? Do we have any players here who are shooting for T1 or T2? I’m around 14k and I’m debating whether or not I should blow some loveca to idolize Chika. Arghhhh.