「未熟DREAMER 」 (Mikyuku DREAMER)
And with that, Team Aqours is fired up and ready to go!
Miscommunication and Headaches
While I’m typically one who doesn’t like plot problems that revolve around characters completely being oblivious of one another and not doing anything to work things out before the problem becomes a giant cluster of crap, I’ll give Mari and Kanan a soft pass because I thought it was done pretty well and I enjoyed watching the drama between the two finally come to an end.
But if we’re being honest, everything that the two were feuding about all stemmed from just how much they cared about one another. With Kanan trying to push Mari toward a more successful future and Mari totally stuck on trying to restore Kanan’s confidence (or maybe you could call it pride?), their wish to help the other ended up creating a rift that was nearly impossible to cross. Luckily, the two had common ground in the form of Dia and a new and improved Chika who has a ton of bigger things to worry about (Side note, I loved Chika’s ourburst during Kanan and Mari’s little fight. Did you see the look on all the third years’ faces after she told Kanan and Mari to cut it out? Priceless.)
And by the end of things, how could you not love the way all three of our third years joined without putting up a fight? Toss in a catchy surprise insert song with the whole group and I think it’s fair to say things turned out pretty well.
Now, for my few gripes. What blows me away about the whole situation is just how easily this could have all been avoided if Dia had stepped up to resolve the issue between the two. She knew what was going on and had both sides confiding in her. But instead of creating a forum and allowing the two to better understand each other, she just stood around and watched as things devolved into what we saw during the beginning of Sunshine. That said, I was recently in Dia’s position and I can see how rational thought can go out the window when dealing with close friends. Which is probably why the episode didn’t really rub me the wrong way (but I’m sure it could have for others).
Closing Up and Looking Ahead
Overall, I thought we were given a pretty damn good episode. Personal gripes aside, there was a nice mix of character development and “feels” that came together in a conclusion that felt satisfying enough to have me smiling as a few tears tried to escape. And seeing how Aqours is finally in its final form, hopefully we’ll get to dive back into the Love Live side of things as they start from zero and start over :’)
- Insert Song: 未熟DREAMER by Aqours
- After some deliberation, here are my current rankings: Hanamaru, Kanan/Dia/Mari, Ruby/You, Chika, Yoshiko, Riko. From first the last though, there isn’t much of a difference which really surprises me since I like all of them so much. Zura.
- I want another Sunshine event on EN LL. ;_;