「友情ヨーソロー」 (Yuujyouu Yoosoroo)
“Friendly Yoosoroo”

With a full night’s sleep and my head on straight, let’s jump straight into this!

Yoosoroo Time!

Starting as my favorite character but slightly getting edged out by the likes of Hanamaru and Kanan, You still holds a spot in my heart as one of the slightly more serious characters in the show. Unless it involves a costume, she’s usually the one who’ll keep her head on straight. A characteristic that I really appreciate since you can only have some many characters that move at their own pace before it starts to grow old. Anyways, even though it wasn’t as emotional as I thought it would be, I loved how a season worth of buildup finally paid off this week. From the glances You would cast toward Chika or the faces she’d make when Chika was brought up, it was nice to get some affirmation that there was something going on behind it and that it wasn’t just all in my head.

Anyways, even though it may have been a little quick, I’m glad the show didn’t mope around too long with the drama involving the second years. With lots of bigger things at stake (like seeing our girls qualify for the actual Love Live competition) and who knows how many more trials still left (like getting to wipe the smirks off of Saint Snow), I would have been super angry if we ended up with some stupid miscommunication issue that turned into the second coming of the third years. In the end though, we had a pretty touching moment between the two oldest Aqours members as You finally let her emotions out and you know what? I don’t think I would have preferred it any other way.

Random Thoughts

Sprinkled throughout the entire episode, in-between all the serious moments, were some pure gold when it came to our other girls. From Hanamaru showing off her love for technology to Ruby dropping her catchphrase, there was also some judo-esque flipping and even some kabedon-ing just for good measure. Things that really had no significance in the grand scheme of things, but were sure fun to watch.

Looking Ahead

With another roadblock cleared, it feels like there’s nothing left standing in Aqours’ way as they try to get closer and closer to their goal. Something that I hope lasts for a little while but not for too long since it’s never good to fall into a state of being too uncomfortable. Anyways, I’ll catch you guys next week! See you!

  • Insert Song: 想いよひとつになれ by 高海千歌(伊波杏樹)、松浦果南(諏訪ななか)、黒澤ダイヤ(小宮有紗)、渡辺曜(斉藤朱夏)、津島善子(小林愛香)、国木田花丸(高槻かなこ)、小原鞠莉(鈴木愛奈)、黒澤ルビィ(降幡愛)
  • My current rankings: Hanamaru/Kanan, Dia/Mari, Ruby/You, Chika, Yoshiko, Riko. No big change this week.

 

Preview

21 Comments

    1. A very You-centric episode and a very YouChikaRiko episode that leans on YouChika. As usual, the yuri is intensified. ChikaRiko makes KumiRei look hetero. Surprisingly, there are really cute and funny YouMari moments. Fantastic performance as well that goes sweetly with the YouChika theme of the episode.

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      Looks like You is going to win the Chikabowl.

      John Hayabusa
  1. Yes finally an episode for my best Sunshine girl.

    Highlights of the episode:

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    You-chan melancholic.

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    You-chan demonstrating the correct way to handle perverts.

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    Wish I could change places with Mari here and cup You-chan’s cheeks.

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    Megane You-chan Maji Tenshi..

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    Aggressive You-chan displaying a flawless execution of the art of kabe-donning.

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    You-chan moving in for the ki(ssu)ll!!

    Honorable mentions:

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    Is it just me or don’t these two look so well together? Yoshiko especially looks so gorgeous in that white oufit.

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    Look! Its a bird! Or, a plane? No, its our sky high ratings.

    Current top three Sunshine girl rankings:
    Watanabe You, You-chan & Yousorooo.

    1. I agree with you. You-chan is just perfect! She’s talented, strong, fashionable, and cute when she’s honest with her feeling.
      By the way, will Koi ni Naritai Aquarium be on the anime?

      One Pinch Man
  2. https://randomc.net/image/Love%20Live/Love%20Live%20Sunshine%20-%2011%20-%20Large%2004.jpg
    You looks “Soft and Wet” in that sailor’s uniform. (*Gets back-flipped for the corny JoJoke*)

    While this episode still wasn’t enough to give You a spot in my “Aqours Top 5” (Dia, Ruby, Yoshiko**, Hanamaru, Mari/Kanan), she’s definitely in first place now among the second-year members of Aqours–with Riko and Chika getting second and third, respectively.

    You gets some sympathy points for her “I Want My Beloved To Be Happy” (trope!) attitude when it comes to Chika getting closer to Riko–despite being the same-aged childhood friend. Of course, Mari, Chika and Riko herself will have none of that. (Maybe Riko is open to an OT3 with herself, You and Chika? Hehe…)

    (**-Note: Despite being a Lethal Chef in the previous episode, her fabulously chuunibyou personality still manages to override that.)

    Incognito
  3. I like how the episode finally touched on Yoshiko’s supposed bad luck. Not to mention, the way I see it, for someone who’s a bit of the oddball in the group Yoshiko can sometimes be one of the more sensible ones. I guess that’s what I got when she questioned if they were going to be okay with Dia and Mari holding high positions in the school. Speaking of Dia, I was also surprised that she wasn’t able to get the school pool cleaned considering how much of a perfectionist she is. Personally I thought it added a bit to her charm. Hanamaru was still adorable freaking out over a cellphone and while I found it a bit awkward that Ruby would squeak over a phone call, it was still cute. Nothing much to say about Kanan but it was great seeing her be the big sister type reminding everyone to focus on the qualifiers. It was a bit predictable for me that it was Mari who was going to talk to You but it was also still great that it was her. We got to see probably the first school idol in the franchise to actually counter a washi washi and Mari’s experience is the perfect lesson she can teach You if You drags this on for too long. The YouMari moments were pretty strong in this one. And yes you can’t mention this episode without You with glasses. As for this week’s performance, lovely as usual. Somehow too I can hear Shigatsu wa kimi no uso’s Hikaru Nara playing during the performance, mainly because of Riko’s piano playing.

    Zhinvu
  4. https://randomc.net/image/Love%20Live/Love%20Live%20Sunshine%20-%2011%20-%20Large%2011.jpg
    So You is not just a top level swimming athlete, dance choreographer and excellent cook, now she has mastered the art of the ANTI-WASHI-WASHI!? Is there anything You can’t do? Well she did fail to get Chika heart since Riko got that. Sorry! Its the goggles talking, but you can’t blame me since thats two Chika shipping epsiode in a row! I’ll lay of the shipping talk.

    I’m genuinely shocked how good this episode was, especially with Love Live’s terrible track record of handling drama. It had just the right amount of feels and tears, without resorting to heavy-handed drama or stupid plot points. You is the least developed member of Aqours so far and this episode delivers, especially since it deals with her drifting relationship with Chika.

    The best part is that You is smart enough to talk to others about this, including Riko. And it all leads to her realizing that she will always be Chika’s close friend even if she hangs out more with Riko. In other she learns to appreciate the “friend zone” shes been put in. Sorry! That was more shipping talk, I’ll try to better next time.

    fragb85
  5. Liked the episode. Really glad they didn’t drag it too long. For some strange reason I kept expecting something like what happened to the third years. Nice to see said third year giving constructive advice. A good example of learning from the mistakes of others I guess.

    Got a question though, did Chika mess up the initial practice with You cause she was so good at imitating Riko’s moves? She was expecting to dance with You even though she knows that You was substituting for Riko?

    Oh, and since this is a You episode, it’s nice to find some unexpected things about her. Like the fact that she wears glasses and obviously this:
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    theirs
  6. Velvet Scarlantina
  7. I love that Chika has a love triangle dynamic with You and Riko, leave it to Main girl to capture the hearts of other girls~ I’ve always had a sweet spot for the main girl in Love Live (Honoka was one of my favorites in the first series, and now Chika is up there with Hanamura and Mari in terms of personality). Also, some much needed development for You who’s been lacking a lot of spotlight, which is great to see. Seeing her with glasses was also cute 😛 (so I assume she wears contact lenses like Hanako from the previous series?)

    Other than that, Mari is going up in my favorites list, because of how attentive she is to others and how cute she is~ Out of all the third years, I feel like she’s the most dependable one, which contrasts well with her silly demeanor most of the time.

    ChromeNova

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