「はばたきのとき」 (Habataki no Toki)
“It’s Time To Fly”
After the second year’s slight stumble last week, this week’s episode did a great job at not only turning that around but using everything that’s happened thus far to give us one hell of a payoff. Also, I would have named this episode “OH MY GOD” if I was given the opportunity. #ITJOKE
The Road to Love Live
Something funny I found out while talking about Sunshine with my friends is that they didn’t realize just what Love Live meant or was. Thinking it was simply the name of the show (and game), when I told them that the actual event everyone’s competing to perform and win at is the “Love Live”, I was a little shocked with the reaction they gave me.
Anyways, getting back on topic, I’m really happy that Aqours has finally found their muse (bad pun, activated!). Seeing how a major recurring topic throughout the entire season has been trying to find confidence in yourself, I loved how the show took all the crap everyone had to deal with and turned it into something amazing. Sure, you could say in hindsight that this was a pretty obvious outcome, but hindsight it 20/20 and I think the magic comes from actually seeing it all play out. This whole time, I think it’s been pretty obvious that Aqours has been drawing their inspiration from µ’s. Be it their mannerisms, songs choices, or even outfits there’s no denying that µ’s served as a platform for Aqours. And when you really think about it, there are probably tons of various school idol groups that Chika and the gang could have picked from to get inspiration from. Which is precisely why the decision to finally move forward and not chase at µ’s coattails made me so freaking happy.
Before Sunshine even started, I was afraid it would turn into a basic µ’s clone that would be fun to watch but not the show I really wanted. And ever since its second episode (the first wasn’t the best if we’re being honest), it’s been showing us time after time that Aqours and all of its members are their own unique entity. And while the members of Aqours may have not seen it, I’m glad that Chika put in the time and effort to realize that they’re fine just the way they are. Boy, if only you guys could have seen how happy I was when the camera panned over Chika’s empty wall at the end of the episode.
After double checking the episode count, I can’t believe the first season of Sunshine is coming to a close next week. I haven’t really looked to see if a second season has been confirmed, but I’m praying it does. Seeing how far we’ve come since it was just Chika and You trying to get Aqours established, it would be a damn shame not to see the end of Aqours’ story. And the best part? Seeing how they’re not following in µ’s footsteps anymore, maybe they’ll be able to steal a Love Live victory on their first try.
In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week when we’ll all probably be a little emotional. Until then, make sure to
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- Insert Song: No New Insert Song This Week ):
- Man, seeing the UTX meeting room was awesome.
- OTONOKIZAKA GAKUIN!
- GDI. I love all of Aqours all so much – it’s too hard to put them in a list! My favorites are probably still Maru-chan, Kanan, and You even though the rest are all so good (Riko jumped up quite a bit with that development of hers). I guess Maru-chan is my guilty favorite while Kanan and You are the moms of the group (Dia is also a mom I guess, but in a different way). Plus you have ITJOKE-chan, GAH. And you can’t forget the Dark Angel-chuan, Ganbaruby-kun, and Leader-tan. Hard life man.
- I forgot to touch on it in the post, but I’m loving how 0 has been used over and over to remind us just how tough of a road Aqours really has.