If you switched the word doujin with cosplay, this episode perfectly mirrored my own experience on my first day cosplaying.
First Convention Hype
Man, this week’s episode did a fantastic job at depicting what it’s like attending (or I guess in this case alley-ing) your very first convention. From the foldable chairs to the tables covered with a table cloth, the only thing missing would be the fancy stands made out of PVC! Random musing aside, I really enjoyed getting to see Tama’s reactions to everything. From the feeling of despair that her effort would be for naught to the complete 180 when a cute girl appeared and not only bought a game but asked for a sketch — it couldn’t have been done any better! Toss in her adorable embarrassed reactions because she wasn’t ready for that much positive energy and I almost starting tearing up because of just how close the whole thing hit home.
While it was more of an elation than depression, I appreciate Stella no Mahou for giving us a proper ending to the SNS-bu’s first exhibition. Wrapping things up with a lighthearted ouu-sama game that really highlighted just how close Tama has become with all of her senpai, I absolutely loved the short moment where Kayo took a moment to give some props to Tama for standing up for her during that dark moment in last week’s episode. While I would have loved to see a tiny bit of drama since I really want to know how Kayo found out, it was also nice to see everyone take the high road and be so accepting of what happened.
With things coming to a close rather quickly, this week’s episode felt kind of short didn’t it? Attending a convention, wrapping up, and looking toward the future? It feels like they almost leapt through time! And for those of you who were a little concerned like I was about where things were going to go from here, it looks like there’s about to be a new girl joining the scene! I can’t remember exactly where she’s from or when she appeared (was she the “I want to join!” girl?), but a new character sounds like just what we need to give the story a nice jump start.
Anyways, I’ll catch you guys next week. See you!
P.S. I know I used Convention and Exhibition variously thoughout, but for me they’re basically the same thing :^)