It’s about time Aqours found a miracle.
Three episodes in and it finally feels like Sunshine has hit its stride. That said, I’m not sure if this is the kind of stride I was hoping for. Don’t get me wrong — I love how all the girls are getting more opportunities to strut their stuff. It’s been a blast seeing our first and third years get some true screen time and I’ll take whatever Hanamaru moments we can get. However, something that’s been really irking me is how the story has been using Chika. Devolved into a simple plot element to help pick up the girls when things start looking tough by going a little overboard with that derpy attitude of hers (I couldn’t think of a better word to describe the way she’s been behaving), it’s starting to drive me crazy.
Because if there was one thing that I loved about Sunshine, it was how surprised I was that I thoroughly enjoyed every single character. Unlike Muse where I genuinely didn’t like certain characters, I really appreciated that Sunshine’s story didn’t push any girl too far in one direction to the point that they became a “niche” character.
That said, while what happened irks me, I suppose you could chalk it up to growing pains. Seeing how the spotlight has to address an additional six girls, I guess it makes sense that the girls who already had ample time to shine would temporarily end up on the side or be stuck doing certain “memorable” things due to a lack of screen time. Actually, when I think about the stupid conflict between Kanan, Dia, and Mari last season I guess I really shouldn’t be complaining. God, my anger and disappointment would have been palatable if Sunshine tried to pull something like that on us again.
As a whole though, I think this third episode did a fantastic job at showcasing what we can expect from this second season. With the inner group conflicts for the most part solved, we’re getting the true Love Live story that I think we all wanted during the first season. A story that involved disappointment, lots of fun songs and dances, and the opportunity to watch all of our favorite girls do the things they love to do.
Anyways, I’ll catch you guys next week where we’ll hopefully get to see whether or not our girls made it past the preliminaries. See you then!
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