「ダイヤさんと呼ばないで」 (Daiya-san to Yobanaide)
“Don’t Call Me Dia-San”
I’ve never really liked Dia because it felt like she was being a prude for the sake of being a prude. After this week’s episode, I can truly say that I’ve come around and can now fondly watch Dia’s character with a smile on my face.
After Dia’s rather rough introduction last season, I’ve always been a bit conflicted about her. If the excerpt to the post didn’t already make it clear, I was never fond how she kept up that “onee-san” type of behavior even after she became a permanent member of Aqours. Sure, you can say that as a character she may be a bit more serious than our other girls, but there was just something about the way she handled herself that just never rubbed me in quite the right way.
Which is probably why I was so happy to see that this Dia focused episode decided to tackle this problem head on. Instead of just leaving things be or having Dia turn into a completely different character just for her underclassmen to add -chan to her name, I absolutely loved how Dia didn’t change at all in the end. In a “it’s about the journey and not reaching the destination” type of way, it’s great to see that Dia found a renewed confidence in herself while also growing a bit closer to all of the other Aqours members. An overall victory that I think did wonders for her character moving forward since it’s no fun to be the serious one in a group, but you need at least one to keep everyone else on track.
Besides that, it was great to see that Sunshine in top form with all of its tongue and cheek moments. Between Dia constantly scratching her mole, a dolphin that understands comedic timing, and a sea lion that just wants to eat some fish, there were a ton of great moments that helped ease the mood as Dia went through her struggles.
Overall, a pretty damn good episode even though we didn’t really progress the story all that much. Anyways, I’ll catch you guys next week where it looks like Riko and Yohane are going to work through some issues. See you then!