「犬を拾う。」 (Inu wo Hirou.)
“Taking In a Dog.”
While we may have lost one of the funniest jokes due to character development, there’s something extremely rewarding about seeing Riko conquer her fear of dogs.
With the overall story of Sunshine slowing to a crawl as our girls approach the Regional Prelims, this week’s episode took some time to give Yoshiko and Riko an opportunity to grow as both individuals and friends.
Starting with Yoshiko, it was super refreshing to see that she’s actually not completely infected with the disease known as “chuunibyou syndrome”. As a character, I get that one of her draws is that she’s the fallen angel who brings some edgy darkness to Aqours. That said, this second season has really amped up each girl’s individual quirks and I’d be lying if I didn’t say that Yoshiko’s constant dives into Yohane-mode have slowly started to grow old. But, once we discovered where Yoshiko draws all that inspiration for her outbursts from, I’ll admit that I started to look at her and all of her prior “moments” with a much softer gaze. Also, something about the way she was dressed up with her demon zip up made her look extra cute this week.
Changing sides to Riko, god I was so happy to see her finally overcome her fear of dogs. While it makes me a little sad to know that we’ll never get another amazing moment where Riko is hovering in-between two houses while an excited Shiitake is wagging his tail behind her; I’ll admit that the events leading up to that final moment of the episode made it all worth it.
Overall, not too bad for what was essentially a character development episode. Seeing how our second years have been getting less of the spotlight recently, it was nice to see that the story hasn’t completely forgotten about them (hopefully You is up next for some well deserved screen time). Now, all that’s left is for the story to kick things into gear and start focusing on the actual Love Live competition that I think we’d all love to see our Aqours girls make it into. Judging from what the preview showed us, it feels like things might be taking a turn for the worse. Hopefully though that just means we’ll get another great episode that shows just how well our girls can band together to face whatever near-impossible situation is thrown at them. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week. See you then!