「残された時間」 (Nokosareta Jikan)
Everything I’ve watched today has been a god damn emotional rollercoaster.
Can I just start off with just how much I love Sunshine for not giving our girls everything they want? As much as I would love a “happily ever after” ending, there’s definitely a lot more satisfaction involved when some work is required to get the things you want. Seeing how we already watched our girls fail to make the cut for the Love Live competition once, I can let it slide that they’re having a rather easy time making it through all the qualifiers. When it comes to saving their school though, I’m glad (in a bittersweet kind of way) that they weren’t able to find exactly what they were looking for. Thinking about their school closing from a logical and financial perspective, it feels like they were already asking for a miracle with the powers-at-be being okay with only one hundred perspective students. Besides the mere fact that prospective students doesn’t equal actual enrolled student, I can’t imagine what else our girls would have to do to actually keep things going even if they were able to win the entire Love Live competition.
But in true Sunshine fashion, we got to watch Chika fall down to lowest I think we’ve ever seen her — and it was so good it almost felt therapeutic. Unlike another leader of another popular School Idol group, I love it that the story takes the time to show us that Chika is just like all of us. Not invincible, not impervious to failure, and sometimes is unable to keep her composure when things get a little too depressing. If I’m being honest with you guys, I was so happy when Chika started lashing out at the rest of our girls because the reality of the situation was just too heavy.
At the end of the day though, Sunshine pulls through and gives us a solution to all of our problems without undoing any of the problems that our girls have to face. And honestly, I thought it was a pretty creative solution to their problems. If anything, I’m a little disappointed that I wasn’t able to think of it. But, as things stand, it looks like our girls have something amazing to fight for as they move on to the Love Live Finals. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week!