「シャイニーを探して」 (Shainii wo Sagashite)
“Finding a Way to Shine”
Sunshine is starting to get really emotional.
God, compared to the original Love Live, Sunshine has no problems with ripping the feels right out of our hearts. Because who in their right mind would throw such an extremely emotional episode at us right after last week’s?!
Joking aside, I thought this week’s episode was fantastic. Thinking back to our third years and just how important their struggles were to the story back during season one, it was nice to see the story take some time to follow up on things. Or rather, it was a little bittersweet to hear that Kanan, Dia, and Mari are about to enter the real world and will more likely than not get separated from each other. A point that I think as sad as it was, did a great job emphasizing the kind of tone that this second season of Sunshine has been trying to sell to us. A more serious tone that is taking the time to remind us that even with though our girls have made it to the Love Live Finals, the real world won’t just stop and wait on them.
On that note, I have to say that I’m not sure any of us will be ready for what happens once the finale starts rolling around. At this point, even though it feels like our girls are a shoe in to win the entire Love Live competition, I can’t help but feel that something will be waiting along the way to throw everything for a loop. As we saw with Saint Snow, just about anything can happen in this competition and even the most well-prepared groups can be caught off guard. Luckily, I don’t think that’ll happen with our girls since it feels like the story is trying to get us all riled up with things outside the competition itself.
Overall, a pretty good episode that managed to hit all the right notes. With all the main points addressed it looks all that’s left to do is wait and watch! Judging from next week’s preview though, it looks like we’ll even get to see all the girls back at Uranohoshi get a chance to shine! In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week — see you then!