「光の海」 (Hikari no Umi)
“Sea of Light”
I can’t believe it’s almost all over. Silent Cherry Blossom Nightmare.
Man, it feels like it’s time to write a Final Impressions post. Luckily, it looks like that’ll have to wait one more week since we’re going to hopefully get a nice finale episode to really close things out next week.
So, what is there to really say about this week’s episode? We’ve already covered all the big things that surrounded our girls and nothing that we already didn’t know happened. But if someone were to tell me that “nothing” happened in this week’s episode, I’d probably give them a pretty scary glare as I walked away in shame.
If I were to describe this week’s episode, it felt like a warm hug from the show. A kind and loving hug that tried to console us before something big was about to happen. With how the episode itself played out, I loved that Chika finally got an opportunity to get some closure with her struggles. As the normal monster who wouldn’t let anything stop her from achieving her goals, I’m glad that You and Riko were there to support her as she came to grips with the reality of what’s going on and just how much she had accomplished with the rest of the girls. Honestly, as the “leader” of Aqours, I don’t think we could have asked for a better person to lead our girls to where they are now. Sure, she may not be everyone’s favorite, but there’s another idol group leader who I for sure didn’t feel as strongly for.
That said, I’m also glad that the story took some time to give all of our other girls some time to be in the spotlight. Specifically I loved how each girl got their own mini flashback with Chika and got to express just why they want to win it all.
Overall, another great episode that sets us up perfectly for whatever emotional bombshell the showrunners have planned for us next week. In any case, I hope everyone is having a great Christmas (or Holiday) and I’ll catch you guys next week!