OP: 「START!! True dreams」by (Liella!) [Kanon Shibuya (Sayuri Date), Keke Tang (Liyuu), Chisato Arashi (Nako Misaki), Sumire Heanna (Naomi Payton), Ren Hazuki (Nagisa Aoyama)]
「スクールアイドル禁止!?」 (Sukūru Aidoru Kinshi!?)
“No School Idols Allowed?!”
What can I say? That I had a big stupid grin all through the episode, well I can certainly say that. Love Live! Superstar!! continues the wholesome train this week by inducing Keke and Kanon through an intense training montage. After not having their way with the student council president, they put on a protest abating their troubles against not being allowed to pursue what they want to practice, and the director of the school takes notice. And so, allowing them to pursue their dreams of becoming a school idol only if they win #1 at the school idol Fes.
Let the training montage begging. In this episode, we learned that Keke is actually really bad at sports, which caused me to giggle because she’s the one who had the most heart in the first place. Even going as far as suggesting she and Kanon change schools, and only on the second day no less! But through the will of Arashi Chisato (Misaki Nako) they take on this plight and give it their best, producing a song in the process.
This episode was quite something as it sort of fast forward through these two girls getting stronger, and becoming a better version of themselves. The running thread behind Kanon and Keke is that they will never give up. So they take it up with heart and face it full front. Thanks to this relentless work ethic, they both inspire each other and give it they’re all. Thankfully Keke is really, really good at school, spouting some math nonsense and getting it right, so at least that’s something redeemable to her character.
And let’s not forget how Ren silent stares at her computer, thinking that maybe it all actually looks fun!
It’s such a fun show to watch because there’s never a moment where it delves into a darker side of things, the story is maintained pretty peachy, sunny, and bright. But that’s what Love Live! has always been about. This episode was all about training and how bright both Keke and Kanon can shine. And also setting the stage for how serious the music program is within this school. And that’s important worldbuilding because it really solidifies the idea that this school is one of the best’s, and both Kanon and Keke have to take it as seriously as anyone from the music program would. Otherwise, it would bring the school name down. Things were laid out pretty on the nose by Hazuki Ren (Aoyama Nagisa) and it’s not without the words of this ice queen that Kanon and Keke wouldn’t take it that seriously. In fact, they sort of give me the vibe they need this kind of pressure to be able to bring themselves to reach for this opportunity while giving it their all.
The stakes are set, and it’s up to them to get there. We have yet to see anything of the blond girl, I’m just wondering how her personality will mix into the group. And I forgot to mention that Chisato makes her way to the cafe while rapping some lyrics, so I wonder if they’ll bring some of that D4DJ formula into Superstar!! That would certainly be a change of pace for Love Live!
I couldn’t help but notice this episode had really good music, and not just the music that was sung, as there were quite a few, but only snippets, possible of a future song we’ll get to hear in prospect, but the actual orchestral soundtrack was amazing as well. Love Live! Superstar! really goes for that high-quality music production, in both its soundtracks.
Nevertheless, we were left in cold stasis as the next episode will be airing until August 8th, because of the Tokyo Olympics. It’s not a total bummer as you can always kick off some anime in your back catalog but I just can’t help but feel a little bit of a stinge because of this, as I’m now looking forward to more Love Live! on Mondays. Let’s try and wait patiently for the next episode, and see what new songs and wonders it will bring.
ED: 「未来は風のように」 (Mirai wa Kaze no You ni) by (Kanon Shibuya (Sayuri Date))