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We’ve done this before. When Fuwari was introduced, Cosmo had to create a whole new brand to fully bring out her European countryside aesthetics. (And it gave Takara Tomy a new wave of stuff to push, but that’s not what this blog deals with. Most of the time.) As the Technogoddess Meganee bespoke last week, Ajimi already has a style, and it’s an offshoot of Lala’s. That doesn’t mean she’s unlocked her full potential as an idol, though, and given how Ajimi acts normally, “full potential” sounds either great or terrifying, depending on your reaction to her debut.
This week is actually pretty easy to talk about, because we have a new opening and ending. The new opening, “Bright Fantasy”, features a lot of Mirei, and some focus on units that suggest the main characters won’t be sticking to their main arrangements. They’ve been reshuffled quite a bit already this season, but in order to keep the dynamics fresh – especially with so many characters around, the writers are starting to put them together in various ways, and subtly suggesting that Hibiki is at least partially responsible for some of them. The tune itself is pretty nice too. Somewhat slower paced compared to Dream Parade, which may fit the tone of the arc we’re going into.
There’s also the new ending theme, “Rainbow Melody”, which is the second animated (barely) theme in a row. I’ve always liked those more than the live idol unit endings, if only because they fit with the rest of the show smoother. Whereas the last one was set in the summer, this one is far less likely to have to appease the censors in the future. Everyone’s bundled up for fall, and even Hibiki is part of the ending theme. I’m not sure if that means he’s going to have a concert himself, or just continue to antagonize everyone as Phantom Thief Genius. Both new songs are pretty good.
The episode itself was mostly about Ajimi and Cosmo trying to settle a bet where they entered a competition that neither of them could find a clear victor in, back when they were studying in Paris. A variety of increasingly ridiculous outfits get brought out on stage, always, up until the very end, resulting in a tie. At least they rekindle over their shared love of omelet rice – I haven’t seen that staple food play such a big role in a plot since Hanasaku Iroha.
Also, to my surprise, Ajimi did her job as a police officer, correctly arresting a gray-haired school official who she believed to be Genius. Unfortunately, it was Gloria. Maybe she’s better at this whole “cop” thing than she lets on.
The dark comedy of Toriko trying to get himself eaten was in stark contrast to the tone of the rest of the episode, if consistent with his character. Speaking of bizarre humor, I also enjoyed the segment of Ajimi revealing that she practiced her unique speaking style at the Gobi (語尾 gobi, sentence enders) Desert, which is one of those puns that, if this show was being dubbed, is simply impossible to translate into English.
The creation of the show’s third Dream Team – Ajimi, Cosmo, Dorothy, Mikan and Lala – is a curious case. It proves Lala’s theory that friendship (and Mikan’s love of food) can save the day, but this team also consists entirely of the “rejects” that Hibiki didn’t want to be part of his master plan. Meganii has said that Dream Teams are always temporary, but the thought of even being momentarily separated from their friends is enough to sow the seeds for future troubles in the world of PriPara.
The show also seemed to cut about a minute off its runtime this week. Not sure if this means it’ll be smoother, or if the timeslot change affected it in some way. We’ll see what this new arc brings.
The new Dream Team performs for the first time. Will they be able to hold onto their cards, or will Hibiki be a total jerk again?