It works for goooooooooooats!
Having a large cast in an idol show is a blessing and a curse. PriPara’s nearest contemporaries, Aikatsu! and Idolm@ster, especially if we’re talking Cinderella Girls, have casts in the doublr digits, and it wasn’t until recently that PriPara started reaching that point. You had your main trio, your other main trio, and Cosmo serving as a backup idol for that one song she did. Seven is a perfectly reasonable number, not counting side characters like Love or Nao or Sophie’s bodyguards. Even μ’s has more members than that.
But when the show was renewed for a second season, things started to get bigger. Much bigger. This episode had a lot of subplots, with not a whole ton of screentime for everybody, but it served its purpose. If the show can balance this out with some more intimate focus episodes, we should be okay.
Now’s a good time to mention that I’ve finally noticed the color-based theme naming of the characters introduced in the second season. Kurosu Aroma. Shiratama Mikan. Midorikaze Fuwari. Kiki Ajimi. Oddly, there’s no red and blue, two of the most common colors, in there. Could do with a purple too, if they’re trying to make a full rainbow. There’s still at least one more cour left, so who knows what the show is going to pull when this one is done.
Episode 66 begins directly where we left off last time, with the main characters being divided up amongst themselves to form new Dream Teams. As it turns out, everyone is willing to support their friends, even if it means their preferred units will have to be apart for a little while. Aroma trusts Mikan to be a star on her own terms, Shion welcomes it as a challenge – the bonds of friendship forged on this show are stronger than any system cooked up by Meganee. But not as strong as a system cooked up by Hibiki… or nature itself.
As some may have noticed, Fuwari was mysteriously absent from the previous episode, doing farm girl things in a farm girl way. As it turns out, she was helping one of her goats give birth to three kids, who ended up looking exactly like their parents, and one that’s half purple/half white. That goats that were just born were walking around town with her like a mama duck in the middle of a busy Japanese city is one thing, but what happens next is one of the most surreal parts of the episode, and pure Moriwaki to the extent that the pictures seem like a prime candidate for one of those “anime out of context” twitters or listicles that the internet loves so much.
Fuwari asks to enter into the Grand Prix with the goats. Not only does Meganee approve of this, she reveals a smaller entrance to the city-state of idols with a goat version of her who assesses the young goats and offers them their goat brand before they become goat idols. They go with Fuwari’s, of course, but the fact that Meganee had even planned for something like this is kind of amazing. These aren’t even cute mascot goats either. They’re actual down on the farm kind of goats. The picture really doesn’t do it justice to just how weird it is, including hearing Meganee-Goat bleating in Kanae Itou’s voice, with subtitles. Can’t say I saw that coming.
I don’t have a whole lot of thoughts on Cosmic Omelette Rice Da Vinci’s song, because it’s all about food. It’s known that Japan loves food. Local delicacies, and at least four cooking-themed anime this year alone. So it’s a recipe in musical form, complete with food-based outfits. If I wanted singing food, I’d just go to EPCOT, but the melody is pretty catchy, Decide for yourself.
Also, Ajimi continues to be smarter than she lets on. She tries to “arrest” a butterfly that turns out to actually be a spy camera Hibiki flew in past the screening booths, for the advanced security Meganii set up. Yet Meganii also introduced a “Princess” element to the Grand Prixs, playing right into Hibiki’s hands. I think Ajimi just knocked down his butterfly to screw with Hibiki’s mind. She’s been onto him this whole time, but simply has to play the fool in order to get her job done. She couldn’t get teaching credentials if she didn’t have some degree of smarts – that goes for art teachers, too. The ability to teach the cognitive thinking skills about something as subjective and complex about “what is art?”, even in the drawing and painting sense, requires a lot of study, in Paris or otherwise.
What I’m saying is, Ajimi and Fuwari are flaunting the rules of what an idol can be, and I love it. Even Lala’s mom is back in the idol game now, performing in the Grand Prix herself. Idols will save the world!
Meganii becomes a Phantom Thief? We’re going to need to call Celebrity Four/Milky Holmes back here, this is kind of their thing.