So, which one of you is Gred and which is Forge?
Correction. Meganii doesn’t become a Phantom Thief, Genius, realizing that simply swooping in like Ratigan won’t work a second time, decides to disguise himself as Meganii. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
PriPara’s usually such a happy show, it’s still a surprise to them taking fairly stringent security measures for a kids’ show. Meganee didn’t have any lines, but there were dozens of her alongside the Panda guard, checkpoints were admitted, Gloria was using her vacuum to scan for people who might be entering with weird objects on their person. I don’t know if Japan has had any security scares leading to the creation of something like the TSA for them, but as an American viewer, that’s the sort of vibe it was giving me.
Only you’d get the sense that the Glasses Twins are competent and care about their jobs… which may possibly be because they’re guardian deities of idols and arcade machines, especially since Meganee escaped from the clothing dimension she had been trapped in for three years, freed only by discovering a way to slide across dimensions and decided to take over a Prism Stone for herself, deciding that having kids serve as store managers was a portent of disaster, so this sort of thing really oughta be left up to the adults around here and… I’m speculating again.
Another noteworthy thing this episode was what the cast themselves were doing. Mirei and Shion had donned their Idol Prosecutor/Kendo outfits to serve as additional defense, and Leona, Sophie and Fuwari had become nurses. Male nurses are just as valuable, don’t let anybody tell you what you can’t do, Leona.
I also liked the starting scene of this episode, with Non telling her sister to perform, since this episode was the Introduction Concert, likely to signal the start of a way for new idols to join. A sort of recruiting thing, since Non mentioned that she and her friends were looking forward to it. It gave a personal dimension to the concert, and the way the sunset was used had some nice coloring to it.
There’s not a whole ton to say about this episode, since it featured an encore performance of the Omelet Rice song, but as always, it’s what happened afterward that got interesting. Two Meganiis approached the stage. For someone who despises the idiots of the idol world, Hibiki did a pretty convincing job at acting like the fool Meganii himself. He must’ve been obsessively studying his behavior – which we know he does – in order to make it convincing.
Seeing similar elements repeated across anime, often in the same season, is not a cause for digressing about how far anime has fallen, but rather, a chance to reflect on how different story elements can be used in different ways. Ajimi proved herself to be quite similar to Otome Saotome from Shimoseka this week. Once again, that mad artist exterior belies a sharp brain, in this case, painting a fake set of tickets for Genius to steal in order to protect the real ones. It almost worked, too, if it hadn’t been for Gloria’s vacuum falling into the wrong hands.
It’s been a while since the Summer Adventure where Fuwari debuted and struck out on her own, and this episode, though similar to Genius’ first appearance, shows that the cast is growing and learning, trying to defend their hobby and possible career (are there endorsments in PriPara? Money goes to the city-state itself, but no clue if the idols themselves get paid…) from outside forces. All with that layer of absurdity that keeps it from feeling too heavy.
Which is why it’s time for a break from all that!
Ran-tan from last year’s Halloween episode returns for this year’s Halloween episode! Scares are unlikely, but the costumes will be a~ma~zing!