She’s more than Falulu’s 2P color scheme.
We’re starting to get some information about the third season to unpack, starting with having a controversial politician playing Gloria’s sister in the upcoming movie. If I had to think of the closest Western equivalent, it feels like Hillary Clinton guest starring on Friendship is Magic. But PriPara has always had a quirky bent to it, and Western fans won’t be able to see the movie for a while anyway, so I can’t really make heads or tails of it now.
Then there’s the S3 info. Jewels being important doesn’t bother me too much – merchandise deals are rarely what I focus on. The new idol group being named “Triangle” is… extremely basic for a trio name, and doesn’t appear to be a pun like the other units yet. Maybe there’s more to it. Then you have Jululu. Since, as this episode shows, all the Falulu copies have grown into enough Falulus to make FLL48 (ours is still Falulu Prime, I suppose), it really makes me curious where Jululu came from. Adding a baby in the third season seems like a bad move, but Doremi added Baby Hana in its second season and she turned out to be quite lovable by all accounts, so it’s not a sign of decline, I should think. I’m glad we’re getting more info.
Also glad we got this episode. Galulu was always a pain in the ass to Hibiki, but now she’s using that disrupting tactic as a way to incite this show’s version of a song revolution. iM@S and other shows may have dueling idol production companies/schools, but they’ve never had a schism within the same branch of an idol unit, much less one portrayed in a way where you could put “Do You Hear the People Sing?” (or maybe “Today We Rise”) over it and have the sentiments match up.
Do you hear the people sing?
Well, yes, they’ve sung before
But instead of fame and fortune
Now they sing for something more
Even if we’re underground
Though we may stumble and fall
If our friends are around
It’s PriPara for all!
People don’t want heroes that are too flawless, I get that, so their problems are often internal. And they don’t want heroes that are too full of flaws, which is why their strengths are often internal. And that’s where Galulu comes in. While being clumsy is kind of a cliche thing, being a Falulu copy who didn’t have the innate talent to sing or dance (and wasn’t given the chance to, what with Hibiki’s only the best benefit ideology), she had to work twice, three times as hard just to even debut on the stage. She failed in her first performance, but failures can still lead to happy moments.
It got Mirei her groove back, and Asami Sanada’s performance of “0-week old” was different enough from Chinatsu Akasaki’s that I want to post it for you all to see. Even Sophie and Shion (momentarily) quit Team Genius – now they’re working from within it to start the idol revolution. I’ve said it before in regards to Milky Holmes and on countless forums, but failure doesn’t make someone weak. Setbacks can be bounced back from. And as short as it was, Mirei’s sadness over losing her passion was also portrayed very respectfully.
The revolution is at hand. This year’s story arcs are set to pay off big time. And it’ll do so with the help of a doofy pair of 2001 New Years’ glasses.
As the underground idol revolution begins, the girl from the country returns. If happy little bluebirds fly over the rainbow, why can’t she?