PriPara 88

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! The City-State of Idols proudly presents a trippy festival pageant of primetime music and product integration, in thousands of sparkling lights and all of this year’s greatest songs. The PriPara Dream Parade!

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As it turns out, I didn’t have to give an explanation of what “The Spider’s Thread” is last week. It showed up in Boku dake ga Inai Machi/ERASED only a few days later. You’re never sure how these things are going to work. Though it does show the story’s hold over Japanese media. While I’ve had a lot to look into these past few weeks with the conflict between CelePara and Lala’s revolution, this was basically the show doing a victory lap.

I remember around this time last year, when the first season was wrapping up, that I said the concert to revive Falulu was “the funkiest Satanic ritual I’ve ever been to”, paraphrasing Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged. Because when you think about it they were essentially giving a short of near-complete sentience to a magic computer program. That’s a little on the freaky side. In contrast, this year’s was more of a bacchanlia of idols.A parade that wouldn’t look out of place at Disneyland that ends with everybody flying around.

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But I’m getting ahead of myself. How, exactly, did Hibiki get out of Hell? And how did she do so while clenching Ajimi between her legs? (There’s an image.) It basically involves Meganii throwing together an impromptu concert utilizing the power of all the seasonal outfits so that the bell can be rung once more, granting the wish of “Please don’t let Hibiki fall into the dark pit of deletion.” At which point the golden fairies descend into Hell and bring Hibiki, Ajimi and Fuwari back to the surface, which quickly turns into a sort of Heaven. It’s not super religious, but I can’t deny there are some connotations the show’s leaning into on that one. And for once, “It’s the system!” isn’t just a glib dismissal of problems they’ve created. The glasses siblings are able to use the system itself to defeat the system, albeit in a bit of convoluted way.

And in a way that involves the very first theme song. Much like last time.

Since the rest of the episode is simply replaying the big group numbers from this year, I’ll use this chance to list my favorite songs from this year, in no particular order.

Devil & Angel Reversible Ring – An amazing song all around. The contrasting musical tones work well together, and Aroma and Mikan have had some amazing chemistry.

Papipupe☆POLICE!  – A far more rock-style number than expected from this show. That it made for easy Dekaranger jokes was merely a plus.

What A WonderPri World – I’ve always considered myself something of a film buff, so a round of movie homages is perfect. You won’t find lightsaber battles in any other idol show. Except AKB0048. But that’s different.

Twin mirror♥compact/Puri tto Perfect – These two occupy the same slot for the same reason. They’re not quite the big flashy genre pieces that the other songs are, but more for what they represent story-wise. Mirei and the twins embracing who they really are and finding the strength to overcome the restrictions of CelePara because of it.

Kono Uta Tomarerihi/Panic Labyrinth – The two quirky songs of the season. Ajimi’s is almost pure denpa song, but it has its charms. While Fuwari’s is charming, and reminded me of Nadja. By the way, if you haven’t seen Nadja, please do so.

That’s all for this week. The show’s not done yet. Before the new season and the time slot change happen, there’s one more show left to go. The actual season finale/epilogue/setup for S3. Also my final week of doing so before the show changes time slots to Tuesday.

NEXT WEEK

A season of angels, devils, girls from the Alps, mad artists, wild Vocal Dolls and the crushing pressures of celebrity all comes to a head. Why is the preview ending on a shot of Non?

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