I’ve been watching the show since it debuted, and even I can’t explain this.
So the Spring season is underway. It’s given us a lot of things to think about. Like “Just because it has a cute dolphin doesn’t mean it’s not going to suddenly turn military.” Or “Reina Ueda can sound impressively like early-period Aki Toyosaki.” There’s also the matter of Aikatsu’s own reboot, but that’s just taking the basic concept and slightly reskinning it. As opposed to PriPara, which finds a completely bonkers new direction to go in every time it introduces something.
This episode is also mostly setup, with Meganii explaining what the Godly Idol Grand Prix is, exactly. It involves singing well enough that parts of a magical outfit are freed from the crystal that’s been holding them and is currently on display in the city-state of idols, propped up like an idol in the traditional sense. Also, the only thing the Jewel Mics seem to be doing so far is changing the Cyalume Change graphics to be a little more fancy. The actual song performances – in as far as we have no new songs yet – remain the same as they always have.
The majority of this episode, though, is spent on adventures in child raising. From a societal standpoint, I understand why these plot points show up in girls’ shows in particular, but that’s really outside the scope of this blog. At least at the moment. What I really want to do is compare Ha-chan and Jululu. In many ways, they’re similar. Both of them live inside an electronic Tamagotchi-like toy, are most likely the reincarnations of magical figures in their world, and get their name from the first sound their surrogate mothers can hear them making.
But there’s one crucial difference. As of right now, Lala (and Non, for some reason) are the only ones who are even aware Jululu exists. The rest of the main cast saw Lala talking to nothing, holding nothing, carrying nothing. Jululu disappears at just the right time to make Lala look like she’s lost her mind. Non convincing Lala to keep Jululu a secret for fear of being ostracized from the idol community – as opposed to Mirai and Riko raising Ha-chan together with the Headmaster’s permission – is also a cutting difference. Not that the two of them aren’t bonding. At the end, Lala and Jululu are getting along at least relatively okay. But in the end, I’d say Jululu is probably a bit closer to the experience of what actually raising a baby is like.
As of when I’m writing this, the most recent Bob’s Burgers episode that aired (“Wag the Hog”), where Linda ends up coming across as crazy trying to explain how she ended up with Sidecar? That’s what Lala looks like here. Yet Jululu undeniably exists in reality, since she snatched up a piece of pizza from a customer shortly after Lala got home.
This season may need a little bit more time to show what it’s really planning on doing, and hopefully we’re past the exposition stage now. The glasses siblings are certainly looking like they know something’s up… with the Grand Prix they set into motion in the first place.
It’s the System!
One of Triangle’s members appears, and the road to the Godly Idol Grand Prix begins. Who is this mysterious new girl?