PriPara 91

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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As of when I’m writing this, the most recentĀ 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!

NEXT WEEK

One of Triangle’s members appears, and the road to the Godly Idol Grand Prix begins. Who is this mysterious new girl?

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One thought on “PriPara 91

  1. I’ve never been a big fan of babies, so it kinda annoys me that so many shows go down this route lately. I keep having flashbacks to Doki Doki! Precure actually, even though my first reaction was MahoPuri as well. I think this is very close to Doki Doki in terms of raising a baby.
    I think it’s safe to say that Jululu is this legendary idol that suddenly disappeared. However, what made her lose her actual form and turn into a baby and why does she look similar to Falulu? Is she a Vocal Doll as well? Questions over questions and obviously no answers yet.

    I’m also disappointed, as the key visual for PriPara S3 made me hope that they finally get new regular coords to wear, but they are still wearing the same old stuff… Isn’t it time for a change? They could really need a fresh look, no?

    But all in all I’m looking forward to whatever this season has in stock for us! The Kami Idol Grand Prix sounds promising after all and for whatever reason they have their eyes on Laala. Oh yeah, what happened to her Prism Voice? It was a thing during the first season, but it was never further explored after that and turned meaningless. Does the Grand Prix hint at that the thing called Prism Voice is going to be important again? I would love this to be the case!

    At this point I still can’t get used to the mysterious triangle that is going to appear further down the road. They look 100% fanmade and do not quite seem to fit into the world with their designs. They look like…you know, those typically semi-traced fanarts of people’s OCs (also seen in Doremi and Precure fanarts). But hey, we are still at the beginning, it probably just takes some time.

    Now, to end this comment – I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart that you are keeping this blog alive and are regularly summarizing the episodes. As my japanese is far from good, I don’t understand a good portion of what is actually going on most of the time. And since there seems to be no one interested in subbing PriPara (Doki is even slower than a snail…), I need to watch the raws… So yeah, thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to understand this show a little better! Also thank you for adding some kind of background informations every now and then, I hope you won’t grow tired of maintaining this blog!

    Sincerely,
    A fan :3

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