Actually, she is…
As far as stock TV plots go, you can’t get more stock than this one. “Taking care of a baby” has been the focus of quite a few past episodes, but pairing someone who’s still learning everything with someone who fancies themselves in control and kind of upright has been utilized long before this episode, and will continue to be utilized long after.
The main point of the episode here is Mirei realizing that her study-centric, highly calculated habits are making her into something of a helicopter mom to Jululu, and even though she’s not old enough to talk, Jululu is certainly smart enough to know to rebel, to the point that it’s like she’s actively setting out to ruin Mirei’s school day.
There are a few moments that stuck with me during this episode, scenes that elevated above the rest of the performances. One was Ajimi stopping by Mirei’s house (with her fruit pun-based sentence enders intact) to give Jululu some peach juice, which quickly turned out to be her favorite. Also because they have Reina Ueda on hand, they may as well use her to full advantage. Come to think of it, Mirei and Ajimi is basically having Yoko and Mikan back on screen together – though there’s no pairs of talking glasses this time. It was a cute bonding scene.
Another favorite moment was when Mirei and Jululu first arrived at her house, leaving her parents as you see them in the screenshot above. What made this work was that Mirei was explaining the Jululu scenario exactly as it was, with no attempts to disguise it – but her parents allowed it because they mistook “Jewlie” for “jury” and thought that raising Jululu had something to do with her path towards becoming an idol lawyer. Thankfully, since this pun relies on a character name and an English word, it’s not as borderline impossible to translate as many of the other puns this show has given. It’s still pretty bad, though.
Also, since it’s been a few weeks since Ace Attorney began, seeing her parents debate like they’re in court was extra amusing. This show’s character names are punny enough for them to fit right in alongside Phoenix Wright and company.
The final scene I want to talk about was when Amamiya met Mirei in the hallway, and saw her with Jululu. Which caused him to launch into an extended fantasy sequence of the two of them raising Jululu as their daughter – showing her going to school and all the way into adulthood with a grandchild of their own. To which I say – Amamiya, you’re still in middle school, and I don’t even know if Mirei has returned your affection yet. She has better chemistry with Lala. Or Shion. It’s a cute sequence, if only for seeing Jululu grow up in a way that’s kind of a fun “what-if” universe, if she wasn’t a goddess, but it’s also silly with how seriously it’s playing itself.
The episode concludes with Mirei also being blessed with the Goddess’ powers. Which makes me wonder what the other, non-main character idols think about this. They’re at a severe disadvantage in that none of them are raising the goddess whose favor they need to obtain.
Such is the politics of the idol world.
Galumageddon plays with Jululu this time. A professional idol in the body of a kid. Chuunibyou in the body of an elementary schooler. Angels, devils, beasts and a tiny goddess… stay tuned!