The cards. The cards. The cards will tell. The past, the present and the future as well.
Way back when season 2 was just starting, I was trying to solidify the idea that Aroma and Mikan actually were from (idol) heaven and hell, sent to mess with the plans of the goddess on Earth (Meganee) who kept everyone in line with seemingly arbitrary rules and an omnipresence that only an army of clones can grant. This is before they were revealed to be kids with delusions of grandeur and an actual idol goddess existing, respectively (though Meganee’s still suspect), but that idea may have been revisited in this week’s episode, though not out of any malicious intent. Just that if Aroma is going to incorporate her chuuni tendencies into parenting, she’s still got a lot of work to do.
Adding Galulu to the main cast has been a great decision. An imperfect Falulu copy gives us all the fun of having a Vocal Doll in the cast, while still allowing for plenty of hijinks. I also liked the call backs in this episode. As seen above, Galulu has converted the former UnderPara resistance movement HQ into her home. If she can’t exit the idol world, she can at least live in something that has more space than any given apartment in Tokyo. Hell, I’d live there. Other details, like the picture of Falulu on the walls, are a nice little touch.
The stuff with Jululu is cute – though Lala could’ve told them that she likes music before they headed out and they could’ve avoided most of this mess… but that wouldn’t be as fun, and do we not come to TV to be entertained?
Galumageddon sneaks into Meganee’s central computer office and starts messing with the system, leading to what you see above. Cows, pigs, pandas, giant monsters who let the girls use their backs as slides, and all of this on top of a snowstorm in the middle of May. Meganee is not happy with this, and Galumageddon missed Jululu just wanting some peach juice. Though this time, Galulu was completely sane when she was screwing with the system… not that that makes it any better.
And all this lack of information ends up biting Galumageddon in the ass. Ironic, since that’s one of the ways they found to calm Jululu down. Apparently Galulu’s play-bites are comforting to her. After a wintery performance of “Reversible-Ring”, they get precisely nothing in terms of being blessed by Jewlie. There was the experience and the fun bonding moments, but throwing the city-state of idols into chaos and not really paying attention to what she wanted probably contributed to that. I have no doubt they may get the Super Cyalume outfits one day… but it’s not going to be today.
At this point, it’s becoming clear we’re going through a stretch of episodes where everyone gets a chance with Jululu. If the general plot is the same (barring twists like no reward at the end of this week’s), then it instead becomes a good chance to see what it can teach us about the characters.
What this week taught us is that Aroma and Mikan still have a long way to go, but they’re great to watch. Of all the S2 characters, I’m glad they’re sticking around as main ones. I just wish we had more new songs at this point.
The Hojo family handles Jululu, and Sophie’s dad returns to the show, bringing with him the legendary Ume Peach. I have no idea what Jululu hopped up on peach sour balls will be like.