Ajimi’s actually pretty serious about being a teacher. Who knew?
No new endings, but we did get a new opening. It’s also the first opening in the show’s history not sung by i☆Ris (since they’re instead singing for Twin Star Exorcists), instead being by “Lala with Triangle.” The sisters do get their duet, but only in a questionably diegetic context. Though the openings often do make their way to the actual show as performances sooner or later. “Ready Smile!!” just got one this week. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
A new anime season is beginning. There’s your usual mixture of sequels, new spins on old concepts, and oddballs. There’s also ReLIFE, which CR released Netflix-style. While the show has nothing to do with PriPara at all, I’m bringing it up because Tamarai and Onoya in that show are voiced by Lala and Ajimi’s VAs – and the two of them play a major role in this episode. I’d say more about Reina Ueda’s role, but ReLIFE is a pretty interesting show, go check it out.
In the world of idols, the Manaka family is celebrating Non’s idol debut as her motivations come clean. As well as Jululu’s existence. Having her circle of friends know at least offered Lala some consolation, but now that her principal and her family knows, things quickly went from bad to worse, not helped by her grades failing. Good thing Gloria and her mom are both in PriPara themselves and are understanding of the weirdness that goes on, otherwise “She’s a baby from PriPara who fell out of the sky and is actually a reincarnation of an idol goddess.” would not make any sense.
I also want to say that at this point in their respective shows, Jululu grows to her adult form once every few episodes, but can’t stay there for very long. Ha-chan, on the other hand, is more or less an independent teenager/adult by this point and will remain that way permanently. Different needs for different programs.
Lala’s grades are slipping, and it’s suspected that Jululu may be the reason why. So Lala has to hand off the magical baby to her principal so she can study. While Principal Okanda recognizes almost immediately that raising a baby is draining, that’s only a side note for my favorite part of the episode. The study session. Like the variety show sessions of past episodes, it’s a string of rapid-fire jokes as the cast shows off their quirks towards a single end, in this case helping Lala study.
Dorothy attempts to teach Lala English while also showing us exactly how she pictures herself. It’s classic her. While the way Lala’s grades were saved at the end of the episode was a bit of a quickly resolved thing on Gloria’s part, the rest of the episode was a lot of fun. Almost no idol world stuff, instead focusing entirely on Lala’s home and school life. For most anime, that would be considered the default state of things and bemoaned, but in this case, it feels like a welcome return to something the show is doing less and less often these days.
Welcome to the new cour!
It’s an Aromageddon episode! The two of them try to put their design skills to the test.