This is a wonderful episode. There’s a lot of little callbacks to various elements of the series going all the way back to S1’s finale, and it’s working with characters who are, by now, well-established. It’s also playing catch up with the rules. After last episode’s victory, Galumageddon attempts to enter the Divine Idol Grand Prix, but because “It’s the system!” and they never registered as a formal unit, no can do. Then Unicorn calls in to remind Galulu that, as a Vocal Doll, if her ticket is ever broken to share with someone, her life force will be destroyed. The great curse of Vocal Dolls – insanely musically talented, unable to confirm their friendship with someone. Makes me wonder if the other Mini Falulus will go through a similar crisis.
This isn’t going to stop Aroma and Mikan, not by a long shot. Against Unicorn’s warnings, they set out to make the ceremony happen, leading to a wild chase scene (and a lot of gathering of good luck charms) that takes up most of the episode. It gets so bad they basically have to catnap their manager and throw the rest of the main cast off the trail by making them think they’re going to hold the ceremony at the PriPara Museum. Another great callback to last season. Though the Making Drama they debuted in that episode has never been seen since.
When the ceremony and the breaking of the tickets begins, the music gets unusually melodramatic, even for this show. There’s a moment where it looks like Galulu may have sacrificed herself for nothing, but this isn’t that kind of series. For the most part. She survives, the Meganiis theorize, because her friendship with Aroma and Mikan was so strong. Everything from the ceremony on towards the end of the episode is charged with so much emotion that it gets to me in a way this show really hasn’t since the Dorothy and Leona episode from the previous season.
It’s cheesy and over the top, but it’s undeniably sincere. Galulu’s overcome nearly as much as Falulu has – and this episode was so intense it even brought Falulu back from Paris to be there for the ceremony – and this feels like a major step forward for her character. She went from aloof and confused to willing to risk her own life to make Aroma and Mikan happy.
Best of all, this culminates in a new introductory speech and a new song for Galumageddon – their first as a formally approved idol unit. While I still like “Reversible-Ring” more, I think this one will grow on me over time. This trio can be chaotic, moreso than the other main cast, but they have a great sense of camaraderie, and the lightly gothic-esque nature of their songs are always a treat.
If I have one complaint about this episode, it’s that the ending credits featured a dance lesson from “Lala” and “Galulu”. Done by dancers wearing those creepy facemasks that people sometimes wear to cosplay anime. I don’t like them in the Precure stage shows, and I don’t like them here. Way too far into the uncanny valley.
One of the best episodes of the season thus far. Basically all of the main cast has been blessed by Jewlie, including Galulu at long last. What else could possibly go wrong?
The second round of the Divine Idol Grand Prix is set to begi- Oh. That’s not good.