This is Hibiki’s life now.
With last week’s swimming competition behind us, we return to Hibiki attempting to win the favor of the goddess and obtain a Super Cyalume. This is a really fun episode that brings back a lot of smaller elements from the second season. Not only does Hibiki don the mantle of Phantom Thief Genius once more, that also necessitates the PriPara Police to reform for one last case. Given the recent announcement of a Dekaranger teamup and spinoff, I find it weirdly appropriate. It was a coincidence that Lala, Dorothy and Mikan just so happened to be with each other and not Leona, Aroma or any other cast member in the middle of the square, but I’ll let it slide if it means we get to hear their song again.
This entire week was reused songs, but with a twist. Aside from Hibiki and the Police reprising their signature numbers, we also got yet another variation of “0-week old”
This one was performed by Hibiki and Falulu. For someone who plays up a lone wolf attitude, Hibiki seems to get roped into duets with the members of Tricolore a lot. Still no duets with anyone outside those two members, so her thawing is still going to take some time. The clip above also reveals another major plot element of the episode, but I’ll get to that in a bit.
So Genius returns. While the preview clip made it look like Hibiki had kidnapped Jululu, the truth of the matter is a bit more complicated. A book on the museum (remember that?) supposedly told a golden pacifier that would placate Jululu. And was used by Cleopatra (or Priopatra), who was once an idol herself. I know that idols stretched as far back as the French Revolution, but now they’re going back to the days of ancient Egypt. Idols are to PriPara what card games are to Yu-Gi-Oh!, apparently. It’s a stark contrast to Aikatsu, which, while more idol-filled than our world, keeps the newness and fame of idols relatively close to our world. PriPara just goes right off the deep end and stays there and sees what interesting new twists it can find.
So anyway, Hibiki hadn’t really kidnapped Jululu. The main cast had entrusted her to watch over the goddess in hopes that they would start getting along, but Hibiki, being Hibiki, tried to let Ando do most of the work (thankfully sans goat costume), which caused the whole golden pacifier situation. Said pacifier turned out to be a ring, which is not advised to be put in baby’s mouths. Or anyone’s mouth, really. Those sharp edges will do a number on your palette.
After the above duet with Faululu, the goddess deems Falulu worthy of a Super Cyalume. Even if Falulu was barely in this episode. Plus, being a Vocal Doll, I once again assumed it was something she could do already. But she was made into a “real girl” (or something relatively close to one), so that means she has to start from the bottom like the rest of us. Hibiki is once again denied the fame and merchandise she so craves.
While I don’t want this “Hibiki powers up” arc to last too long, it’s interesting seeing Hibiki deal with something beyond her control and that works against everything she stands for as an idol. Spontaneity, friendship, and having to take care of a baby. Jululu isn’t my favorite plot element for this season, but the way she’s being used to bring ou other sides of the characters is working out pretty well.
Fall is here as the show moves into the September months. The episode title makes an awful pun on “love” and “fish” that’s probably been around in Japan for as long as the language itself has.