In a battle with the gods, you’re gonna need all the help you can get.
The show wastes no time getting down to business here. While everyone is doubtful that Solami Smile, strong as they are, won’t be able to defeat the idol gods (though they came into being because of a programming change, so does that make Meganee and Meganii the real idol gods here? Fascinating, if true.).
The “memories” theme is just as strong as it was last week. Jewlie and Janice give a duet performance of “Girl’s Fantasy” that’s not too dissimilar to Jewlie’s solo versions in the past, but I like it. Aki Toyosaki has a nice singing voice, and hearing her and Reina Ueda work together for a song is fun. Plus, this isn’t the only kids’ show where Toyosaki plays a character who focuses heavily on singing. She’s been rocking the mic over in Cocotama basically since the show began.
Then, it’s Solami Smile’s turn. Meganii helpfully clarifies that, since the tournament is technically over and the goddess battle is a completely different thing, the rule against new songs is out the window. Also because avex has a little bit more music they want to sell. Can’t end the show without a big number. And what a big number it is.
“I FRIEND YOU” plays on the memories/friends theme even more heavily. I was talking about the crowd shots in the previous episode, and the heading screenshot for this post has Lala, Mirei and Sophie joined by most of the main speaking cast. What all this leads to is a song about the value of friendship (and some impressive Making Dramas) that, I believe, is aimed at the audience watching on their TVs/computers at home as much as it is the audience that’s entirely fictional. Check it out.
This is more than enough to award Solami Smile the position of “divine idol.” But it turns out, the pelican had been more informed about what was going down than the rest of the cast, save for Ajimi. Shortly after the grand prize is awarded (with the goddesses joining in), Jewlie is held captive in a cage of green lightning, and, in trying to break her out, Janice ends up getting captured along with her. This causes the cradle of the heavens to fall, and they end up, in the words of Monster Factory, “Duran Duran-ing it.”
The stakes are as equal, or larger to, last year’s, when CelePara was starting to collapse and Hibiki just about fell into idol hell. Only in this case, the entire world is at stake. It feels hard to review these past few episodes individually, because they’re all leading into each other and upping the stakes to such a degree that I feel I won’t have a full picture of this until it’s all over.
And with the twilight of the goddesses, it just may be all over.
It’s the idolpocalypse! With the goddesses gone, the world descends into chaos. Save us, Solami Smile!