PriPara Public Access TV brings you…
After some brief griping about Shogo, this week’s episode turns out to be a fun twist. During the original PriPara series, there was at least one episode per season where the main cast put on a telethon in an attempt to drum up support for PriPara in some way, usually being an excuse for gags, skits and the cast to play to their quirks with a loose framework. It must also be remembered that this was done in a near-complete city-state of idols, with a full TV crew, sets, props and an audience who was willing to listen.
In contrast, Paparajuku’s is running on a skeleton crew and doesn’t even have its boxes unpacked yet. There’s probably less than 100 girls who have joined, and of those, only Yui and Lala are regularly seen, though that may have more to do with this being a TV show focused around them. That said, they have some help. Sophie’s making her cameo appearance this week, offering to bring her charming persona to the stage. She was famous long before Lala was, and that kind of clout can’t be overstated.
At least, if Lala didn’t trust Yui with this. Once again, Yui comes across a girl who behaves nothing like the Divine Idols she’s come to know, and only figures out it’s them when things are down to the wire. Sophie’s exhausted self, which is borderline Umaru, required some assistance from Nino (she just keeps showing up) to get them to PriPara – which worked. In a very Beatles way, just seeing Sophie running down the street got several fangirls to follow, some of which ended up being registered in PriPara – presumably for the rest of the series.
While Sophie’s storyline played out about the way one would expect, I had more fun with Lala’s. She was basically forced to put on a one-woman show to rapidly declining ratings, and resorted to tricks like puppets, cardboard cutouts and attempting to play a Meganee memory matching game. Not by matching their outfits, but by which line they say when they turn around. It was funny to watch, in that awkward sort of way.
I don’t have full context for everything, having not seen the latest movie, but when Sophie performed a song that didn’t seem familiar at all this week – “Red Flash Revolution” – it turns out that’s because it came from the space movie that went into theaters a little while ago. I need to check out the PriPara movies at some point, still haven’t gotten around to that. It’s a nice song.
This was a pretty enjoyable episode, for much the same reason as Mirei’s, and while the show is keeping its connections to the past, it hasn’t been leaning on them too heavily yet. Though I wonder if anyone outside of Solami Smile is going to appear. The thought of Leona entering the boys’ PriPara has a lot of story potential, and I’m sure Falulu could explain what’s going on with the girl in the tower.
The title references an old tennis manga – “Aim for the Rice!” – and Nino gets her biggest amount of spotlight yet. Will she be able to achieve her sports dreams and become an idol?