The hottest new sportswear of the season. It’s made of yarn, it must be.
I keep misreading the plots of these episodes. Nino isn’t an idol yet, but she was in this episode for a long time compared to past outings. As it turns out, Mirei and Sophie also aren’t allowed to participate in any upcoming Grand Prixs, and if Lala does break the rules, she may even potentially lose her Divine Idol status because “It’s the system.” (The Meganees really are a hive mind.)
Which strikes me as a little odd. Getting that title took a whole season becoming close to the Goddesses themselves. You’d think it’d be something that only Jewlie or Janice themselves could revoke, but being an idol is a public-facing job, and there seems to be a certain set of expectations for it. Even in a park that’s only a few steps above two girls and a handful of others performing in a parking lot.
Yui once again showed off her skills this episode. While the two of them were trailing Nino around her various sporting events, Yui made a series of coordinated outfits entirely out of yarn that wouldn’t have looked out of place inside the city-state of idols. I don’t know how much they boosted their sports skills, but it’s something Yui would do. Tennis was the main centerpiece of the episode (hence the title of this week’s story, which references the old tennis manga Aim for the Ace!), and Love was a major character in the original series. Maybe Lala picked up some skills from her that came in handy here.
This episode did change the rules a bit, in one way. Lala and Yui got to give their first duo performance, and with it, the show got a new song. It’s a cute song, as expected from the main characters. I’m really looking forward to the moment when Nino eventually does become an idol. The energetic tomboyish mood maker characters have often been my favorite, and she’ll likely have a higher energy rock-type song for her first performance. Whenever that is. We don’t have that many episodes before the end of the first cour, and Yui needs to assemble her team, and soon.
Future Yui teammate Michiru also got a brief cameo during this week’s events, but she’s had even less screentime than Nino, so I can’t really comment there. Idol Time is still setting up its world, and while I’m not enjoying it as much as season 2 or 3 of the original series, it’s going through a lot of the same motions that S1 did. At times it feels like it’s moving even slower, however.
The cheerleaders take the spotlight and a new salon opens, as a side character discovers something about herself with some help from our main characters.