This is going to end well.
I’m of two minds about this episode. It had some really good parts, and changed the status quo of Idol Time in a way that should please fans of the previous series. Plus, returning to the old idol stomping grounds and seeing the entire main cast brought back for one last go-round is always welcome. On the other hand, the majority of the episode’s runtime was made up of previously played songs from the first three seasons. There was a plot reason for it, but it felt like an episode made on the cheap in a lot of ways. Given the strenuous task of producing a year-long anime series, I can see why they’d want to do episodes like this, just that it only gives me so much to talk about.
The main plot involves Galumageddon summoning crazy movie director robot Mechanee, and pressing a button on her that, it turns out, gives a time/power limit of 100. if that’s not properly dealt with, Mechanee will explode. Why a director robot needs a self-destruct button is anyone’s guess, but it creates the stakes for the episode. Mechanee’s explosions can only be soothed by singing, and that means the entire cast gets to sing.
It’s also a nice chance for Yui to meet the previous cast members she hasn’t encountered yet, and leads to this cute visual.
Lala’s system malfunction applies to the entire city-state of idols so, at least while she’s in here, Non is now much taller than her despite being younger. They grow up so fast. Pepper also gets to do her lick-greeting to the newbies.
Then everything explodes while Hibiki was setting up her outfit for a last-ditch performance.
This leads to one of my favorite moments of the entire episode. While Hibiki’s solo song is playing, a “credits roll” written in a handwriting font comes up, showing the entire cast “as themselves”, complete with giving the full names of the mascots. Is this the first time we’ve seen Usacha’s full name? I feel like it might be.
Oh, so Mechanee directed this episode. That explains why it’s so wonkybonkers. The capper to all this is the final credit on the roll.
The “fake credits” gag can be really effective when deployed, and this is one of my favorite uses of it that I’ve seen in anime. There’s also a Wizard of Oz-esque fakeout at the end. Yui wakes up, sees Lala, and begins to think that maybe the trip to Parajuku and the subsequent bomb scare was all just a really weird dream.
Then it turns out Galumageddon was kicked out of Parajuku and sent to Paparajuku to help get it in shape as punishment for blowing up their main hangout. I’m sure Meganee can get it working again by the next time we see it (“It’s the system!”), but a slap on the wrist for blowing up the place just won’t cut it. Plus this works out. Aroma and Mikan were Lala’s age, so having them transfer to Avocado Academy makes the most sense compared to those either younger or older than her.
Avocado just got a lot more interesting, and I got my favorite devil and angel duo back. That’s a win-win except for the whole bomb thing.
Michiru finally enters the plot as the rest of the academy gets introduced to their new, occult-loving transfer students.