It’s beginning to feel a lot like season 2.
Just what this season needed. Nino hasn’t quite been established yet, and Yui and Lala have a solid dynamic, but the show’s idol cast is small compared to the first series. Plus their mascots are closer to Pokemon than fully-realized characters, and the city-state of idols itself needs more points to be developed. So how to shake things up as Idol Time enters its second cour?
Bring in Aroma and Mikan. I’ll give Aroma credit for how she handles her situation. Despite being kicked out of her main playground and transferring schools in the middle of the semester, she’s surprisingly chill about the whole thing, seeing it as a “Paradise Lost” situation, complete with an old timey painting homage. Though I have to wonder what Mikan and Aroma’s parents think about this.
For the most part, their antics in this episode are the same as in previous seasons. Numerological puns based around angels and devils, and a general sense of chuunibyou despite not being in the eighth grade yet. They even assign themselves the room number of “666 & 104” (shouldn’t those be on separate floors?) before it’s pointed out it’s just a sign they made themselves. Though I do like the room decor they went with. It’s very colorful.
The central thing that happens in this episode, and the one that looks most likely to stick, happens around the halfway point. The eternally clumsy, kind of depressed Michiru, the long foreshadowed third main character, wanders into their book club and is persuaded by Aroma into believing that the weight on her shoulder is indicative of a supernatural force. And despite being in middle school compared to Aroma, ends up trusting in her “demonic powers” to help deal with it. Basically the same thing as being one of Yohane’s “Little Demons” in Love Live Sunshine.
If it weren’t for the fact that they already have Galulu, the prospect of Michiru forming a unit with Aromageddon has potential. The two of them know that they’re acting… I think… but Michiru is lacking just enough self confidence to buy what they’re selling. Becoming an idol may be the thing to change that, which is what’s happening next week.
Michiru finds her little sheep friend and makes her way into the world of idols. Also, Meganee ends up tied to a wooden pole for some reason.