An angel is calling…
I was unsure of what to make of Michiru. While Yui and Nino both fit character archetypes I like to write about – the easily excitable dreamer and the passionate, tomboyish girl – Michiru is tricky. While I like her character design (we finally have another main character with glasses!), her mousy personality runs the risk of her turning into someone like Lotte from LWA, but even more timid. She’s lacking in self confidence, and it isn’t frustrating as much as it is sad.
I’m not entirely sure why she’s this way, as we haven’t seen much of anyone’s home life in this show. And by all accounts, most parents in PriPara are like their kids. Quirky, but well meaning, and almost always alive. This simply isn’t that kind of show. While her idol debut has been played up since before Idol Time premiered, I wasn’t expecting what they were going to do with her.
After Aroma successfully gained Michiru as a follower, she took it a step further this week by convincing her that she was the reincarnation of an ancient diva known as “Miichiru”, likely from the time of Atlantis. But there’s a difference. Aroma and Mikan, as much as they get into their role playing, do have moments where they can turn it off and are aware of what they’re doing. We’ve seen through Aroma’s facade before, and at this point she does it because it’s a part of her idol brand as much as she does it because it’s a way to be close to Mikan.
Michiru, however, is looking for anything that gives her self confidence. I don’t want to overstate the nature of things, but it’s a watered-down version of the kind of “magic” present in Umineko. So when Aroma tries to get Michiru to become an idol, the show basically turns her into another take on Chiri. It’s clear that Chiri was living up to her family legacy and becoming the kind of person they expected of her when she entered the city-state of idols. For Michiru, however, she becomes the kind of person Aroma was teasing her about being. Not even the self-proclaimed devil idol expected Michiru to run with this “Miichiru” thing as much as she did. Though even when she’s in her alternate persona, Michiru still respects Aroma as her superior. It’s a strange situation, one that ended with Meganee tied to a pole that she wasn’t taken down from until the end of the episode.
Michiru’s song has a nice, mysterious quality to it. She struts around the stage like Hibiki with the elegance of Chiri, while capturing some of Aroma’s hammier elements. While Nino is still my favorite, I kinda like what they’re doing with Michiru, and look forward to her and Yui eventually forming a unit. Lala is gonna be so proud of her protege.
Oh, and Galulu is living in Falala’s clock tower now. It’s a nice place. Well-decorated, located in scenic Paparajuku. And the landlord is trapped in a clock upstairs. Every place has its oddities.
Mimiko is given a chance at the idol life, potentially removing one more obstacle.