The unlikeliest of friendships births the likeliest of tragedies.
While this episode begins with acknowledging the glasses hunt – and Michiru insisting on doing her dowsing – the main focus is entirely on the more antagonistic duo. Lala and Shuuka have had a business partnership going for a few weeks now, with Rich Venus becoming more popular and Shuuka getting a Sophie-esque squad of cheergirls. Though without the secret identity thing. Shuuka has nothing of herself to hide. That doesn’t mean she isn’t having secrets hidden from her.
She and Galala are foils to Yui and Falala in as many ways as possible. Yui believes that friendship and the social aspect of being an idol is as important as the music. Shuuka is entirely in it to make money and game the rankings system. That’s made her kind of lonely, but she and Galala have begun to develop a rapport for being lonely together. With Mimiko in there. A group of people who are alone for various reasons but, perhaps because her idol dreams weren’t based around being abandoned, Shuuka is strangely the only one of this trio who’s naive enough to not see what Galala has been trying to pull on her.
She doesn’t even notice it herself until the most dramatic time. When her cheer squad throws away their coats after another round of dream stealing, Powan notices. Yet the little dog isn’t quick enough to prevent Galala from doing even more stealing on her own. After centuries of waiting, her Idol Time maxes out and she’s able to perform in front of a crowd of people. Though she does so by saying she’s going to “eat your dream” on stage and her song is basically a manifestation of her emotional state in her backstory. It’s an impossibly cheery villain song.
I’m also interested in Galala singing because that’s how she was introduced to the anime world. She’s voiced by Tomoyo Kurosawa (who was most recently Phos in Land of the Lustrous), who made her introduction singing the opening theme to Doki Doki Precure. While she never got to sing as Otome, she does have pretty good singing skills. The song itself is pretty catchy, too. Now I’m waiting for Falala and Galala to get a duet, as it happened with Jewlie and Janis.
So while things should be looking up, at the end, Shuuka finds out from Galala herself that she’s been stealing her own fans’ dreams in order to help Galala’s schemes along. She… doesn’t take it very well. That’s the kind of dramatic push I’ve been waiting for from this season.
Galala and Shuuka attempt to make up. But how do you make up when your best friend has been exploiting your fans?