I think you need a permit to do that.
What an episode. While I’m still wondering what’s going to happen with the girls that Galala dream-swiped. Yui has shown that dreams are a limitless resource. As long as one believes, they can be restored. But snapping out of that funk can be difficult, and who knows how many dreams Galala’s taken over the years? The situation may get even more dire now that Galala isn’t overseeing the dream-stealing anymore. But I’ll get to that in a second.
Galulu wants to get Galala back on her feet, because she also understands the situation of being a personification of the more negative side of idol-dom. And Shuuka, despite her haughty attitude, also has everyone’s sympathy. Her store is going out of business, she’s rapidly losing friends and fans, and her sister’s been working at the cafe for so long that she can’t do much to help either.
There’s a ridiculous plan Yui comes up with involving a Trojan piggy bank that doesn’t quite go as planned, but it does lead to one of my favorite things this show has done. Mia, after spending several episodes aside, gets to show why she’s a Divine Idol and to exercise her strengths as a protagonist from a previous show (or an alternate universe version thereof). She uses the love of her fans to max out her Idol Time in an instant, goes on stage, and performs the first opening theme from her own series. With less ice skating this time around. Rumi Okubo’s always had a pretty decent singing voice, too.
The direct use of music from older series is welcome, and it feels like it ties into the story too. Her performance buys enough time for Galala to start trading friend tickets with everyone, and for her to promise not to steal anyone’s dreams. She and Shuuka have both never really known what having a friend is like, and in a show like this, friendship is the key to solving things. But I do like how it’s not entirely resolved.
Pakku flew off at the end of the episode, angry that everyone’s fawning over Galala. Aside from the Dark Mic, Pakku was really the one stealing dreams. And now that the little beast is out for revenge… Galala needs to watch how things go in the future. She may have set off a chain of events that’ll make things worse without meaning to.
But on the bright side, a coaster Mia was using turned out to be one of the lenses to the second set of glasses. They give off a message that speaks of the “three divine beasts.” It’s pretty clear it’s the mascots, though that makes me wonder how Powan and Pakku fit into this, since they seem to exist outside the ancient tablets.
This was a really good episode, with some heartwarming character moments, a blast of nostalgia, and the plot being inched forward. Only one pair of glasses remains.
Nino moves to settle her rivalry with Shion once and for all. Dorothy and Leona are there too.