Where’s an Idol Jaeger when you need one?
Lots to unpack from an “outside the show” perspective this week. Watched a lot of anime on Netflix, including Kakegurui. Leona, Non and most importantly Mirei’s VAs were all in it, with Yuu Serizawa in particular being an idol again. Though Yumemi is a far, far cry from the “pop, step, get you!” positivity of Mirei.
The next is that, before Kiratto Pri Chan even starts, its crossover movie has already been announced – and it once again features all the main protagonists, including Yui and Lala. This is a little easier to manage than Precure’s teamups before they decided to shrink it to only the three most recent teams, but it does make me wonder exactly what Kiratto‘s relation is to the other series. Even Mia eventually showed up in the PriPara world under a different surname, so it’s not out of the question.
As for what’s happening in PriPara. This week was a little lighter on character moments, and a little heavier on flashbacks and destruction. Pakku, having combined with the newly formed Time Tower, goes on a rampage through the city-state of idols, which isn’t exactly equipped to deal with a problem of this size. Especially since this isn’t a hologram. It’s an actual 50 story monster with abandonment issues. It does let us see another performance of the sisters’ counterpoint duet, and everyone who’s present gets a character moment in trying to help others flee.
(If there was ever a time for the Boys’ PriPara to help out, now would be a really good chance. Your sister’s in trouble, Shogo, get out there!)
A rousing speech from Yui and her friends almost helps break the spell, but it turns out Pakku has a few issues with Yui. We saw, shortly around the time he first showed up, that Yui is nearly immune to the dream-eating. This applied to her when she was younger, too. A brief flashback shows Pakku trying to eat a young Yui’s dreams, but being able to consume that much – and she just keeps making more. Not nearly as easy a mark as Nino or Michiru.
Which leads to a kids’ TV vore scene. Lala is swallowed alive and trapped in a black hole of dream-sucking inside Pakku’s stomach. This show sometimes. You wouldn’t get something like that in Aikatsu!. I do like how this leads to an a capella version of “Make it!” as Lala keeps singing to hold onto Yui’s dream for dear life.
Which makes me reconsider something. At the time when I was writing about it, season 3 did a really great job at bookending the stories of all the main cast. But Idol Time is doing the same by bringing back the very first OP, and a plot line from next week’s episode perfectly mirrors that of the first season, but in a way that doesn’t feel like the quasi-rehash the Falala/Galala storyline has been.
I like the idea that just because Lala became a Divine Idol, it doesn’t mean her story has to end there. Training the next generation is a perfectly natural way to follow up on her story, and Idol Time has given us some memorable moments and characters. But I’m getting ahead of myself. The show’s not over just yet.
Lala is slumbering after her attempt to subdue Pakku from the inside. It’s time to call in everyone we know!