When you need help, they’e got your back. Even if there is no God or Buddha, there are Idols.
The show itself acknowledges it, but I like the bookending going on. Way back in season 1, it was Lala’s fault that her attempt to make friends with Falulu that required the first “Comeback Live.” Of course, back then Solami and Pafe were the only six major characters, and the show was still moving pieces into place. But having Lala’s attempt to make friends with Pakku backfire, and that necessitating a Comeback for her, is a nice way to close off the show.
Lala’s done so much for everyone else, it makes sense that they’d pitch in to help her. It’s also a reversal of what happened earlier in the season, with the episode in Parajuku. Instead of Aromageddon causing havoc and getting themselves evicted, even after every character comes in to help, this time, they get a chance to redeem themselves. And once again, every character comes in to help. From Hibiki to Shuuka, everyone who has a CGI model that the show can use.
The difference between PriPara and Aikatsu has been about how they approach the idol business. Aikatsu is mostly grounded, while PriPara uses it as the basis for a wild fantasy story. Yet, whether it’s Elza coming around admitting that she’s not perfect. or Shuuka realizing that money isn’t everything, they arrive at the same set of ideas about what art and entertainment can mean for people. As a way to make friends, be a form of self-expression and hopefully make the world a better place. I also notice both of them have leaned heavily on the “self-produced” angle, sidestepping many of the more seedy ideas of the idol industry. While self-production isn’t quite as easy as the shows make it seem, it’s still good to have ownership over your own idea of art.
Anyway, this episode was like 60% reused songs, but it was still enjoyable because of how it tied all four years of this show together. And we’re not even done yet. Though the attempt to wake up Lala failed, there’s still a few more characters who can deus ex machina in to lend a hand.
As it was in ancient Greek theater, the god(desse)s descend from the heavens and assist the mortals on the ground. Will it be enough to overcome the fact that the show still has two episodes left after next week?