A tale of gods, girls and friendship.
This was a wild episode. It also clarified a lot of things that I’ve been wondering about in terms of the lore of this world. Of course, PriPara lore is ultimately not the most important thing about it, but they’ve established a fairly consistent world over the past four years. With its own idiosyncrasies and rules and important figures throughout history. And I mean all of history.
As it turns out, Janice and Jewelie are actually the younger sisters of Falala and Galala. I’d assumed it was the other way around, but in a way, this also makes sense. Nature and day/night usually appeared before gods that served more specific functions in mythology. And also explains why their character designs look so similar. Plus, having Falulu and Galulu there for contrast as more modern “gods” shows off the full pantheon of the city-state of idols.
There was a bit more character work than last week’s episode, including a brief digression from Ajimi that wasn’t able to make a dent in the Pakku Tower, and Meganee and Meganii delivering their exposition via rapping. I don’t know who wanted to hear Junichi Suwabe and Kanae Itou rap, but that’s a thing that exists now. All of this is because of the reason why none of the efforts to free Lala have worked.
They’ve been attacking Pakku from the outside, when the real weak point they need to hit is inside. And the only thing that can break the barrier is a trio of Divine Idols. Kana Asumi and Emiri Katou aren’t scheduled to appear right now, and Solami Smile is incomplete. So the second placers, Dressing Pafe, agree to become God Idols (which is apparently different from a Divine Idol), at the risk of losing their connection to PriPara forever.
The performance they give is amazing. The song is high energy, just the thing I enjoy, and why their songs were always my favorite, especially during season 1. It’s enough to create a crack in the barrier just big enough for My Dream to pass through. Yui, you’ve trained under Lala for long enough. Now it’s time to see if you can rescue her through the power of song.
This finale is packed, and introduces new characters and ideas at a rapid pace in order to fit as much of the show’s four year history into one climactic finale as it can. I’ve been enjoying it immensely, and will miss these characters when the show changes settings entirely and also changes airdates. Tuesdays are a strange day in the middle of the week, while Sundays are lazy and filled with the aftermath of Super Hero Time and other big name shows.
I suspect that we’ll get a proper epilogue once everything comes to Lala’s aid next week. How can you say goodbye in 24 minutes to something that has so many memories built up? Only one way to find out.
My Dream enters the belly of the beast to help free Lala from her frozen imprisonment.