Aikatsu Stars 87
It’s the obligatory Aikatsu Christmas episode again. Some things are just tradition and never really changed much, but it’s always nice to see them back even with some small changes.
Elza basically stopped caring about anyone else, even her Venus Ark students, so let’s ignore her in the meantime, while Kirara, Rei, Aria get to have fun with the Yotsuboshi cast. They including Rei are actually better off without Elza imo.
Then we get to the Aikatsu tradition – Christmas Treecutting. It’s Rei and Mahiru time to shine. Although using katana and karate for tree cutting is kinda ridiculous, it’s tradition and it’s meant to happen. Come to think of it though, Yume has never participated in the christmas tree cutting unlike Ichigo and Akari. She is lacking in Aikatsu MC power and tradition.
Ako x Kanata romance is the only one realized in Aikatsu Stars til new. Ako is so adorable being tsundere to Kanata, and she pretty much half-confessed to Kanata and got accepted. Other pairs are too much of a pipe dream for now though.
It feels so justified to see Rola being acknowledged by someone after that depressing episode last week. Now it is left for her to decide whether she’ll accept and go on to world debut. For her character’s sake, I hope that happens though. It’s too unfair seeing her trying to compete with MC powers directly. She’ll be better off and come back even stronger.
Finally we get the first ever 5 people performance in Aikatsu Stars, though We Wish You a Merry Christmas is quite bland and actually not much different from last year’s performance. Well I am not expecting much from Bamco Pictures 3D CG nowadays.
Idoltime Pripara 38
It’s a christmas episode for Pripara but it does not feel very christmasy. The cast just spent almost the whole episode trying find a resolution of Falala and Galala to co-exist but runs out of time as Falala falls asleep again. The implication seems to be the last arc being darker than usual as Galala is sure to go all out making sure Falala will never awaken again. And finally FINALLY FINAAALLY, Laala’s twintail form is back completely. I have been waiting for this for so long. Now Laala can use her bullshit powers to help the cast more successfully now.