Idol Time PriPara Episodes 3&4: Callbacks and a Mirei return set my heart aflutter.

In an effort to get this blog back up to speed with Idol Time, I’ll be tackling two episodes per post a day until I can resume a weekly schedule. These double episode posts will be less thorough than the posts for episodes 1 and 2 but hopefully of no less quality.

I didn’t mean to but watching Idol Time kind of slipped my mind. One missed episode turned into two which turned into three and so on until soon the entire first cour had passed! Granted I did start back up when Shion returned but the episodes between two and then I completely skipped. And so, it’s time to rectify that fact.

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Animated Movies of 2016: A Late Assortment of Thoughts

Last week as I watched the credits for Miss Hokusai scroll to an end I couldn’t help but breathe a sigh of relief. A whole year and 17 movies later I had finally achieved my goal to watch *Every Animated Movie Released in 2016. I gave myself a challenge, worked my way to the finish line and it only took me until halfway through 2017 to get there.

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Idol Time PriPara Episode 2: Can Ya Dig It?

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Is there any song that can better capture the essence of PriPara besides Make it!? Sure, everyone has their own favorite PriPara song and even I have a few I prefer over it but have any of them reached the iconic level that Make it! has established within the series? Like I mentioned in my thoughts for Idol Time episode one, it is the kind of song that can get any PriPara fan up from their seat. Even when it comes to i☆Ris discography, Make it! has kind of become the default association.

I had some reservations when it came to this episode but they all melted away when Laala Manaka got on the stage and busted out a new remix version of Make it!. It’s the perfect solution, really. Feeling happy? Play Make it!. Feeling sad? Play Make it!. Feeling worried about the direction an episode is heading? Play Make it! and blast it at full volume because nothing else matters now.

Bringing back Make it! but as a remixed version is a good example of a reboot taking something from its predecessor and turning it into its own thing. As to where that leaves the rest of this episode . . .

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Idol Time PriPara Episode 1: Hickory Dickory Dock, the Idol Ran Up the Clock

[I have very little knowledge of the Japanese language beyond a few words here and there and am experiencing Idol Time raw and at the moment unsubbed. That said, if I waited until subs magically appeared for anything PriPara related I may never get a consistent schedule. A lot of my thoughts are informed not just by watching the episode but by thoughts other English speakers more experienced in Japanese than me have shared. So, if anything’s incorrect here, that’s why.]

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Watching the things you love come to an end is hard. As it turns out watching the thing you love perform a soft reboot into something new yet familiar is even harder. I’m going to try to leave my PriPara baggage at the door when watching Idol Time but considering we’re still in the same universe here some comparisons are to be expected.

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Race, Media, and the Elephant in my Room

The following is a stream of consciousness written from ten to eleven-thirty pm at a time when i was close to exhaustion and mostly wallowing in uncomfortable emotions. I wrote this to get some stuff out of my head that’s been following me around like a storm cloud for the past several years. Other than a brief SPaG run through it has not been edited. I’m posting it here because getting everything out was cathartic and I think putting it up for others to read will also help me in some ways. 

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