Well, what can I say. I’m quite in the mood to be one hundred percent caught up on this show so here’s not one, not two, but THREE episodes of Idol Time PriPara. And boy, do we have a packed set of episodes here. First, Sophie returns. Then, Yui and Laala get their first pair live and finally, Paparajuku PriPara opens up a Fashion Sutdio.
Laala and Yui bring Sophie over to Paparajuku to hold an event on PriPara. Sophie is sure to draw people in but things don’t go well when she falls into Fancy Mode and is late. Yui goes to find her but naturally she doesn’t recognize the pushu-ing girl in front of her. Much attention hasn’t been paid to Sophie’s fancy side so its nice to get a little bit of a reminder here.
Of course once Sophie finally gets her hands on a Red Flash she makes quite the impact. Watching Paparajuku residents react to Sophie’s idol aura is delightful. One “little birds” later and she has a bunch of girls trailing after her.
This leads to a performance of perhaps the best song the Kirarin Star Live song collection had to offer: Red Flash Revolution. For those of us who couldn’t get to the movie (which would account for most of the English-speaking fandom) getting to see this live is amazing.
The number of girls in PriPara may have grown but there’s still one problem. There still aren’t that many actual idols. The girls need to scout for people and they need to do it soon or the GrandPrix won’t happen. They think they’ve found the perfect girl in Nino but Nino doesn’t see much in the value of being an idol.
Let’s just get this out of the way now. I love Nino. She’s practically the perfect fusion of Shion and Dorothy. Appropriate, as she’s been paired with Dressing Pafe in merchandising.
The only thing Nino is interested in is sports. She sees idols as “lifeless.” Of course, having 140 episodes worth to show for it we know that’s not true but Nino needs some convincing. Luckily, Yui and Laala’s intense refusal to give up may have shaken some of those thoughts from Nino.
So, Laala and Yui don’t succeed in their plans but their continued efforts do afford them some Idol Time. Brand New Happiness is a fun song and really highlights the harmony between Laala and Yui.
The number of PriPara attendees has grown but there’s still a lack of stores around. Yui and Laala learn that one of the cheer girls, Chiako, has quite the flair for make up and hairstyling so they drag her into PriPara to open up a Fashion Studio. Despite a brusque attitude (and oh how adorably grumpy she is!) she truly is talented and soon girls are lining up to get made over by here.
This doesn’t sit well with her friends. The Sheep Squad was formed specifically to cheer on DanPri and visiting PriPara is seen as a betrayal. They force Chiako to choose between PriPara and their friendship!
Everything turns out okay of course and once they’re convinced to try out one of Chiako’s make overs in PriPara they can see that this is Chiako’s dream. It’s an amazing turn out from an series that has emphasized the value in friendship and I couldn’t be happier.
I’ve warmed up immensely to Idol Time PriPara. The issues I had with the series at the beginning seem like a distant memory. It just goes to show that I can’t stay mad at a franchise like PriPara for very long.
It’ll be three more episodes tomorrow. I’m entering already watched territory so I’m likely to have less to say. See you next time!