I forgot they already did this with episode 14 and got excited for nothing… A good portion of the second half of this episode was rewind. It was pretty well done though and like I always said I don’t really mind recaps with effort. Just like in episode 14 and it’s parallel universe reveal, there were some pretty important hints in this episode too, without even counting the new speculation material brought by the new OP.
The new OP song is fine I guess. The animation is good but I gotta admit I was expecting something much better. The previous one’s animation was better. Oh well.
I noticed a pattern in the Pretty Rhythm OPs so far: Every odd numbered OP (PRAD OP1, PRDMF 1&3, PRRL 1&3) only has traditional animation (except for a little bit of CG in PRDMF OP1) while the even numbered one all have CG from the Prism Shows mixed in them.
Bell was planning to apologize to her mom but when she came back home, her mom already did a full U turn and told her she’ll support the fact that she wants to do Prism Shows… Her mom is so crazy. It’s nice that they didn’t forget about the whole issue. I’m sure it wouldn’t have been mentioned ever again if it was another kids shows. Also with Bell’s “maybe the weird ones are Edel Rose”, they’re strongly implying now that the whole Edel Rose system is the antagonist of the show. They’re the ones who won’t allow people to have fun with Prism Shows. They’re also the ones who decided to usurp Kouji and say that Hiro wrote his song. And of course, the new guy who totally looks like a villain is affiliated with them.
He’s called Norizuki Jin, if I’m not mistaken. He’s voiced by Miki Shinichiro (he did a ton of roles so I recognized his voice immediately without even checking the credits). He’s one of Edel Rose’s sponsors or the school’s chairman. It’s pronounced the same so I’m not 100% sure which one is it. He seems like the biggest bastard we’ve been shown yet, as he told Hiro to find someone more famous to write his next song, basically a nice way to tell him that his name alone won’t sell enough, warned him that he mustn’t fall in love with Bell, and called Juné an idiot girl because she made that mistake in the past: After she stopped Prism Shows, she fell in love with an “useless guy” who used to do Prism Shows but stopped after an injury, Hijiri. She now doesn’t do tournaments anymore and only performs at Dear Crown every now and then. (The summer live thing from episode 17 that Beru did, they said that it’s usually Juné who’s doing it.)
In any case, it seems to me that Jin used to like Juné and got butthurt mad when she left Edel Rose. I didn’t think they would introduce a rival for Hijiri of all people. Things will get really interesting. Also, I can’t wait for the scene when Hiro will stop being Jin’s dog, choose his feelings for Bell and tell him and Edel Rose to go to hell.
Then there was Juné and Hijiri talking. I’m not gonna summarize everything like I just did with Hiro’s scene since it’ll be subbed anyway (unlike back in the days when I was posting about Dear My Future)
Things are hinting more and more that either Juné and/or Rinne will disappear at some point. The hints are Juné with her analogy to Kaguya Hime, and the way Rinne disappears in the new OP. I always knew Rinne will have to go back to the Prism World someday, but I thought it’ll happen at the end of the show. There’s so many possible theories to make out of all this. I think that in the end, Juné will sacrifice herself, or disappear in Rinne’s place. I could write about it all day but I really shouldn’t. Gotta study. Anyway, I’m still attached to the possibility that Juné = Rinne. It doesn’t make sense time wise, but you could explain it with the fact that when Rinne “crash landed” in this world, some part of her powers and personality got there before her arrival time wise and entered, or created Juné.
I also noticed that Rinne is wearing the same dress as Juné in the OP, except that Rinne’s is rainbow colored. Maybe they’re both part of the Seventh Coord designs or the same line of designs and it’s just a coincidence though. There’s so many mysteries in the show right now.
In any case, I’m glad the director isn’t lying on twitter: He said that this cour will focus on Juné and Hiro’s past, and bam! we’re getting it right away. They nicely weaved the two characters with that Jin bastard and Edel Rose too, so it won’t feel like two different and completely unrelated backstories. I’m looking forward to know more about them.
Pretty funny how Naru says in the jikai youkoku she wants to ask Juné at the talk show how she does her hair like that and if she puts something in it. The new ED does feature the girls barefoot. And it was fully animated for once, with no real life idols. The last time this happened was Aurora Dream’s 3rd ED or something?