SD Laala dancing in the new ED is currently the most entertaining thing in PP. And even then it’s not even half as good as the ones in Mondaiji’s ED. Or RL ED3.
I’m even more irritated that s2 turned out so bad because it was so much better than s1. There’s so much wasted potential. It’s been a while I saw a show with such a good story and ideas wasted in such a horribly bad manner.
Remainder of everything currently wrong with PP s2 so far:
1/ The fact that the hard work vs talent arc shouldn’t have existed in the first place. It’s completely stupid that Laala, who got Main Character powers, wasn’t in the genius team. It’s completely stupid that Mireille suddenly can’t keep up with Sophie, because “Sophie’s a genius” while they never brought up this problem for 70 episodes. It’s stupid that Mireille never noticed this until now, even though she’s supposed to have a brain, unlike everyone else in PP.
2/ Removing Fuwari and Ajimi for a few episode for no reason. They’re actually the two characters who are linked to Hibiki, so they did that to stall resolving Hibiki’s story, until episode 83 when they come back. Fuwari is literately the only character who interacted with Hibiki for at least 10 episodes during the start of s2. And yet when the focus finally switches to Hibiki, because of Hibiki revealing she’s a girl, she literally gets “Maybe I’m actually gay” cancer, is bedridden for two episodes, then decides to leave the show. Then, Ajimi who’s revealed to have some connection with Hibiki, suddenly leaves for literally no reason. She just comes see everyone and says “I’m going back to Versailles”, and we have to wait until episode 81 for that connection to be revealed.
3/ Making it seem as if it’s impossible to be friends and rivals at the same time. Concepts like moderation don’t exist in PriPara. No wonder there’s people as nuts as Ajimi. This is especially stupid as for example, in episode 80 Mireille spend most her time home. Normally her parents should have asked her what’s wrong. Then, as Mireille’s parents fight at court every day, they could explain it to her and Laala and co.
4/In episode 78, Hibiki takes power and changes the catchphrase to everyone is a rival blabla. However, as I feared, the staff forced really hard to make Hibiki into an imbecile tyrant. Making her do stuff like cancelling tournaments or prohibit other people from doing lives unless they’re at least top idol class. Where the other idols prohibited from doing live back in the “golden era” with Saints? How are you supposed to have rivals if there’s no one competing in the first place? How are you supposed to have rivals if there’s no tournaments? Why is suddenly Hibiki so stupid and do things that will obviously alienate Shion and Sophie ?
5/Episode 82, which is probably the worst thing I watched in a while. Who in their right mind thought this episode was a good idea?
Upcoming s3 doesn’t seem any better with the introduction of a stupid magic baby that cries and make things happen.
I genuinely like the show and always hoped it gets better, so I bothered pointing out its flaws until now, but I’m really fed up with it for now.
I’ll keep watching, but I’ll tone down the episodic blogging, making smaller posts. Taking time to blog this isn’t really worth it. It’s actually not the 1st time I felt like that with PP, s1 was especially severe. One of the reason I kept writing “logical” posts instead of just complaining of how bad the show is, was because the show don’t have subs, so new readers may think I think it’s bad because I don’t actually get the story. Same reason why sometimes I randomly translate dialogue. But I don’t care anymore. I don’t even care anymore that people may think it’s actually true when I write stuff like “Hibiki and Faruru love each other and spend every night together”.
I feel like an idiot for overanalysing Hibiki in previous posts, about whether she represents the flaw of PP or not, and whether she represents PR fans or not, because in the end the staff didn’t care, as usual.