I…effin’ loved this episode. So if you don’t, get off. Right now. Don’t mean to be rude but no one in the right mind should cross me when I’m enjoying myself. So anyone who complains about the Ikuto arc should just shove it. This was a great filler that could stand on its own and didn’t detract from anything at all. Save your whining for when the plot actually comes back. Everyone else is welcome to join me in my uber “KYAAAAAA~~~~~~!!!!!!!!”-fest. ^^
Ah…omg, I don’t know where to start cuz this was probably the best non-plot filler ever. I don’t know if it was owed to the great popularity of Rie Kugimiya or anything but I am happy with it even if she wasn’t Yua’s seiyuu. Lessee, I got a cute filler girl whose dream to be a singer was not related to Utau in anyway (F*CK YES, BITCHES! This girl dreams for herself!), very awesome cute shots of the main girls (OMG! Is this a girls-filled week or what?!), Utau showing up (though I’ll probably be killed when I say I wasn’t excited to see her as I would have been…go ahead, shoot me, I have my reasons), a LOL at Nagi and…dammit, let’s just get on with the review. XD
Aha~ I love these magazines aimed towards young girls. Because the clothes are so cute! I mean, as people grow older, I think they start to lean towards a specific a style and a good amount of them usually stick to that for most of their life, don’t they? I dunno, I’m not a fashion fanatic (though I love fashion) so prove me wrong. But when you’re a kid, nobody will really care what you wear…ok, maybe they would but no one around your age would remember. So I guess kids have more freedom to try out different styles because they’re not judge by it. As long as you look cute, then wear it. And clothes for young girls always look cute. At least that’s what I think.
Man, now I’m missing my childhood or what lack of it there was. I was pretty much a slob and my mother hated my appearance when she compared me to other girls. Looking back, I really didn’t like myself back then either. My hair was always a mess, I didn’t care about clothes or fussing over it…yea, it was pretty horrible. *ashamed shudder* -_-; Now I’m just an older slob but just one who knows more about hygiene (ok, I did brush my teeth and take baths when I was little so don’t give me that look XD; ). *sigh* …I wish I were skinny. :(
But anyways, I don’t know if America has magazines like these. I’m sure they do. I just never bothered to pay attention and I won’t really start any time soon. I absolutely love Asian fashion, though. It’s just so much more wonderful and more to my tastes and I don’t think that has anything to do with me being an Asian American cuz even you would agree they have some nice apparel over there. But damn, clothes over there are expensive as hell (omg, Hong Kong) and the sizes are way different from the ones over here. Everybody’s so goddamn skinny, I don’t know how they do it. T_T
…Yea, I really should do some shopping for summer and reorganize all my clothes now that I think about it. *went off topic on purpose* |D;
Back to the episode…of course Amu would be following fashion magazines! It’s only right cuz she’s such a fashion diva herself. HughHugh! x3
lol But I’m not surprised to see Nagi nodding his head in agreement. Cuz…Nadeshiko was a great trap. Truly great. XDDD
LAWL~ So like Yaya to get the Guardians into some activity without telling them first. And for slightly selfish reasons, too, but they’re always hilarious reasons and that’s why we love Yaya for it. <3
& woot! See Rima's "…" expression right there when Amu said "I'd like to meet Yua, too"? So cute! I'm sure a lot of Rima fans are extremely happy to see a reserved suspicious, overprotective Rima again. And I'm glad Satelight kept it at that level cuz…well, it's just the way it is. It's not like Yua was a close friend of Amu like Nagi is even though they went to kindergarten together (and Amu didn't remember it much anyway). So just some slight jealousy over another girl is enough.
Again, so like Yaya to inform them only on the day it’s actually happening. lol XD
And Rima is like “meh” while everyone has the scream face. XDDD
I don’t think even this many people were gathered for Shuraiya’s (sp?) arrival in season 1. Everyone remember that foreign prince who came looking for the Embryo? Yea, I think they’re taking the same double-episode approach with ep 85 and 86 for season 2, only this time it’s a girl. Haha, and this just goes to prove that the charm of a cute girl is much more powerful than any prince with his three personal helicopters. XD;
And everyone notice they put Rima and Nagi standing next to each other again, right? Hehehehe
I haven’t seen Amu’s excited face in so long. I really like this expression on her. ^^
And it’s usually in moments like these that I’m happy she’s not famous or superbly popular like celebrities are because it really shows us that normal girl she’s supposed to be. Amu is a lot of cool attitude but she’s never out of our reach cuz she’s on the same level as everyone else, get what I mean? Of course, I always hope that Amu will take up a profession in modeling or fashion design and maybe even make a name for herself cuz of her sharp sense of style but if not, I’ll still be happy seeing her as she is. Plus, add the fact that she’s already popular in her own school with the fact that she’s helped a lot of people already…if she gets famous, then everyone’s going to be clamoring for her. And a few certain people we know wouldn’t like that now, would they? Since they can get really greedy with Amu. hehe
Kyaa! Yua is so cute! XDDDDD
Damn, she’s even got the boys doing it for her, too! See, the power of a chou kawaii gaaru!! ^^
Umg, Yaya just gets more awesome by the week. *spreads around more Yaya lurve~* x33
lol Rima always make even the silliest, dorkiest moments look cool and cute. Rimaaaaa~~~~~ <33333333
Amu’s so cute, too. Especially when she feels a little awkward and is just moving on with the rest of the crowd for the sake of it. hehe ^^
Ah, this was the part I really got on the edge of my seat cuz here I was wondering if the rumors about Yua knowing Utau, and hence, knowing about Amu through her were true or not. Which really doesn’t make sense in the first place cuz even though in the manga it was mentioned that Utau was a former model turned singer, it’s never been touched on in the anime. But we’ll get into more of this later. Right now, a literal photo spam! x)
Ooo, Yua catches on quick…but it was pretty obvious. XD;
Yua is a smart girl. She knows a cute girl when she sees one. And she knows it’s proper to hug and smother her when she sees one.
Rimaaa~ You’re so cute! All pouty and grumpy. She only wants to be hugged by Amu~ x3
YES! THE BUCKET! I missed the bucket! XDDDD
Now this is cute. Aww, Tadase~ <3
Curious faces FTW~ So cute! x3 (I know, I’m probably very annoying right now but you’ll just have to deal with it cuz I need to fangirl hard for my girls! <3)
lol Weird shot of Cecil’s egg but I like how they show the Charas all on their good behavior while they’re sitting on the sidelines watching them take the photos. It’s quite nice to see, given that they are usually so hyper and bouncing all over the place. ^^
And one final group Guardian shot. We get plenty of Yua and Amu shots later so I won’t complain about Saaya getting in the way. Though I was rather peeved that she showed up anyway. I was totally enjoying the thought that she left/didn’t exist. /<
I know she’s only a young model in a kid’s magazine but aww, she’s so nice! I think most celebrities normally wouldn’t refuse to sign autographs for their fans but since they’re always running on a tight schedule, they can’t really manage it. However, there are some bad ones that do exist. I heard that one of the members of this Korean boy band yelled at their fans for being annoying or something. Now that’s just rude. You got where you are because of them. Sure, fans can get out of hand sometimes (pfft) but don’t treat them like that.
…Then again, it was probably a one time thing and I can understand why they’d get frustrated but…yea. Ok, done with celeb talk for now.
OMG, RIMA, I LOVE YOU! 8DDDDDDDDDDDDD
This is official now. Rima is Amu’s #1 fan. She’s quick to point out “traitors”. xDDDD
…Ok, I really do like Seiichiro cuz I find him an amusing filler character but you have been PWNED! by the QUEEN, boy! >xDDDDD
Knew this was going to happen (I already got somewhat of a sempai-adoring vibe from Yua every time she looked up at Amu) but this made me laugh and feel so good inside.
Yua: It’s been a long time, sempai!
Rima: *stares at Amu*
So they went to the same kindergarten together but that’s not the point I wanted to make here. Focus on Rima. Maybe it’s just me being over-analytical (so what, I’m only half-serious and it’s fun) but she seems to look a little relieved yet down at the same time. I guess it might be because someone from Amu’s past showed up but that person was just Amu’s kohai/admirer…whom Amu doesn’t remember (^^ ; ) so she she doesn’t have anything to worry about.
lol Amu has the best expressions. I call this her chicken face. XD;
Hmm…I don’t really want to get into Yua’s past until later so all I have to comment about this one is: Why do kindergartners’ legs look so much like crayons? ^^;
MINE!!! *GLOMPS* >8(
OHHHHHH!!!! CHIBI-AMUUUUUUUUUUUUU~~~~~!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <33333333333333
Haha, even when she was only in kindergarten, Amu was still playing the role of awesome mahou shoujo heroine with encouraging peptalks. Now that's my girl! *feels so proud of her adopted daughty* x33333
So back to Yua, I think this is the part where I officially said I loved her (I officially liked her when she called Amu her sempai). Because I was always fond of kohai-sempai relationships. But it’s not just reserved for distinguishing underclassmen from upperclassmen. That, anyone can do. With Yua’s situation, she really does look up and admire Amu as her sempai for whatever Amu said to her back then. And they hardly knew each other but for Amu to approach Yua before she transferred and give her words of encouragement that stuck with Yua even up till now…*sigh* Yea, I just find it very wonderful. ^^
Another plus is that Yua felt motivated to follow her own dreams after meeting Amu (I’m guessing). Yea, I know Yua didn’t know Amu really well before she transferred so this doesn’t really count but sometimes I get stories where the kohai (or anyone in general) admires someone so much that they want to be just like them and imitate them in every thing they do. And that always annoyed me so I’m glad this wasn’t the case. I’m am very, severely glad…and will get more to it later.
Now I’m curious to know what Amu could have said because one, it could’ve been super inspirational and supportive or two, it could have been something weird since Yua didn’t say it yet and usually when they keep “quotes” hidden until the end…they’re never what you think they ought to be. ^^; Or it can be both. Who knows. I’ll take whatever cuz I always have fun learning more about Amu’s past. She’s so cute as a kid! x3
Oh, and haha, I find the hand-holding really sweet but Rima is getting “Hey! Your hands are not supposed to be there!” while Tadase and Nagi are completely lost against the girl-to-girl moment. GREAT! XD
Cecil is cute. But aww, Yua doesn’t get along with her cuz she can’t accept her would-be-self. I definitely don’t find her obnoxious laugh at Cecil really offensive at all. It’s just more of a thing she’s afraid to become. Just like how at the beginning, Amu was not really accepting of her Charas either cuz she didn’t know what they were, what they had to do with her, and the fact that they acted as somewhat of a nuisance for always making her Chara-change unexpectedly. So for anyone to call Yua a bitch for being a bitch to Cecil…pfft, do you remember how Eru was treated by Utau?
…Yea, I thought so.
Taken because I’m curious.
Nagi, you stud! XDDD;;;
When did Rima become so comfortable sitting next to Nagi that close? <D
Rima: “If Amu goes, I’ll go.”
Amu: “But I didn’t say I would yet…”
XDDDDD Ok, lots of Rima love to spread. Using Amu as an excuse because she really wants to go, too, and Amu will not refuse both her and Yaya cuz she’s like that. xD; Now I really think Rima is like Ushio in this way only not so warped in obsession. RIMAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!! x3333333333
BWAHAHAHA! Every Chara who has a trouble with his/her owner always goes to Amu, the Chara-therapist, for help. But silly Cecil, her office hours are when she’s in her room. But since you’re new, we’ll let this slide…
…and invite you over for a party!
Amu: You’re kidding, right? (Nothing is ever good when her Charas have their little festive games in her room, lawl~)
At this part, I almost went “Where’s Amu-chan hiding~?” but slapped myself for being a fool. I can’t help it. I love amusing myself. XD;
Anyways, yay! I got to see Yoru at least and that’s fine with me. I’m very glad that they didn’t have Ikuto show up this week. Particularly because this episode was extremely good filler and if I wanted to I can just stick it anywhere on the episode timeline and it would still be good. Why? Purely because it had nothing to do with the plot. It impressed me so much that I even went so far as to say “Ok, we’re just going to pretend that the Ikuto arc hasn’t actually started yet, Ikuto has gone off somewhere by himself and Yoru is crashing at Amu’s cuz he’s lonely and hungry”. Yes, I think that’s enough reason not to complain at Satelight this week for doing something irrelevant and just enjoy the anime for being an anime. Not an adaptation with a main storyline it has to follow.
Like I said last week, I don’t really mind that they use the music motif again cuz every time they do, it’s always different enough to like. Plus I love music so I’m rarely ever critical with it. :)
Lessee, the earliest music-related filler character I can recall is Shion. She was doubting her ability to compete in a piano-playing competition or something like that. Then the next was the Marino girl who played the piano for the school chorus but almost backed out because she didn’t think she could play well enough. Then it was Kotone who wanted to make violins, then Hitomi who wanted to become a singer but also a tennis player at the same time.
Praise me. I can remember the names of all these fillers.
And then we have Yua who wants to become a singer because she just loves singing.
…I like Yua’s dream the most probably because I’m sure that if she really puts her mind to it, it can really become her passion. That can be said about the other girls, too, but theirs don’t really reach out to me as much as Yua does. Maybe Shion’s but not the rest (and it just so happens they have pretty good seiyuus, too).
Aww. It’s always so cute when a Chara accidentally blurts out their owner’s secret, panic over it and then fly away saying it’s nothing. Eru went ballistic all over the room and wouldn’t even come out of her egg (but she did, lol). ^^;
Oh, and then I love it when they blurt out stuff on purpose especially when their owners can’t be honest. Those are funny, too. haha XD
Suu: “Oh, now I get that was her way of saying goodbye.”
Amu, Miki, Ran: “Catch up already.”
Oh, Suu…SUU~!!!!! You’re so moe! <3333333
Waaah, another reason why I loved this episode. I get to see the girls wear at least two different outfits in just 25 minutes! Woot! I hit the jackpot this week! XDD
Poor manager dude can’t really stand up to Yaya’s…I don’t know what to call it. But I never thought she could make someone feel creeped out by her pleading. lol Now you know why her family and the Guardians are the only ones who can deal with her. They’ve known her acts the longest. ^^;
Hmmm…modeling sounds tough. o.O
I’m not surprised, though. In fact, it looks kinda fun. :D
Omg, Amu looks so pretty! <3
At first, when I saw the preview last week, I didn't think the hair really suited her (seemed too Rima-like fluffy for Amu's hair) but held my opinion until I actually saw it this week (cuz the preview border was blocking everything). I think some people were a little put off by it, too, but I was a little shocked to read somewhere that it was "ugly". D/ Ok, I really don't have a right to say someone else's opinion is wrong or not but "ugly" is stretching it way too far. Seriously, girls are so harsh with their statements…or rather, they don't really know how to use words in the proper way. And "ugly" is a strong word…almost like "hate" and I hate it when people take things to the extreme when it's really not meant to be that way. Trust me, you have not seen "ugly" if you're just judging by someone's hair. -_-;
Anyways, I would still say Amu is pretty even if I didn't like this hair style. Because I think Amu is truly beautiful and seeing her all dressed up and modeling (how many times did I stress this already? lol XD; ) makes me so happy that any off details are completely forgotten and I can just float up to heaven smiling my face off (yes, weird imaging there). And now that we get the full look, I do like it. I don’t think she should put her hair this way often (cuz I prefer it straight) but this is a nice change from her usual style.
Hmm…this reminds me of why I’m not so fond of the idea of Rima having twin tails. I’m not so against it anymore and wouldn’t mind seeing it but we already have so many twin-tail versions from Utau and Amu that Rima will only need to put her hair up like that once and I’ll be satisfied. If everybody kept doing similar things, it wouldn’t be special anymore. So yea, do as a once-in-a-while kind of thing. :)
And now another image spam (KYAAA! Excuse me while I die happy for a moment XD):
You knew I was going to do it. You knew I absolutely had to have a screencap of Rima taking a picture of Amu modeling on her phone (flash and all). Because Rima adores Amu, too. XD
Whoo! That was fun! Let’s do this again in the near-future, mmkay, Amu-chan? Yua-chan, since you admire your sempai so much, get her a job so she can model with you! XD
And the secret breaks out but I’m glad that Yua didn’t suddenly just burst out of the room in tears or something of the sort. We’ve already seen that happen way too many times with the other fillers.
Ah, maybe it’s still premature to say this cuz I want to rewatch everything before I make final statements but I think Yua is Amu’s best filler friend. So what would that be? BFFF? XD;
Seriously, though, unlike with the previous fillers Amu interacted with, there’s actually more substance in her relationship with Yua. With all the other fillers, Amu just got along with them and saved them when things got out of hand. With Yua, I think Amu feels really happy and special that Yua looks up to her so much and in return, Amu really wants to be as much support to Yua as she can as her sempai… like when they were younger. It’s more than just her responsibility to help others. It’s more of like a close friend kind of responsibility.
Also, there’s that long-standing feel that dates back to their nap-time days. Even though Amu doesn’t really remember it very well, she seems very happy to be able to see someone from her old town again before her own family moved and she transferred to Seiyo Academy.
If nothing else, these two make a cute gal-pal pair (interpret that however you want :P). ^^
Ok, I know I always shower Amu with so much love but I’m really not speaking from just my own bias. And even so, I always back it up. Now how does that relate to this screencap?
Well, quote Yua: “Sempai’s going to be watching so I must do my best!”
I don’t want people thinking that Yua is doing this for Amu because that’s certainly not the case. Amu encouraged Yua to sing because she wanted to. In other words, Amu told Yua to sing for Yua’s sake. And when Yua received that supportive push from her, she really doesn’t want to let Amu down. Even if Amu doesn’t have any expectations of her and would just be happy to hear Yua sing, Yua doesn’t want to disappoint Amu because she doesn’t want to let all that support she’s been given go to waste.
Another reason why I like this episode so much. It’s not much about Amu but it definitely covers both the main and (exceptional) filler character in good balance. Amu is only the catalyst in everyone’s progression towards their dreams but she’s fine with it. And I love that. :)
Ah, all this time I haven’t even mentioned Rie Kugimiya! And when I’m such a huge fan of seiyuus in general! Bad Xiao! *slaps self on the hand*
Well, we got to hear the off-vocal version of the character single and it sounds like it’s going to be very cute. But not too cutesy-wootsy. The title is called “Secret Princess” and I’m imagining a lot of shoujo bubbles and sparkles but it sounds it has some warmth to it, too. I guess I’ll stop there before getting too ahead. Can’t really judge before it’s actually sung now, can I? And even then, I’ll still need to look at the lyrics. But I can’t wait to hear this song! x3
That being said, I thought Rie-san did an astounding job with Yua so far. I already knew that she wasn’t going to go with the tsundere voice (cuz what part of Yua besides her being mean to Cecil is really tsundere?) but I’m also very glad to hear something different from “small, shy and timid” Marigold (Hakushaku to Yousei) and the Oujo-sama voice that was Yuuhi’s (AkaSaka <– EWW! XP). Rie-san made her sound so cute and cheerful. I liked it. I really, really liked it. ^^
And I can't wait till next week when she does an evil version of Yua. Oho~ Yes, that part is going to send me squealing into the floor. I just love seiyuus so much. haha XD
(Btw, who voices for Cecil? o.O)
Mmkay, back to the main point…poor Yua. As I thought, it's probably a traumatizing childhood memory that's keeping her from singing. I hope no one's going to be an ass and say "Sing already!" because if they do, then they are just grade-A jerks who don't understand just how much a child can be affected by anything when they’re that young. Take it from a person who’s been through that sort of crap. It’s the reason why I don’t find Yua’s reluctance to sing frustrating at all. All she has to do is overcome it and that will be enough.
Moving on, WAAAHHH! I finally did some full-body screencaps! They’re not very good cuz for Amu’s, I couldn’t get the full top of her hair; Rima and Yaya’s has a merge line running through the upper half (and it makes Rima’s chin look weird, ugh), and Nagi’s upper half is somewhat not in sync with the bottom (you’ll notice it if you look closely at his hair). I wish I could’ve done them better but I was in a rush. So I wouldn’t suggest taking them to use. I’m still pretty bad at it. ^^; Ok, enough talk!
*STARRY EYES* 8DDDDDDD
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! AMU, YOU LOOK SO GORGEOUS! And I love this outfit! XDDDDDD Lately, a lot of her clothes have mostly been pink but I don’t mind at all cuz her clothes look different enough every time andand I like pink anyway andand this is not even pink, it’s mostly black and white for the main ensemble andand you bet this will probably be on one of the DVD volume covers for Doki (btw, cover for Vol 1 of Doki is already out on CDJapan, go check it out). ~.^
But by god, they really do make her skirt seem way too short at times. Of course, this is anime for kids so you’ll never actually get to see anything provocative but us older girls know better, don’t we? Still, I don’t think it’s such a big deal to fuss over like a lot of people would
lolicons. Anime tends to exaggerate everything so don’t think too much into it. Amu’s clothes are awesome and she looks great in them. That’s all that matters.
KYAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!! YOU BOTH LOOK SO CUUUUUUUUUUTTTTTTTTTTTEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!! x3333333333333333
I was ready to blow my top and scream like a crazy weeaboo “KAWAIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!!!!” when I saw this. Omg, I really thought that there must have been some special girls event going in Japan this week, too, since they have a fashion show called “Girls’ Festival” so I went to go check but found nothing. ^^; But if somebody knows something about that, please do tell me! I’m always interested in their pop culture, especially in the girls department. hehe
Ah! I love Yaya’s outfit. It’s totally her and wah! She even curled her pigtails a little! Cutecutecute! x3
And Rima…oh, Rima looks so nice. I mean, yea, Rima always looks lady-like but today she’s even more stunning in that aquamarine (?) dress with mini-white polka dots (I think). And her purse is really cute, too! x3 I can totally picture a grown-up Rima in a similar dress like this. She’ll have every boy on the street laying out a carpet for to walk on cuz she’s that beautiful. ;D
Ok, we need to see more of the girls in different clothes! Who agrees with me, HMM?! >83
“Being a girl is tough.”
Ya think, Kiseki?
lol And Tadase looks cute here. He’s blushing cuz he’s surrounded by so many cute girls.
great, I probably sound like some perverted fanboy by now Tadase is an amateur pimp. XD;
But it doesn’t last for long cuz…
Trap-kun makes a fashionably late entrance. XD; Omg, his feminine roots are still going strong! WOOT! lololol XDDDD;;;;
I wonder how many people instantly thought this was “GAY!” when he showed up. I’m sure a lot, huh? I don’t think so cuz I’ve seen what a lot of male Asian artists wear and it’s not so different from Nagi’s attire (though the hat is a bit more than necessary *takes it off*). So yes, I do like this style. For everyone else, it really depends on your perspectives of what guys should wear cuz they’re not so limited as we would all think. They just don’t have as much of a wide range of choices as girls do, that’s all.
Well, the one thing I’d like to comment on is his…scarf? Um, no…shawl, yea, shawl. It reminds me of what JaeJoong (Hero) of DBSK wore for their “O” MV and god, I love that song and MV so much. <3 It looked great on him but I'm kinda "eh" on how this looks on Nagi. I dunno, would the whole outfit look incomplete without it or what? It seems a bit excessive (cuz it's a rather big shawl). ^^;
Ah…yea…so ends my talk for fashion this week. It was horrible, wasn't it? ^^;;;
Yay! Utau! ^^
Ah, I have so much to say about her and I’ll probably get booed for it so mind as well get this over with.
First of all, it’s not that I’m not happy to see Utau or anything cuz I am. I’m not even minding that she appeared before her part at the tower scene cuz like I said, this filler stands on its own. But I’m just not as excited or thrilled or squealing with blood tears of joys as I would normally be when I see her. Why? Why when Utau only comes back every other 5 or 6 episodes?
Well, because…I can’t believe I’m saying this but I think my love for Utau has simmered down and cooled off quite a bit over the last few weeks. This does NOT mean I love her any less than I did before. I still love her with all my heart but I guess I kinda…I dunno how to put this without putting Utau or myself down but when I look at Utau now and how far she’s come, all I can say is that I’m happy and proud to see her doing well on her dream. Basically, Utau’s grown up a lot. She’s not just a 14-year old girl just struggling to get through like she was in the first season. She really has become a lady (but she’s still cute, of course) and I’m just content with being happy when they do bring her back for some screentime.
Hmm, maybe this has something to do with me always promoting Utau for SoMT? I think if you do something too much, it’ll affect your perspective on how you see things…hmm.
Well, anyways, that’s not the end of it, unfortunately. If it’s in regard to any of the other characters and how much I squee over them more than I do for Utau, then there’s really little to no explanation for that either. For one thing, I like glomping onto my favorite characters but at the same time I’m pretty restrained when I don’t really see myself able enough to latch onto them like a koala and give them a bear hug. I thought Utau was pretty huggable when she was a little kid but she’s so tough (and GAR) and strong now that I don’t even try thinking about it. ^^; Maybe a pat on the shoulder but that’s it (I’m probably not making sense but yea…).
That and the fact that (fire when ready) I’m starting to think the Tsukiyomi siblings are becoming a bit overrated especially now that Utau has secured a very firm spot in a lot of fans’ hearts after coming back to the good side. I mean, I’m not saying that they are short of awesome. No, not at all. I think they’re both really, really awesome for who they are but there can be a time when some things are just too amazing that it’s a bit overwhelming you know? I’m pretty sure this is only my problem cuz I read fanfiction a lot and it’s reasonable on why people would make both Ikuto and Utau rich, famous, and super popular beyond belief. But I have two conflicting thoughts about this in my mind. One, because I’m not a person who would literally go that far to build mountain temples for individuals I see on an equal-eye level as completely just…human. I know I did this quite a few times already but that was just out of fun.
Two (and I’m not really reading off of anything but I give due credit to Fuyu-san’s ranking posts for helping me think this up), because the Tsukiyomi siblings’ flaws are like a double-edged sword. Even if Utau’s bluntness makes it seem like she’s always in a bitchy mood, it just adds to the appeal of her character and makes her more interesting. Basically, she’s the perfect secondary character in that she is flawed…and her flaws only make her even more perfect. On top of that, she’s pretty much perfect cuz she’s such a beautiful, talented idol with a kickass personality and “don’t mess with me” attitude.
That’s kind of putting her a little more out of my reach. She’s a little too perfect for me to handle. It’s not that I’m going to cut my love for her short just because of that. I just relate to the others more, that’s all. Which is probably why my love for Amu runs deeper than it does for Utau. It doesn’t mean I love Amu or Rima more than Utau just because I can talk more about them. I can just get more out of Amu and Rima’s characters than I can from Utau’s (and trust me, I’m still getting a lot out of everyone).
So I guess my squealing days for Utau are nearly over (except for maybe Kutua). I will still beam sunshine happiness, giggle, go “aww” at and praise Utau as the greatest twin-tailed tsunderekko I’ve ever known when I see her or when she stubbornly blushes to herself and just be…Utau. I just won’t do it in my usual blown-up manner. ^^;
…Damn, that was really hard to get out. o.O;
Back to the eppy (I said that like 4 times already)…
With all the previous said, it was great to see Utau back but she really wasn’t a show-stealer in this one for me. It was more of an extra special surprise flavor kind of deal. And since the setting was perfect, I think Satelight saw it as good opportunity to squeeze her in to please the fans (which we’re definitely all happy about). One, because this was music-centric and music is Utau’s forte so it would be more appropriate to bring in a pro who we’re familiar with rather than just some other random artist. Two, because everything is about girls this week. The promotion and performance of Utau’s new song (that we have yet to hear) and her new costume to go with it at a fashion extravaganza. It was pretty much well-laid out.
Basically, the episode was already good. Utau just made it better with her appearance (the extra zing!, if you will) even though she stayed on the sidelines most of the time. Maybe she’ll take some of the center stage again next week. Who knows?
Haha, that’s how Utau is, Amu. She’s so socially inept when it’s around her friend/”rival”. It’s cute. hehe ^^
Lawl~ Iru rawks. It wasn’t Eru this time who said Utau was happy to see Amu.
Utau, you’re so cute when you’re embarrassed! x3
And more blushy, frowning Utau. xD
Haha, even Eru likes to tease Utau~ ERUUUUUU!!!!!!!! <3333333333
Aww, Utau is even stubborn about being dokidoki! and wakuwaku! inside! Utau ish LOVE! <33333333333333
I took this because…it’s another Tsukiyomi trait I found. They lean on the wall in a very similar way! Arms folded and everything! Awesome! XD;
Ah, but that reminds me. I’m not so surprised that Utau didn’t mention anything about Ikuto to Amu and vice versa. Not only because this was a filler and that Utau was pretty busy with her own schedule but I guess with the rest of the group there, it would be hard for them two to talk about him even though they all knew what happened. Furthermore, Utau still doesn’t know that Ikuto was hiding in Amu’s room so she can just assume that Ikuto hasn’t been in contact with Amu either…I suppose. Then again, filler tends to screw up with the plot a lot so we won’t go too much into. Especially since this one isn’t relevant at all.
The only major plothole I really spot is why Amu didn’t have a slight panic attack and remember Ikuto when she saw Utau. I don’t think Amu is that forgetful about the text message Utau sent her when she was in Okinawa. Yea, that’s the only problem I have. But we’ll disregard it and say this ep happened before ep. 74 or whichever episode Amu dragged Ikuto back to her house.
…I forgot what I had to say but um…I like their hair? It’s nice and shiny today. ^^;
…Oh alright. Lip-syncing. So what? That obviously didn’t happen cuz then the episode would be utterly boring.
Taken because Utau is the leader! ♪ The leader~ ♪ The leader~ ♪ We’re following the leader wherever she may go! *SHOT* |DDDD;;;
…Really, Utau is so tall. I wonder if any of the Guardians will ever be able outgrow her (C’MON KUUKAI! XDDD)
Waaahhh, Utau is so cool! 8D As expected from a pro. A true singer never lip-syncs her songs. You gotta really have a lot of respect, love and passion for singing like Utau does to really be praised for what you do. Even some of the most renowned singers I know lip-sync from time to time. I can’t really tell cuz I never watch them live or anything but it’s kind of disappointing when you find out they did that.
But it’s also because she’s a pro that she understands the performance is the foremost important thing. You have to deliver to the audience no matter what so even if it’s fake and it’s all you have, then you’ll have to give it to them.
Not to mention, Utau is only a side-viewer on the Yua dilemma so she doesn’t know enough to really say any more. Which I’m really glad for cuz in all honesty, Utau and Yua have nothing to do with each other. Yua is Amu’s responsibility and not another Utau wanna-be/follow-up like Hitomi was. I’m getting really tired of people saying these things like comparing someone to Utau when there’s nothing to compare. It annoyed me with issue about the first character song album. And here, the rumors about Yua and Utau possibly knowing each other are all false. Their reasons for singing are the same but they’re completely separate from each other. There’s no competition. They’re just singing because that’s what they’re meant to do. What the hell are you guys going on about? >:/
Gah, so much negativity. Sorry about that.
And I just realized I never went over Utau’s outfit. Bad me! *spanks hand again*
Hmm, judging by the color and design of it, I guess it’s going to be similar to “Heartful Song”? She’s wearing a heart necklace (cool~) and it’s white and pink so Eru’s color. Hmm…maybe we’ll get to hear it next week? Hope so. The second album is coming in two months and I want a preview soon.
Oh, and from the OP, I always thought that she wore a big white flower in her hair. I didn’t think it was actually a ribon. o.O;
But it still looks cute. ^^ And yay! Spiral twin-tails FTW~! <333
Ahhh, I like this. It really affected Amu a lot because she knows Yua pretty well now, huh? Amu’s not just playing the heroine role this time. There really is something more that we got from this episode than what we normally get.
Taken because damn! Utau’s tall! O.o
Man, now I’m feeling even more superly self-deprived of my childhood. I wish I had the chance to go these fashion shows when I was kid (and I know they had them…just not in the US, bleh…). This looks so fun. Ah, now I want to be a kid again. T_T
Someone deleted the vocals on purpose~
YEA! GO YUA-CHAN! x3
Nothing much to say. I just really liked the glow of the cellphone reflecting in Amu’s eyes while she’s smiling. ^^
Yay! First Chara-connection! Cheercheer! ^_^
I’m going to take a guess and be partially wrong and partially right. Yua tried to sing in front of her classmates when she was little but it didn’t turn out very well and she was either laughed at or scorned so that’s why she’s afraid to sing.
But I think this is something that anyone can relate to. At least I know I can. And this happened to me in speech class in 6th grade. But I never wanted to give a speech in the first place so that’s a different story.
Anyways, I don’t think in Shugo Chara! they’d make it any more drastic than my own version above but it seems to be this kind of deal. If so, I dearly sympathize with Yua and if anyone picked on her, they need their get butts kicked out of past the stratosphere.
And we end it off with a cliffhanger…well, better than a lot of the past cliffhangers we had.
Amu, do your kung-pow mahou shoujo awesomeness and then save Ikuto, ok~? :D (Lol, ok, so I guess I couldn’t really brush it off but it could’ve been worse XD; )
Ugh, you’re back. I hope you get caught this time.
Oooo, dark version! I like~ x3
…Come to think of it, is anyone else reminded of X-Dia? XD;
Ok, I see feathers so I don’t know if that’s Seraphic Charm’s doing or not but for once, I’m hoping that Utau won’t be in this battle. I could be majorly wrong (I’m always wrong) but if she does show up, I won’t be surprised. :/
At least we’re promised good animation next week, too. Good, dammit! Finally pickin’ up the slack!
WHOOAAAHOHO! I bet $10 this will be the best ?-Chara-nari of the whole entire second season. This just looks so rawkin’ awesome! I love how they put so much effort into this double-episode. Now hurry up and get back to my plot the week after. You can only distract me for so long! ;_____;
To my commenters who commented last week: Gah! I’m sorry for not responding! Been busy with a lot of things! I’ll try my best to respond to this week’s but I’m not sure yet. Summer courses started, SoMT needs to be managed and I have a recital coming up. It’s going to be a busy week for me and I think I can only do a short post next week, too. My recital starts at 4 in the afternoon so we’ll just have to see.
But I will read them like I always do and thanks so much to the people who comment! ^^