Life sure is tough for performers and fans who take each other super seriously.
After one of their songs the girls answered a question. This time related to high school clubs. Sorane answered being in the tennis club. Apparently this shocked 3rd Guy. Something about it not fitting with his image of her. Thankfully Eripiyo and friends were aware how wrong it was for diehards to project their image of how their idols should be, even though part of them clung to said image. Anyway Eripiyo and Kumasu talked about reincarnating as their fav idols’ ideal partners.
Moving on we joined the trio at a zoo where another show was held and their seat numbers would be drawn at random. The line wasn’t super long so our heroes figured drawing a lucky number would be a cinch. Eripiyo wasn’t lucky that day (Reminds me of my luck with digital code lotteries). Being the uber Maina stan she’s undeterred. In fact she came prepared. She read in a magazine interview Maina describing her ideal person, a tall person with a trim stache.
When Eripiyo brought up the reason behind her getup Maina was like “Huh? I just took notes off Hikari from Rifle is Beautiful and answered on a whim”. So Eripiyo explained she wanted to do her best to become Maina’s ideal and Maina said “You don’t have to do that”. Eripiyo misinterpreted it as “Just be my fan, nothing more” when in reality Main meant she loved Eripiyo just the way she was. Not going through the whole conversation. The gist of it is it went better than most of their discussions but not by much. Some progress but A LOOOOOOONG WAY TO GO still.
That encounter did lead to our heroes having an epiphany about idols
On to the next show. Eripiyo and Kumasu agreed to sleep at an internet cafe to get in line early. Unfortunately that evening Eripiyo got a text from 3rd Guy and realized she got the date and venue mixed up.
Kumasu and viewers saw Eripiyo’s cruel reaction to the big guy asking for help but we all expected it and it was hilarious.
Another funny moment was Maina wondering where Eripiyo was followed by why she thought she was sweaty upon spotting her in the back. Speaking of our heroine she wasn’t alone. More on this new girl in a bit.
Aya was a bit envious of Yuka’s assertiveness and popularity among the “back row members” even if it stung being labeled as such. Maina wondered if she could try being assertive too but she remembered the number of people in her lines per show and thought otherwise.
Back to the mystery girl.
As Maina greeted the new girl Eripiyo looked on with glee. Her beloved got a new fan.
Later the girl was spotted alongside 3rd Guy. She was his imouto Rena. Pay close attention to her appearance and suddenly “IT” makes sense…So Rena was another fan of Maina’s. Eripiyo was ecstatic because it meant her dearest was another step closer to achieving the ultimate goal. The two agreed to attend the next meet and greet.
At the event Maina sneaked a peek and saw Rena with Eripiyo. Take a wild guess how she reacted. Eripiyo reacted similarly when she saw Maina trying out a more open approach to greeting fans. She’s like “It’s great seeing Maina getting more fans but why do I feel uneasy all of a sudden?”
When it was her turn she felt conflicted. She thought long and hard about what it meant for Maina to become famous. She needed more fans. She understood but still felt uneasy about it. Obviously Maina noticed her uneasiness after asking if she loved her. Eripiyo said yes, as a loyal fan, but that wasn’t the kind of love she meant. Too bad time ran out. Outside Eripiyo noticed the unease in Maina also.
As if drawn together by fate Eripiyo and Maina met on a train. Seeing “Private Maina” was like seeing a perfect angel but fear (the fear of falling in love) took over as she couldn’t get herself to properly converse with her. Maina, having great difficulty expressing her true feelings in person, was on the same boat.
Basically Eripiyo is afraid of accepting her growing romantic feelings for Maina. It’s a diehard fan trying to hook up with her favorite celebrity but struggling with the desire to see her succeed and the desire to keep her all to herself. Plus she doesn’t know Maina loves her the same way. Also Maina’s shyness is contributing to the wall separating the two.
By now most viewers must have figured out this is a slow burn love story. A “waiting game” romance if you will. Either you want to see how far they go in the anime or get annoyed by how slow their development is.
Next time promises “THEY” will get more screen time.