This episode nearly caused me to break my 65 inch 4K TV (Not really but I enjoyed it that much).
It was Maina’s birthday and Eripiyo gleefully celebrated this most important of days. Sadly she quickly turned gloomy. She was like “It’s so unfair I don’t get to celebrate Maina’s birthday with her. Also why am I here at the maid cafe with you Kumasu?”. Remember Cham Jam concerts and events were postponed till late January or early February. As Eripiyo sulked some more the two were surprised to see Maina working part time at the same cafe as A-Ya.
Eripiyo used to paying for a ticket to talk to Maina felt so weird she’s too ashamed to order something. Not even pay for a special photo. Maina being Maina couldn’t properly reassure her. Fortunately A-Ya took control, Maina envying her directness. A-Ya nearly made things worse with a slip of the tongue about Eripiyo and Kumasu being frequent customers instead of “first timers”. Good thing Maina wasn’t paying close attention.
Eripiyo’s joy didn’t last as she somehow caught a could. This episode airing during the peak of the COVID-19 epidemic is completely coincidental. Pretty sure there’s a chapter in the manga about some of the cast catching a cold or the flu. To make matters worse a surprise Cham Jam event was announced for that weekend.
At the event not all members could perform due to some catching a cold like Eripiyo. On the bright side it gave the girls in the back a chance to shine in front, including Maina!
Reo X Sorane shared a brief moment. Wasn’t much but it gave us a wee bit to work with. A-Ya X Yuka had had a cute text convo.
After the show Kumasu called Eripiyo to tell her about it. Knowing Eripiyo he tried keeping Maina getting to shine out of the conversation. OF COURSE Cham Jam went down an elevator at the exact moment Kumasu denied Maina’s shining moment. Luckily she had a feeling he said that to not send Eripiyo into a frenzy.
To change the subject Kumasu talked about Reo getting a role on a drama. Eripiyo was like “Why is it always Reo!? Why can’t Maina get a huge opportunity like that!?”. As she shouted she tore up her throat…because of course she did.
The team met again for a Valentine’s Day event. Eripiyo was not only good at typing and talking fast but writing too hence her whiteboard replies being lightning quick.
(Note: I wonder if a fansubber is brave enough to try and translate Eripiyo’s “advice” for Rena?)
Back to the event. Each fan got a chance to receive V-Day chocos from their faves. To the girls’ surprise the staff were sent too many chocos. To remedy this they gave fans the opportunity to take photos with not only their faves but 2nd faves too. This being an anime that reflects hardcore idol fandom our heroes felt awkward revealing their 2nd faves. “Fan loyalty” or something like that.
Maina planned on writing her contact info in her chocolate box for Eripiyo but Reo sensed this and was like “Remember girls. No sharing anything else with fans other than the chocos”. Poor Maina.
Another excellent moment featured Kumasu and Other Guy discussing their 2nd favs. Other Guy agreed to pick Reo and Sorane like Kumasu but Rena’s glare of doom “guided” him toward Maina.
Another highlight. Kumasu doing his best to avert disaster while Rena and Other Guy tried asking Eripiyo her thoughts on Maina getting to perform in the front row at the last concert. The same show she missed.
This next highlight is self-explanatory.
This is blog celebrating yuri and female leads but as we have seen numerous times throughout the show Kumasu is awesome. His moments with Reo are genuinely touching. The same cannot be said for Other Guy with Sorane though. Sorane rules naturally.
It seems Maina only steps up her game when Eripiyo doesn’t or can’t talk. Anyhoo the rest of the episode was glorious as always. The same can be said for the episode as a whole. Excellent.
Yup. Dots are back. You know what that means.
We go back to the January Cham Jam concert. As the screen grab showed Yuka and Maki were the ones out with colds. Yumeri tended to her but didn’t feel she was ready to take the stage without her girlfriend, specifically shining in front again without Maki. Maki’s suggestion? “Shall I…give you my cold?”