It’s time for the Happy Around! vs Photon Maiden band battle. Let’s see who came out on top.
We continue where we left off with Rinku overhearing Rei play her song. Rinku loved it as Rei tried to deny its power. Rinku was like “We are doing this kickass song! The others have GOT to hear it!”
At the clubroom Rei hid in embarrassment as Rinku hyped up her song. Maho was like “Let’s hear it!”. Rei tried to back out but she was powerless against Maho’s stoic “just sing already” face. Maho and Muni loved it too and agreed they would not only perform this song but Rei would be the center and write the lyrics. Rei was like “But this doesn’t fit Happy Around’s image” and Rinku’s like “Dood, you’re one of us which automatically makes it a Happy Around song!”
Rei was elated her wish came true. They’re doing her song and she’s the Center. I haven’t mentioned this before but Rei became my favorite Happy Around member after the sleepover episode.
During another Happy Around training montage Muni dropped by to see a tired Rinku who was like “Doing the same exercises every day is kinda boring” to which she suggested coming over for a more fun exercise. It was Ring Fit (Note to self: Buy Ring Fit Adventure in 2021. OG wants Ring Fit Heroine in Smash Bros Ultimate). Rinku got her to train with her. Can’t say no to her sweetie.
I may be wrong but I think this is the first episode we heard the Photon Maiden girls speak. I don’t count their song last episode.
In a cute scene Shinobu’s asked about her kinda samey eating habit. The girls recommended a healthy and balanced meal intake. She initially resisted. Guess who got her to give in.
Rinku invited one of the Photon Maiden members, Towa, to lunch without realizing who she was. We’ll get back to Photon Maiden after the performances.
The duel was a tale of two performances: cool, sexy and expected vs a new surprise. In the end victory went to Happy Around. I admit my Rei bias had me rooting for our heroines but I can easily understand others voting for Photon Maiden. Again, they’re hot. Even Shinobu had a little grin. Remember, she wanted to compete with Happy Around at the Festival deep down.
Let’s wrap things up by talking about Photon Maiden. See, they had a similar dilemma as Happy Around, more so Saki. Towa hinted at it as well but Saki, being the leader, struggled with it the most. Working under a strict (and gorgeous) Producer, Photon Maiden had a cool and stylish image to maintain. We saw throughout the episode Saki feeling unsatisfied. Sure, fans enjoyed the new song but it wasn’t what Saki was going for. She wrote a vintage Photon Maiden song…but not a song she was proud of, unlike Rei who was so excited to sing her song on stage she wasn’t the least bit nervous.
Great stuff. Next time Saki seeks to learn the “Way of the Dee Dee”, or in this show’s case, Rinku.