Last time we learned Chisato’s drive to excel but there’s more to it than she let on.
Before we get to her let’s go over what the others were up to. Sunny Passion invited them to practice. Keke’s heart was up for it but her body couldn’t keep up.
Later the pros showed them the stage they’d all perform at. Their school helped them set it up. Being from an island with a small population Sunny Passion became heroines of sorts motivated to represent their island home. Their words had an effect on Kanon.
Later as Kanon meditated Yuna surprised her and joined in. Kanon talked about Sunny Passion’s motivation to represent their island making her wonder if aspiring for a greater goal would boost her drive. She also somewhat envied Yuna and Mao for getting the support of their school while she had to jump through flaming hoops to get her team approved. Kanon said you didn’t need a grand motivation to become a school idol. Just wanting to perform was more than enough. Kanon thought about Chisato and her leaving the team to focus on her dance competition. Yuna had a hunch there’s more to Chisato leaving than the competition.
Not much to add to Keke and Sumire’s bickering. Viewers who loved their antics last episode got more of it here. Very nice. The only new thing we learned was Sumire’s a good cook, much to Keke’s shock. At least she had an edge over her in technology.
That night the girls got a great view of the moon. Kanon wanted to send a photo to Chisato but she beat her to it. She called to check in on her. Both had something important they wanted to tell each other but were like “After the tournament/show”. Kanon couldn’t hold it in and asked Yuna a favor.
As readers can tell Ren practiced ballet.
Now we can focus on Chisato. Her head wasn’t entirely into dance practice since leaving the group. To her surprise she got someone to talk about it in Ren. During their conversations we got a preview of Ren’s soft side we’ll surely see more of once she joins the team later on or perhaps as soon as the next episode. At one point Chisato bumped into her backpack and Ren got a peek at the document we got a glimpse of last time. It wasn’t a withdrawal from the competition like I thought but a class transfer. Ren denied having seen it the first time but couldn’t get it out of her mind. In their second meeting she cutely tried to learn more about it but didn’t dare ask until Chisato finally had her.
The gist of it was Chisato did want to become a dancer so she could be as good at something as Kanon was at singing. That’s only half of it. Back in the day Chisato used to be really shy and got bullied, both passively and directly. Kanon was the one who protected her. From that day Chisato swore to become strong so she could not only help Kanon but to stand by her side as an equal. She revealed the reason she didn’t officially join the team was because she didn’t deem herself worthy. Not unless she won the competition. So determined was she that if she lost she considered transferring schools. Until then she’d become strong by herself without relying on Kanon.
In short it was all for Kanon.
Before the start of the competition Kanon surprised Chisato. She had a feeling something was wrong and asked Yuna to help her return to the mainland for a bit. Sweet emotional moment short Chisato realized she’d already been of great help to Kanon all this time. It was Chisato’s determination to grow strong that pushed Kanon to get better at singing. Chisato thought she’s weak for relying on Kanon’s support even before the competition but Kanon was like “Your support pushed me forward all this time. We got each other’s back”.
Thus after the competition Chisato sent the letter to the director to transfer from dance class to music class (I think) to help her contribute to her team.
Not sure if this will be the future Liella logo but looks nice.
Great stuff as always. Next time looks like Sumire will run for president against Ren.