The preview hinted a seitokai election episode. While we did get that it wasn’t the main focus.
Ren announced a student council president election. Fearing a Ren victory would mean the end of school idols in Yu(r)igaoka Keke insisted Kanon should run too. Kanon reacted like a sane human would.
Hearing Kanon’s refusal Sumire gladly stepped up. While Keke and Chisato intentionally ignored her Kanon thanked her.
The Ren vs Sumire election went exactly as most expected. The Headmistress even got to show her comedic timing. So good. In all seriousness the main reason Ren won was her promise to give equal opportunity to all General Courses, not just the Music Course.
I need not repeat the excellence of Sumire and Keke’s comedic timing as that’s well documented by now. Chisato provided her own witty contribution.
Kanon later approached Ren to discuss a compromise wherein the School Idol Club wasn’t in jeopardy. Ren admitted she had nothing against school idols. She just felt it was for the sake of Yu(r)igaoka to not have them.
During Ren’s inauguration speech she pulled a “politician” and contradicted her promise that got her elected by prioritizing the Music Course after all. As seen in the screen grab she knew it’s a bad idea but went for it anyway, for the sake of the school. More on that later. General Course Students immediately made a petition to oppose her announcement. Sumire suggested a recall with her again in the forefront while Keke again wanted Kanon. Kanon instead convinced the gang to follow Ren in hopes of getting answers.
Knowing Sumire had experience in “Showbizniss” they had her sneak closer to Ren. Her poop disguise was so good Ren didn’t notice her at all, much to her sadness. They followed all the way to her mansion. The maid welcomed them in.
As they tried to escape the mighty Chibi Kanon ran into a purple photo album. It was full of photos of Ren’s Mom’s time in Yu(r)igaoka along with a photo of her and the Headmistress in their high school years.
The time has come to reveal Ren’s story. We already knew her family owned the school. Unfortunately Ren lost both her parents over time and her inheritance money was about to run out. Maybe not but point was things weren’t good. Earlier in the episode she asked the Headmistress how many students enrolled in the school this year. Based on her decision to prioritize the school’s Music Course during the upcoming school festival in an effort to attract new students, the answer was “Not enough to keep the school running”. I’m sure readers got the gist.
Some Love Live fans didn’t like Nijigasaki’s “Individualism” direction but liked that Liella seemed to be going “back to basics”. Can’t get more “b to b” than what I imagine is going to happen next time. I may be proven wrong so for now let’s wait and see. This was another pretty good episode of course.