Love Live! Superstar!! Episode 8: The Renko Files Part 2

Last time left us with quite the cliffhanger. Now we get the answers.

Ren elaborated on her current situation. Mama Hazuki attended the Jinguu Music Academy before it closed down so she planned on founding a new one, Yu(r)igaoka. However, Papa Hazuki (or whatever his surname was as I assume they divorced) disagreed because he had to work overseas and wanted the ladies to come with. They of course didn’t. I think I recall Ren saying her mom had poor health last time. Point being she was so focused on ensuring Yu(r)igaoka’s success she overworked herself to death. Based on the rest of Ren’s explanation she used most of the money left on her mother’s side to support the school, hence why it’s almost up. Last time it’s supposedly mentioned the school depended on Ren’s money but no. They just needed more applicants the following year.

The next day the General Course students presented their petition opposing Ren’s decision. The gang wanted to help Ren but she made them promise not to tell the school about its status to avoid causing mass hysteria (I’m exaggerating but you get the idea). They then tried reasoning with both General and Music students while being discreet about the finer details but neither side would budge. Keke even got fired up when they brought up Ren’s decision affecting school idols too.

Afterward Ren approached the gang since the Headmistress was like “This is getting out of hand. Either come to a compromise with everyone or the festival is cancelled”. Kanon again asked her to reverse the decision but the school idol thing was what’s stopping her. Finally with no other option she explained. Mama Hazuki was a school idol before they became commonplace. Whether that means she’s the very first one before μ’s or the first one in that part of Japan I’m not sure. As is series tradition she did it to save Jinguu Music Academy. Unfortunately she failed. To continue her legacy Ren wanted to become a school idol to support Yu(r)igaoka. However, when she searched for Mama Hazuki’s school idol photos, tools and all related stuff at her place it was all gone. Ren assumed Mama Hazuki was so distraught by her failure she removed everything school idol related from her life. Thus Ren didn’t want to see other girls aspiring to become school idols at Yu(r)igaoka have their dreams broken like Mama Hazuki.

Basically it looked like her disapproval was based on a misunderstanding.

Kanon found it hard to believe Mama Hazuki would regret becoming a school idol so she tried looking looking up club records on school idols at Yu(r)igaoka but there was nothing. Before it was time for the school assembly Kanon asked Ren if there’s anything Mama Hazuki said to her. There’s something long ago she couldn’t remember but there’s something else she often said about the school: “I hope that very place continues to bring people together”. Kanon puzzled a bit till she remembered the School Idol Club room. There were two keys. One was for the front door but what about the other?

It was to a secret box containing Mama (Hana) Hazuki’s school idol portfolio. Before Ren could announce the festival cancellation Kanon was given the mic. Long story short Mama Hazuki was sad she and her team couldn’t save Jinguu but her time as school idol was some of the best in her life. Ren remembered that’s what she told her when she’s a child and a huge weight was lifted off her shoulders.

I’m sure many readers wondered as they watched the episode why didn’t the Headmistress tell them about Mama Hazuki. I was expecting the classic “You never asked” but it’s actually “Don’t blame me. She told me to keep it secret so you could make your own destiny Ren”. With the truth finally revealed Headmistress dropped the “courteous adult” act and was her true self. Bet she’d be quite the chick magnet. She’s also Mama Hazuki’s biggest fan if her subtle tone and closeness in the photos were indications.

Last but not least Kanon invited Ren to join the team. She’s like “After all I’ve done I don’t think I’m worthy” to which Kanon replied “Dood. It’s in your blood. We’d love to have you”. A certain school idol goddess (not Nozomi or Dia) guided Ren to her destiny. With that settled there’s one thing left to do.

Wonderful. With no idea if their combined power would be enough to attract more new students our heroines agreed to just keep going for now.

Great stuff. Next time the origin of Liella.

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10 Responses to Love Live! Superstar!! Episode 8: The Renko Files Part 2

  1. skydragonx8 says:

    Absolutely so happy Ren is finally apart of the group! I am so glad the girls were there for her cause after all they love her and now Liella is complete!!! And the tradition continues!!! I had so many nostalgia moments with this episode and I just love it so much, Liella really is making their senpais proud!

    Next episode is gonna be a fun one now that the girls are all together, we will have the girls come up with a name for themselves!!! So excited!!!

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  2. tbiscut74 says:

    Another great episode.

    Yeah! Ren has Joined the party!

    Excited for more.

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  3. cirno9fan says:

    Ah, so it really was the school getting close to closing down. I guess headmistress just has so much faith in the students, that she’s not worried about what will happen.

    a lot more serious of an ep, but that part with Kanon confronting Ren with the diary was T_T ❤

    hopefully next week is more of the fun stuff!

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  4. Little Viktoria says:

    Kanon had such cute expressions this episode, that little seductress. I also stand by my original pick for best girl in Chisato. It just melts my heart how touched she looks when listening to Ren’s story. Such a sensitive gentle girl at heart. (still waiting to see her with her hair down ^^)

    Swimsuit/onsen episode when?

    Ren’s a sweetheart too, although for me personally the bar for dark-haired seitokaichous has been set impossibly high by Dia and Setsuna ^^

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  5. chikorita157 says:

    I knew the headmistress is up to something when she allowed Kanon and Keke to form a school idol club against Ren’s will. Still, it’s surprising that Ren didn’t realize her mother’s secret and caused a big misunderstanding. Still, it’s good to see her part of the club now she finally defrosted. Should be interesting how the group develop from here.

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  6. yurimylove says:

    Headmistress definitely had a crush on Ren’s mom, just look at her expression in the school photo:

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  7. opaco1234 says:

    Oh, we had a character who moms where previous Idols, is a tradiction had a last one of the mothers bond with a old classmate, same to the mc, Kanon that could bond with the Setokaichou that soon become a more soft person

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  8. Nick says:

    Well that clears up things for the most part. Good ep.

    Ren had such an emotional backstory, finally getting all the details was heart breaking.

    Also good to know that the Headmistress is a good person too. Nice to see her real self as well.

    Probably the best performance yet. So powerful and emotional. Hard to not get teary eyed watching that.

    Back to the fun times next week. We’ve had enough crying for now.

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  9. K says:

    I knew Keke would sympathize with the Regular Course students the moment they brought up how school idols were especially treated.

    So, Ren didn’t really hate school idols since her mother was one but she thought she regretted her time as one. Kanon made her realize that was not the case whatsoever. That revelation was what Ren needed to remember what her mom was saying to her and now she can be a school idol without reservations(with mother’s full support, of course).

    The headmistress seems kinda cool now that she dropped her serious persona. Her not telling Ren anything seems bad but she was just following her mom’s wishes, so blame her 😉

    Now that the team’s all here, getting more applicants aside, they now face their most daunting task yet…how Liella came to be their group name. That’s gonna be fun.

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