One of my homies saw the connection between this show and Idly Pride so we can safely say this is a sequel of sorts except instead of some dude we have a weirdo panda mascot, which is better.
After the villa owner Sunny and girls introduced themselves they’re given their first assignment. They’d be split into three groups based on cards picked: Dancing, singing and band instruments.
Since most of the episode was about Suzune and Rena we’ll focus on them. Worry not as it looks like the other seven will get to show their stuff next time. Back to Suzune and Rena, basically Suzune wanted to get along but Rena’s a token “serious” character, seeing everyone as backstabbing raivarus and not worth getting chummy with, especially Suzune. Even when paired up with her and the assignment was to work together or risk elimination Rena still didn’t want to play ball making things difficult for her partner.
The goal for each group was to get a minimum of 100000 “Yell Points”, aka votes to qualify for the next round. To the shock of many despite not being in sync at all Team SuzuRen were already halfway there. There was a reason for that.
As mentioned in the last two episodes I mainly focused on the girls who caught my interest so I didn’t realize, despite the similarities, that Rena was Akari’s imouto until it’s brought up this episode. Upon learning this Suzune approached Rena to talk about it. Long flashback short Rena was proud of her Akari who despite being busy took time to cuddle her. However, in present day it looked like she’s frustrated because she’s getting “sympathy points” due to being the late Akari’s sister. What actually frustrated her was being unable to support Akari better when she’s alive. She knew very little about her struggles and couldn’t do anything to help. She wanted to win the Selection Project in hopes of being on top would help her finally understand Akari. Suzune in her part talked about how Akari saved her life with her passion and especially singing. Seeing how serious she was Rena down somewhat. The one condition she had for this team to work was for Suzune to always see her as her raivaru.
To test their power they scheduled a rial performance days before the deadline. Despite hardly seen practicing together their shared goal of achieving greatness through their love of Akari was enough to wow everyone with an excellent show. So good was it they already reached the 100000 Yell quota.
As for the other groups they’re far from safe. Weirdo Panda brought up a 1st round curse. Never in the history of the Selection Project Finals has every girl qualified to the 2nd round. The pressure was on. Looking forward to it.
I’m still bitter over the loss of SeiZu so as good as this episode was I’m more excited for the next one.