Title says it all.
The pacing of the episode was interesting. They intentionally kept viewers in suspense a while longer. We began with Rena and Suzune at home as the latter got ready to visit the former’s house. At Rena’s she introduced her to Akari’s shrine. After praying she asked her if she wanted some Akari merch but Suzune was like “Nope. I have them all too”. Super fans right there.
I’d like to believe Hiromi was on a date with her kouhai girlfriend.
As the episode progressed the show made viewers think some of the girls were allowed to go home before the final performance. Pretty sure sharp eyed peeps figured it out before the reveal but I personally waited for the reveal instead of puzzling it over.
So yeah, it was a tie. Everyone voted for themselves. Sumipan said in case of a “no decision” they’d hold another vote the next day but the gang were like “Don’t bother. We can’t go to the finals with any of our crew missing, let alone two”.
…And just like that everyone was disqualified. Selection Project Season 7, cancelled.
Seira cameo wanting to call Suzune but stopped because she believed “Suzu” wasn’t done yet. Part of me is still sad SeiZu didn’t come true and it won’t go away but I had a feeling the show would pile on the drama HARD to get SuzuRena over.
Everyone was shown traveling to Tokyo to meet with SuzuRena to discuss their plan. They were all like “Screw the Selection Project. We still want to sing so we’re going indie.”. At first Hiromi was appointed leader but Rena surprised everyone by stepping up and mapping out the schedule for their first performance as a new group.
With the SP behind them there’s only one issue remaining, Rena still refused to perform with everyone. She still didn’t feel she had the right to do so. After walking everyone to their hotel she showed Suzune her idea for a group name, 9-tie (pronounced “Cutie”, which stood for the ties, bonds and relationship of the nine girls.) but asked to change it because of her “unworthiness”. Suzune was like “No. You’re part of the journey too. We gave our all to earn the cheers of fans who supported us, just like Akari.”
Returning home Rena watched the recording of 9-Tie’s performance training and as she smiled tears ran down. She understood what Akari meant with “Singing was her life” and hurriedly called Suzune to share her epiphany. She’s surprised to hear everyone else on the phone and rushed to meet them. They’re like “We are nine. It wouldn’t be the same without you. You belong on stage with us. Here’s your outfit”. Rena’s reason to sing was to sing together with everyone.
Good stuff as always. After the ED someone at Selection Project HQ saw the promotion for 9-Tie’s upcoming show and took notice.