I wonder how many will figure out the title has more than one meaning?
We got a small glimpse of Mia’s backstory but would go back to it later. She still felt the rush of NijiGaku’s 2nd group performance when Yu dropped by and checked out the video, overjoyed she liked it so much. Suddenly Mia (and Shioriko) got a text from Lanzhu saying she’s quitting school idols and going back to Hong Kong.
She rushed over to question her business partner. She needed her to sing her songs but Lanzhu wasn’t having it, feeling there’s nothing left for her as a solo idol plus a sense of defeat after seeing NijiGaku’s powerful teamwork. In a last attempt to stop her Mia promised to write the ultimate Lanzhu song making her swear not to leave if it met her standards. Mia’s so focused on finishing the song she ignored most daily needs causing our heroines to worry.
Meanwhile Shioriko met up with her to apologize for not coming to her about wanting to become a school idol. Lanzhu said that wasn’t the issue but couldn’t explain herself and walked away again.
Once finished Mia rushed over to Lanzhu. Though impressed she refused to perform. Irritated Mia stormed off. The most worried was Rina whose arc came full circle. The precious pink cinnamon roll who at one point felt like she’s inside a cage unable to express herself approached someone like her old self to help show them the way.
The time had come to learn her story. The Taylors were a famous musician family. As the heir to the throne Mia loved singing and was excited to share the stage with her parents but on the day of her theatrical debut she saw how many people came to see them perform. The fear of not living up to the family name was too much. Since then she didn’t dare sing but hoped to make her family proud as a composer and having the charismatic Lanzhu sing her songs. Rina’s like “I want to hear you sing. I don’t know about the Taylor Family but I know singing is your dream so please don’t give up on it”. She reminded her of the power of school idols and Mia’s convinced. It’s her time.
We got a montage of Mia recomposing the song she wrote as our heroines backed her up. She finished right before Lanzhu’s scheduled flight. Shioriko led the gang on a mission to stall her for Mia. To sum up their emotional confrontation Lanzhu’s like “I told you I’m not worthy of singing your song!” and Mia’s like “No dummy. I’M singing because I’ve run away from my dream long enough. Thanks to Yu and her harem opening my eyes I realized It’s time to shine so check it!”
To remind viewers she’s part American her performance was full English. Some “w’s” here and there but her seiyu’s English is pretty good. More importantly she showed why we need another beach episode to celebrate the new trio soon joining Yu’s harem. Good performance as always.
I guess because we got bits and pieces of Lanzhu’s arc throughout the show the writers were like “Let’s wrap up hers too”. Short version: “The power of friendship is scary”. Long version: Lanzhu feared making friends only for her to quickly lose them either through rejection, unfortunate circumstances or being forced to leave. She felt unworthy of having friends so instead worked to become a solo idol to inspire others while not growing close to anyone but after NijiGaku proved their bond with fans was mighty she felt defeated and powerless to truly make a difference. Shioriko’s like “come to me so we can start over” but again she deemed herself not worthy of friendship because she didn’t notice the most important person in her life. Mia’s like “That’s enough dummy. Can’t you see these girls wanted to help us all this time? They showed me the light and they can show you too”. Yu’s harem thanked her for motivating them to form units and strengthen their team power and Yu for finding her true calling as their manager/#10. Finally Shioriko’s like “Let’s start over, grow stronger together then bang”.
R3BIRTH coming soon? This season has been about forming units so most likely.
Mia: We’re not business partners anymore. From now on we’re raivarus.
Lanzhu: Sounds good but umm…can we be friends too?
Mia: Well DUH!
Shioriko: Yes. Yes we can.
Lanzhu: Ummmm Yu. Is the invitation to join your harem still open?
Yu: Once Shioriko’s had her fill I’m all ready for ya babe!
Great stuff as always. The 13 hotties are together at last. Next time looks like Kasumin gets the spotlight.