Love Live! Superstar!! Episode 4: The Real Love Lab

My most anticipated episode of the season had come at last.

Kanon picked as leader

We joined our heroines stretching as Ren mentioned an upcoming meeting between club presidents. The girls realized they hadn’t picked a president of their own yet. Naturally because she’s the orange haired one Kanon was unanimously nominated by everyone but Kanon herself.

Shiki shows Mei's blushing faceOnce again we saw Mei drooling over her favorite idols from afar. The good doctor casually helped her listen in on the conversation. When the lovely redhead noticed she went into tsundere mode again denying Dr Shiki’s “You better join them before it’s too late” with “Are you kidding?! I’m not cut out to be a school idol!”. The important part was Mei saying if she joined Liella the Science Club would get gloomier. Remember this.

Chisato doesn't think she's club president materialMeanwhile Kanon’s still wondering whether to become club president. The reason she hesitated had something to do with thinking about reinventing Liella. She suggested Chisato go for it but the bun cutie said she wasn’t cut out to be the prez. Remember this too. We ended the scene with Doc approaching the girls with a request.

Mei 'glares' at Kinako againThis is revealed later in a sneaky sneak scene over at Mei’s apartment but the reason she has a “scary expression” every time Kinako brought up school idols was because it’s her focused face, as in she had poor eyesight. She couldn’t see very well from a distance but most likely refused to wear glasses.

Mei fell for Shiki's trapAfter Kinako ran off Mei looked for the doctor who left earlier. She went to her laboratory and thought she saw her. We learned Doc was a loner in Middle School before she met Mei and that she promised to open up to more people in high school. As we can see that wasn’t Dr Shiki.

Shiki with LiellaMei’s vision was narrow but the doc’s was sharp enough to know her sweetie found the double.

Mei sees Shiki kinda glumMei couldn’t hide forever and blew her own cover. Dr Shiki introduced Mei as a fangirl from afar but when Kanon asked if they’re friends she didn’t answer. Mei didn’t know how to respond but once she saw Shiki looking glum at her possibly joining Liella she quickly asked if she’s joining them too. When she said “I’m not sure” she stormed off.

Kanon hiding with Chisato's bunsThis. Just this.

This was from the aforementioned sneaky sneak scene at Mei’s apartment. She’s definitely a diehard Liella and Love Live fan. As mentioned Mei’s narrow sighted and also had a sharp tongue.

Mei and Shiki became a duoKanon again commented about how well Dr Shiki knew Mei and them being good friends. Doc wasn’t sure as she told their backstory. She’s often alone when one day Mei invited her to go home together. She refused. To the doctor’s surprise Mei again came to her. She said crowds were complicated and felt more comfortable being around her. Mei playing along with her science experiments despite them creeping her out made the good doctor very happy. Chisato realized the reason she joined Liella was for Mei’s sake. Plus she knew part of the reason Mei didn’t join herself was her not wanting to leave Shiki alone. Doc wondered why force herself to stay by her side. Later she confronted Mei about it ending with the doctor pushing her away. Classic “Set them free the hard way” argument.

Chisato remembers Kanon's encouragementDuring the argument Chisato heard Mei say she couldn’t become a school idol because she “didn’t have what it took”. It reminded her of when she too didn’t believe in herself. Thanks to her future wife she found the courage to go big. That same courage led to her big swerve of becoming the club president, breaking tradition. Then again Kanon’s still team captain so technically not broken. NijiGaku don’t count because their leader has black/green hair. Anyway Kanon used her experience as a gay senpai to guide her gay kouhai to find her big brain girlfriend and make up. She knew full well Dr Shiki didn’t really not want her around.The fact was they’re made for each other because they’re very much alike. Fellow loners afraid to open up to others, including themselves.

Mei's paybackTo sum up their glorious scene Mei gave her big brain sweetie a taste of her own medicine and they joined Liella together. Both had the skills but needed each other to push them forward to greatness.

Worth the wait. Love Shiki even more now and the two are a great couple.

Natsumi part time jobI haven’t talked about Natsumi’s brief appearances because like Mia I’m waiting for her episode to reveal her story. We won’t have to wait long because it’s coming next time. Most likely about her struggling content creator career.

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17 Responses to Love Live! Superstar!! Episode 4: The Real Love Lab

  1. Alexis says:

    Buen epi, adoro este par y ese duelo con el espejo fue precioso, sobre todo shiki jugueteando con su cabello fue muy coqueto, hay que seguir su historia, apuesto a que shiki tiene un álbum de fotos de su querida Mei.
    Love Lab… Siento que lo he escuchado pero no recuerdo la referencia.



  2. chikorita157 says:

    Interesting to learn more about Mei and Shiki since they look out for each other. I find it funny how Shiki joins to lure Mei into joining. Still, it’s funny how Mei does the thing that Shiki did to her in the end as it went full circle.

    Also, it’s nice that Chisato became the president. I think Kanon really knows how to convince people to give something a try and encourage them, which is starting to sound like Yuu, which you brougt up. I can see why everyone really wanted Kanon to be the president. Either way, it’s still nice.

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  3. ObssesedNuker says:

    Shiki continues to be my favorite and her relationship with Mei is practically as canon as any LoveLive ship can get now. Chisato seeing herself (and her relationship with Kanon, to a lesser degree) in them was a solid development.

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  4. tbiscut74 says:

    Another Fantastic Episode!

    Yeah Chisato! She’ll be a wonderful club president!

    Love that adorable pet turtle!

    Shiki x Mei is SO glorious and cute! They’re SO GOOD! They’re scene together at the end melted my heart with their cuteness! Definitely one of my all time favorite Love Live Ships!

    Excited for more!

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  5. Mauron says:

    Easily one of the top two Love Labs, and I would accept more of both.

    I’ve been rewatching SIP lately, and Nico also had the legendary legendary legendary DVD of legend that Shiki had.

    Hoping for Shiki to pull a “reverse Hanayo” (anime fans like sticking reverse on things, I’ll do it too) and starts wearing some glasses.

    Trying to remember if Chika was actually an orange hair club president, or if it was always someone else.

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  6. opaco1234 says:

    Mei and Shiki makes an interested duo of idolfan with a Science girl

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  7. yurimylove says:

    poor Sumire couldn’t finish her “Galaxy” 😀

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  8. Wow, that was a glorious episode for so many reasons! Shiki x Mei is definitely about as canon as you can get for a LL series, alongside Kanon x Chisato of course. I can relate to them too. It was nice that the show basically pointed out the parallels between the two couples. I think this is probably my favorite episode so far. Great stuff, as always.

    Also, I’m glad you also loved that Kanon holding Chisato’s hair buns moment as much as I did.

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  9. K says:

    Shiki and Mei are two different brands of loner who enjoy each other’s company even when they didn’t realize it. Now that they joined up, those two can be more honest with each other at their own pace.

    I liked how Chisato decided to be the prez. Mei’s internal struggle reminded her of how she was when she was younger. That aside, I think she’s the most suited to be the prez anyway.

    @ that Kanon/Chisato pic: Nothing short of hilarious.

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  10. Nick says:

    The long awaited Mei and Shiki ep lived up to the hype and then some.

    Mei and Shiki are such an adorable couple and I really came to love them both so much more after this ep.

    I really want to see Mei wear glasses at some point too. That’ll be a real treat to see. Oh yes.

    The final scene in the science club room was beautiful. Both of them finally putting their feelings out there for each other. Love to see it!

    Eagerly looking forward to more lovely Mei and Shiki moments as the season continues!

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