So the premiere episode was most enjoyable and a welcome surprise. How would episode 2 follow that up?
When we last left our heroines An (I don’t know if her first name is Akagi or An) and Mikan were approached by Misaki with the proposition to become the town’s full-time heroines. An eagerly accepted while Mikan needed a little bit more coaxing (not that much really) before agreeing. The group started looking for more recruits/ Before that however, we got to learn more about Misaki and Roko. First up was the person Misaki met up with. It was her aunt (Not Jane Cena) who explained that the local theater was in danger of being dismantled due to low attendances, hence why Misaki needed An and Mikan’s help. Also the parliament official who passed away was Misaki’s grandfather and not her dad as I initially suspected. We’ll get to Roko in a bit.
Two girls showed up to join the team. First up was Midorikawa who wanted be the costume designer. Girls Club veterans know exactly what that meant. Her family runs a shrine that’s down on its luck and Midorikawa asked her new friends for some small fees every now and then.
The second was Aoyama who we saw a bit of in the premiere. She wanted to work on all the electronics and other backstage duties. Basically she’s the tech wiz of the group. Aoyama uses an electric wheelchair to move around but can walk a little bit with a walking stick. I predict her character developing episode to have something to do with how she got injured.
Both Aoyama and Midorikawa are fun additions and had some neat scenes, especially Midorikawa but that’s not what we’re here to talk about.
I thought this was really cool. Roko’s dad works and lives at the train station so Roko’s apartment is a train car.
Roko really wanted to be a part of the action heroines but she’s embarrassed to apply. In her room she reminisced of her time with Misaki as aspiring tennis players. They were both the best on the team. Unfortunately on the day of a big championship Misaki dropped out due to an elbow injury and Misaki went on to win the gold…but was very sad she didn’t get to share the spotlight with Misaki. Misaki got a second opportunity but lost again due to very unfortunate circumstances that would make anyone go “WTF!?” Misaki tried holding back her tears as she congratulated Roko on winning a 2nd time but couldn’t do so for long. Roko vowed on that day to always be there for Misaki no matter what.
Roko was so worried and wanted to be there for Misaki so badly that her imaginary (at least I think they’re imaginary) transforming train friends told her to stop being embarrassed and tell Misaki how she truly felt already.
Eventually after some soul searching and some symbolic motivation from her dad Roko got the courage to try and join the group. Misaki noticed how badly bruised Mikan got from being a punching bag villain. She also noticed Roko hiding. An volunteered to take her place but was too cute to play the bad girl.
Then a miracle happened…It has to be seen to be believed.
Thus Misaki used the magic words to give Roko the push needed to become the new villain of the group instead of Mikan.
Next time a familiar face will be causing some trouble.