The premiere was red hot with lots of fun and uber gayness. It only felt right to remind viewers that it’s not all fun and games in the next episode.
Before we get to the serious stuff let’s cover the fun stuff first.
Which of the three is your fav Aoba?
There were a few other things but that’s the gist of the fun stuff. Now to get all serious.
As the episode’s subtitle indicates everyone was under pressure preparing for the competition to decide who would be the Lead Character Designer of the upcoming project. The theme was characters fusing with animals or monsters to become stronger. As the first pic above shows, Yun, following up from the premiere still had doubts as to what it was she wanted to accomplish working at Eagle Jump. She said the competition was a waste of time because Ko was the clear favorite to be chosen. Aoba responded by saying that “Win or lose, it’s better to have tried than doing nothing at all”.
The first round of the competition had Hazuki, Rin and another megane lady judge contestants and give them tips to improve before making the final decision in the second round. The shocker came when Ko, the odds on favorite, had ALL her designs rejected because they were too similar to the ones in Fairies Story 3.
When it was Aoba’s turn it seemed like she too would fail but then one drawing in particular grabbed the judges’ attention. They saw great potential in it and told her that with some adjustments it could work.
Aoba was happy her bear jammies design got positive feedback but also noticed Ko’s frustration…who lashed out at poor Aoba when asking for her advice. Later Yun admitted she thought Hajime and Aoba were foolish for trying to win the competition when in the end it was Yun who was the foolish one for not having tried at all. While Aoba understood Yun’s self-doubt and there was no harm done she herself was hurting because of Ko’s pain. Her dream is to become a great character designer like Ko but never in a million years would she want to crush her dreams to get to the top.
It was once again up to Ko’s wifey to help her find the answer. Ko knew that unfairly lashing out at Aoba was worse than having her designs rejected. The two remembered that when Ko first started she was in the exact same position as Aoba. She also got a good lashing from her previous senpai for a very similar reason. Knowing this, Rin told Ko that she knew what to do to apologize to Aoba.
Ko gave Aoba some advice and she was happy to see the artistic spark in Ko’s eyes again that she so admired. In the end the judges named both Aoba and Ko as co-designers with Ko having the final say. Good for both ladies.
Hopefully we’ll see more from her and the other newcomers as the show progresses.