Apparently this episode made some people loath humanity for some reason. Might as well find out why.
As we saw in the previews last time this episode is centered around Riko, Yohane and dogs. Anyway Riko tried making peace with Shiitake again to no avail.
Aqours had a meeting at Chika’s place thinking up a theme for their super awesome new performance for Love Live! We got a brief glimpse of Saint Snow tearing the house down again. Hopefully we’ll get to see their full performance later on.
Later that evening Riko’s Mom told her to find Yohane and bring back the Key to the Netherworld the Queen left behind. Riko found the fallen angel but she wasn’t alone.
Riko’s reaction upon meeting Yohane’s newest little demon was unsurprising. Long conversation short Yohane asked her to take care of the puppy for a bit. She tried as best as she could to change her mind but caved in.
Riko, much to her surprise, took a liking to the puppy. Yohane didn’t like seeing Riko get attached to the puppy she found, named Laelaps Nocturne.
Before they could debate on who would get to keep Laelaps Nocturne it turned out she wasn’t a stray. They took the news well…
Before going back to Yohane and Riko we got a brief scene of things to come next episode or later on. Kanan talked to Chika about this being the third years’ last Love Live! and her wanting to give it her all one last time. Better buy some tissues for the inevitable. I wasn’t prepared last time.
So yeah Riko and Yohane were feeling super down about losing Laelaps Nocturne. What surprised me about this episode is that usually in “stray dog/puppy” episodes the reveal of the dog already having an owner happens near the end but we would soon find out there’s a big reason why it took a different route.
Yohane refused to accept Laelaps Nocturne had an owner, going so far as saying it might be a dog that coincidentally looked like the girl’s. After finding the owner’s home she tried summoning her little demon to no avail. She refused to give up. Riko thought this was a bad idea but she stuck around because of how serious Yohane felt about Laelaps Nocturne. Then it started raining again like at the start of the episode.
Riko’s kindness opted Yohane to answer her question about why she was so serious about the puppy. She then told her her origin story as a fallen angel. See, Yohane had had bad luck ever since she was a little demon herself. Every time she walked outside it rained along with other examples of her misfortune. She pondered whether it was an invisible power that was both a gift and a curse that she could make it rain yet have bad things often happen to her. Then on that rainy day when her bad luck led her to Laelaps Nocturne she hoped more than ever that she was indeed born with special powers.
Then Laelaps Nocturne and her owner came out. Yohane tried summoning her but it didn’t work out as well as she had hoped. Thankfully Riko assured her that she did have some invisible power just like the rest of Aqours (This is an undisputed fact). Riko’s words lifted Yohane’s spirit and all was well.
We end the episode with the conclusion of an epic war.
So yeah. Peeps who HATED this episode have my condolences but sadly that’s all you’re getting from me. I enjoyed this one. While it was more a Yohane episode Riko also benefited from it. Pretty cool.
Oh. I almost forgot this: