We knew this day would come sooner or later.
It all began after the off-screen legendary training when Mahiru woke up from a pleasant dream/flashback and noticed something was off about that day. BaKaren woke up earlier than she did. When she got to dance class she was welcomed with an unpleasant sight. The rest of the day she felt unpleasant.
Later in the evening she opened the package she’d received from her grandma. It was the usual batch of produce from her home in the countryside. She also send a DVD of a special interview. Mahiru is the eldest daughter of a family with 6 children and she passed the exam to attend the Seisho Music Academy after being recommended to take the exam by her grandma. When it got to the part where she answered the question “What kind of star do you want to become?” she stopped the DVD out of embarrassment or not wanting to remember her old self.
The next day Mahiru overheard Banana discussing the lead roles with her fellow backstage girls. They were blown away by BaKaren and Hikari’s portrayals of the lead roles and wanted them to get the parts whereas Banana preferred it staying the same as it was the year prior with KuroMaya as the leads. They responded by saying since they’ll be doing Starlight for the next three years it was time to change things up by recasting the leading ladies. We’ll most likely follow up on this in the next episode.
That night Mahiru had a nightmare about Hikari stealing “her spot”.
And so on the third day Mahiru went through what can only be described as a desperate lovesick lesbian being repeatedly screwed over by her greatest enemy. It was both funny and sad.
Finally Mahiru had had enough and confronted Hikari, demanding she give back “her spot” that she stole from her because the hope she had placed in her love for BaKaren was all she had left. Basically she saw herself as inferior to everyone else but BaKaren’s encouragement inspired her to keep going, leading to her falling in love with the dork. Hikari responded by saying “Choose your words carefully…”. Right on cue Demon Giraffe sent out a text. It was once again time for FCT.
The good news was the highly anticipated battle against Mahiru was worth the wait for she was as adorably cuckoo as she was a powerhouse. I’m pretty sure that super baton of hers weighed a ton. The bad news, for me anyway, was her opponent being BaKaren. I was hoping she’d fight Hikari but then I thought about it and came to the conclusion that the dork being Mahiru’s opponent was the better choice…mainly because Hikari, while better than Mei-Tron as a character, is still the least entertaining. I suppose a fight between a lovesick cuckoo lesbian and her dimwitted love interest was the more enthralling choice. Again this is currently my favorite FCT battle.
During the battle Mahiru begged for BaKaren to go back to being the lovable dork who needed her to get up every morning, exercise and move about their day, bringing how being there for the dork was all she had left. BaKaren’s counterattack was reminding her of all her strong points, that she was just as talented as everyone there and how much she loved seeing her perform. Mahiru was taken aback by her words but was all like “The winner will decide who is right”. Of course the dork won and moved up to Rank 7.
Afterward everyone had a potato party. Unfortunately for Mahiru she forgot to eject the DVD and they all saw the answer to the question from earlier. Mahiru wanted to become the kind of Star who brought smiles to the faces of everyone she cared for. A large weight was lifted off her shoulders. How this will affect her quest for love we’ll have to wait and see. Really good stuff as usual.
The KuroMaya moment of the week.