Some neat stuff happened as the show progressed but it had a bit of a rocky followup after the premiere. I’ll do my best to get to the good stuff ASAP but I still need to explain what happened in the less entertaining Nana Arc as it’s important.
Nana’s birthday was coming up. She got a message from her mom saying her dad would be home. There’s also some handsome celebrity she saw in a commercial. More on those in a bit. The first highlight was the fortuneteller who looked familiar. She gave Nana the number 696.9, an obvious Parallel World frequency. The team were transported to a world where it’s mandated by law for girls to marry once they turned 17. Basically arranged marriages. Nana met up with the gang…only to find out it was the gang of the other world. Let’s call it Poo Poo World.
Twilight Asuka made her return and explained to the OG World four about Fragments, aka Parallel Worlds. As I said in the first episode this show has a “Multiverse” narrative, best known in DC Comics. Long story short every decision made creates a different world that branches off from the main one. Poo Poo World came to be 10 years ago. As for why Nana got separated from the gang it’s because she was the one holding the “mystic cassette player” thingy, thus she and Poo Poo Nana merged together, forming a link between worlds (Intentional Legend of Zelda game reference). So long as that link remains intact the OG girls can return to their world at 4:44 PM.
Brief rundown of the above scene. Nana loved her dad but he and mom divorced. Nana no likey stepdad very much despite his best attempts to be a good father. Poo Poo Mom and Stepdad pushing the marriage thing on her was the last straw and she snapped on them. That all changed when she found out her fiance was the celebrity from the commercial as she was swept away by his charms and gave in to the marriage thing.
This episode wasn’t good but nowhere near as infuriating as a certain someone ranted about.
I skipped the cliffhanger about Nana not wanting to go back to OG World because less than 6 minutes into episode 3 she was ready to leave. The reason why may sound silly but it made sense for Nana’s plot. She’s the wannabe rebellious type after all.
Something else I skipped was T. Asuka not wanting to explain her true objective. She went into more detail this episode when our heroines found her destroying the killer twilight bunnies she called Noizies that came out of a dimensional friction. Her objective was to find kill Clutters, basically Twilight Agents, in order to lure the King of Twilight out of hiding. She believed defeating the king would restore her world that was on the brink of destruction.
Unlike time travel stories, multiverse stories do not have the “You can’t meet the you from the past or else it’ll have dire consequences” rule. Hence why there were three Asukas in the same cafe and it’s like little more than seeing triplets.
Going a bit fast forward here. Before the wedding Nana and Poo Poo Stepdad were able to patch things up and understand each other better. This also helped explain why it took Asuka a month of pestering for Nana to finally talk to her. Nana’s dad really liked radios and taught her to be strong and make her own decisions. Unfortunately after the divorce Nana became rebellious and somewhat bitter, especially toward radios. The talk she had with Poo Poo Stepdad helped remind her what she wanted and stood for.
It was wedding time and the OGs tried to stop the wedding but didn’t need to as Nana said “I don’t” and said it’s because that’s what she and her dad wanted her to do. She would marry one day but not via arranged marriage.
Poo Poo Celebrity Fiance then revealed himself as the Clutter. T. Asuka faced off with the Clutter but he proved to be stronger than she thought.
Nana’s resolve granted her the power to transform like T. Asuka does. PreCure fans and newcomers should be familiar with how this works. Something similar happened here. So Super Nana beat the Clutter but he refused to tell T. Asuka anything about the king before disintegrating. So the day was saved. Nana summed up who she was to Poo Poo Stepdad and hoped he and Poo Poo Nana would also get along better once she returned.
Last time we could gather the Parallel World our heroines visited was hinted at by Nana’s dilemma and the Celebrity appearing on a wedding commercial for a sitcom. When it comes to Mia she’s watching a Western movie, got into it but was stopped by mom who thought it was too violent and not the sort of stuff someone like Mia should be into.
This time our heroines were lured into another Parallel World after getting a request on their radio show from an unknown caller named “Lovey-Dovey-Asuka”. Chloe deciphered the request as frequencies and they headed towards another world. How Mia became the “Link” this time was a bit amusing.
Let’s call this one Westworld World (Yet another intentional reference).
First glimpses of the Westworld versions of the OGs came in WW Asuka, a bounty hunter, flirting with WW Yu. Turns out her current bounties were wanted bank robbers WW Chloe and Nana.
Also Mia found out that WW Mia applied for a Deputy position when the town Sheriff arrived to stop a gambling fight from starting. We’ll sum up Mia’s character arc right now. The reason Mia liked Westerns was because the heroes in them inspired her to want to become cool. However, because she was adorable in her youth, and still was presently, kids and people around her thought she was more suited to be enjoy “cut and girly” stuff. She went along with it on the outside but deep inside it bothered her, specifically her cool side. What she really wanted to be was a hero.
Like PP World WW World also had its messed up laws. In this case its corrupt judicial system and its judge deciding any and all cases through televised duels to the death. The winner/s was/were the ones who survived regardless of whether they’re innocent/right/wrong. Didn’t matter. You survived, you won. Simple as that. Basically like Westerns.
Back to Asuka and Yu. They went along with WW Nana and Chloe who told them the reason they robbed banks was to help support orphaned victims of the corrupt justice system. They requested OG Asuka and Yu to help them rob another bank. They got where they were coming from but refused. Until…
The reason the OGs went along with the noble robbers was thanks to the seductive wiles of a familiar someone…
It’s the mystery girl who kept popping up and sending the OGs to the two recent Parallel Worlds. Quick spoiler about her, she’s not from T. Asuka’s world so we can’t refer to her as Twilight Yu…yet. For the time being I dub her Yu-Two who unsurprisingly is the exact opposite of OG Yu. OG’s a well behaved, reserved tsundere who MAY have the hots for OG Asuka deep down, hence why she goes along with her shenanigans. Yu-Two on the other hand is a wild child who makes no effort to hide her attraction to all Asukas, especially OG Asuka as seen above.
Back to Mia. Remember that character arc I brought up earlier. She had that talk with the Sheriff who kinda encouraged her to become stronger when both he and WW Mom told her about WW Mia’s resolve to become a hero. Mia did her best to toughen up, going so far as apprehending the reported bank robbers despite the sheriff telling her to stay put. Obviously Mia was surprised to see the robbers being her OG and WW senpai who got into an amusing chase scene. Yu-Two of course exited stage right, because personal agenda and stuff.
The sheriff took them all in. Even WW Asuka, OG Nana and Chloe who were trying to stop the robbers.
Thanks to some behind the scenes investigating T. Asuka was able to uncover the truth about the Judge and Sheriff being in cahoots. T. Asuka did her best to fight the two Clutters.
Mia had her own personal resolve moment and was granted the power to become Super Mia (Mia Extreme). Cool tag team ass kicking ensued. The day was saved and order was restored to Westworld World.
After the ED we saw that T. Asuka knew about the OGs getting frequencies from someone. That of course being Yu-Two, who again wasn’t from the same world as T. Asuka. We’ll have to wait and see what her main goal is.
So here’s my current thoughts on the show. Episode 2 aside it’s got better. It’s still a 7/10 for the time being but that doesn’t mean it sucks. It’s fun to watch and I’m intrigued by current Best Girl Yu-Two. My other favorite character is Mia who is cute and sexy and reminds me of Takane Shijou though more adorable.
Now to something I found interesting. While the OGs and their parallel selves do share some differences, the Asukas are the most different from one another despite sharing some common traits:
- Missing brother. I think PP Asuka also lost him. That or PP Asuka and WW Asuka’s families all lost their lives. I have a hunch all Kyos have gathered somewhere or combined into one.
- A desire to help people in need.
- Being goofy deep down or out in the open.
- DAT ASS.
So far we’ve had the Genki OG, a brooding post-apocalyptic badass, an ojou-sama and a bounty hunter who is different enough from T. Asuka. I’m intrigued to see how the Asukas will differ in both Chloe’s and Yu’s character arcs.
Also I’m crossing my fingers for an Asuka and a Yu to hook up before the show ends. Doesn’t matter which so long as it’s an Asuka and Yu. PP Asuka and Yu are scrapped though. I don’t think the show will go down an “OG Asuka Yuri harem” route.
PS: I LOVE THE OP!