It’s finally time for the fan favorite Yohane to take center stage and bring the roof down. Did she do just that?
Here’s my review!
Ever since last week’s preview for ep 5, everyone was buzzing. We would finally be getting the chance to see Yohane, the fallen angel, in action and man did she deliver. Right off the bat Yohane establishes that she’s very much a chuuni girl, but at the same time she wants to leave this part of her behind and start acting normal. I actually wasn’t expecting this at all from her. I was expecting the usual chuuni character that we’ve seen in many other anime, but no this time they changed it up and I liked that a lot.
Back on the Aqours front, the girls have now started to make some progress. It’s slow but people like their songs and Hanamaru a lot. They’re no overnight sensation but starting from rank 4999 and making it up to 4786 is a good start, now the question remains what are they supposed to do to continue making this progress? Well before they have a chance to get into that, Hanamaru steals the moment and wins the hearts of so many viewers.
Living in an old temple, Hanamaru hasn’t really seen many electronics so when the girls are all crowded around Chika’s laptop, Hanamaru can’t control herself and she wants to know more about it. I absolutely love the moment where Ruby is telling Chika, You and Riko about their trip to Numazu and how Hanamaru couldn’t get enough of the motion detectors on the sink faucets and hand dryers. Man I was laughing so much when Hanamaru was squatting under the hard dryer yelling about the future. So good. Fascinated with the laptop Hanamaru asks to touch it, but when she does she pushes the power button, shutting it off and freaking out the girls because they had documents they were working on open. Jeez Hanamaru, don’t give them a heart attack.
At this point I was start to wonder where Yohane was, I mean this is supposed to be her ep. I didn’t have to wait long though as during Aqours rooftop practice session, Yohane can be seen spying on their activities. Another aspect about this ep I really liked was seeing the interactions between Hanamaru and Yohane. They’re both friends from kindergarten so Hanamaru is the best person to talk to Yohane about her embarrassing first day and try to help her sort this mess out. Yohane’s reason for even showing up at school was to see what the general opinion was about her, after all she left in a hurry after making that speech about becoming her little demons.
After learning that her fellow students only just want to know where she is and why she’s not at school, Yohane decides it’s time to make a comeback and redo her high school debut. Well… it was worth a shot. After starting strong Yohane can’t break free of her chuuni habits and reverts back to her old ways, scaring off her classmates once more and further lowering her chances of being a normal girl. Oh Yohane, you’re so chuuni it hurts. We jump to later on in the Aqours club room where Yohane is trying to regain her composure but it’s still not working. No matter how hard Yohane tries, she just can’t break free from her chuuni habit and it’s really taking a toll on her. But where Yohane sees her high school life crumbling away, Chika sees an opportunity for something amazing so she decides to recruit Yohane into Aqours.
This moment of the ep reminded me a lot of S2 ep 6 of the original Love Live where Muse dressed up as KISS to make a big impression, but failed to do so. Dressing up in gothic lolita style clothing, the girls try to raise their ranking by using Yohane’s chuuni-ness to stand out from the crowd. While it puts them to 953 (coming up from 4768) it’s a step in the right direction, but as Dia later points out after watching their intro video for Yohane, their jump in popularity was only temporary.
I really loved seeing Riko in that dress, man she looked so cute. Ruby was also extremely cute too, something that she’s been doing more often. Honestly all the girls are actually really good and I like them all a lot. True Riko is still at the top followed closely by Yohane, but they’re all just really good. Not to say I didn’t feel that way towards the Muse girls, but this time around it’s a lot more noticeable that I really do like each and every one of them a lot.
So their plan to use Yohane’s chuuni-ness to gain popularity failed. It was a good idea actually, but just not good enough to really work. It also brings up the ongoing topic of Aqours trying to be like Muse. It’s something they go back and forth on each week and this week they once again note the importance of NOT trying to be like Muse and following too closely in their footsteps. Chika is the one who comes out and says that their trying to be like Muse is actually rude to them. Once again it’s showing that they can’t follow Muse step for step because it’s not showing who they really are. It’s not wrong that they’re still looking up to Muse, but they need to figure out to not look up to them as much. Aqours needs to be its own group with its own character and personality, following what Muse did move for move isn’t going to achieve that.
Now having gotten on Dia’s bad side once again, more so after she’s actually letting Ruby do this, Yohane feels that her presence will only bring the group down so she decides to quit. Not just Aqours, but quit being a fallen angel and her chuuni ways. It’s having a negative affect or not only her but to those around her so it’s best to hang up the cloak, put away the candles, and become a normal girl. But in doing this is Yohane being true to herself? Taking a point from the legends, Chika relates to Yohane that the most important thing when on stage (aside from not falling) is to express yourself. Childish and silly as it may be, the chuuni side of Yohane is just another quirk in her personality and Chika wants Yohane to realize that it’s what makes her, her. She can still say weird things, perform rituals and call people her little demons because Chika wants her to express her true self and not be embarrassed by this part of her. So accepting her black feather once again, Yohane decides to join Aqours.
Now all that remains is figuring out what the hell Mari is up to. Have her jokes finally gone too far? Tune in next week to find out.
Being yourself, expressing who you are, and trying to be something more than normal were core points to this ep. I liked the part where Chika and Riko were talking briefly and she mentions that Aqours isn’t just a plain and normal group like she originally thought it to be, rather each of the girls has a different and unique personality they bring to the table. I hope they remember this going forward because each of the girls really makes Aqours something special. The longer they keep trying to be like Muse at every step of the way, the longer it’s going to take for them to realize just how amazing they are when they’re not trying to copy Muse. They shine the brightest when they stand on their own, so it’s time they not only stand but start walking and seeing what this journey has in store for them.
Yohane’s personality is probably by far the most out there of the 6, but even so that’s who she is. Yoshiko didn’t want to be normal, so she created another persona, Yohane, and used that to become something more than normal, something mysterious, magical and devilish. Yohane was born to do away with being just another normal girl, but after a while it just started to become a burden for her and it caused embarrassment. Yohane is trying to figure out if being chuuni is actually the normal she wanted, something we don’t see most chuuni characters do. They’re usually overly chuuni to a point where it’s just straight up cringe. I really liked how Yohane wasn’t just another chuuni girl but had this ongoing battle within herself to break free from this and seek a normal life. But as things played out after pretending to be a fallen angel for so long, Yohane can’t shake this part of her free because she loves it so much. Like is mentioned above, the point about being yourself was a core to this ep and by the end of it Yohane realized this lesson and was able to now take control of her chuuni ways and make it work for her in her new endeavor of being a school idol.
So that’s gonna bring this review to a close. As always, thanks for reading, leave a comment below if you want and I’ll see you back here next Saturday as the girls prepare to shoot a PV. Should be good!
Until then, take care!
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