“Hello there little girl, would you like some candy?”
|So OC is busy wrestling bears and whatnot in the mountains, so she will not be joining us this week. However, to make up for her absence, we have crossdressing and hilarity.|
Surprisingly, the denizens of the Velvet Room are too busy with other things to deal with Yu this episode. But other than that, nothing else significant happens. On to real life, it’s the Cultural Festival and Yu’s class has decided on doing a group dating café. Also, Yosuke has oh so kindly signed the girls up for the school beauty pageant, which earns Yosuke a kick to the stomach. However, Yu has an uncharacteristically long speech that we don’t get to hear and this somehow convinces the girls to enter. Kanji also says that they (aka Naoto) should enter so that he can clear any doubts about his uh, preferences.
Social Link time! While helping the soccer club out, Yu accidentally injures a student and helps her afterwards by carrying her trombone. The girl then tells Yu her life story and how she’s performing for the Cultural Festival due to an injured senpai in the band. She also admits that while she loves music, she’s not very good at it. This whole thing also makes Yu look like a lolicon thanks to the girl being incredibly short.
Chie finally gets her revenge by signing up the guys for the crossdressing competition. Yosuke isn’t very pleased, but Kanji is suddenly okay with it after Yukiko says that she’ll make them look pretty. Yu is also pretty serious. After asking Rise to make him look cute, Rise notices all of the hype about her being in the pageant and gets upset because they’re making a huge deal when she’s not even an idol anymore.
During the Cultural Festival, Yu’s class + Kanji aren’t getting any customers at all. Yosuke proposes that they show others how fun it is. Daisuke shows up and Yu sits on the girl’s side of the table because he can. Even better, he starts talking like one. After a bunch of awkward hilariousness, Yosuke asks the girl’s side which one of the guys they would date.
Well, we all know Yu’s choice. After a passionate stare, Yosuke gets all flustered and after admitting that she never bought drinks, Chie’s Aiya order shows up.
Yosuke can’t deny his true feelings.
Yu wanders around during his spare time and finds the Symphonic Band. The girl is in a tight spot because she keeps messing up and her senpai is now conveniently healed. Yu speaks up after she steps down, but she runs off pulling Yu with her. She thanks Yu for standing up for her and says that she’s sad that she couldn’t play the part. However, Yu cheers her up and things are awwwright once again. Ai finds Yu and drags him to a fortune teller’s stall who sounds suspiciously like Margaret. However, Yu stops her before she can say anything about his love life.
Finally, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. THE CROSSDRESSING COMPETITION! Unfortunately Kanji, Yosuke AND Yu can’t pull it off (though the girls are more impressed with Yu than anyone else xD). It’s not until KUMA of all people comes on stage in drag that the audience is put in awe. He wins of course and gets to help judge the beauty contest coming up next. …He decides that the girls will be judged in swimsuits.
Moe moe kyun~
So for THAT contest, Chie and Yukiko do okay, but Rise gets the loudest cheer (she puts on her idol act as well) and Naoto is too embarrassed to come on stage. Her moeness gives Kanji a nosebleed. …Hanako and Noriko are pretty much forgotten about. In the end, Naoto wins due to the girls voting too. Afterwards, Rise has a heart to heart with Yu about how she’s going to give the idol business another shot since Risette is still a part of who she is.
Moe moe kyun~ part II
“Don’t worry, Yu-senpai! I still love you even though you’re a crossdresser lolicon~”
For your viewing pleasure:
The derp in this episode is KANJI APRROVED!
I don’t care what any of you say. Yu totally pulled this look off.
…And then they burned the photo and vowed never to speak of the day’s events ever again.
AHAHAHAHAHA….HA. You know, I don’t think that we ever learned trombone girl’s name. I took the drama club route, so I seriously don’t even know who that girl is. As always though, Yu was efficient at doing as little as possible and still solving the girl’s problem. I just wish that it didn’t take up as much of the episode as it did. I mean, sure there are limited episodes and they need to get things done while they can, but I would have much rather they focus more on the comedy this episode or Rise’s problem rather then briefly skim over a Social Link. Speaking of, much like her Shadow plot, Rise suddenly deciding to become an idol again came out of the blue. At the beginning, it seemed like she didn’t want to be an idol at all and then suddenly the contest happens and she’s into it again. Sure one could assume that somewhere in between, Rise had a revelation, but it’s probably one of those things that the writers should have stated more obviously rather than make the viewer figure it out from flashes of what Rise was thinking about. Especially since they’ve been just handing us answers this entire time.
…I also don’t know whether to be disappointed or thankful that Noriko and Hanako were ignored in this episode. On one hand, there was SO much opportunity for hilarity, but at the same time, we all would have probably been scarred for life. In fact, the whole contest thing in general felt pretty short. Maybe because I payed more attention to it than most else in the game (and now you know where my priorities lie xD). I feel kind of let down actually, but I think that’s just a byproduct of me waiting impatiently for this episode ever since I heard that this was becoming an anime. OC, WHY ARE YOU AWAY?! That Yosuke/Yu moment in the class cafe was priceless. Hell, despite my disappointment that this is over, the entire episode was hilarious. I hope that I’ve stated that sufficiently.
Since I have little left to talk about and I don’t have OC here to cover up the fact that I have nothing left to say with her own thoughts, I guess I’ll do something I’ve been meaning to do for a while: talk about the Velvet Room. As you can probably tell by the way that I’ve simply shortened the fact that this segment is even in the anime to two letters, it’s not very important. Margaret just simply tells Yu what he accomplished the previous episode and Igor is there to make us all feel uncomfortable because of his nose. Now the Velvet Room is pretty important in the game since that’s where Yu gets the ability to summon/fuse all of his Persona, but does it even have a point in the anime? Yu appears to have the ability to fuse Persona on the spot in dungeons and not once have we seen Persona in the Velvet Room. Sure Igor and Margaret were the ones who explained everything in the beginning but they kind of have no purpose now and won’t until the end of the anime. Er, I don’t know where I’m going with this, but I think what I’m trying to say is that I wish the anime made the Velvet Room seem a bit more important plot-wise since it plays such a big role later on. Yeah, let’s go with that.
Preview: The team takes a trip to Yukiko’s Inn because they can.
4 guys in a hot spring. What could possibly go wrong?