Prepare yourself for Niko Niko time~
|Niko Niko Nikorin~~ … So yeah, we had an episode involving the twintailed member of Love Live. She’s still not quite at Maki level for me, but she quickly changed my opinion of her over the course of the show. How was your take on the episode, Hawt?|
|That was surprisingly hilarious! I don’t want to hold this post up anymore than I already have, so I’m just going to be throwing images up this week and doing a short write-up. The post will be up much quicker next time~ Seems like around Meta every character has at least one big fan so I’ll try to include pictures of everyone.|
The faces just keep getting better each week.
Karkuri || Niko changed from annoying stalker to absolutely adorable. I really did not like her character at the beginning of the episode. Between the bullying and her presence somehow severely lowering the rest of the character’s IQ levels (really? Nobody noticed the fact that she was taking the food?), she seemed like she was just slowing down the entire group where they had been making great progress thus far. Like I said though, she definitely got better once we learned the ‘why’ to why she was being a stalker. I’ll brush off the idol obsession thing since that could apply to anyone and not be that special of a trait, and the same goes for her somewhat depressing past about how her club mates abandoned her. No, I like her because she was just a giant tsundere in the end. …Which somehow made everything acceptable for me. In the end, she was just really passionate about the subject, but didn’t know how to express herself properly. She wanted to join them, but just didn’t know how to ask.
In which Niko Niko Nikorin becomes an idol Goddess, bringing forth the sun in all its glory.
Karakuri || Of course, that flashback with Umi’s first meeting with Honoka was absolutely adorable as well. The fact that she was hiding behind a tree and crying when Honoka found her was just so… so… cute. Maybe that’s why I also found Niko acceptable at the end because the comparison with shy children was there.
Now as for Honoka’s actions at the end… Yeah, I don’t know if just forcibly saying “you’re the president now! Yaaaaaay.” is a realistic solution. What if she was just a mean spirited person (ignoring the fact that she obviously joins the group and there are no such things as mean idols; …plus they caught on to her reasoning behind stalking them) and said no anyways? I don’t know exactly how school clubs work in Japan, but couldn’t they have just signed up to the idol research club anyways and screw whatever Niko said? Oh well, it all worked in the end. Niko seems more prepared than all of them when it comes to idol knowledge, so she’ll be a valuable asset to the team. Plus I think I read somewhere that she joins Kotori as part of the wardrobe crew, so she’s even more useful~.
Rin’s rain dance was pretty well animated.
What started off an a episode that got on my nerves, the sheer adorableness at the end made up for it. Not to say that I don’t like AKB0048, but Love Live certainly pulls me in more emotionally. They have some of the most mundane problems and yet, you actually care about what’s going on and almost everything annoying in the story thus far has been quickly solved (keep in mind though, I don’t mind Kotori’s voice, which I know people find really annoying). Screw making up their idol personas, every single one of the girls here has more then enough personality. I was complaining at the beginning, but really, everyone (minus maybe Kotori and the 2 senpai we haven’t covered yet) has done excellent in becoming their own character. Everyone seems to have their own problems outside of just the problems that being an idol creates and that adds more to all of their characters. …Now let’s see them pull Eri in. Once they have Eri, Nozomi will probably just join in as part of the student council package.
What a fantastic episode! The production quality seems to be diminishing each week (despite a few clever moments, such as Rin’s dance in the rain), but Love Live’s charm is doing exactly the opposite. The episode definitely took a more comical approach to Niko’s recruitment, utilizing more of those hilariously out-of-place facial expressions and showing us some new sides to the already multifaceted cast, like Umi’s dark side and Hanayo’s increasingly obsessive feelings towards anything idol-related. Niko adds a new tsun-tsun dimension to Muse, and though I’m not typically a fan of characters like her, she’s just too adorable to resist! I’m not too fond of her voice actress however, and the ED didn’t quite click with me, but with the group she might sound much better. It really showed this week that the VA cast is, for the most part, not too accustomed to voice acting. Honoka’s seiyuu was spectacular as usual, but Rin’s, Hanayo’s, and Niko’s voices felt awkward at times, almost as if they weren’t fit for the character. Surprisingly, I’m coming to actually like Nozomi’s voice, which at first I despised. But I digress! I’m actually more interested in how the student council will be recruited since Niko was pretty straight-forward, and even more-so in what direction Love Live will take once the entire unit is formed. Whatever happens, I’m sure we have plenty of great performances awaiting us!
Until next time!~