In which Yura makes some ridonkulous choices, but actually learns from them in the end~
Lately I’ve been having the bad habit of neglecting shows and forgetting to finish blogging them whenever school takes over, or when I simply just don’t find the show interesting anymore, which is pretty irresponsible of me. This time, however, I promised myself I’d finish blogging, even if I have to compile almost the entire series onto a single post. So here I am with Stella, which I admit wasn’t capturing my interest around the middle of the series. However, after actually finishing the show, I have to say it turned into quite a satisfying series.~
The Ups and Downs of Yura
It was definitely a very bumpy ride for Yura, who went through a number of changes and inner difficulties throughout the series, even after her few episodes of bliss with the C3 club. The main changer was definitely Sonohara’s incident, which brought out the much more intense, and general-like Yura for several episodes. Her unnecessary need to fill this responsibility for Sonohara and need to prove herself to Rin had her pushing for these formal tactics and strategies that were just too off for the happy-go-lucky C3 club. It disrupted the whole flow of the team, and the girls were clearly not enjoying themselves, at least to the fullest. Though her strategies helped the team kick ass in the 24-hour tournament, the mood during their breaks would quickly sour when Yura would make her criticisms. She became more intense as she lied about getting hit before shooting Rin to win against her and soon after attempting to make her mistake right, quit the C3 club to join Rin’s team at Meisei. Even then however, her excessive training, obsession for winning, and overall lack of concern lead Rin to kick her off the team.
When she failed to fit in with the C3 club, she strayed to Meisei, but there, her attempts to impress Rin with her improved airsoft skills also failed. Yura’s original goal to change herself ended up getting buried under her insecurity that she didn’t really belong with the C3 club, or with any club. Because she was so easily affected by what others said, Yura tried so hard to change herself to please those around her and she unfortunately pushed those people away when she took her actions too far. She lost the people she actually enjoyed being around in her attempts to not only fit in, but in trying to find her own path by following others. And of course, that’s the wrong way to go about finding yourself…
I couldn’t help but feel annoyed at Yura because of all the changes she went through; however I felt bad for being annoyed at her. I guess it’s because she lost her way so easily for other people, but I know that happens to a number of people, including myself in the past. Sometimes you just lose your way, especially when trying to find friends to connect with, and in the end, you are the only one who can put yourself back on your own track. Of course it’s not easy for some people to find their own way again, as we saw through Yura. And because of that, I think that’s what makes her a good, realistic character (aside from the Choujirou shenanigans) with a realistic inner conflict with herself. And it was nice to see that at the end of the series, she had realized what she had done wrong, and showed that she was on the right path to change herself into who she wants to be.
Overall, I was pretty surprised with Stella. I mean, it’s not my favorite show of the summer season, but it ended nicely and was quite satisfying, even with some of that exaggerated ~dorama~ and weird Choujirou thing. I didn’t understand though why they needed to add episode 13 (which I decided to skip because it was mostly just a typical fanservice episode) after the lovely and sentimental episode 12. It was such a gorgeous, fun episode with everyone joining in for this final battle with Sonohara. Not to mention we got to see them truly enjoy airsoft together after all the drama. It was such a good way to end the show; why couldn’t they just leave it like that? Anyway, I’m happy to finally finish the series, and of course to finish blogging it after I regretfully pushed it away. Onto the next show then (or rather onto Genshiken Nidaime, heh)~