Similar to the previous episode, a whole lot of things are going on in parallel, but notably there are some threads that are wrapping up – as they should given that this is the penultimate episode, and some are going in ways that won’t wrap up neatly. In this post I’ll pay some attention to those threads that I find myself caring about.
Parents… Yuuka’s parents being laid back fans of AKB0048 didn’t have much trouble with the anti-entertainment authorities given how they were prepared to lie the same way anime fans are prepared to deny how they download episodes via torrents should the authorities come knocking. It’s not the same with regards to Nagisa’s dad who is an honorfag. One does not spend his entire life being principled only just to bend when it is convenient. On the other hand, I think he is being selfish too, unless his being incarcerated is a means to protect his wife as well. Better he being locked up, than his wife who actively aided their daughter’s audition for AKB0048.
Lovers… Mamoru is a bit of a dick, but he presents rather interesting things: He specifically mentioned that he loves the Yuuka who became an idol, but also specifically mentioned that he no longer loves the Yuuka outside of the idol context. He framed his relationship with her as that of a fan, and not that of a romantic interest. I think it’s really because he’s boning his real girlfriend… or at least she’s going to be boning him soon, and that he can’t bone an idol who’s half a galaxy away. This is his way of cutting things off with Yuuka in a way that lets him say he wishes her all the best, but that she shouldn’t think of him waiting for her, because he won’t. He wants some boning soon, or now.
Rivals… I really hate the psychological throat-block bullshit that the show inflicted on Nagisa. I would’ve preferred her just not being in good enough form. That’s simple enough. It makes Chieri’s momentary (yes, because Nagisa will bounce back and they will be a paired victoly LOLs) victory over her less satisfying. And it would’ve been awesome, really, the way she rubbed it in that big flat face of Nagisa’s. Yuko being rubbed the wrong way about the lyrics of the song she’s trying to steal was pretty cool, but that’s the show letting us know that she’s backing off on this, and really giving way to the next generation. To punctuate this, Takamina tells her about her intent of graduating after this performance. Rivalries are neatly resolved here…
…Only that the concert had to be canceled, robbing Chieri of her victory, and Takamina of her farewell performance. Such pure-pure hearts are to go to the blender again, but the blades are nerfed; all will be well.