The big day has come with the girls preparing for the regional competition. Are they ready?
Now that Aqours passed qualifying rounds, it’s now time to focus on winning the regional competition. Last time, Chika already realized that she has to find her own way to save the school. After listening to three other students who want to be school idols because they like their school, she found the reason. This eventually become the basis of their reenactment of how Aqours found their way of saving the school before their performance.
While their reenactment gives a sense of the difficulties the girls face, it’s redundant. I understand that the audience needs to know how they become school idols to save the school. However, this scene makes it feel like the directors ran out of material, which lessened the impact of the finale. This is probably why some viewers didn’t like how the last episode went. In other words, it’s there for emotional support.
On the flip side though, Chika’s mom doesn’t look like a mother at all. Given her height, she looks like a teenager.
I have to say that Love Live! Sunshine!! is enjoyable. Sure, people are going to complain that Aqours will never live up to Muse, but they are alright. Sure, there are archetypical similarities, but the characters mostly have different personalities compared to Muse. Yoshiko is obviously a good example since there is no girl in Muse that compares to her.
On the other hand, I felt that the story started off a bit weak, mostly because it recycled the storytelling of the original. Thankfully, the story gotten better in the second half when Aqours got last place in the Tokyo competition. It was a wakeup call for Chika that copying Muse won’t get them that far. Also, she also has to resolve the problems with the third years that tainted Aqour’s reputation. In short, it took a while for Aqours to grow on me.
Overall, Sunshine was enjoyable despite having some flaws. Hopefully a second season will come around soon so we can see how Aqours will fare in the final round. ¶