As expected, the girls managed to pass the preliminary rounds of Love Live. Meanwhile, Kanan and Mari finds out that Dia is acting funny.
After the girls finally got over the first hurdle, they realize that they ran out of money. It’s not surprising since it cost money to go to the competition and perform at an open house. With that, the girls need to raise money quickly for the competition they are participating in. Otherwise, they will have no way to attend the competition.
With that comes Dia’s desire to get closer with the other members of the group. Before Dia head home, she talks to Mari and Kanan. She wants to get closer with the 1st and 2nd year students. It’s obvious that she doesn’t like how she is only close with Mari and Kanan. In other words, she wants the underclass members to communicate to her casually. Still, it’s funny how the dolphins laugh at her while she talked about it.
The next day, the Chika, You and Riko tries to figure out a way to raise money. They think about getting a part-time job. Of course, Dia comes in and say that it’s not possible since it would conflict with the practice sessions. Besides, I highly doubt that businesses will hire someone who will leave after they have enough money.
Since the girls can’t work part-time, Dia comes with a backup plan. The girls decide to sell stuff at a flea market. Of course, Chika is a bad saleswoman and decides to sell a stuffed animal for only 5 yen because a girl is cute. I bet that if she ran a business, it would go bankrupt as quick as Dia’s objection.
Either way, it seems that the girls couldn’t generate enough money from selling things. This is not so surprising after all. Still, it seems that Dia still can’t reach her goal. It shows when she scratches the area around her mole. It’s obvious that she is hiding since her friends know that she does this since elementary school. Of course, when she tells Kanan and Mari her secret, they laugh at her.
In the second half, the girls decide to work at a water park. Dia sees this as an opportunity to get closer with the underclassman girls. Of course, she ends up doing the opposite when she helps the girls in certain situations. This range from having the sea lion go back to the pool to helping Chika and Hanamaru with the dishes. Mari and Kanan sees that Dia is not making any progress. Of course, the others started to notice that Dia is acting funny.
In the end, it’s hard for Dia to loosen up. However, she manages to calm down all the children despite one of the children trying to maintain order. Still, it’s not surprising why Dia can’t loosen up. She is already a natural-born leader that doesn’t have any flaws. It goes back to that Aesop that one should just be themselves. After all, if one pretends to be someone else, it causes him or her to lose the things that make them unique. In the end, it’s not surprising since everyone in the group want to stay as she is. ¶