While Uori tries to recover from losing her voice, Sasame discovers that her pet lobster is missing. Apparently, it made a friend with a certain girl.
From last time, Uori continues to rest as she recovers from losing her voice last time. This time, Kiri is caring for her. It’s surprising how Uori and Kiri swapped their roles. Either way, Hanako decides to make a stew that is suited for her to help her recover.
Meanwhile, Sasame discovers that her pet lobster is missing from her tank. She goes out to find it. The funny thing is that a girl named Ako from a daycare wants to make friends with it. In a short period of time, Sasame manages to befriend her.
It’s quite fascinating how Sasame manages to befriend the pet lobster, which she names Antonio Gonzales Almodovar. Yes, it’s a pretty long name. Either way, she discovered it while practicing dance routines and a pet shop owner was trying to find it. It’s quite amazing that it seems to communicate through music.
Still, Sasame eventually finds out that Ako spends time alone. It’s not surprising to see this since her family never stays in the same place and always traveling. It’s understandable why she feels that way since she won’t make friends since she won’t be able to maintain these relationships. Apparently, she is going to move in another week. Thankfully, Sasame has an idea for a farewell party, have Ongaku Shoujo perform.
At the day of the performance, Sasame reveals that she is an idol and brings in Ongaku Shoujo. She even has Ako participate, which is nice. Eventually, it’s nice to see her become amazed by the performance and eventually get others to keep the beat. Now, Ako thinks that music is fun and now dreams of becoming an idol. After all, no matter where she goes, she will still have music.
Of course, there is the elephant in the room. Yes, it deals with the troubles Uori is facing. It’s quite obvious she is not taking the fact that she is not the center of Ongaku Shoujo anymore well. Seeing Uori watch past videos and reading tweets from fans that she is no longer the center had a negative impact on her.
Her experiences kind of reminds me of Honda Mio after her guest performance with Jougasaki Mika, which her friends, Rin and Uzuki participated in. She thought that she will have a similar audience when she debuted as New Generations. After the performance, Mio became dissatisfied since she set her expectations too high. She was dissatisfied with the audience size and decided to quit.
It’s not so surprising how Uori feels down after the daycare performance. After overhearing the producer and seeing tweets talking about her not being in the center, it’s obvious that not being able to be in the center really bothered her. After all, she was the face of Ongaku Shoujo and she took idols seriously. Now she can’t take her idol activities seriously, she lost the drive to continue.
Sadly, since she is unable to sing and feel music anymore, this doesn’t come at a surprise. She decided to quit in the similar way like Mio and even Miki did. Like with Mio and Miki, they never quit being an idol forever and they eventually came back. The question is, will Hanako be able to resolve Uori’s issues and help bring her back? We have to wait and see next time. ¶