Although Liella only managed to win second place, it put them on the map as more students enrolled in the school. However, a particular first-year girl is trying to find her new residence.
Note: The official localization won’t come until Tuesday/Wednesday. So, to reduce my workload, I will watch the Japanese subtitled version.
Yes, it’s a big bummer that Leilla didn’t get to the finals for Love Live. After all, they are facing off Sunny Passion. Still, it’s nice of them to recognize their rivals, Leilla, who came in second. Either way, the girls, especially Keke, reacted positively. However, Ren feels that they haven’t left an impression. Either way, they decide to work harder to win this year’s Love Live.
As expected, Sumire is worried about Keke’s talking to her parents about returning to Shanghai. I find it funny how Sumire worries about her despite acting aloof towards Keke and tormenting her. Keke eventually tells her to mind her own business. She also mentions receiving an extension until Liella can win the tournament. Yes, she even threatens Sumire that she will chop off her curls if she brings this topic up. Now, that is a bit savage.
Meanwhile, Sakurakoji Kinako seems lost in Tokyo, finding her new residence while attending school. She finds the school until a red hair girl, Yoneme Mei, obsesses over Liella being on the school roof. When Kinako looks at Mei, her personality completely changes. I wonder, what is up with her?
Shortly after, Kinako walks up the stairs and ends up on the rooftop. That is while Kanon and her friends are practicing. This makes them think that Kinako is interested in becoming a school idol. Yep, they caused a big misunderstanding since she got lost. It’s not too surprising since Kinako is a country bumpkin from Hokkaido.
Kanon eventually takes her to her place. Before that, I find Kanon’s reaction when Kinako addresses her as Senpai cute. Over some lattes, Kanon mentioned that when she became a school idol during her first year, her life changed. Of course, when Kinako went home, she watched some of Lellia’s performances. That is while Kanon had a Zoom call saying she managed to take Kinako home nearby. They also talk about potential new members, including inviting Kinako.
As expected, Kanon and her friends try to recruit more people. Then, of course, Keke puts up an elaborate display in front of the school, which Sumire disapproves of since it looks huge and stupid. Yep, a stream of first-year students starts asking for autographs from Sumire, Keke, and soon Kanon, Chisato, and Ren. Yes, they are now celebrities.
Despite having posters and Keke’s attempts to recruit people from the music course students, nobody came. As expected, Keke blames Sumire. I like how some things don’t change between the two. I find it funny how Keke takes drastic action and reveals a large banner in front of the school. Sadly, that yielded no results.
Kanon and her friends find out why people aren’t coming. The first years seem too scared to join because of Liella’s lofty goals and positive reputation. Yes, being a potential group that can possibly win Love Live this year. Not to mention, the first-year girls that talk to them say the qualities and talents of each member. It’s going to be a high bar to find other talented people.
Meanwhile, Kinako is unsure about joining after hearing how much practice she needs to do and high expectations from Liella. Thankfully, Kanon runs into Kinako that night and invites her to see their rehearsal during the weekend. She did that after Shiki gave her a push with her contraption cramped around her right ankle.
Either way, it seems that Kinako enjoyed the performance. It appears that Mei, Shiki and Natsumi watched it, too, although Natsumi complained about her messed-up photo. Not too surprising since she is an influencer. Yes, she even gives a business card to Kinako, which has a QR code that goes to the Love Live website. Still, I wonder how Kinako will fare on her first day of practice. We’ll see next week.