Last time, Kinako decided to join the School Idol Club. However, she doesn’t realize how intense the practice is.
Despite Mei warning her about the practice and the high expectations, it’s evident that this is something that Kinako wanted to do. But, of course, she struggled a lot as everyone else was already used to this intense practice.
Of course, Kinako is not that athletic, and she struggled a lot. She even admits during her childhood that she was terrible at sports. I can relate since I am not that athletic, even after running a mile during Junior High and having to rest a bit in the nurse’s office. The funny thing is that Keke was in this situation before, and I find it funny how Sumire points this fact out.
After the first day of practice, Kinako receives the practice regimen from Keke. Yep, it is intense since it requires one to wake up at 5 in the morning. I do this three days a week to catch the train to work. Kanon tells her not to push herself too hard.
Kinako also tells her experiences with Shiki as Mei seems interested, as she won’t admit it. Not too surprising, given her indecisiveness. She still has a long way to go before she defrosts. Shiki apparently wants Kinako to try to invite Mei to the School Idol Club. Still, she outright admitted she was not interested. I don’t believe it, given how obsessed she was when she watched the School Idol Club practice on the roof.
Of course, despite Mei’s cold personality, she cares about Kinako. She notices that Kinako felt exhausted from all that early morning practice. So, she helps her while the students remark that being a School Idol is tough with all that practice.
Here comes the dilemma the School Idol Club has. They aren’t getting any first-year students interested because they aim to win Love Live, which might seem too intimidating. But, at the same time, the students seeing Kinako worn out doesn’t reflect that well on the School Idol Club.
They eventually changed their goals so they could get more first-years interested. That makes the practice regimen easier, which upsets Sumire and Keke. Sumire seems worried that Keke might have to return to Shanghai if they don’t win Love Live. Sumire obviously doesn’t want Keke to return home because she needs someone to blame. After all, Sumire has a thing for Keke. But, of course, Kinako doesn’t want this despite everyone else deciding this.
Eventually, Shiki talked to Hinako days after the welcome event with Takoyaki. She wants Kinako to speak about the School Idol thing with Mei. It’s evident that Kinako joined, knowing that the School Idol Club wanted to win Love Live, but she joined anyway. Mei tells her to believe in what she wants to become and ignore the others that tell her otherwise.
Kinako, by coincidence, met with Kanon at 5 o’clock in the morning as others showed up. They finally changed their minds after Kinako wanted to aim for their original goals, no matter how hard it might be. After all, she finally came to terms with how difficult it is as she wants to aim high without handicaps from her speech. Either way, it’s nice to see Hinako become another point on the finger star. I wonder, who is next to join the group? We’ll see soon enough.
I must admit, it was funny seeing Natsumi complain about her stock portfolio dropping. Yes, my portfolio is not performing well lately, although I only invest in dividend stocks in the SP500. I don’t do meme stocks and crypto because I hate losing all my money, although stocks always go up and down.