Us being students, we are busy and seeing that nobody really looks out for these episodics, no one will mind if it’s late right? Plus we have this secret that the writer’s of this blog are actually school idols struggling to save our school from being closed due to not having enough students enrolling. Yeah, I know right! Tough times man.
Episode 8. Pssh… nothing much happened, unless you want to count that epic moment when the anime and the original love live PV 1 for Bokura no Life, Kimi no Life coincided in an array of epic-ness. Which led to me screaming and hugging my non-existent girlfriend.
Finally the whole of Muse (can’t do that symbol thing) has been assembled and with that, more stuff can happen at last. But alas, we’re also running out of episodes so what can the anime pull off?
Interesting note too, Muse actually does have 9 members and so it was a nice touch of them to actually follow the original name that they thought out for the group in the first place. Another interesting not is that there are actually ten Muses in the Greek mythology. So if they really wanted to, they could throw in an anime only character. Though the chances of that actually happening is rather close to zero.
So on to episode 9. I wrote both parts separately so the top half was when I had no idea what the next episode had in store and I was amazed by this episode. It was really a well played episode, like the whole flow of the episode felt orderly and smooth. A really, really nice slice of life feel. Something most shows try in incorporate but fail to do so. So for this one episode, Love Live really delivered this quirky yet soothing feel to me.
With the group gaining in popularity due to the presence of several new personalities, they get various benefits. For one, you get to see shops selling stuff with your face on it and you get to be as narcissistic as possible. Quite the good perk of being an idol if you ask me.
Now we get on to the main gist of the episode. Kotori actually secretly being a maid in a cafe in Akihabara and with the others finding out. The reason of her doing so was due to her feelings of inferiority towards the more noticeable 2nd years who have been in the spotlight every other episode while she ‘s been doing nothing more than supporting roles. It’s never a good feeling to feel inferioir to those whom you spend most of your time with that, you could understand Kotori’s action. Plus, she looks completely adorable in the maid outfit.
Moving on, we get hints of a new song being written to be performed and the songwriter is none other than the spotlight holding Kotori. Which means 2 things. 1. We can expect a new insert song and 2. Moar Kotori looking and sounding adorable. The inner sadist in me just smiled, laughed and ****ed while I watch Kotori struggle (in an extremely adorable manner) to write the lyrics.
Thankfully, the power of friendship pulls through and with inspiration from Honaka and Umi, she manages to right the song, incorporating the experience she gained from spending time as a maid in the land of the Otaku. Which are of course great life experiences for writing a song.
I somewhat gets what she says about Akibahara. Even though I went there as a tourist and no one even dares to approach you you just know that everyone you see in an anime shop has that same thought as you. That you’re all connected by that invisible thread known as Otaku bros. It’s that feeling you get when you attend a live event where you just know everyone is there for more or less the same reason as you.
The episode ends on a high note with us getting to hear the new insert song, “Wonder zone” which is a nice song, catchy and you get the feel of it after seeing the lyrics translation. Plus all the characters in maid outfits is something that can never go wrong as a famous maid from a show once said, “No one can hate a maid”. It’s really hard to imagine what can top the characters in maid outfits, until you see the preview for the next episode. If I haven’t mentioned it yet, the faces these girls make are so lovable. UZE!
And some of you might me thinking I exaggerate when I say scream, but I really do scream when something epic happens in an anime. Ask the other writers.