You know stuff is about to go down when the opening doesn’t even play and the credits immediately come in. This definitely felt like one of the more lower key episodes that helped to just kind of take a step back and take a breath. Especially since we all know that stuff is gonna get emotional next week with how they set up for it. There are certainly a lot of things to unpack with all the moving parts going on.
It was such a small line, but I love Yamato’s “Instead of living in moderation, let’s give it everything we’ve got!” It just emphasizes his character growth from just coasting through life to doing everything in his power to make things a success. And I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, but Yamato is honestly in my opinion the best written character in this series. So seeing him showing off his growth just warms my heart. Especially when it comes to his friendship with Mitsuki. Saying those sorts of things just to make him happy cry lol. After what went down between them in the first half, it’s nice to see them be more open with each other and relay how the other has inspired them in one form or another. Though I did laugh when Yamato highlighted a big situation with every other guy in the group, he just states how Mitsuki cried in the bathroom. Out of all the things you could have highlighted, THAT was the thing you decided to bring up??? XDDD I just ended up laughing because that was like one of the most irrelevant things compared to all the others that were brought up lol.
Though, when Riku’s voice started overpowering the other voices in the song, it made me feel a little uncomfortable. Since it started feeling like the song was just him and the others just faded into the background. And it made me even more uncomfortable when the audience just chanted his name and no one else’s. A couple episodes ago, Kujo called Riku a monster and my mind immediately related it to the title of their first song, freaking MONSTER GENERATION. Why is this happening? Does Riku have some sort of power??? It’s all very strange and ominous and I don’t like it. If all the attention falls solely on Riku, it’s not fair to the other members. It’ll just end up feeling like a solo with Riku and the others as his back up vocals and dancers. Which definitely isn’t fair to them because each of them brings something to the group. Though it seems like Iori and I are on the same wavelength because he also feels like something is off from all of this. Especially since Kujo put the title “monster” into his head already. Hopefully they offer us a decent explanation as to what is going on because what the heck is even happening with him???
While everything that has happened to Trigger is really terrible, I also think it’s a good humbling and learning experience for them. They never got to experience working from the bottom to the top like Idolish7 and Re:vale. Trigger had started with everything at their disposal, but now they really have to take a lot of things into account. They’ve definitely worked hard to get where they were, but they definitely had a very different experience starting as idols compared to the others. I feel like working from the ground up will ultimately teach them to be much more grateful for everything they were initially given and appreciate the people who had helped them. I remember Tenn asking Anesagi what Idolish7 had that Trigger didn’t back in the Summer Live Vibrato episode and I think it was experiencing the bottom so they were unafraid to take risks. Something that Trigger haven’t been able to experience.
Also I think it’s so funny how Ryu initially brought up the three of them living together after hearing that i7 all live in a dorm together in part 1 and Gaku and Tenn immediately refused. But now look at them lol.
Things were looking pretty disheartening for them all day and I think that one fan that came up to them definitely helped lift their spirits. Especially since it showed that there are still people out there who are supporting them and hoping for them to get back on their feet. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think we’ve actually seen Trigger interact with a fan so close and personal before. Whenever we see Trigger, we always see them extending thanks to their fans from the stage or television screen. So this could be a first for them seeing first hand just how much they are supported and loved by their fans. And while Anesagi was hesitant about the idea at first, decided they should start street performances, just like how Idolish7 started out.
Also was that Anesagi in that black and white shot??? It makes me wonder if Anesagi actually tried being an idol at one point but eventually decided to become a manager instead.
While it seems like Ryo is onto what Momo is plotting, it could also be a way to draw his attention away from what Yuki is doing. Especially since Ryo has always seemed to be more interested in Momo than Yuki. So it makes sense that Momo would use that to his advantage. And while that’s happening, it allows Yuki to move around freely, gathering more people inside and out. I definitely respect the amount of confidence he has that even if Re:vale is brought down, it will eventually rise back up. It’s understandable how he has so much faith since he’s witnessed first hand how the old Re:vale had fallen but was reborn anew with him and Momo from the ground up. Though I can’t help to think that it is slightly naive since if Tsukumo ends up defacing Re:vale, it’ll be ten times harder to get back on their feet. But I gotta commend the determination and confidence.
There are so many different moving parts going on right now and it’ll definitely be interesting to see how this all plays out. Hopefully for the better because Ryo really needs to go down after everything that he did. Definitely a more calm episode that is building up to something big. Especially in regards to the modern day Chiba Salon and Trigger’s journey from the bottom up. Though it also makes me worried to what is going on with Riku because I honestly can’t even guess what that is all about. So I guess we’ll just have to wait and see~