This week on Revue Starlight, Karen is still shook about her mysterious audition battle against Junna. She learns from the talking giraffe, (how could I not mention him last week, wow), that if she talks about the secret auditions, she could be fined. Of course, that doesn’t stop her from bringing it up to Hikari and Junna, who both believe Karen should not have been involved. She stands her ground in her childhood dream of sharing a stage with Hikari and will battle until her dream comes true. Junna, however, is extremely bitter that she lost to a person that wasn’t even invited to the audition and so begins another battle with Karen.
I don’t know if I’ve been watching too much fucked up anime titles, but I totally expected for Junna to be dead this week. This show reminds me so much of Kunihiko Ikuhara’s work that I’m honestly surprised that contestants can walk away from this process without some measure of dramatic consequences for losing. Even though I’m, (admittedly, unjustly), disappointed in that regard, this episode was still a good time.
The relationship that’s even more fascinating to watch than Mahiru’s distaste for Hakiri is what’s is going on between Claudine and Maya. Neither of them have lines until the credits roll but Claudine is clearly not seeing it for Maya this week. They are the most idolized women in the show for their voices, dancing, and their ability to capture the attention of whoever is watching. This ability naturally would attract jealousy and envy, but I didn’t think we would see them go against each other so soon. Maya appears so unbothered on an epic scale as Claudine is visibly jealous of her. Next week is looking like a battle between them is in store.
I have to be honest and say that Karen seems to lack the “shine” compared to others in the series. Perhaps she is nervous and uncertain until the curtain rises but outside of her battle sequences, she seems like the last person you’d want in a leading role. That might even be the idea the story is going for but it’s extremely hard to disagree with Hikari and Junna telling her to sit the auditions out. As seen in the battles, Karen is actually formidable but it would be nice to see that in her practices with other classmates. If this show truly possesses the sense I believe it does, they will showcase tons of character development for Karen.
Revue Starlight met all of my expectations last week in its premiere and the newest episode keeps the ball rolling. Hopefully the show gets dark down the line but even if it doesn’t, Revue Starlight is still well worth watching.
Rating: 10 out of 10
P.S. Shoutout to HI-DIVE for streaming this episode without buffering every two minutes.