“I don’t want to graduate. But as long as I’m here, Kanata will be an understudy. I’m crushing her dream…for the sake of my own.”
The concert goes off successfully, and everyone congratulates the unders for standing in for the successors. Kanata goes to welcome back Takamina and the other members, however Takamina is still thinking back on what she witnessed at the underground temple. AKB’s next concert is at Tundrastar, a planet fully under the Entertainment Ban, and so the group go off fully expecting DES conflict. The DES attack early though, and with no help from the wotas Takamina goes out to fight with a few other successors, but has conflicting emotions and is shot down by a DES mecha. Kanata ends up saving her, and she wonders whether it’s right to pursue her own dream while crushing someone else’s.
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So Takamina’s averted her death flag…for now. It was given that she’d have to do some serious soul searching after being told by the Kirara that Kanata was a better Takamina than she was, but it was terribly bad luck to have a DES attack right when she was at her most emotionally vulnerable. It sounds like Takamina really was a good coordinator and mech pilot, but just wasn’t herself due to thinking about other things while fighting. To be honest, when she was gunned down I actually thought they’d killed her off (especially with the blood and all) but I suppose it wasn’t her time to go yet. If Takamina did die, it would cause Kanata a lot of grief, and even more so when she’s informed that she’ll be taking over Takamina’s name. I’m sure that’s not the way she wants to succeed her – instead, she herself believes she needs to get stronger.
Successing isn’t without its own bad sides either – and we see that with Sae-chan (previously Youko) who is the only person from the 76th generation to become a full member. I’d always thought she was a more experienced member, but she seems to have succeeded recently, leaving behind her 76th gen friends and mingling with others. Now she hardly talks to them, and as a result her former friends have grown a bit bitter as well, and that extends to the 77th gen, who they see as being closer than them in becoming successors and getting all jelly.
Takamina hasn’t even come to a decision as of yet, but is perfectly clear that by being Takamina, she’s effectively stopping Kanata from getting anywhere. Yuko was surprisingly cold when replying to that – and in a way she’s right, since everyone in AKB has the same dream and they’ve worked so hard to get to where they are, so the least they deserve is to live that dream. For Takamina to graduate to help Kanata would be the ultimate act of kindness, and if she does do that, the respect I’ll have for her will be massive.
- Random thought – no episode is complete without its obligatory Nagisa x Chieri.
- Wait, I just realized…wasn’t Nagisa the main character at one point?