This is it guys! We FINALLY got a Tsubasa performance! With this episode, the entirety of S4 has gotten to perform in the anime, along with mostly all of the main Idol Cast (minus Koharu). It took twenty episodes but this is exciting isn't it? 'Let's celebrate hitting 20 episodes and Tsubasa-sempai!
With my Aikatsu, lets review!
With their summer activities burning hotter, S4 announce a film they will be working on known as BodyBird. Tsubasa has gained one of the lead roles of the film and she shares a few words with the audience before the segment ends. Brimming with excitement, Yume chats with Koharu in the Cafeteria and suggests they grab Laura and make their way over to the filming location when it begins.
(As we all know by now, when S4 is involved Yume will be there.)
Upon arrival the girls find them filming a car scene going on without a hitch. They remind Yume to keep quiet, considering they snuck into the set and realize they actually don't know what the film is about. After spotting a script nearby, Koharu looks through it, revealing the film to be an action about a racer who becomes the Bodyguard of a President in charge of a large company. She also notices that the other members of S4 will play the role of his secretaries (Does a president of a company really need that many though?). Koharu recognizes the actor, Taiyou, and brings up some of his past works.
As this is going on, Taiyou complains over being degraded to a lowly role that would require him to be covered in mud and complains to his Manager. The man is unable to understand his problem but offers to talk about it with the Director. As another man walks by to try to locate something, Tsubasa approaches Taiyou to formally introduce herself. He takes little to no notice of her, only to state that as an Idol she only needs to focus on that much and brushes her off, wondering if perhaps she got the role only because she sings the theme song of the film.
(For a man with little passion he sure as heck knows how to burn others...)
(*hit by a brick*)
(It's a special episode, stupid puns are allowed!)
(*hit by another brick*)
(Why you...! *attacks brick thrower*)
Before Tsubasa is able to argue with Taiyou even further, the staff worker cries out with alarm upon spotting three people in animal Mascot costumes. He accuses them of being papaprazzi, but after the girls remove their animal heads, Tsubasa recognizes them and explains that they come from her school. The man calms down right away and leaves the girls in her care before heading off. Annoyed, Tsubasa turns to the girls demanding an explanation, and right away Yume brings up her desire to learn from S4 and had hoped they would get some inspiration for their Aikatsu this way.
Hearing this, Tsubasa heads off to speak to someone and returns later on, now with the girls in a building. She hands them some backstage passes and explains as long as they stay out of the way and allow the staff to work without any problems, they're more than welcome to stay.
(Yeah, cause sneaking onto a probably closed set with no reprocussions at all is no big deal in the least bit!)
While they observe the scenes going on before them, Tsubasa brings up how important it is for the girls to remember their manners while there. But when a curious Yume questions what filming manners would be, Tsubasa quietly explains. She brings up that one must be extremely quiet during filming to avoid any un-wanted sound from being picked up, mainly breathing. Yume, believing she understands is quick to cover her mouth and not breath at all.
(If she did things literally like this all the time, I'd be convinced she was lethally stupid...)
Tsubasa resumes once Yume has caught her breath, explaining how important it is to stay out of the camera angle due to its large range of sight. She also warns them not to touch any of the equipment when a break is suddenly called. With that she decides they should go and have some lunch, bringing the girls to the Cafeteria within the building.
To Yume's surprise, they find the other members of S4 working there. She questions why this is, because of their fame and popularity (Silly Yume... Silly Naive and lethally questionable Yume...), and doesn't see why they would need to work. They explain how their filming won't be taking place until later in the day anyway, and they don't mind lending a hand cooperating with the other food staff to make sure things run smoothly. Yume takes a moment to think back to when she helped with the stage set up (Episode 4), then realizes how right they are. With that, the girls reveal what they made, with Hime creating a wonderful curry, Yozora a 99-ingredient salad, and Yuzu's koi-koi sherbet.
(99 ingredients?! The most I ever ate was a 10-ingredient blend for dinner and a fancy christmas party... and why just 99 anyway? What's wrong with 100? One more won't kill anybody... Meanwhile, that sherbet 'looked so delicious on such a summers day~)
Just as the girls sit down to start eating they wonder if they could possibly eat everything prepared. To their shock, they see that Tsubasa has already finished her own meal- despite getting it right before them and she gets up, reminding them how important it is to eat everything before she heads off. Curiously she stops to spot Taiyou and his Manager on the phone in the hallway. To the disappointment of the Manager, Taiyou was unable to land the lead role of another film. He claims not to care though, since he wasn't invested in such a lowly role anyway, but this causes his manager to ask what happened to the passion he once held. Instead of answering Taiyou walks off.
Filming eventually returns, with Yume expressing absolute delight over getting to see Hime act now. The girls resume spying from a nearby wall as S4 walk onto the stage and they play their part of the film (again without a hitch), leading to Tsubasa on the roof with Taiyou for the final scene in that location. Right away he asks the director to stop, and quickly chews out the pronounciation of Pride, and the word Bodyguard. Nobody is able to understand the fuss, and question why he would make such a big about it, faulting it on the fact that as a big-time actor, he probably feels entitled to do it.
Suddenly a man runs into the room to inform everyone of a problem. The stuntman who was supposed to fill in for Tsubasa's final scene is unable to make it now. They will need to cancel the scene at this rate. As everyone worries and attempts to think of an alternate (and Taiyou complains as usual) Tsubasa suddenly volunteers to take the stunt persons place. They warn her of how dangerous it is, but she doesn't care, once again saying she will do it.
On location, the director reminds Tsubasa of what she must do exactly in order to ensure the scene goes as planned and to keep her safe. She listens intently as he points out they have large bags on the ground ready to catch her after she jumps, and that they covered them up so that nobody is aware of them being there. While Tsubasa seems to be fine, the rest of S4 is slightly anxious for her until realizing how intent she is on doing this. They express their support and move aside while Taiyou voices how sure he is that she won't be able to do it.
And so the scene begins. Tsubasa runs to the edge of the cliff as directed while several men follow behind her. She prepares to jump as they corner her- but hesitates after the cliff stlightly crumbles under the weight. As soon as everyone sees this they fear the worst, worried something bad is going to happen and try to end the filming, only for Hime to interrupt and refuse. She is sure Tsubasa will be fine and everyone watches with awe as she proceeds to jump off (Including that bag of hot air Taiyou).
As everyone worries she may be hurt, they watch as Tsubasa slowly walks out of all the dusty air surrounding the landing spot. She approaches Taiyou, slightly dirty and scratched up but perfectly fine. Suddenly something dons on him and he asks her why she would go this far for Acting (as one of the directors has a hissy fit over his change in line), and Tsubasa explains that while she is an Idol, she takes her Acting career just as seriously and is always devoted to it. With his own passion restored, Taiyou slowly removes his sunglasses as he thinks about his passion he once held. He thanks her and the scene is instantly cut.
(It's touching moments like this that are usually ruined because some dum-dum forgot to record it XD Thankfully that didn't happen here!)
Approached by S4 and Taiyou, Tsubasa is congratulated for her job well done as Taiyou apologizes for his rudeness from before. Tsubasa mentions how much she loved one of his past works and he vows to stop being so difficult and to reclaim his once lost passion. He then decides to stay with the staff and watch as she changes into her coord and gets on stage to peform Dancing Days.
After the performance, everyone returns to another building for the after party. As they enjoy the food and taking things easy after such a long day, they watch to see how different Taiyou is behaving now (after causing his possibly drunk manager to happily weep openly and hang on him) and are happy with how things turned out. Koharu reminds Yume that they were supposed to be focusing on their Aikatsu after she sees how much food she is grabbing and Yume recalls what Tsubasa told them earlier, causing everyone to start laughing.
Alright! So that's episode 20! In all honesty it didn't wow me or anything. I did enjoy it, I promise, but I usually don't like episodes involving acting all that much. I don't know why, I guess because they usually have more serious tones to them and I prefer funny or cute ones. I'm glad everything worked out, but the spoiled/mean older actor thing has been done to death.
Okay, so now onto the fun stuff! Since this is episode 20, I wanted to make some special activities for everyone... but because of the low turn out from last time I decided not to bother (especially considering there isn't enough Tsubasa for a top 10 list). However, I did include a new feature I plan to put into the blogs as long as I remember~
Opinion of the Day!
If you were put into Tsubasa's position what would you have done?
Personally I'm terrified of heights. I wouldn't do it at all, I don't care how that makes me sound. But I would work really hard to find a replacement stunt person willing to help out, no matter how long it took.