Fun times in Kyoto this week! The show seems very comfortably in its groove at this point, with each new episodes major highlights generally being the tiny details. And this week had plenty of great tiny details, along with some lovely animation, backgrounds, and a more consistent sense of humor. I kinda wish I’d been a little faster getting on the “the main characters are barely going to do anything, and that’s okay” train, because the show itself seems to be having a lot of fun with that state of affairs – their limp attempt to rescue the Rockers captain was one of the episode’s best moments. Rolling Girls has turned out to be a pretty cozy ride.
My full ANN post is available here. Notes below!
And the rolling girls got lost and wound up at a hot spring
“Of course it’s important! It’s a stone that lets people become Bests!” Ai still believes that
Chiaya says she doesn’t need a stone anymore, demonstrating their other significance. Chiaya’s happy with her place now, spending time with the girls
Oh my god, the deer holding the camera on its head
The girls just hanging out and singing on the road
Maccha Green’s stone fell when she needed to save Nozomi. Maybe that’s when she realized protecting people was what brought her satisfaction
Slight questions of what Yukino and Ai want. Yukino wants “more experience so she can make her dream come true”
Kyoto, the holy land of rock
Order is kept by two vigilante groups – the concerts at the old temples are operated/policed by the Kamogawa Rockers, the public peace of the old capital and town is kept by Maikos, We Are
And we’ve already got a Maiko dreaming of rock music
“We came to this festival to keep it from being stopped as Maccha Green’s substitute”
And there’s the rock star girl, who reminds Nozomi of Ma-chan
The Kiyomizu Temple Rock Explosion is the festival
Huge number of nice backgrounds this episode
Seems like tons of moonlight stones fall from the sky during these concerts. WHERE DREAMS ARE BORN
Shuten’s gang busts up the performance!
Oh shit, awesome animation and explosions! Music sheet explosions!
“Put it in the jinxed stones box” Jinxed stones, huh
Oh my god, this kidnapping. It’s great
The rock star girl has a lot of personality
They’ve taken her to Mount Oe
So apparently this group has some backwards-talking speech pattern
“Cover me, guys!” And Ai charges in like an idiot. Go rolling girls!
Oh my god, Nozomi and Yukino falling over each other. I’m getting more fond of how useless these characters are the more the show hammers it in
“There’s still one more…” and Chiaya’s sleeping in the bus
And the Maikos show up
Maikos are doing the same verbal tic. I guess it’s supposed to represent their old-fashioned Kyoto dialect
More sweet fights and explosions!
So the Maiko and Rocker captains were once friends, but they don’t talk now
Yep, they’ve got some kind of past
Misa’s the rocker captain
Aw dang, it’s two of the dudes from the band the rolling girls like, Momi-Han
Nozomi volunteering to help when she can’t do anything again
Chiaya’s mother’s assistant has caught up with the girls
I love that they just don’t take her stupid helicopter thing off
The stones rain down after a good concert. There we go
Yukino hypothesizes on how the stones power people up