Too bad there’s not much to say about this episode. Kasumi and O-Tae act flirty towards their bandmates as usual; PoPiPa manages to perform live at Space; and the relatives of the PoPiPa members attend the live show to see them perform.
Notable instances within the episode include the return of fan favorite Hina-chan, who calls Poppin’ Party the cutie party and proceeds to play with O-Tae’s hair as well asYuri (Rimi-rin’s onee-chan, feeling depressed about Space having its last live show).
There are so many things that were not really given closure. Did Aa-chan (aka Asuka aka Kasumi’s little sister) decide to continue swimming / attend Kasumi’s high school next year? What was the purpose of mentioning that Kasumi heard a “starbeat” if it doesn’t really come up outside of her wanting to shine (and her own star obsession)?
Why did Owner decide to close Space in the first place? I guess PoPiPa and the other bands will roam the land looking for a new place to belong according to what Owner says to Saaya’s mom, but we just don’t know if that will happen since the last scene in this anime series just shows the Poppin’ Party members grinnin’ like Jack-o-Lanterns.
Overall, I thought this series was half-baked. The best part of BanG Dream! was the shiptease and subtext. But a story can’t survive off that alone (in my opinion). I’ll go into more (explicit) detail regarding my feelings for this show in my series review. I’ll try to have it out by the end of this weekend!