I know I know I know I'm slacking but I seriously haven't have much time to blog lately thanks to IRL but heyyyy new blog post today I'm just throwing out there while waiting for the new tsukipara christmas event!
Hello people of the interwebs!!! Last SOARA centered episode so grab a pillow and some hot tsukino chocolate as this one is filled with warm fluffy moments!
As always there will be spoilers as I'll be blabbing my fangirl heart and will make reference to both ProAni, TsukiAni and the other source materials in the series like SNS short stories on twitter (ALIVE) (SQ) (Tsukiuta Men Series) and Drama CDs.
Episode 10: A Gift for the Future focuses on SOARA's bassist Nozomu as he and Ren take part in a variety show to promote the band and the upcoming Tsukipro concert however just as they were about to go on set Nozomu looses his lucky guitar pick that his older brother gave him. Meanwhile Sora writes the last song for the Tsukipro concert.
The last two SOARA episodes focus mostly on Sora, Mori and Soshi so its nice to see Ren and Nozomu getting more of the spotlight this episode.
Were also introduced to Nozomu's older borther Izuru Nanase (CV:kaito ishikawa) who is also a bassist and was what influence Nozomu to be the 'super charismatic bassist' he is today. This is the first time we see we got to see a characters sibling that is not part of the Tsukino Talent and about freaking time as if you follow the Twitter updates or drama cds you'll sometime see some of the Tsukino characters talking about their siblings and occasionally they'll make an appearance like one of the recent one was Gravi Aoi's older brother in the twitter stories.
We learn that Izuru is Nozomu's father figure since their dad passed away when they were young due to an illness.
Its nice seeing a flashback of their sibling relationship when they were talking about how red bean ice cream reminds Nozomu of his brother. This part which I relate to Nozomu so freaking much!!! 😍😋😊
Also I just have to mention this but baby Nozomu is so adorable!!! The cutest purest angel lollllll Also its so freaking weird that baby Nozomu sounds exactly the same as current Nozome!!! lolll like why didn't they get the VA to sound younger or cast another VA IDK but it was weird!
Nozomu had a lot of 'I'm fire up moments' in this episode which were hilarious as the rest of the SOARA members reactions varies from 'Ummmm 😅' to 'wowwwww'. Loll this is what you call friendship goals!!!
We get to see more of Ren and Nozomu's friendship since they were classmates and are the same age. Its nice seeing them working together as well as looking out for each other.
Sora!!!! My best boy of the series! Every time I this dork makes he me so freaking happy!!! One of the side story is Sora struggling to come up with their last song for the Tsukino concert but thanks to his friends little foodie trip around their neighborhood along with Ren and Nozomu's situation they managed to finish the final song (on time lolll).
Lastly Mori and Sochi are seriously like Gravi's Haru and Hajime! I really like how we see more of Mori being the 'unofficial leader' of SOARA in this episode. Seeing how mature and put together this two are often makes me forget that they are the same age as Sora 😂😅
We got to see SOARA at work mostly on promoting the up coming TsukiPro LIVE.
Nozomu and Ren story of they going on the variety show at first a bit under prepared but eventually managed to redeemed themselves is probably my favorite part of the episode as its a very SOARA message of learning from your mistakes and improving.
The variate show is freaking random as its like a talk show about shops in your neighborhood but heyyyy if Japan can have a variate show on people climbing slippery stairs going viral on the interwebs this is nothing.
I also love the moments when the whole band is together whether its chilling in the common room or going out with Ren and Nozomu on a food adventure!
I'll say it again SOARA is freaking friendship goals! And once again this show made me EFFING HUNGRY!!!! loll like cane we get through a ProAni episode without foodporn?!?! probably not lollll
Speaking of Nozomu! I really like the the lucky pick story on how much the pick means to him and how he lost and found it! Its a realistic and relatable story as I'm pretty sure almost everyone have some sorta lucky trinket that is precious to them.
What's most interesting is how Ren 'found' the pick by being observant at Nozomu's habits of stuffing everything in his pocket.
Wait... what anime was I watching?!?! LOLLLLL Rin..... you're in the the wrong anime!!! joke
This is not really an easter egg or a reference but I just HAD TO POINT OUT that Izuru's character design resembles A HELLA LOT like this other onii-chan!!! He looks so freaking much like Rin from Free!.
Also SOARA had a promotional event at Animate. For those who don't know what Animate is, its a store that sells pretty much anything and everything related to anime/otaku culture so you can get almost anything anime/idol/game etc merch related. They also have an online INTERNATIONAL store (HERE) so if you can't go to Japan get it to come to you 😆😆😆
A nice little throwback to Tsukiuta which had a whole episode dedicated to WTF Animate is and how everything works there. That episode is one of my favorite as Six Gravity's Haru had the Manager of the Day event and sold those cute little limited edition Animate Haru tsukusa (completed with glasses and mole!). Sadly no dancing mascots lolll I'll pay to watch that again! Also if you were to ever go to Japan and I'll assume you reading this blog post do like anime watching THIS TsukiAni episode might make you want to go to Animate for a 'cultural experience' though you might also want to hold on tight to your wallets and maybe bring an empty suit case??? just saying that's my game plan if I were to ever go to Japan lolll.
More of a random though but when Nozomu was shouting 'croquette' I keep thinking of the Tsukiuta's pet dog Croquette!!! Loll and yes Six Gravi Kakeru and Koi has a pet dog named Croquette (named by Kakeru as his golden brown coat reminds him of croquette!!!) who made his first appearance in the duet drama CD 'Inocencia' when they adopted him which FYI is kinda my least favorite duet song thank to Tsukipara as I once played it NINE... yes NINE FREAKING TIMES IN A ROLL during the summer event! Also Croquette made an appearance in HUMAN FORM in the last Tsukista Lunatic Party and he's adorable!
A Gift for the Future (未来への贈り物 Mirai he no Okurimono) - ED
Last SOARA ED song and I its so warm and comforting just like this episode.
Like they say this song has a very SOARA message similar about overcoming problems. I like the montage showing the process of the guys learning and recording the song.
Similar to Friends but I like this a little bit more cause I luvvvv the acoustics guitar bits and the very SOARA message about achieving your dream.
My jaws hurt from smiling like an idiot watching this episode but seriously I have so much happy fluffy feels and feels so warm and comfy in the inside. I'm gonna say this once more SOARA is literally friendship goal and not gonna lie seeing their friendship makes me miss my friends back in Australia especially when we used to live on campus and will hang out in the dorm's common room all the time.
I really enjoy all their relationship/friendship explored in the episode and its heartwarming to see Nozomu and Izuru together. SOARA really makes my day seeing how positive and upbeat their songs and personalities are but also the bond among the members.
Not gonna lie... I'm sad that this is the last SOARA centered episode and that ProAni is almost over. But heyyyy maybe with the success of this series we will have a season 2 or some sort as ProAni units are getting a season 4 drama cd next year and there's the stage play series that I'm SUPER EXCITED FOR. gahh but I also want more Tsukiuta.
Back to catching up with the last Quell episode while I recover from the most recent tsukipara event and waiting for the NEXT tuskipara event... my hands are not ready for this... gahhh the things I do for those beautiful cards!!!!
Till next time