Wow this episode hurts like a bitch. I didn’t want to see Kirara miss the plane. I knew it was going to come back to bite her if she didn’t make it. With all the build up, fame and hype around her being selected to participate in the internationally renowned fashion show, the Japan Collection- I knew the repercussions were going to be severe and would go as far as jeopardizing her dream to become a top model. And the thing is, I think Kirara was aware of what the backlash would be, yet she made the selfless decision to prioritize protecting Karin’s (a new model who was inspired by her) dream. But perhaps this is one of the boldest twists the writers decided to do. In fact, I commend them for this because Kirara was… let’s say more or less on a smooth path to her dream. But in reality, that’s not how life goes, there are bound to be slip-ups, some so bad it could or will make everything you worked towards fall apart. Kirara made difficult decision and the price of missing the plane and the show resulted damaging her reputation as a model, and making it more difficult for her to get a jobs and such, regardless of her recognition before the incident took place. Kirara is clearly not okay, she is hurt to have lost this opportunity. She says she doesn’t regret her decision, she would do it again and again, and I believe her- but that doesn’t fill the void of the ultimate opportunity that was lost. In the preview we hear Kirara claims she will quit as a model, a startling announcement considering how much time and effort she had put into this job. We don’t know if this is merely just because she is rightfully upset right now (which seems to be the case since the Star Castle stopped glowing) or perhaps her dream has perhaps undergone its own transition like Minami’s, but more subtly. It looks like there will either be a mock-fashion show arranged by the girls or the famous dude- I forget his name- will approach her and offer her an opportunity to work on regaining her reputation.
Earlier in the episode, Kanata was seen inspecting the Star Castle that is still trapped in the thorns of despair. At the time some of us probably expected it to be cleansed by the end of the episode… well instead it lost it’s radiance (the star is no longer glowing). It might be cleansed next week, unless that is- they plan to make Kirara’s conflict even bigger than I anticipate it to be.
And I’m all for it if it means it involves the build-up to the final big fight.