BanG Dream! It’s MyGO!!!!! – Episode 13

Howdy people, and welcome again to Flawed Each Time. At this time it’s with a heavy coronary heart that I announce we’ve reached the finale of BanG Dream! It’s MyGO!!!!!, and can quickly be requested to depart the venue and shuffle our method dwelling. It’s been a poignant, incessantly transcendent, and ever-engaging journey with the misplaced ladies, and I’m unhappy to see our time collectively drawing to a detailed. However at the very least we’ve nonetheless received the recollections: Anon’s delightfully mercenary recruitment of Tomori, that devastating elaboration of Tomori’s life story, the determined machinations of our woman Soyo, and the thunderous performances that first hire after which reunited our stars, aligning them of their collective want for a bit heat and understanding, a spot that may make a pillbug like Tomori attain for the solar.

It’s been profoundly rewarding watching this crew develop into an ever-frictious however nonetheless supportive entire, and I’d frankly be completely content material if this episode was only a full-length encore efficiency for MyGO!!!!! However in fact, our story possesses one final lingering query: what the fuck is occurring with Sakiko, and why is she assembling a cabal of musical supervillains. Her preliminary formation of CRYCHIC appeared nearly as Tomori-focused as our pricey Taki’s motives, and it’s clear that seeing Tomori transfer on and discover a new neighborhood hit her like a punch within the intestine. Will we eventually study why she was moved to disband her personal treasured neighborhood, and what she hopes will emerge from the ashes? Let’s get to it!

Episode 13

“The Solely One I Can Belief Is Myself.” Presumably this episode title is our first one from Sakiko’s perspective. After the dissolution of CRYCHIC, it appears the lesson she internalized was to at all times preserve others at a distance. Her dialog with Nyamu was definitely all enterprise, although her assembly with Uika appeared to suggest that some private bonds can nonetheless be valued

We first stumble upon Sakiko… working in a name heart? Love that she maintains her gothic frills even at her day job

Nonetheless, this scene offers an instantaneous indication that she’s not practically as rich as she might sound. Maybe CRYCHIC’s finish was precipitated by some horrible flip of her household’s fortunes? That doesn’t essentially clarify why she’d reduce Tomori and the others off, but when her pleasure couldn’t enable her to compromise on band commitments with a purpose to spare extra time to assist the household, I might see why she’d suppose quitting is the one choice

Mutsumi agrees to hitch the band instantly, saying that Sakiko “seems to be like (she’s) about to interrupt aside”

“Chances are you’ll preserve your concern. The weak me has already died.” Sakiko is a lot. And jeez, Mutsumi by no means has a straightforward time of it – she’s at all times attempting to reconcile and forgive, however each Sakiko and Soyo are so proud and self-absorbed that they solely ever throw her sympathy again in her face

The query needs to be requested, if Sakiko has deserted the eager for neighborhood that first united her and Tomori, what’s she really getting out of this new group? It appears as painful and labored as the whole lot else in her present life

In the meantime, Raana looms over 5 matcha parfaits. Actually capturing that “cat staring approvingly at blinis” vitality

Oh my god, Anon has to actually maintain her again as she paws at them. If my grandma owned a membership, might I additionally shamble by way of life as a feral creature

Anon makes an attempt to evoke management by providing a retrospective on their efficiency, just for her bandmates to boo and jeer her off the stage. They’re a beautiful group

“If we preserve layering second on second like that, it’s going to develop into a lifetime.” Quite than a literal lifetime, Tomori appears to be implying a lifetime’s price of recollections – a lifetime’s share of emotional enrichment, sufficient heat moments shared to populate your ideas all life lengthy

“Are you actually planning to play in a band till you die?” I recognize that now, with Soyo not coddling Tomori for the sake of recreating CRYCHIC, she’s completely keen to ask the identical cynical, pragmatic questions that Anon as soon as voiced. Anon and Soyo are a lot alike now that Soyo’s being sincere, a indisputable fact that presumably makes Soyo all of the extra irritated

“Properly then, everybody will want to verify they keep wholesome.” Soyo is finished arguing together with her. One other welcome gesture in the direction of how private development is piecemeal, and the fact that we hardly ever endure complete transformations of our attitudes and affectations. Soyo nonetheless finds Tomori troublesome to speak to – though she’s now keen to problem Tomori’s extra nonsensical statements, she nonetheless swiftly reaches a degree the place she’d relatively simply cease speaking than argue together with her

“Anon-chan has already posted footage.” After all Anon would instantly parlay their unity and success into social media clout. The extra encouraging level is that Soyo is straight away testing her web page, and even appears to approve of Anon’s antics

Soyo isolates Tomori by providing to stroll her dwelling, and confesses that she at all times discovered Tomori’s lyrics too uncooked to really feel snug with them

Soyo eventually confesses to her need to be accepted, and the artifice she embraced in that pursuit

“If I began to consider it, it made me really feel like I used to be dying, so I attempted to not suppose.” Goddamn, Soyo. Eventually voicing why Tomori has made her so uncomfortable all alongside – Tomori has at all times pursued sincere expression of the uncharitable, lonely feelings that Soyo tried to disclaim inside herself. Tomori is at all times actual in a method that Soyo couldn’t think about for herself; Soyo is a grasp of social niceties, however Tomori has no school for such issues, and as a substitute cuts proper by way of to the honest wishes that Soyo is unwilling to face

And that is such a human response for Soyo, too. Is it potential to reconcile a need for sincere reference to an inclination to lie with a purpose to collect others near you? Maybe not, however she nonetheless wanted that connection, and thus selected to deceive herself with a purpose to grasp what happiness she might discover throughout the lie

Soyo’s acknowledgment that she’ll always remember CRYCHIC resonates with Tomori as properly, instantly inspiring her to jot down a brand new tune

At college, Sakiko is melodramatically banging away on the piano as common. Tomori makes an attempt to attach immediately by providing her the brand new lyrics, her lingering emotions of fondness for CRYCHIC, however Sakiko brushes her apart

Love Anon simply sighing as Sakiko storms previous. Her immunity to Sakiko’s bullshit is sort of a superpower on this world

Anon could not care about Sakiko, however she cares an amazing deal about Tomori at this level. Seeing Tomori is upset, she showers her in well-chosen reveals of affection, taking her to the penguin exhibit and gifting her recent animal bandaids

“I’m about to say one thing cool, so simply pay attention.” Anon is so good. What a beautiful forged this present has provided us

And Anon publicizes her dedication to the lifetime band. You’ve snagged the timeless loyalty of one other one, Tomori

Uika runs into the pair of them as they’re heading dwelling. Anon acknowledges her from Sumimi, and is in fact at all times desperate to ingratiate herself to a celeb

“However she knew your title.” “I don’t suppose… I ever informed her.” It’s nice Tomori, you’re simply destined to collect numerous ladies who’re helplessly enamored with you. It’s regular for Tomoris

And eventually we start to see posters for Sakiko’s debut, the group often known as “Ave Mujica”

“If we expose our true faces, the world of Ave Mujica will come crashing down.” The existence of MyGO seems to have pushed Sakiko utterly insane

Nyamu is “Amoris,” and Sakiko is in fact “Oblivionis.” Properly, some folks go to remedy, others assemble high-concept musical tasks and declare battle on the longer term

Nyamu undoubtedly stands out inside this in any other case straight-laced group

“Emotions of impatience or remorse… depart all of them right here. When you’re on stage, the one factor you’ll be able to consider in… is your self.” Jeez, so Sakiko actually created the anti-MyGO. Whereas the ladies of MyGO fortunately admit to their uncertainty and insecurity, and discover energy in becoming a member of collectively to sincerely categorical their feelings, Sakiko’s new group is all about concealing your true emotions and turning inward, relying solely by yourself skills. That is undoubtedly up there among the many most unhealthy responses to a breakup

“In the long run, we’re all simply badgers in the identical gap”

Oh my god. It’s not only a musical efficiency, it’s an entire rattling theatrical expertise, full with a play-within-a-play masquerade. Sakiko, what have you ever carried out

Nyamu states that this place “is the place dolls which have been discarded by people have gathered.” An attention-grabbing phrasing, one which echoes Tomori’s earlier regrets that she “did not develop into human.” It appears that evidently Sakiko was consumed by the identical concern, and truly felt that Tomori could be the one to validate her humanity

“Underneath the sunshine of this moon, we tackle a fleeting second of life inside us.” One other reversal of MyGO’s philosophy: MyGO discover their humanity on stage and carry that onward into their regular lives, whereas Ave Mujica (or actually, Sakiko notably) appear to have accepted that they’ll solely ever be human on the stage

Love you can really inform it is a Sakiko-composed tune, as the guitar melodies are all extensions of the piano line. And naturally, she prefers a theatrical model with plenty of melodic breakdowns and shifts in tempo, in clear distinction with Taki’s “barreling forward” alt-rock compositions

The presentation kinds are equally oppositional – even MyGO’s “matching costumes” had been actually simply variations on their regular garments, whereas their teary-eyed performances left no emotion uncovered. In distinction, Ave Mujica’s precise musicians are totally misplaced within the fanfare of their theatrical efficiency, with their costumes and video projections forming a wall between artist and viewers

They’re additionally persistently buying and selling off lead elements. For MyGO, the whole lot works in service of Tomori’s lyrics – right here, they’re basically buying and selling off being the star, embodying Sakiko’s assertion that they will “solely consider in themselves”

Sakiko instantly modifications out of her costume after the efficiency, and leaves alone. Actually dedicated to solely being Oblivionis on stage

And the stinger eventually offers a touch of context for Sakiko’s transformation, as we study her father has develop into a wholly dependent alcoholic

And Carried out

Goddamn, Sakiko! After flitting across the edges of this narrative like some sort of malevolent banshee, CRYCHIC’s former chief has eventually commenced her assault on the ladies of MyGO. This episode’s second half felt like one other present totally, embracing Sakiko’s fantastical coping strategies as she engineered a band that’s totally an on-stage outlet, with no messy private strings hooked up. I’m certain we’ll study extra about Sakiko’s entire deal within the coming season, however for now I’m simply completely happy we acquired a heat sendoff for the group we’ve spent all this time with. Anon recreating Tomori’s prior gesture of assist was a nice signifier of how shut the 2 have grown, however I used to be much more happy to see Soyo admitting how she feared Tomori’s sincerity, however is now keen to face beside her. All of MyGO’s members wanted some type of earnest neighborhood, some group who would settle for their unusual, occasional delinquent selves. Although there’s been some apparent friction in gathering 5 such misplaced ladies collectively, the acceptance they’ve discovered is one thing uncommon and treasured, one thing that will properly final them a lifetime. Journey on, MyGO!!!!!

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