EPISODE 31: Memory Maze Series ~The Loner Aika~

This is the first part of the Memory Maze Series. When you had previously read the previous Episode, then make sure to not lose yourself from the track of the story!

Aika found herself standing on a room, which is found to be her own room in a house, when she was little. She then found her younger self waking up from her bed.

“A good night sleep is healthy!” said her younger self. “I should maintain this to be always happy!”

And then, Aika followed her younger self down until the first floor of the house. There, she found her never-seen before Mom and Dad.

She then started crying when she saw her Mom and Dad from the scene. She knows that in the present time, they are already dead.

Her younger self is always smiling when she was able to go to school that time. And when Aika opened the door, and she goes out with her younger self, the scene just turned into white. Finally, it has changed into an another scene, where she saw something very sad.

This is where she saw her past self — that past self who is just about two years behind her age. She is standing at the graves of her deceased Father and Mother.

“Mom! Dad!” said her younger self. “I promise that I will always smile, even if you are gone!”

When Aika touched her past self, the scene just shattered like glass, fading to black. It then shifted her into an another memory or scene.

This is where she was in Chitosebashi High School, the school where did she originally come from.

“This school… I don’t wanna…” said Aika, as she is witnessing that scene again, wherein she dropped out from that School because she is being bullied.

Those are the phrases that she is always hearing when she encounters them.

“You are pretty obsessed with cute and frilly things. Go home and grow up like a woman.”

“I think you should stop doing that childish stuff!”

“Haha… School Idols are for losers!”

Because of that bullying, the past Aika is always lonely and sad, and she never made any friends.

“That’s why I voluntarily dropped out from School lately because I am bullied and I am always lonely,” said Aika. “And then, I never seek to finish my schooling again on that school.”

And then, another scene has flashed. This time, Aika is standing on a room filled with many and various costumes.

“These costumes…” she said. “I made all of these… But then, what has inspired me?”

And then, her surrounding scene has flashed again into a different one. This time, it has brought her into a scene, where her past self has encountered somebody whom she never remembered.

That woman was someone donned in her black, shrouded clothes. And she asked, “Do you like School Idols? Why not try sewing your own costume?”

“Sewing my own costume?” her younger self asked.

“Just take this sewing kit with you,” she said and she gave it to the younger Aika. “And then, see them sing and dance on the live stage! They are pretty and cute, don’t they?”

As the younger Aika turned around to ask her something, she found out that she already disappeared from sight. And she looked upon her sewing kit and said, “School Idol’s costumes… This could be interesting!”

“I see…” said the present Aika who is standing before her younger self, “So this is where it all began.”

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LIERRE: Let’s celebrate! For I am back from absence!
AIKA: But in the story, you had turned inverse again.
MAMI: And then, more surprising and heart-throbbing updates are coming sooner in a hunch from the LoveLive! Series team! That’s right! The Nijigasaki 6th Live is coming closer, and it is just a month away!
SAKI: So then, what are the things to encounter soon on their side? Stage Start!

ALL: S.I.F. !!

Nijigasaki Updates

AIKA: Hosts would be Hinaki Yano (Yu), Coco Hayashi (Setsuna), and Akina Homoto (Lanzhu)! They shall be talking about the details of their upcoming Nijigasaki 6th Live, subtitled as “I love You ⇆ You love Me“!
MAMI: Tune in to their livestream for some media and merch updates, live events and other collab events, and content updates for the SIF2 rhythm game (Tune in for their free serial code to be given)!
AIKA: Mark your calendars on, since this livestream shall take place on November 20, 2023 (Mon), at 9:00 pm JST! Available on YouTube and other live streaming networks! Don’t miss it!

SAKI: Let us start giving out details for this one already, since this one is just a month away!
LIERRE: This live Event shall be in two parts in a series. Please look at this tabulated list below!

Dec 23-24, 2023 JSTAichi Sky Expo (Aichi)
Jan 13-14, 2024 JSTK Arena Yokohama (Kanagawa)
Hosts will be the entire Nijigasaki High School Idol Club cast, including Hinaki Yano (Yu).

SAKI: Most likely, there would be announcements to be released when we had reached the Day 2 of the Kanagawa leg.
LIERRE: You should be looking forward into this one! This is the road leading to their upcoming Nijigasaki Movie Trilogy Series next year, in 2024!

SAKI: As promised, let me give out my birthday messages for Rina Tennoji! My dear Takayoshi told me to give one since last Episode!
MAMI: Oh… Alright, let’s read it!

SAKI: Dear Rina. You can be emotionless. But then, that’s normal. Basically, you have emotions that is inside you, which can’t be seen by anybody on the outside. And you express them through with your Rina-chan board, right? Rina, you are indeed somebody who got some talent that not everybody have. Just keep up the pace, and become something that your fans would really appreciate you as a School Idol. Happy birthday, dear Rina Tennoji from Nijigasaki High School Idol Club!

Liella! Updates

TAKAYOSHI: Next in our birthday celebration list is Ren Hazuki, one of the members in the Team Liella!
SHO: Say, she is a working student council head in Yuigaoka. And then, in the recent season of the TV Anime, she got her not usual character development!

TAKAYOSHI: She likes playing video games, just like you, Sho.
SHO: That’s right!
TAKAYOSHI: It’s a matter or fact that she needs to control her addiction in these. Therefore, a balanced habit is a must!
SHO: Taka-Bro, her birthday is on November 24! And I am very nervous to give out my birthday messages for her…
TAKAYOSHI: Forget it, and instead you just write your messages to her, okay? I shall be giving out my birthday message to her on the next Episode! And as usual, watch out for her new Limited UR announcement on the SIF2 rhythm game!

School Idol Festival 2: MIRACLE LIVE!

SHO: In the previous Episode, we had teased you about this new type of Event.
GEN: Basically, this is a new type of Event, which would run along with Miracle Collection and Multi Live, in the current Events rotation.
TAKAYOSHI: Star Challenge is an Event, where you will have to raise your current Star Rank, in order to get awesome rewards, like those Scouting Tickets!
SHO: So then, we got five songs in random, and we just need to challenge them, right?
GEN: Five random songs… Yep, they can be skipped when you had previously played them with a score recorded in that song.
TAKAYOSHI: Or, you can choose to play them! Beat all five songs by reaching the score requirement, in order to raise your Star Rank!
SHO: Also, you can choose to select an another song by spending some gold!
GEN: How about these Star Assist Tickets, Takayoshi?
TAKAYOSHI: Somehow, they can able to boost your Score even more when your live show play ends. Use them wisely in the right time and place!
SHO: So then, earning Event Points can be hard and slow, and did you know that you can win an Event UR Karin by just reaching 10,000 Event Points?
GEN: Also, your rankings in this Event are determined with the Star Rank and the current Event Points that you have!
TAKAYOSHI: I am hardly grinding up higher ranks with this one. Let’s see what I can do in order to reach up higher ranks in this Event!
SHO: There are some tips in order to get higher Star Ranks!
GEN: Use Skip Tickets when you had cleared a song with a record score that reaches the score requirement! And that’s one tip!
TAKAYOSHI: This Event will run until the 25th of November! Play hard, or get left behind!

Song of the Week!

TAKAYOSHI: Today, we are going to introduce a song from the game!
SHO: What could be a song to be introduced this time?
GEN: Let’s find out as we read through!

TAKAYOSHI: And the featured song… is this!

Yuuki wa doko ni? Kimi no Mune ni!

Lyrics: Aki Hata
Composition: Kotaro Odaka, UiNA
Arrangement: Kotaro Odaka

TAKAYOSHI: This song was performed by Aqours, and it is an ending theme song to the second season of LoveLive! Sunshine!! Anime.
SHO: Time really flies fast isn’t it? And did you know that this song was released since November 15, 2017, which is fairly near to this Episode?
GEN: Quite a coincidence, though. But then, I was able to land an FC finish to this song on a MASTER difficulty, on an Event which I don’t even remember.
TAKAYOSHI: On a past time, I got a difficulty landing an FC finish to its EXPERT difficulty. But now, I could get a hold on to this song without even using Perfect Lock skills.
SHO: Remember guys! If you can’t land an FC finish on a song, then try another song!

GEN: And that’s it for this song of this week!
SHO: Let’s learn more of the School Idol songs out there!
TAKAYOSHI: Tune-in next time for the next song!

ALL: See you next time!

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Finally, her surroundings become dark, just after the scene got dissolved, and fading into black.

“I may be all alone. My Mom and Dad are already dead, got bullied by people around me, and I am all alone. At the time that I am wearing my costume, I am not standing out very much with my own weaker appeal. But then, because of the Idol Chasers, and Chiharu, I have changed!”

This is where Chiharu appeared and is standing before her. And then, she talks to Aika.

“Aika! You have to realize that you have your own mission and dreams to fulfill as an Idol Chaser! Aika, we just need to stop Mikako Kira from destroying the dreams of the School Idols! Everyone is needing you outside!”

“Chiharu! I am ready! Let’s go and stop the Black Lace Ribbons!”

“Not only we stop the Black Lace Ribbons! We have to fulfill Honoka’s wish — to win the LoveLive! Contest!”


And so, this is where Aika’s Charm Item has resonated. It contained Kotori’s Powers.

“Kotori!” said Aika. “Let’s do this together! Chiharu, I am ready!”

And so, this is where Aika finally followed Chiharu up to the flashing light leading to the other side. She finally made it out from the Memory Maze made by the Digitariel.

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Inori Donz

Inori Donz is a blogger, video gamer, Anime enthusiast, bicycle rider, and Anime figure photographer. His favorite area of concentration is 'LoveLive! Series', where he plays its featured smartphone video games, as well as watching its Anime series counterparts. "I like Anime, toys and figures, and mostly, I like playing free-to-play video games. Definitely not your usual commoner you see everyday in the streets." He started his blogging journey since December 2013, with a free WordPress blog, named 'IemDonz Blog'. That free blog contains most of his Anime figure photography works, as well as some of his opinions and experiences in the Anime world.