EPISODE 33: Memory Maze Series ~My Mother~

Aika and Sho finally escaped from the Memory Maze made by the Digitariel, making them realize on who they are.

But then, there are still some people who aren’t able to escape yet! This time, it’s Komari’s turn to get her resolve in finding out on what’s in her distorted memories!

This is the third part of the Memory Maze Series! Be sure to read this Episode until the very end!

Komari found herself lying down on the bed in a bedroom. She finally wakes up, and she finds out that she is currently inside the bedroom of her mother.

“I see…” said her. “I was finally inside this Memory Maze. I just need to search for the truth.”

She finally goes out of the bedroom. Only, she finds herself being arrived at the place that she has never seen before.

On that place, she saw a laboratory. This is where she found out on what she has saw exactly on the document file that she saw.

“So this place…This is what they call as the Clone Project!”

A man came through her, and just passed on the other side at the front of her. She was surprised that the people around her are just like holograms.

And she said, “That’s right. Nobody can see me nor hear me right here. And I am in my own maze of memories.”

As she continued to move on, she finally arrived at the place, where she has finally saw her mother, who was indeed a School Idol in the past.

“You are definitely the first one to try this project of ours!” said the doctor scientist.

“Are you sure this one is safe?” asked Mari. “I just wanted to protect my own purity for my fans.”

“Don’t worry about it. In fact, your own clone will just do everything what it wants. And at least, the real you shall never be replaced.”

With a little hesitation in her, Mari finally speaks out and said, “Alright, let’s do this!”

Komari, on the other hand finally got an idea that her mother was just only a clone. It leaves a question on her mind, and said, “The question is… Where is truly my real mother?”

Her surroundings finally flashed and faded out in white. When it has returned normal, she found herself standing on a garden filled with flowers.

She then found her younger self, along with her mother. She finally sees them talk at each other.

“My dear,” said Mari. “Even if you are ignoring my words, still you are trying to be yourself, and I had already observed it.”

“Mama,” said the younger Komari. “Do you really hate me seeing me dressed as a boy? I just wanted to —“

“You are finally growing up to be someone who can be loved and adored by people around you. I will not speak about you on how the way you dress this time. From now on, I will let you decide your own path now! Just remember to take also advices from me, okay?”

“Thanks, Mama!”

“Just continue of what you are now, my dear young Komari. So as long as you can’t hurt someone else with those feelings.”

The young Komari finally hugs Mari with joy.

This is where the present Komari finally saw the last moments with her mother. And she said, “This might be the last time when I finally hugged my mother personally when I was still young.”

The scene finally faded out in white, turning into an another scene.

“This scene…” said Komari. “Could it be…?”

Mari has rode inside the helicopter to travel. And when the helicopter finally ascended, it was finally shot down by a missile, and was destroyed.

This is where Komari has witnessed the death of her mother, who found out that it was just a clone. But still, she haven’t found the culprit who has literally killed her mother on the spot.

“This is it,” said Komari. “I must find the culprit somewhere!”

She then tracked down on where did the missile came from, and has ended up on a forested hill. This is where some heavy equipment that are found.

And in the end, she finally found the culprit who is behind with her mother’s death. It was none other than…

“Mari? The real Mari!? Is this for real?” she asked in surprise. “I see now. She is the one who killed my mother, who is her clone.”

With the legit elegant yellow eyes and face, Komari knows that the real Mari is formerly a School Idol in the past.

Finally, the surroundings around her has dissolved in white.

“So the real culprit behind with my mother’s death is actually the real Mari Ohara,” said her. “And I am just a being who is born from a clone. Which means… I am not existing—“

“That’s not true, Komari! You are not alone or something!” said Chiharu as she has appeared before her.

“Chiharu! I am glad that you are here!” said Komari.

“Now that you have unravelled your dark mystery that you can’t even solve out your own.”

“It is all thanks to this Memory Maze… And to you, of course! I have finally realized that Mari Ohara was once my mother, who was a clone. And she was finally killed… by the real one!”

“Komari, nothing can replace the real one. It is whether they are a cheap copy or a clone, their hearts and feelings will never be the same!”

“I understand. So that’s the reason why the real Mari has finally killed her clone, who was really my mother after all.”

“She finally did that in order to protect her purity and integrity! It is because, she did belong to her fans, as a School Idol.”

“But hey! Thank you for that, Chiharu. Thank you for digging up my hard-to-remember memories for me!”

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LIERRE: Behold! Here comes the month of December, readers!
SAKI: We are now reaching the end of year 2023, and things are seemingly getting more exciting.
LIERRE: And to tease you… The SIF Journal Log 3rd Season is heading towards the climax!
AIKA: Yeah! And make sure you guys are reading the Story Episodes!
MAMI: It seems we got few more weeks left to go before we wrap things up.
LIERRE: And speaking of the Headlines today, what are the things to spot in the past few days in the School Idol World? The LoveLive! Series?

ALL: This is the Headlines! Stage Start!

Aqours Updates

LIERRE: Sho, did you finish playing the Blaze in the Deepblue video game?
SHO: I am now at the climax of the game! As of now, not yet. But, I had rescued all of the girls, as well as finding all of their items!
LIERRE: Now that’s splendid. And speaking of their livestream, it shall be going live on December 12, 2023, at 8:00 pm JST.
SHO: Tune-in to their livestream for their new info about their upcoming Yohane the Parhelion Live Event, merch and media updates, and some content updates for the SIF2 rhythm game, if there’s any!
LIERRE: Sho, have you heard about their song from the game, titled as Deep Blue? They might announce that sooner.
SHO: Not only that. Basically, an another game, called as Yohane the Parhelion -NUMAZU in the MIRAGE- has been surfacing, too, in the past couple of weeks.
LIERRE: And going back to the livestream info, it shall be hosted by Arisa Komiya (Dia), Aika Kobayashi (Yoshiko/Yohane), and Ai Furihata (Ruby). Send your questions or inquiries via their Google forms, which can be found on the embedded post above!
SHO: Don’t miss their livestream, since they might release new info tied to their series. And be sure to check out the video game trailer video from the LoveLive! Series team at the end of this Episode — in The Bonus Stage!

Nijigasaki Updates

LIERRE: This coming December 6 is Mia Taylor’s birthday. So then, who is going to give her some birthday greetings?
AIKA: It’s quite embarassing when I do. But then, instead, I will write for her birthday!
SAKI: I will just write for her, too.
LIERRE: Mia Taylor is just young, and did you know that she accelerated into junior high school, when she was 14 years old?
MAMI: Her voice was done by Shu Uchida. Did you know also that she is fluent in speaking English, her voice counterpart?
LIERRE: Of course, it is already written here in my Digitariel, so…
MAMI: Let me give her my birthday messages on the next Episode! I will do my best to convey my messages to her feelings.
LIERRE: And speaking of her new UR in SIF2 rhythm game, stay tuned at your in-game notifications for more details! Look forward into it!

School Idol Festival 2: MIRACLE LIVE!

GEN: Takayoshi, it’s almost Christmas. I think we are ready for the next Event.
TAKAYOSHI: Yeah. And it’s Miracle Collection, once again.
SHO: This time, it shall be on the favor of the μ’s Side!
GEN: For some basic info, this Miracle Collection has started since November 30th, and would end on the 10th day of December.
TAKAYOSHI: It’s about time to get Honoka Kosaka as the featured UR member in this Event. Also, not to mention, the other two URs that can be scouted from the new Scouting Banner, in which they can boost your Event Points gain even more!
SHO: How about it? Then, it’s an another burning of Love Gems here. So, I am really ready to burn these LP recovery items that I have here in stock!
GEN: And the Event Song to be used? It’s definitely Baby Maybe Koi no Button. Alright then, let’s burn up, boys!


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!

Butterfly Wing

Lyrics: Junko Miyajima
Composition & Arrangement: Yuya Mori

TAKAYOSHI: Butterfly Wing! This is Wien Margarete’s song that appeared on LoveLive! Superstar!! Episode 15 (Season 2 – Episode 3)!
SHO: This is a song which is existing in the Liella! Sides. But then, consider this as a ‘rival’ song to be reckoned with!
GEN: Wien Margarete’s song gave me a vibe, where I am on a boss battle, seemingly. But then, this aura that it gives… I can’t tell if it is really a song of a School Idol…
TAKAYOSHI: Quite fearsome. But did you know that she was able to withstand Liella! with that spectacular live performance, even though that she is only alone?
SHO: She is really like Mikako Kira! Eek!!! Quite fearsome!

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!

Other Updates

AIKA: Woohoo!! This is already next weekend!
SAKI: For the another time around, two different series will stand up into the live stage!
MAMI: The Ijigen Fes: The Idolmaster & LoveLive! Uta Gassen shall be taking place on Tokyo Dome this coming December 9 and 10 JST!
LIERRE: And not to mention that paid live streaming for fans outside Japan is now available for ticket reservation! More details from their official website.

Ijigen Fes Website

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And then, a purple light from somewhere has finally struck Komari’s Charm Item in her pocket. She took it out, and she said, “It looks like I can feel the presence of my mother once again!”

“Your Charm Item is back in its color!” said Chiharu.

“It seems. Thanks to your Memory Maze, once again! Right now, let us go to our unfinished business! The Black Lace Ribbons!”

“Let’s put a stop into Mikako Kira’s plans! Let’s go, Komari!”

“I am a former Interdimension Policewoman. Now, I am an Idol Chaser, and a School Idol! Let’s go, Chiharu!”

Finally, Komari Ohara has made it out from the Memory Maze, which was made by the Digitariel.

So far, we got Aika, Sho, and Komari, who had made out from the Memory Maze! And then, who are the remaining ones who are not yet able to escape? Find out next Episode!

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The Bonus Stage
Yohane the Parhelion -NUMAZU in the MIRAGE- – Animatic Roguelike Video Game Trailer

While working as a fortune teller in Numazu, Yohane spends her days with her friends.
By chance, she comes into possession of an old mirror.

Worried that her fortune-telling is not accurate, Yohane decides to play “Magic Mirror Fortune-Telling” using the mirror,
Suddenly, she is sucked into the mirror, which begins to glow.

What she finds in the mirror is the “Reverse-Numazu,” which is the exact reverse of the real Numazu!
Moreover, it was a mysterious world where magic could be used with the power of cards.
At the same time, strange things happen to the friends in the real world one after another.
In order to save them, she must go through the “Reverse-Numazu”!
What awaits her?

A world of mirrors that changes its appearance every time she enters.
After countless choices, what is the future that Yohane will choose?
A new story begins in the other Numazu!

Yohane the Parhelion -NUMAZU in the MIRAGE-

Available on February 22, 2024 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, and Steam.

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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.