EPISODE 34: Memory Maze Series ~A School for Our Dreams~

Chiharu and her other friends were finally trapped in the Black Lace Ribbons’ World, along with Mikako Kira. Having no option but to surrender, Chiharu finally uses the power of the Digitariel in order for them to break out. And then, the Digitariel’s power was to engulf them into a realm, called as the Memory Maze. The other Idol Chasers must remember and realize their memories in order to get out from the Memory Maze.

So far, we got Aika, Sho, and Komari, who has made out from the Memory Maze.

This time, who is going to be revolving around next?

This is the fourth part of the Memory Maze Series! Don’t give up reading!

Mami is seeing and looking everything at the part of her memories in the Memory Maze. This is where she saw that she was just a transfer student who didn’t manage to finish her 3rd year in high school.

As the past Mami, she was looking for a school to transfer, and the previous school that she was before has been closed due to the few number of students who enrolled.

“What should I do now?” the past Mami asked. “All of the schools nearby here are too far away from my home.”

And this is where Mami got no other choice. She wanted to move to Tokyo in order to find a school where she needed to finish her last school year.

And then, at her home at Uchiura, everything is all packed up, and she is ready to move out.

“Mami, I know the journey that you have been through,” said Mami’s mother. “This is your last year as a high school student.”

“Yeah!” said the past Mami. “I will do everything to achieve that dream!”

“Dream? What dream are you aiming for?”

“A school… A school where everyone’s dream are there!”

“Huh? What a weird dream. Anyway, good luck on your final year, Mami! Bring home the victor!”

“Yes, Mom!” Mami said that, and she hugged her mother.

Finally, she has left Uchiura and she started her journey to Tokyo in order to be enrolled at a school there.

The present Mami keeps to follow her past self. Until, she found herself standing on a train station.

From there, she saw somebody who used to be her childhood friend, in which she couldn’t remember by face.

“Ah! There you are!” said her childhood friend.

“Tsukasa!” said the past Mami. “So, you really arrived for me.”

“Yeah, and I heard that you are leaving this town,” said Tsukasa.

“I have to finish my final school year! And after that…”

“What are you going to do when you have finished your schooling?”

“Of course! I can do what I want! Like that I wanted to achieve for that dream!”

“A dream? What dream?”

“A school! A school where dreams are coming true!”

“School where dreams are coming true? That’s weird.”

“Don’t call it weird!”

“Haha… Anyway, let me give you some piece of idea. Heard of School Idols?”

“School Idols… Yes, I have heard them! And they came from the school where I came from, in which it was closed down recently.”

“Did you mean that school? Yeah, and it happened when they had snatched their first-ever LoveLive! Victory as sacrifice.”

“That’s how a tragic moment has happened, when you can win something big, yet you lose something important.”

“Mami, try to become a School Idol! That’s the only way to achieve for the dreams you desire!”

“School Idol… Me? That’s impossible—“

Tsukasa has hold Mami’s two hands saying, “Promise me. You must become a School Idol! I will become a School Idol, too! And someday, we are both standing on the live stage together, making our fans happy and smiling!”

“Tsukasa… Alright, I will do my best!”

“Thank you! I hope that I can see you again, someday!”

“So as do I! I will keep that promise!”

And finally, both Mami and Tsukasa have hugged each other. After that, Mami has finally bid farewell to Tsukasa, and she has left Uchiura.

“I remember now,” said the present Mami. “Her name is Tsukasa Okuma (桜隈つかさ). She was once my childhood friend who has helped me during the hard times.

And then, the scene around present Mami has changed. She then ended up seeing her past self standing next to the maid cafe where the Idol Chasers have used to be. And this ends the past memories, thus the area has been shattered to pieces, fading to black.

“Now I know why I am aiming for that dream. It is because of my childhood friend who has really made me do this thing. Tsukasa, I hope that I could ever to see you again! But then, wherever you are now, I know that you are still here to see me, someday.”

And then, a flash of light has appeared above her, and it was descending from above. When she grabbed that light, she has acquired an item, which is somehow similar to what Chiharu and others are handling.

“So this is a Charm Item,” said Mami. “And it contained Ayumu’s memories.”

It is indeed glowing with a pink light. And so, Mami is now filled with courage.

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LIERRE: The time has come! We are now heading towards the climax of the blog post series!
AIKA: Maybe it’s too early to say that…
SAKI: On what Lierre is saying, it’s true.
MAMI: And now, as this blog post series is almost ending in a few weeks, I just wanted to say that… Thank you for tuning in.
LIERRE: Maybe our story is about to end… But the story of the School Idols are not yet over.
AIKA: And speaking of the latest Headlines… What are the things to encounter soon in the LoveLive! Series?
MAMI: Make sure you guys read until the very end!

ALL: This is the Headlines! Stage Start!

Aqours Updates

TAKAYOSHI: And once again, guys, there would be a livestream, featuring Yohane and her cohorts, this coming December 12, 2023, at 8:00 pm JST! Details are highlighted on the previous Episode of this Headline!
AIKA: Tune-in to get latest info about their upcoming live Event next weekend, to be highlighted on the next headline below! Also, tune-in to get some content updates, and some others, like media and merch!
TAKAYOSHI: Make sure you don’t miss anything!

SAKI: This is already due next week, huh? And the Day 1 itself falls on the day before our next Episode goes to publish.
TAKAYOSHI: Yeah, and I had purchased my online ticket for the Event itself.
SAKI: In this Headline, this live event shall take place on Musashino Forest Sports Plaza Main Arena, on December 15-17, 2023 JST.
TAKAYOSHI: Online tickets are now available for fans outside Japan, or likewise… Overseas fans! Be sure to watch this!
SAKI: And who knows that there might be some new info?
TAKAYOSHI: After this live event on Day 3, there would be some announcements. So watch their live until the very end!

Nijigasaki Updates

MAMI: As promised last week, I am going to give my birthday messages to Mia Taylor from the Team Nijigasaki!
LIERRE: Let us not waste time. Here it goes!

MAMI: Dear Mia. You are a very smart and talented girl. You have represented people who can’t able to express themselves their feelings. But then, because of those friends around you, you are able to unleash these feelings. Your songs can tell us on what are you feeling right now. And our response… We love you very much! Happy birthday, Mia Taylor from Nijigasaki High School Idol Club! We fans love you!

LIERRE: And that’s it for the birthday greetings to Mia Taylor, whose birthday was celebrated last December 6th.

MAMI: After Mia Taylor, we got another birthday celebrant from Team Nijigasaki!
LIERRE: According to my Digitariel, it’s Kanata Konoe, who will celebrate her birthday on December 16. She is voiced by Akari Kito, who is also voicing some great characters from various popular Anime series.
MAMI: So then… Her birthday falls on the next Episode, and that would be special!
LIERRE: Indeed! I am going to give my birthday messages to this girl on her birthday — on the next Episode, which is next week!
MAMI: And also, be sure to check out her new limited UR on the SIF2 rhythm game soon! Are you going to be one of the lucky guys out there who can able to snatch her new UR from the scouting banner?

Liella! Updates

SAKI: I am well having a good time with these girls of Liella! In fact, because of Hana Hazuki, I had finally met them, and I had known them.
MAMI: Oh… So you had taken a leave without us knowing! But then, where did you go that time?
SAKI: Ah… Where did I go? It is because that School Director from Yuigaoka has invited me for a talk. Remember the last Special Episode where I had met with her because I got connections to Ren Hazuki’s Mom?
MAMI: Ah, I didn’t know that. But then, you are a former School Idol, right?
SAKI: Yeah. But then, we need to put this aside for the meantime, okay?
MAMI: And speaking of the Liella! Headline… There would be a livestream, which would take place on Monday, December 11, 2023, at 7:00 pm JST.
SAKI: Hosts shall be Sayuri Date (Kanon), Wakana Ookuma (Shiki), Yuina (Wien Margarete), and Sakura Sakakura (Tomari). But then, changes in hosts may vary or change in the future due to unforeseen circumstances!
MAMI: Tune in to their livestream for various new information —- 5th Live, merch and media, and other content updates. Make sure you never miss anything!

School Idol Festival 2: MIRACLE LIVE!

Read this post for details.

TAKAYOSHI: JP Side is always full-speed ahead when it comes to updates. But then, I won’t stop playing on this side.
SHO: I can’t really tell if I am already excited or not. But then, this is really sad for the devs!
GEN: As expected that this release will be delayed a little longer, players in the JP side can still have enough time to practice and to navigate some features.
TAKAYOSHI: But considering my current progress in the JP Side, I don’t want to repeat some stuff that I did, such as landing an FC-AP finish on some harder MASTER songs.
SHO: Oh no! I think I can’t find my transfer passcode on my device! Where is it… I am gonna find it on my PC hard drive!
GEN: As the Global Version of this game is releasing soon, make sure you guys still have the transfer passcodes that were issued from the old LoveLive! games that have recently shutdown. Do you still have them?

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!


Lyrics: Aki Hata
Composition & Arrangement: Carlos K.

TAKAYOSHI: Next SPARKLING!! is a song from Aqours.
SHO: And it is the ending theme song to their feature film, the LoveLive! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie Over the Rainbow!
SHO: What’s wrong, Gen?
GEN: I can’t believe that I was born and came from my own shadow, in which I was really created by Mikako Kira for her evil plans.
TAKAYOSHI: Ah, that one? I can still remember the things from the previous season, where we worked together in order to save Aqours’ live concert from getting cancelled.
SHO: And talking about the song… I can see that Aqours has finally flown into that place… The place called as the “Land of School Idols”.
TAKAYOSHI: Land of School Idols?
SHO: Hahaha… Just in my imagination!
GEN: And the ending of that song… It can be connected with our words! Can you do it?

“You will be in our hearts shining up,
You can be shining in the lights forever,
You can be… You can be Next SPARKLING!!”

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

SAKI: Alright! This is it, boys and girls! Here comes the School Idol Grand Live Show!
TAKAYOSHI: If you are one of those guys who will watch for their event, enjoy!
AIKA: Also, don’t forget that they have paid live streaming available — for fans outside Japan!
SHO: Here it goes! Ijigen Fes: The Idolmaster & LoveLive! Uta Gassen! December 9-10, 2023 JST, at Tokyo Dome! Now happening!

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Finally, Chiharu has appeared in front of Mami, and said, “Mami! You have finally realized the truth!”

“Yeah, and I did remember about my childhood friend, who was waiting for me to become a School Idol.”

“Someday, both of you will be meeting again in a distant future!”

“Yeah, and Tsukasa and I will become School Idols together!”

“You have to reach for that dream, Mami! Let’s do it together!”

“I am going to create a school… For School Idols! A school where dreams are gathered together!”

“Let’s go, Mami! Our friends are waiting for us!”

“Yeah! Let’s defeat the Black Lace Ribbons!”

And so, Mami did take Chiharu’s hand. Finally, they had escaped from the Memory Maze created by the Digitariel.

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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.