“Oshi no Ko” Season 2 Episode 12 Review

“Oshi no Ko” Season 2 Episode 12 Review

The Demon Slayer Arc

“Oshi no Ko” Season 2 is here, with Episode 12 as its first episode. Right from the start, I want to get the episode numbering thing out of the way. I’m going to call this Episode 12 and the episodes that come after it will increase from there.

Why aren’t I calling this Season 2 Episode 1? Because this episode refers to itself as Episode 12. Go to the 23:46 timestamp and see for yourself. The episode numbers are continuing from where Season 1 left off, so that’s what I’m going to follow.

Now, let’s move on to the actual episode itself by starting with some things I’m disappointed by. The first is that this was a normal episode. It wasn’t extra long like the first episode of the previous season, and that’s disappointing. It also didn’t do anything special, like have a major twist.

Taiki Himekawa and Kana Arima rehearsing from the anime series "Oshi no Ko" Season 2 Episode 12
Taiki Himekawa and Kana Arima rehearsing

For the most part, this was an average episode. And while I’m disappointed in that, I can’t exactly say that I’m surprised. I just have a feeling that this season isn’t going to be as good as the first. But we’ll have to wait and see how it plays out.

Also, I want to mention how this season seems to be focused on the Tokyo Blade play. I’m personally not a fan of plays within anime. It’s one of those things I just don’t like. So, we’ll see if this season can overcome that bias of mine.

Now, I don’t want to say everything is bad. There are good things here. For example, there was some good animation. And I really liked how color was used during the scene of Kana and Taiki rehearsing. I wonder if that’s going to be a running theme.

Kana Arima vs. Akane Kurokawa

This first episode seems to be setting up a showdown between Kana and Akane. We know that they both like Aqua, so they’re already rivals in that regard. And now, the characters they’re playing in Tokyo Blade are within opposing factions.

It seems pretty obvious that we’re going to get some parallels between what’s going on in the play and what’s going on between these two girls. Notably, though, the start of this episode seems to have hinted at how the rivalry is going to end. We saw Akane’s character, Princess Saya, dying.

I don’t think that means Akane is going to die, even though she has a history of suicidal tendencies. Instead, I’m predicting that this means Akane’s going to lose in the battle for Aqua’s affection. And that’s important because, right now, she and Aqua are officially dating.

Akane Kurokawa pouting from the anime series "Oshi no Ko" Season 2 Episode 12
Akane Kurokawa pouting

Okay, but even if the start of this episode implies that Akane’s going to lose, we still don’t know the details. Sure, we saw Akane’s character dying. However, it’s not like we saw Kana’s character being victorious. This could be a case in which both of them lose. Aqua could pull the incest card and go for Ruby.

I guess Mem-Cho is also an option. But she’s like 25, and Aqua’s 16 or 17. So, that would be a little suspicious. Though, to be fair, mentally, Aqua’s like 50. That’s a good reason why he’s not interested in being in a real relationship. These are all children to him.

I’m not sure if Aqua’s going to end up picking any of these girls. To me, it really seems like they’re all fighting over a guy who has no interest in them. We might see them realize that in this arc. Maybe Kana will end up with Taiki.

A New Star

Let’s talk about Tokyo Blade’s mangaka, Abiko Samejima. At first, I wasn’t sure if they were male or female. But considering we see them wearing a dress toward the very end of the episode, I’m going to guess female. Does that make her another potential love interest for Aqua?

Something tells me she’s not Aqua’s type. However, she does have purple hair and special eyes, just like Ai. So, maybe I shouldn’t be so quick to discount her. Also, speaking of those traits, could she be the reincarnation of Ai? No.

I’m sorry if I’ve disrupted your theory-crafting session, but Abiko is not the reincarnation of Ai. She’s too old. Abiko is 22, which means she was born years before Ai died. It could have been a decent theory, but it doesn’t work.

With that said, I think Abiko is somewhat similar to Ai in a very important way.

Abiko Samejima's eyes from the anime series "Oshi no Ko" Season 2 Episode 12
Abiko Samejima’s eyes

If there’s one thing Naruto and “Oshi no Ko” have in common, it’s that you should pay attention to characters with special eyes. Ai was an idol genius who had special six-pointed star eyes. Her children each inherited one of these eyes. And when Akane goes into “Ai mode,” her eyes sparkle like this, as well.

It’s pretty clear that this means something. And my assumption is that it represents a person being something of a prodigy. So, when I saw that Abiko had special eyes, I figured she must be another genius like Ai.

Obviously, the difference here is that Abiko is a genius mangaka while Ai was a genius idol. And we may see that turn out to be the case in the next episode. I wonder what kinds of changes Abiko is going to have for the play script — probably the changes Akane wants.

Final Thoughts

What do you think of “Oshi no Ko” Season 2 Episode 12? Were you disappointed when you found out that it wasn’t almost 90 minutes long like the first episode of Season 1? Who do you think will win between Kana and Akane? And what’s your initial impression of Abiko Samejima?

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3 Replies to ““Oshi no Ko” Season 2 Episode 12 Review”

  1. I have to say you’re likely wrong that Aqua has no interest in any of the girls. The first part last year basically established that Aqua acts more like himself around Kana and that he was comfortable with venting his feelings to her. We also found out that he followed Kana’s career since he was young and deliberately called her cute, which wasn’t said ’cause of a job he had taken on.

    This Episode 12 shows Aqua staring at Kana and also remarking that he has no scenes with Kana until the end of the play, which shows that he wants more scenes with Kana. To say that he has no interest in any of the girls is just not following what the story is presenting in my opinion.

    1. I’m not sure if following Kana’s career since she was young means he’s interested in her romantically. Remember, when he met her, she was a literal child and he still had the mind of an adult. If he’s been interested in her romantically since then, I hope the Mushoku Tensei haters get on this series, too.

      1. Well, I’m not saying his following Kana’s career since she was young means he was romantically interested in her since then. I’m saying everything else along with that means he is.

        And in this show, we aren’t shown Aqua constantly lusting over little girls as is the case with Rudeus in Mushoku Tensei, who even said that Roxy being a loli made her perfect, which is fucking extremely creepy.

        I think it’s moreso the case that Aqua started developing feelings for Kana after seeing just what a nice person she is with how she helped get his sister’s idol group started and how she puts others before herself.

        This contrasts with how Aqua sees others by how much value they offer him. Aqua likely sees a genuine goodness in Kana that stirs something in him considering the dark path he is on with his desire for revenge.

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