Yohane the Parhelion: Sunshine in the Mirror Episode 2

Yohane the Parhelion: Sunshine in the Mirror Episode 2

Yohane’s Fortune-Telling Shack

It feels like only yesterday I reviewed Episode 1. But, today’s review is of Yohane the Parhelion: Sunshine in the Mirror Episode 2. And, while I wouldn’t say this episode was as good as the first, it was still a good episode.

In this episode, Yohane realizes that she needs money. She can’t leave her hometown again and return to the city without it. But, how can she make money? Unlike Hanamaru, who can make sweets, Yohane doesn’t seem to have many skills.

Well, there is one thing she’s good at, singing.

So, Yohane hits the streets and begins singing for money like she did in the city, right? Wrong. That didn’t work out for her in the city. And so that may be why she didn’t even attempt it again now. Instead, she decides to open up a shop in her parents’ house.

Yohane dressed as a fortune-teller from the anime series Yohane the Parhelion: Sunshine in the Mirror Episode 2
Yohane dressed as a fortune-teller

If you thought Yohane’s shop would sell items, you thought wrong. Instead, Yohane’s selling her services as a fortune-teller. The only problem is that she doesn’t actually have the ability to tell fortunes. And this is hinted at almost right away. When some kids want her to use her powers to find their lost ball, she turns them away.

Of course, Yohane has an excuse. Why would she use her fortune-telling powers for free to help these children? They don’t have any money, so she has no obligation to help them. I guess that’s fair enough.

But, when her first “real” customer shows up, it becomes abundantly clear that Yohane has no talent. Every “fortune” she reads turns out to be wrong. And when she attempts to predict the future, that turns out to be wrong, as well. So, it’s not looking like fortune-telling is going to be profitable for Yohane.

Meeting the Townspeople

Yohane the Parhelion Episode 2 introduces a few more of the Aqours girls. Hanamaru takes Yohane around to meet some of the other townspeople. And the first person she takes Yohane to meet is none other than Chika Takami.

If you haven’t seen Love Live! Sunshine!!, Chika is the protagonist.

In this world, Chika and her family run a restaurant. It’s been years since I watched Sunshine!!, so I don’t remember if the same is true in that series. But, also, all the main Love Live! girls blend together to me. They’re all generic with some shade of orange hair.

So, something interesting we learn here is that Yohane doesn’t know the other Aqours girls. She knows Hanamaru from when they were younger. But, this is her first time meeting Chika. And, as we see later in the episode, it’s her first time meeting the others, too.

Chika Takami from the anime series Yohane the Parhelion: Sunshine in the Mirror Episode 2
Chika Takami

The next Aqours girl Yohane meets is Dia Kurosawa. Dia is the town’s chief of staff, which doesn’t seem like an office a high schooler should be holding. I mean, it’s not like Chika was the one running her family’s business. She just worked there. I guess this is what being the student council president translates to.

While Yohane doesn’t actually meet her, she does see Ruby Kurosawa in Dia’s office. As you likely noticed from the series’ OP, Ruby is a fairy. She’s small enough to hide between the books on a bookshelf. And, that’s exactly what we see her doing here.

Riko Sakurauchi is the final Aqours girl introduced in Episode 2. She only arrived in Numazu two days ago. And the reason she’s there is that she’s investigating the strange happenings in the area. Specifically, she wants to know what’s causing the local wildlife to go mad.

Investigating the Animals

As I just mentioned, Riko’s in town to investigate the animals. And, she’s apparently qualified to do this because she’s a zoologist. Isn’t she supposed to be the same age as Yohane? I thought they were both first-year students in Sunshine!! So, how is it that Yohane is a 16-year-old and Riko is a zoologist?

Anyway, that’s not the important mystery. The important mystery is that something’s causing the animals in the nearby forest to go mad. When Yohane enters the forest at the end of the episode, we see a black mist surround her. And it’s this mist that’s affecting the animals.

But, where is the mist coming from? In Episode 1, it looked like there was a dimensional rift of some kind. So, my guess is that’s the source of the mist. And, since this is a fantasy series, I’m going to make the bold prediction that a demon lord is involved.

Riko Sakurauchi from the anime series Yohane the Parhelion: Sunshine in the Mirror Episode 2
Riko Sakurauchi

Who could this demon lord be, though? Well, it’s probably Mari Ohara. We’ve already seen what Mari’s character design looks like in this series. And, in case you didn’t notice, she has large demon horns. So, my prediction seems like a pretty safe one.

Does that mean Mari’s going to be the antagonist of the series? I doubt it. And, that sort of goes against a prediction I made only yesterday in my Episode 1 review. I assumed Yohane would have to defeat an evil force threatening Numazu. But if that “evil force” is Mari, then I retract that prediction.

It looks like Yohane the Parhelion is going to be a slice of life series, after all. Though, I’m still holding out hope that it has at least a little bit of adventure-like content. Something’s going to come of the magic staff Yohane summoned.

Conclusion

What do you think of Yohane the Parhelion: Sunshine in the Mirror Episode 2? Were you expecting Yohane to actually be able to tell fortunes? What did you think of the four newly introduced Aqours girls? And, do you think Mari is going to be the demon lord causing trouble? Let me know in the comments.

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My review of Episode 3 is available now.

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