Hey guys!! I’m here with another review of Uta No Prince Sama : Maji Love Legend Star. Today, we are covering episode 8, also known as “Lasting Oneness”. As I stated in my last update blog, I will be keeping this summary pretty short, so if you want to know more about the episode, or don’t want to be spoiled by anything, please watch the episode before continuing. With that out of the way, let’s get started.
While in the process of recording his duet song with Kira, Masato is called, stating that his father had collapsed, which causes him to return the Hijirikawa estate. When he arrives, his father tells him that he will be the new head of the family, and must quit STARISH, else risk the jobs of all those in the Hijirikawa conglomerate. Masato is unable to argue against his father, and thinks he can’t control his fate. At his acceptance party, Ren and Kira convince him to fight against his father wishes. When his father arrives at the party, Masato announces that he is not going to be taking over the conglomerate, and will bear the consequences. After Kira and Masato sing their song, Masato’s father agrees to his passion, but Masato will no longer be apart of the Hijirikawa family. Masato agrees and leaves, with his father watching him from behind, sliently praising his son for being able to say what he wanted to.
Overall this was a good episode. It was beautifully animated throughout most of it, and I honestly liked the “message” for this episode. It also answered a question I had been wondering since season 2. Now, anyone who has been watching this show since season 1, knows that Hijirikawa said his father had only allowed him 1 year at the Saotome Academy, then he was supposed to return and take over the conglomerate. But after joining STARISH, the issue was never brought up. Unlike how I think some shows would have forgotten about this and not addressed it, UtaPri actually explainned it, with Masato never going back home and his father never asking for him to return, until this episode. Its honestly not something I thought the show would address, but I am glad they did.
As for the song, while not my favorite of the season, it certainly is in the top 3. Not only did it fit both Kira and Masato, as they are the silent types, but it was beautifully sung and animated, with the yukatas and traditional enviroment helping to really set the mood for the song.
While I don’t know if I would consider this the best episode of the season, it was very well executed, from animation to music, and even answered questions that were established back in season 1. If you are interested in this show, please go check this season, as well as the previous 3 seasons, at Crunchyroll.com. With that said, what did you guys think of this episode? Were you wondering about why Masato had not returned to his home? Will Masato ever be able to see his family again? Well, we might just have to wait and see. Thank you for reading, remember to say what’s on your mind, and I hope to see you guys next time.