Houkago no Pleiades Episode 4 Review

Hello everyone, I hope you are all well. I’ve been CRAZY swamped with studying in the midst of exam season… which also happens to be the middle of the spring anime season too. As a result, many reviews are being pushed back a few days. Apologies!!! But I promise not to fall TOO behind on reviews. Now… without further ado…

Rating: 4/5 happy clouds Crop_4 Clouds Transparent

Houkago no Pleiades Episode 4 (10)I actually enjoyed episode four of Houkago no Pleiades a lot more than the previous episodes. Now that Subaru has been settled into the magic girl group, we get to shift the focus from the actual magic girl action to more character development among the supporting characters.

To be honest I didn’t expect Hikaru’s story to be first but I thoroughly enjoyed how well the episode brought her entire character full circle and even tied it into the magic girl main plot. Hikaru comes from an immensely musical background, herself having perfect pitch. Due to her parents’ busy schedules as performers and composers, she ends up alone a lot and quite often has to take care of herself. When her parents organize a piano performance at the conservatory to send music off into space, Hikaru decides not to attend. It just so happens though that the girls are headed to the moon to collect the next fragment.

Houkago no Pleiades Episode 4 (11)On a whiteboard to home, Hikaru writes that she’ll be headed off to the moon and coincidentally, her mom spots the memo. Hikaru’s parents decide to play music from the conservatory so her daughter might hear it from the moon. Well at this point, whether you really believe that Hikaru’s parents believe Hikaru’s memo on the note isn’t important. The main highlight of the episode is really Hikaru’s emotional relationship with her parents, distance bridged by music which ironically reaches Hikaru no matter where she is in life, even on the moon.

Hikaru finally gets to hear the rest of the song she once helped write, bringing tears to Hikaru’s eyes and the episode to a beautiful close. Serious props to the writer of this week’s story for such a neatly organized series of events and conclusion..

– Cloudy

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