Start off with a quick recap of the final scene of the first episode, the meeting of the two groups of students.
|It's just like a fighting game but without the actual fight when this screen changes.|
I like this episode more than the first. Characters are getting more fleshed out and I feel there is a better sense of where the drama is going with its story. I love how it looks like both sides will be learning more about each other and perhaps realizing that neither side is more right or wrong in their ways. Though Fumie seems to be the only one really getting that message now but there are enough episodes left in the series that we can see the same development in all the characters eventually.
I do like that some of the girls are showing signs of personality. Fumie was helped dramatically with her flashback as her character seems to be reserved in general so there is little chance of actually seeing her express a lot of emotion because that is just her character.
The new character definitely has the biggest personalities of the girls for now. I have been looking into all information about the series and from the AKB48 fan side of things it seems like Mitsumune Kaoru was added to the cast list late and has a character that was originally for one of the other girls according to rumor. I think she seems to be a good addition so far, even though I do not like her character much but I think that is intentional, as she seems to be one of the strongest actors on the girls' side.
Unfortunately the rest of the girls remain one-note, though Saya is a little better as the character happens to get more lines.
Still love the guys and the more background characters are given some more chances to shine as this episode is not as heavily focused on Tatsuya as the first one was.
New Japanese word learned this episode: 選挙（せんきょう/senkyou）- election (used at the end of the episode to propose who should lead the student body)