It’s freezing where I’m at, and I just watched an episode about people going to the beach. Talk about bittersweet. Anyway…
I don’t know that I truly have a lot to say in regards to this week’s episode. We get to see our primary cast (minus Linda) spend a lot of time in a car. Despite that, it’s still a fairly entertaining episode. One thing that never does get explained, though, is 2D-kun–this dude is just angry at first. I can understand being frustrated with Banri and Koko after having to wait 20 minutes, but he just seems downright mad. That is, of course, until he sees Oka in a skirt. So much for that.
There is also the fact that this marks the first time Yana and Oka have been around each other since the group saw Yana and Linda going into the restaurant together. Honestly, Oka’s response isn’t all that surprising. I think we’ve all figured out where her heart is by this point. Other than that, I think a lot of what befalls our cast is the result of Ghost Banri’s decision to become an “evil spirit” and curse Banri. I’m not sure there are many day trips that have this many wrenches thrown into them.
That being said, we could all stand to take a lesson from our cast, and particulalry from Banri and Koko. Instead of just staying down in the dumps, Banri gets an idea and runs with it, which results in the entire crew having a much better time than they would have, otherwise. How many of us can truly claim that we would cheer up and play in the rain, instead of letting it ruin our day? If you’re reading this after watching the episode, then you know it all pays off, too. I’ve said it in the past, but I’ll say it again: I try to avoid spoilers, hence why a lot of what I say is vague. I wouldn’t even really call this an “eventful” episode; at least, not until the end when things take a turn for the worse before leaving us with a cliffhanger. While the worst case scenario certainly seems to be avoided, we are left wondering about the ultimate fate of this group of friends until next week.
A Christian Perspective:
This is scarce this week. There is some fanservice–Koko is shown in a one-piece bathing suit during the in-between shot, which of course shows cleavage, and her bikini that she wears in the episode also shows cleavage. It’s a weird bathing suit, but probably not much more revealing than what you’d see if you go to the beach. For our female viewers: Banri is also shown in a speedo. There are also comments about him not wearing a jockstrap under the speedo, but we don’t actually see anything. Other than that, there is just one mild use of profanity.
None of this, of course, is meant to play fanservice off as superficial. Sexual sin is a big deal, and women in skimpy clothes can certainly play into that temptation. While I don’t feel that the scenes with Koko were necessarily meant to be fanservicey (in the sense that I don’t think they were meant to be anything more than Koko in a bathing suit because she was at the beach), I would still caution male viewers to approach her bathing suit scenes with caution if you struggle with this kind of temptation.
Language: 1 “h*ll”
Drug/Alcohol Use: None
Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Koko is showing cleavage during the in-between picture; Banri is shown wearing a speedo; Koko is shown in a bikini which, of course, shows cleavage