Have I ever said that I think this show will be a slow build? Well, if I haven’t (though I think I have), let this be my statement on it. Case in point, last week’s episode ended with a bit of action, yet this week’s episode begins with a triumphal approach to the Holy Spring, without any initial mention of the previous episode’s attack. I almost wondered if I missed something. We eventually get around to that, though. So, what happens now? Assault? Tension? Casualties? Nope: ramen.
Seriously, much of this episode involves Kal’s dorm having a restaurant event where they serve “Ari-men”, or Ariel’s ramen. Apparently it’s so good that it even shuts up the snooty rich students. What, exactly, they’re raising money for I don’t know, but it seems the whole dorm (plus Claire) teamed up to make this happen, with even Ignacio chipping in. Yet despite all of this merrymaking, there is a definite tension under the surface, as discussions of using the flight students for Holy Spring recon pops up. The whole thing is pretty much interwoven between scenes of otherwise lighthearted happenings, and it’s used to bring attention to Chiharu, who picks up on one particular discussion between the instructors and Admiral Louis.
Actually, one of the cutest scenes in this episode involves Chiharu and Mitsuo. I won’t ruin the details, but it was nice to see the two of them in the spotlight, especially with the main focus generally being on Kal and Claire. Hey, side characters can fall in love too, you know! Here’s hoping that next week’s episode doesn’t have a negative outcome for our potential couple, although the title of the episode (and some of the comments on Crunchyroll) may not leave room for a whole lot of hope. This show is torture, I tell you! Torture! Well, now to wait until next week.
A Christian Perspective:
This was a fairly safe episode. There were two instances of vulgar language, and a few scenes of violence that was more slapstick/comical/lighthearted than anything else (except for that kick to the shin). I don’t see there being too much of an issue for most Christians with this one.
Language: 1 “b*st**d”, 1 “d**n it”
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Violence: a character is hit in the back of the head with a cooking tool (maybe a strainer?), a character is kicked in the shin; a character is put in a choke hold and given a noogie to the side of the head