You have to love how Golden Time’s previews tend to show scenes that, out of context, seem really intense, but when in context are simply amusing. Koko’s rage face from last week’s episode preview is one such example. No spoilers from me, though. You’ll have to watch to find out what’s going on.
So, this episode still manages to focus on the central Banri X Koko relationship while also expanding to begin focusing on the Mitsuo X Linda relationship. We get a taste of this early on, but it’s not until after Banri and Koko have a (thankfully) failed attempt at, er, certain activities that we really start to get more into that. Even still, this plot (or sub plot) is only just picking up, and it ends up leading to more time with Banri and Linda than anything else. This, I think, shows a lot of growth in Banri and Koko’s relationship, though, as Linda signals for Banri to come talk to her at one point, and Koko is completely fine with it. It shows even more how their relationship has grown, as Koko clearly has no qualms about Banri being alone with the woman he once harbored romantic feelings for.
As for Banri and Linda’s interaction: it was kind of… weird. I’m not sure if this is them returning to how their friendship was in high school, but the direction their conversation went was just strange. Add to that the reaction of another character who popped in at one point, and I was left with a kind of, “Uh… what?” feeling at the end. I suppose we will have to wait until next week for some more clarity.
All-in-all, I was okay with this week’s episode. There was one portion, which will be discussed in the Christian Perspective, that I’m glad didn’t go the way it appeared to be going.
A Christian Perspective:
The biggest issue for this week’s episode is that Koko approaches Banri with the full intent of having sex. She even removes her dress to reveal what I think is a negligee underneath. We never actually see any nudity, but it is still worthy of note in case you want to avoid this type of content altogether. The scene also shows Banri and Koko kissing passionately, with one on top of the other through the whole thing. In the end, nothing actually happens (in fact, it fails in something of a humorous way), but it’s one of those things that we could have easily done without. I suppose Banri deserves some credit for his ultimate conclusion of how they can take their time or something like that. Yes, Banri, take your time: until after you’re married.
Beyond that, there are a couple instances of one vulgar word, some cleavage on Koko’s part, and a few scenes of violence, most of which are comedic in nature. Honestly, the scene described above is probably the biggest issue in this episode from a Christian perspective, and though it ultimately comes to nothing, it is still worth the while for you to be warned about it.
Language: 2 “p***ed”
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Koko is shown wearing a top that shows a bit of cleavage; Koko removes her dress and is wearing a negligee (at least, I think that’s what it is) underneath–all we see at this point is more cleavage, though–in another scene we can also see her underwear through the negligee(?) as it is see through for the most part (not the chest, though–naughty bits are covered); Banri and Koko start to get intimate, but it doesn’t go any further than making out
Violence: Koko forcibly pulls several people away from Banri; a character is hit in the head with a pointy object; a character is kicked and possibly kicks back in return; a character is pushed and knocked down; a character’s nose is grabbed and pulled on; a character’s cheeks are pinched