Well, I wasn’t expecting THAT to happen! It may not be too far of a stretch to say that this was one of the best episodes of Golden Time in a while. Granted, a lot of the episode does revolve around Banri trying to figure out how to give Koko the ring, but even that doesn’t make it a bad episode. To be honest, that ring has fared better than I thought it would. I expected it to be lost or something during this episode, since it is clearly very important to Banri. While this episode had its moments of drama (Banri and Oka’s torn friendship, Mitsuo’s attempt to talk to Linda), it felt more laid back than anything. It was kind of nice. You wanted to see what happened next, and at the same time were able to kind of kick back and just enjoy the episode. And then the ending came. Seriously, that came out of nowhere, and caught me completely by surprise. I suppose it’s possible that I just lack an eye for foreshadowing (actually, I think it’s pretty safe to say I do), but I did not expect it at all. I won’t say what happened for those of you who haven’t watched it yet, though.
Another great bonus to this episode is that it was fairly clean. There were a few things, but nothing that I foresee being an issue for most viewers. Honestly, I don’t have much else to say. It was just a very enjoyable, entertaining episode, and it’s certainly nice to see Banri and Koko’s relationship growing, to the point that he can easily discuss the issue about Oka with Koko without Koko getting jealous or suspecting foul play. Also, getting ice cream to keep society running (or however Koko put it) is the best excuse for getting ice cream ever. Except, you know, for the reason of, “I just wanted it.”
A Christian Perspective:
There’s not a lot of stuff to warn Christians about this time around. A character curses once, and the two female members of the Festival club who were interested in Mitsuo are shown in what might be considered seductive poses (although they are clothed, and the whole thing is really just in someone’s mind). Really, that’s the worst this episode has, unless you really don’t like blood, in which case there is one instance of blood in-episode, and one during the previews. The preview also shows Koko wearing a top that shows some cleavage. I’d probably rank this one low on the danger scale, although don’t let my words sway you from any conviction you may feel as you read this. God is the ultimate decider, not me.
Language: 1 “d**n”
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: There’s a scene that shows two of the festival club girls in seductive(?) poses, although they aren’t dressed provocatively; Koko is wearing a top with some cleavage in the preview
Blood/Gore: Blood is scene shooting from a character’s nose (comical scene); in the preview, a character is shown with blood coming out of his nose