Teenage anime boys doing crazy things that violate the rules and yet they ultimately face no consequences? Yep, that’s about the sum of it. To be fair, though, it seems to be the catalyst to set off another plot point within the show–that of another faction working in the shadows. Daichi has made himself an enemy, if nothing else. This episode also introduces a new character in the form of Akari, who you may recognize from the first episode. With their newfound freedom, Teppei and Hana find themselves living with Akari and Daichi in Nishikubo’s house. Admittedly, this plot element is nothing new. Teenagers of differing genders living under the same roof? Definitely been done before. Clueless teenage girl walking into the room naked? Yep.
On the plus side of things, we are introduced to some new plot elements this time around, including a new ally in the end of the episode. Where the plot of the episode is going is still anyone’s guess at this point, but this episode at least managed to get me interested. I can’t really put my finger on what it is that has drawn me in. Maybe it’s the characters themselves, or maybe it’s to know where the story is going. Whatever the case, I’ll be staying with it for now.
A Christian Perspective:
Well, I don’t really have any lessons to take away from this one, although it is mildly annoying that they chose to put the bit of fanservice in here that they did. It really wasn’t necessary. Granted, it is reminiscent of the Shinji/toothpick scene in Evangelion, which I have to admit I found amusing, so maybe that makes me a bit of a hypocrite? Of course, seeing Shinji naked isn’t likely to tempt me to sin. Hana, on the other hand… Well, whatever the case is, it’s there, I wasn’t a fan, but other than that the episode content wasn’t anything that you haven’t already seen.
Language: 1 “h*ll”
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Hana walks into the dining room naked, although the initial scene has a character’s head blocking all of the inappropriate stuff; the camera then angles around to something of an over-the-shoulder shot of Hana (again, you see nothing) (8:12 – 8:18); the camera again shifts, and this time you can see the tops of Hana’s breasts (8:19 – 8:20); a female character is wearing a top that shows cleavage (roughly 12:03); the Kiltgang girl is shown chest up–clothed, but showing cleavage (12:38 – 12:43); the Kiltgang guy is shown in his mecha, and he appears to be shirtless (I won’t bother time stamping these, because he’s probably going to be shown throughout the remainder of the episode); Kiltgang girl is shown in the previews in her usual outfit (skimpy, cleavage) (24:25)
Violence: Explosions as the Kiltgang member destroys missiles; the Earth Engine fires at the Kiltgang; the Kiltgang punches the Earth Engine several times; a robot is stabbed in the head and then sliced across the chest; a robot explodes; previews show a mech firing a shot and blowing up a vehicle; a second vehicle is shot (and explodes) in the previews
Other: The rainbow thing that Teppei can make and the energy that was coming out of Hana’s hands in this episode are unexplained–whether it’s supposed to be magic or something else, who knows; a character mentions that maybe it’s thanks to God that something happens, to which Teppei replies, “God? I’ve never seen God.”