This episode is much more character-driven–particularly by Usa and Ritsu. It was a nice episode, with some sweet moments, although it still had a few crude jokes thrown in, though not as many as you might expect at this point. Usa, of course, has taken Sayaka’s comments from the end of the last episode to heart and is trying his best to get Ritsu to open up to him. He says several times that he refuses to take the hint, and he keeps pressing Ritsu to interact. This, of course, leads to some tense and awkward situations. In a way, I suppose it is pretty typical high school romance, but it’s done in such a way that it doesn’t feel particularly boring and overdone.
I had hoped to give Shiro a bit of a compliment in this review, as his interaction with Ritsu in this episode starts off feeling mature and serious. Leave it to Shiro, though, to ruin the moment by being himself. Still, he does show that he might have some semblance of a brain in his head, and I suppose that little scene raises him slightly above being a joke character.
While the series obviously has a multiple character cast, I hope the focus stays mostly on Usa and Ritsu. High school romance may not be anything new within the realm of anime, but it can still be enjoyable when done right. Honestly, I don’t have much interest in Mayumi’s shattered love life, and Sayaka is probably better used as a plot device than a focal point (although perhaps we’ll eventually find out why she is the way she is). Shiro is… Shiro. I’d be a liar to say I didn’t enjoy this episode, so let’s hope that there continues to be more substance to the show as opposed to crude humor.
A Christian Perspective:
Revisiting this review about a week after watching it…
Language: 1 “j**z”
Alcohol/Drug Use: Sayaka, Shiro, Sumiko, and Mayumi all drink alcohol near the beginning of the episode; Mayumi and Sayaka are drunk
Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: As usual, Mayumi wears a top that shows cleavage; Sayaka is again shown grabbing Mayumi’s stomach (so we see part of her stomach); you don’t see anything inappropriate, but Shiro is having a fantasy about girls having a trend of “loose panties” 7:54 – 8:07; there’s a scene in the episode preview that looks like it shows two girls about to kiss (the zoom is so close, though, that you can’t see their full faces)
Violence: A character is hit in the head
Blood/Gore: A character is writing on a table with something red, which I’m assuming is blood