Obligatory swim suit episode! Granted, it was much more tasteful than the average swim suit episode, although it still had its moments, particularly with the female teacher’s suit (although it was a one piece, so still more conservative than the typical swim suit episode).
Anyway, we can be thankful that the entire episode wasn’t devoted to the beach and swimsuits. The first half of the episode does play out more or less like a typical swim suit episode, complete with an “oops, we fell and almost kissed” moment, but the second half actually brings some plot. As in the previous two weeks, this episode also contains a bit of back story, this time for Claire. In it, we get to see just how she became her alter ego, and we also get to see how she came to be on Isla. Unlike the previous two episodes, though, this episode’s flashback material makes up only a small portion of the total run time.
This episode was a mixed bag. On the one hand, we had the light-hearted fun and games of beach play, but on the other we had the tumultuous relationship between Kal and Claire. It seems that Claire strongly suspects that Kal is Karl la Hire (good guess), although Kal doesn’t seem to have any inkling that Claire is… well, you should know, and if you don’t I won’t spoil it… yet. This, of course, leads to some tension in this episode, as Claire seems to withdraw while Kal tries to figure out what’s going on. This doesn’t last too long, though, as the two declare their desire to fly the skies together… and plot strikes! Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until next week to see the plot continue, but it seems like the action may finally pick up in this show.
One thing that initially hit me, though, is that the animation seemed to be of a little lesser quality, at least in the beginning. It may just be me, though, as I’m not an animation expert.
A Christian Perspective:
Well, it’s a swim suit episode, so as you can expect we see many of the students in their swimsuits. This really amounts to the boys in swim trunks and the girls in one-piece suits, so at least it’s not nearly as fanservicey as your typical swim suit episode. The female teacher is shown in a flashier one piece, as well, and the male teacher in a Speedo, so take note of that. The most fanservicey thing that occurs is when Ariel tickles Claire (they are in the water and, of course, in their bathing suits). The camera zooms in on Claire and pans up her body, of course bringing attention to her breasts, which they must (of course) make bounce. Actually I think there were a few instances of “bouncing breasts” in this episode, so be aware of that. There is also the instance of “We fell down and are about to kiss” with Claire and Kal, although nothing is overtly fanservicey about this except for the (typical) pose that they fall into.
With all that said, it probably sounds worse than it actually is. My biggest gripe is, of course, the unnecessary focus on Claire’s breasts during the tickling scene. The bathing suits weren’t really fanservicey, so I don’t think that will give most people too much trouble. Beyond that is a bit of language, a few violent scenes, and the use of “magic”, as well as the mention of a “god”. I don’t know if this is supposed to be a polygamous world or not. So keep that in mind if you don’t like fantasy/fiction stories that feature made-up gods.
Language: 1 “j**z”, 1 “h*ll”
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: The female teacher is shown in a one-piece bathing suit; the male teacher is shown in a Speedo; the male students are shown in swimming trunks and the female students in one piece bathing suits; there is a scene where Ariel tickles Claire while she’s in her bathing suit–the camera zooms in and pans up Claire’s body, showing her breasts bouncing; they pull the typical “male and female character trip, resulting in the male character hovering over the female character” routine
Violence: A whirlwind destroys at least part of a town–people are shown under debris; a mock air battle is shown–a plane is shot with a paintball; a plane is shown crashing into a mountain and exploding; a plane is shot and it explodes; a second plane is shot
Other: a character is shown using “magic”; a character mentions a “wind god” and being blessed by “a god”