You know, I could get behind this Duo
Well, I guess this counts as a Summer Break. Students usually get homework over a break, and Kouryou Academy is no exception. Hey at least it’s a field trip on a nice tropical island, right?
The Bus goes to the Island
Never go unprepared, Julie…
Ah, yes, unorthodox teaching habits and Bun-Bun go together like potassium and water, or school uniforms and water as this case clearly demonstrates. So I guess they used Survivor as a curriculum model for this particular field trip. Not bad really, but I would still like to see rhyme attached to reason for some of these exploits; combined with Bun-Bun’s yandere revolving door personality these gags come off as all madness and little method. But when you have a headmistress as determined to reach the goal as Sakura clearly is, then everything goes, including the Back on the Bus Trope.
It’s good to see the show focus on Tor and Julie’s growing relationship, and even show that it might even have some competition. Well, of sorts. It’s clear that Lilith’s level of pursuit will lead to No-Go land, and Miyabi’s doe-eyes feel more like her own personal development than possible matchmaking. Still, they do let her shine a bit more in this episode, both on the action front and ecchi tenancies.
As with all harems you can just let the second in line take a back seat once their arc is over. Lilith still proves to be the Exception (at least she can swim, the helicopter was just for show, but the bikini was a clear cheat), and the level to which both she and Julie competed was quite endearing, at least for Julie’s standing. Now the question is at this point, does Tor see Julie, as they say, a woman ?
Nice to see you again, Imari
But you can’t keep the plot points at bay forever. I felt that Inari’s return, along with her new classmates, was a good development. It wasn’t outright explained why this group was retained after they failed the Entrance Exam from the first episode, but I do get the feeling that Sakura likes to play this game on as many levels as she can. It feels like a mix of personalities and combat tendencies are the key to creating the Absolute Duo, and she will mix what brews whe must to achieve that alchemy. As it stand, it looks like Julie has achieved Level Three of the Rite of Sublimation …if the beaten C class is anything to go by.
I still wish the animation would live up to the OP….it was still quite nice though
Well, the show could have gone a bit more back on pace for my liking. Personally I don’t know if the Miyabi route will be going anywhere, so time spent on that felt like time they could have spent on more background development. The re-addition of Imari and her seemingly forsaken class is a fascinating little step that I hope they don’t forget to keep adding embellishments too. I just hope they aren’t as forsaken as they seem, given Sakura’s side comment to Tor later in the episode. At this point I think I’m comfortable with the mix they have with Julie and Lilith, it’s fun to play around with the shyer Julie’s state of mind, but that can get old quick, as will Lilith’s insistence on matrimony. If they can just keep it as a one-two note deal and be done with it, then that would be fine. Add more storyline with the Smith and his cohorts, and I think I’ll be happy.
Look forward to Steam-san!