The best description I have for this episode is “Cheesecake” because that is basically all we got. Helping after helping of Fan Service with very little if anything moving the plot forward. I feel like this anime is severely taking for granted that we are now in an established universe where we know the players and the game. Anyway lets move forward with the review….
So in this episode the group finally goes on the school field trip Shido mentioned in the previous episode. Tohka and Origami fight over who will be sharing a room with Shido and then later who will sit by him on the plane. Ellen is introduced as a photographer and takes a picture of Tohka, likely to confirm her identity as the Spirit designated “Princess” so her organization can get rid of or capture her. This of course never comes to pass as Tohka and Shido end up wandering off from the rest of the group and get caught in a freak storm.
This is when we are introduced to Kaguya and Yuzuru, a pair of twins who once were a single spirit. They are fighting an eternal duel the winner of which will be the personality that remains when they reunite (similar to Piccolo and Kami in DBZ).
When the encounter Shido they decide that he will be the answer to their duel and the one to seduce him will be the winner. This is ridiculous even by the standards of this anime. Worse Shido seems to be going along with it and letting them fumble through their ill conceived plan. Don’t let their looks fool you, these two girls have all the charms of a sack of carrots and all the subtlety of a bulldozer.
Eventually they trick him into going into the women’s open air bath and he is forced to flee as Tohka shows up. Once there she helps him hide before the other girls show up which somehow ends with him diving off a cliff to escape. Which was really unnecessary since he could have just swam away underwater.
Ultimately this episode did very little to advance the plot. The new characters are hardly as interesting as the current cast although they have potential. They are completely unnecessary beyond growing Shido’s harem, which was large enough as far as I’m concerned. This episode could have been better, and I’m hoping that this season will pick up steam by episode 3 or 4.
Overall in terms of enjoyment I’m going to give this episode a 6 out of 10 as there wasn’t even the emotional payoff from the previous episode and it didn’t even advance Shido and Tohka’s relationship.
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