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「学園祭のオニ」 (Gakuensai no Oni)
“Demon of the School Festival”

We had a school-life episode like the preview last time suggested and it comes with some minor Ashi involvement to stir up the school festival preparations. The best part of it all was Alma calling Ruri to the rooftop, leaving the latter with some hopeful expectations. It was a mistaken confession attempt, but it was really cute to see how flustered Ruri became just at the thought of it. She was clearly hoping for one and fully open to the idea of Alma embracing her, which made me really wish he had the guts to follow through with Onigawara’s script. Even if Ruri found out about the entire act the very next second, I would’ve loved to see how she would’ve responded. She’s pretty calm and composed so I get the feeling she would’ve given a pretty firm answer after only a moment of thought. (And the answer would’ve been “Yes.”) Whether or not that response is induced by the love drink she’s been unknowingly drinking is another matter. :)

If there’s any question about using up a rare gem every time Alma needs to transform, then there’s no doubt about it now as Ruri still had to use a “cheap” one that ran her 140 million yen for practice purposes. Judging from how long it lasted, I was going to say it’s more than enough to get the job done, but then the writers decided to make an example of this “cheaper” gem by having it run out at the most crucial moment. I guess you can’t skimp when you’re trying to save the world from evil stone demons. At least it was enough to save some dumb classmates who probably weren’t even worth saving, even though they turned a new leaf at the very end. Between Wakana’s Stone Club exhibit and Ruri’s home cooking, which I presume doesn’t suck because she’s practically perfect in every way, there actually wasn’t a whole lot else happening this episode. It did put up a nice “scare”, when Wakana walked into the room right after Alma transformed, but she convinced herself out of that. Granted, I can’t really see what else she could’ve thought it was other than a cosplay, seeing as she didn’t catch it while it happened.

Chasing a small Ashi that eventually split into two turned out to be a wild goose chase with an all too convenient conclusion when the last one assimilated some of the fireworks. I was expecting something more after Makoto made it sound like a big deal by calling it “Operation Mirror Force” (in reference to his name Kagami, which means “Mirror” in Japanese) and came out in his RX-75 Guntank-like disguised robot. In the end, it was only because he purposely kept Ruri out of the loop so that she wouldn’t evacuate the students and cancel the festival preparations though. Oddly enough, I don’t mind the series switching to a more laid-back pacing instead of having a monstrous threat every episode, since it does break away from that pattern. The next episode looks like it might as well, as Alma and the others hit up the beach.

* I’ve been looking for an in-show confirmation on the spelling of Alma’s name in English and finally got it. Take note of the yellow marker indicating Alma’s location.

 

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July 24, 2011 at 12:35 am
31 comments »
  • July 24, 2011 at 12:41 amShuffleAir

    Whoa. I come on to RandomC and find six new posts from Divine all in a row. I mean I like that more animes are being blogged, but… just curious how you can do this.

    • July 24, 2011 at 12:48 amCroos

      hard work. that’s the only answer.

    • July 24, 2011 at 12:59 amNhelraios

      All hail Divine!

    • July 24, 2011 at 1:15 amXziled

      thats because divine is actually 6 robots which explains why there were so many posts almost at the same time by the same person… also that season break divine took? it was maintenance

      :p

    • July 24, 2011 at 1:21 amObsidianTK

      He takes a season off and we forget what a MACHINE he is :P

    • July 24, 2011 at 1:40 amDivine

      I’m just playing catch-up. I was busy with work on Thursday so I didn’t get around to blogging any shows, then I was busy on Friday because I was upgrading my PC.

    • July 24, 2011 at 7:34 amAn

      That six is screwed. It’s seven in a row now. Poor Div, he was a good man, but the society turn him into a blogging robot. :p

      Oh well, I hope he had decided on his ’2 shows’ he’ll be blogging in Thursday.

    • July 24, 2011 at 11:53 pmAlec

      Damn! He probably drinks 2 cans of red bull everyday

  • July 24, 2011 at 12:45 amCroos

    Moero Ore might be a viagra. :D

  • July 24, 2011 at 1:18 amJX

    Divine’s a divine blogging monster. It’s not even subbed yet.

    • July 24, 2011 at 2:41 amHrmmm

      He watches RAWs, though i didn’t need to explain that right?

      • July 24, 2011 at 6:43 amJX

        I know. Thanks for replying though.

  • July 24, 2011 at 1:19 amJX

    Divine’s trying to push the whole home page of RandomC to only have all his posts.

  • July 24, 2011 at 2:02 amB>D

    Wow. I thought it was Ishida from Bleach from that screencap.

    • July 24, 2011 at 5:06 amMeow

      and here I thought I was the only one O_o

      • July 24, 2011 at 12:50 pmMedigo

        ditto here

    • July 25, 2011 at 5:50 amBobby

      Me as well,, at first viewing, i thought that was ishida,

  • July 24, 2011 at 6:57 amSeishun Otoko

    Even though this episode wasn’t action packed, oddly enough, it makes Alma and Kagami stand out more as male leads. Their characters have always come off rather flat so it’s great that the creators decided to flash out their goofy sides. Not quite sure why we need back to back school festival and beach episodes though. Would have preferred if we got to see Kijima Night and Lau Fei Zui in action again.
    Anyone knows what’s Ruri drinking? Need to get some of those for… ;D

  • July 24, 2011 at 7:20 amlkaze

    What!!?? None of the above comment have anything to do with the said anime itself (with the exception of B>D). All of them is regarding to how divine is Divine is. Although I’m no better. :)

  • July 24, 2011 at 2:39 pmasdf

    this was a good break from all of that serious business

  • July 24, 2011 at 3:52 pmOriginal GN DRIVE

    man, Sunrise really likes its School festivals in their series…

    • July 25, 2011 at 3:31 amFling

      Yep yep.

      Haven’t seen them do a beach ep yet though.

  • July 24, 2011 at 5:49 pmkaon

    thanks

  • July 24, 2011 at 6:49 pmsin1505

    what was that drink she got shy for drinking

  • July 24, 2011 at 6:54 pmsin1505

    sorry for asking stupid question i looked at the screen cap :)

  • July 25, 2011 at 2:28 amYin

    I know this is random but I’m loving the catchy preview music! It kind of makes you want to dance, in secret, uh I mean LOOK! It’s a dark stone hanging by your trousers! :D

    On a more serious note, I checked out Sacred Seven because it had a Code Geass vibe going on in the first episode, but now I’m more interested in the characters and wanting to see how they’ll develop. OK, just give me more interactions from Alma, Ruri and Kagami and Oni and I’m good.

    *starts dancing*

  • July 25, 2011 at 6:31 pmBass.EXE

    If I’m not mistaken, the drink Moero Oore translates to something like Burning Passion, right?

    • July 28, 2011 at 1:45 pmnasadigital

      Thanks for clearing that up, was wondering what that was lol…

  • July 25, 2011 at 7:21 pmzen Pudding

  • July 26, 2011 at 4:05 amTrombe

    lol don’t you remember SRW writing ROCK on?
    wtf

  • July 31, 2011 at 3:23 pmboingman

    I liked this anime more when it was called “Code Geass”, which also has a “School chase” episode.
    Oh, and horrible how GG decided to localize out the “Kanji” joke at the beginning. Funny that for once the “official” translation by Bandai is the translation which is more faithful/literal.