By accident, Arika learns of Nina’s weakness: she’s ticklish. The news spreads around school, and eventually gets to Shiho’s ears. Shiho uses the opportunity to raise some havoc to get back at Nina. Using her signature “Maki Maki”, Shiho summons several small eel like monsters into the school pool, where Nina and the Coral class are practicing. They take hold of Nina while she’s swimming and she goes under. Arika and Erstin save her, and she wakes up in the infirmary with everyone, including her father, watching over her. After Nao comes in and welcomes Sergay to the flower garden of virgins (lol), Yohko kicks them all out. Nina, who wants to reclaim her pride, does some research and finds out that the creatures that attacked her were called Zereangil, and so she gets permission to dump salt into the pool. However, someone had switched the salt and sugar labels, so Arika gets bags of sugar instead. The result is a very large monster that captures Shiho and Erstin in its tentacles. The girls try to fight it, but their efforts are futile and Nina gets captured too. To their surprise, a purple flash of light blows a giant hole in the monster, and Nao scoops up Erstin and Nina. She makes Shiho beg to be saved before she slices the monster into pieces. That night, Arika finishes a letter back to her anonymous benefactor, and falls asleep at her desk. Nina wakes up later to cover Arika in a blanket.
I had heard several good things about this episode, and so I started watching it with pretty high expectations. And I gotta say that it didn’t disappoint. From the comedic villainy of Shiho to the comedic value of Nina’s weakness (and all of the fanservice) to the action scene with Nao as the star, I’d rate this as one of the best episodes yet, probably tied with first episode. In a similar parallel, Nao is as badass as Shizuru from that first episode, and maybe even more so because of her attitude (“Welcome to the flower garden of virgins”) and how she gets back at Shiho by making her beg to be saved.
Shiho really is a piece of work. Her “maki maki” this time summons a monster that had tentacles that looked oddly like Shiho’s hair from last season. And while we’re on the subject, this episode is ripe with fanservice and yuri implications. I mean, that was a tentacle monster, and Erstin seemed all too happy to moan for us. Nina also has her share of cute noises, and it must really suck for her weakness to be known by everyone. This episode really allows us to see a less serious side of Nina, even as she tries to regain her pride.
And if this episode didn’t get me excited enough about the series, next week features young Mashiro and young Nagi, and what looks to be Arika activating her special robe.
Closing Thought: Who was that switching the sugar and salt labels? It didn’t seem like Shiho’s movements, so perhaps it was Tomoe?