At the airport on Earth, Shuhei meets a girl named Nitta Aki when she accidentally steps on the gifts he’s bringing to the space station. Both are headed to Airies and happen to be on the same shuttle as Aya. On the station, Sayaka is troubled because Aya’s arrival during their training means that they won’t be able to meet. Ryota suggests that she intentionally get hit during their war game and sneak out of the penalty box. Ryota’s job, meanwhile, will be to delay the game as long as possible so that she can get back before it’s over. Sayaka and Aya eventually find each other, and Sayaka explains the situation to her. The two promise to meet again before parting ways. In the war game, Kazuhiko has been hunting Ryota, but Ryota fakes him out by using his jacket as a decoy. However, before Ryota can do anything to Kazuhiko, he gets nailed in the back by Nao. The game ends, and fortunately Sayaka manages to make it back just in time. Afterwards, Ryota, Sayaka, and Nao finally meet Shuhei again. Nao is overjoyed to see him, but their time together is short-lived because the station’s alarms suddenly start to go off.
As you can see by the fairly short summary, I didn’t think much of this episode. At best it was mediocre – I found myself even struggling to stay awake at certain points. By this point, I’m rooting for the terrorists to finally show up and speed up the pace of this show a little. In other words, I’m giving them one, maybe two episodes to get the plot going (at the very least keep my interest through an entire episode), or else I’m going to be dropping this series.
On the other hand, I’m still listening to the opening song non-stop lol.