Suzu’s whipping up a surprise for Tonkatsu’s birthday – a tofu statue. Of Tonkatsu. More on this later.
Naturally, she’s having some trouble with the rigidity of it all – her tofu is more of the “silken” consistency rather than the “mildly firm” kind that she needs to use in order to maintain the shape of a bite-size piece of bacon. In related news, the only thing I have left in my fridge is a three-week expired block of tofu I bought from Ranch 99 – I guess dinner is tofu with soy sauce to go with a bowl of rice, coupled with a nice sitdown on the crapper for dessert.
Ayane busts through the door holding two dishes full of mame-daifuku – one labeled with Suzu, the other Ikuto. Seems like she has some master plan – the Suzu plate is supposedly rigged with some spicy paste…therefore rendering Suzu useless to prevent Ayane from putting the moves on Ikuto. Brilliant. Except, Suzu tells herself she’s not going to indulge herself until she finishes with the tofu de pig. Cue the futile attempts at force-feeding.
In the meantime, Ikuto has vanished. Suzu and Ayane check around and find a picture of Ikuto outside a school with a rather moe chick clutching his arm at her delicious flat chest. Hoh, Ayane says, he’s missing his lover back in Japan. Sounds like high time to take advantage of his lonesome self and work her magic.
Suzu goes to consult with Baba, and Ayane’s hypothesis seems to check out – it does seem like around the time for Ikuto to really start missing those he left behind. Meanwhile, Suzu turns out her jealousy switch again, Ayane goes to put on her battle gear, and Rin, Yukino, and Chikage overhear the whole thing and start getting ideas of their own.
Ayane’s battle gear? Looks kinda like Mikurun-run’s combat waitress dress, except Ayane kicks it up a notch with knee-high white zip-up boots. I guess at this point I should also point out that while not readily seen behind the white leather (or suede?) her ankles are sure to be of epic proportions. Either way, I wouldn’t mind seeing more of Ayane onee-sama in future episodes.
Rin’s battle plan involves filling her shoddily-made lunchboxes with rather impressive looking food, including roasted seahorse-looking fish and a steamed roundish lobster. Chikage shows up wearing a rather impressive getup consisting of white nekomimi, school mizu, loose socks, and a schoolgirl top with the big bow at the neck (the kind you’re supposed to pull at and her boobs spill out of her shirt. Except she’s got the school mizu on…huh?) It really should be seen as some haphazard combination of random moe characteristics, but I don’t think anybody really cares and would just rather see Chikage do some more crazy cosplay. Like most of her other costumes, she got the idea for this one out of some otaku cosplay magazine.
Yukino and Kuma Kuma show up with that hideous Eureka over-makeup look where they look like ghosts, or clowns, or ghosts of clowns.
So with their preparations complete, they head into battle.
Except Ikuto isn’t there. Turns out he’s down at the beach, launching off in a dinghy that looks just like the one Sashimi sacrificed in episode 1 to prove his point. Suzu pulls some deft rodeo moves with a long string of kelp (take THAT Americans! Japan has nipponized yet another of your creations!) and ropes him back onto shore. Ikuto! Why are you leaving us! Is it really for your lover!
Eh? No, I’m trying to get this message in a bottle clear of the whirlpools.
Lover? What lover? Oh, the chick in the photo? That’s my sister.
Wow, didn’t see that one coming. Anyways, Ikuto was also cooking up some soy beans on the beach for the tofu – by running it through a cloth filter, you can remove a lot more of the moisture and therefore have a firmer tofu. Useless woman, need a man to teach you how to cook too?
So the tofukatsu gets made and there’s a surprise party for Tonkatsu. Then, in one of the strangest scenes I have ever seen, Tonkatsu starts slurping at the tofukatsu, from the nose. Five years ago I would’ve been like “haha, that’s cute,” but years of anime corruption have taught me better. This could perhaps be the very first example of cannibalistic tofu self-cest. Which also got me thinking, what if Machi made a full-scale tofu voodoo doll of Ayane, then had a 3-some with the real Ayane? What would that be called? What the hell am I talking about?
Tonkatsu ending. Instead of Horie Yui singing we get a string of melodic Bu-bu-bu-bu-buuuu. This is rather funny given that the normal ending is a sort of galge simulation – you fail in scoring with any of the girls, so you end up with the PIG. Poor Tonkatsu, hooks up with the loser guy while his swine brethren Boota is sitting comfortable between Yoko’s double D’s. Ah, anime.
The episode closes with some cheesy blush scene between Ikuto and Suzu while sitting atop Sashimi. Hooking up? Gonna score finally? Stay tuned for the next exciting episode of Nagasarete Airantou. Yay.
In all seriousness, that was actually a pretty good ep, probably because Ayane is a pretty good character. As we’ve seen in previous episodes, her imagination is quite vivid, and we’re given a full repertoire of them in this episode as well. Not to mention this awesome image of Ayane onee-sama… see, they can do it if they try! Throw in a few more of these curveballs and this show gets better instantly.
Unfortunately, having an Ayane ep means that Machi and Ayane aren’t getting another episode for a while, meaning we’ll have to cycle through some more boring episodes. Next episode has to do with being embarrassed in a kigurumi (those big stuffed animal costumes that Mint likes to wear), so it’s likely to be a Chikage ep.