Episode at a Glance:
Looking at Yoshika, Gertrud is reminded of her younger sister Chris, who was traumatized into a coma after a Neuroi attack on Karlsland. Feeling responsible for failing to protect her, Gertrud’s performance as the Strike Witches’ ace faulters in training, but she continues to avoid yet observe Yoshika. Minna notices this though, so Mio suggests pairing the two of them up to see what happens. In the meantime, Yoshika is working hard with Lynne taking care of cooking and cleaning, and finds out that they get paid extremely well due to the risks involved in their job. Realizing this, Yoshika feels she’d rather not be paid if that’s the case, but Lynne is happy that she can help support her family back at home. Mio on the other hand is attentive to Yoshika and her training all this time, which draws the jealous eyes of Perrine as usual. Minna later suggests that Gertrud take some time off to see her sister, but she refuses saying the Chris she knew died long ago.
In a subsequent training exercise, Mio pairs Yoshika up with Gertrud, but a sudden Neuroi attack originating from Karlsland has them intercepting the enemy instead. After a quick platoon restructuring, Minna sees that Gertrud is being reckless and ignoring her wingman Perrine, which is very unlike her. In the process, she gets wounded, but Yoshika heals her despite her protests of prioritizing the enemy’s defeat over saving her life. While Gertrud feels she can’t protect everyone since she couldn’t even protect one person, Yoshika convinces her otherwise, so she rejoins the battle in the sky and manages to destroy the Neuroi. Following its destruction, Minna slaps Gertrud, and in tears, questions why she doesn’t value her life when the Strike Witches are like family. Hearing this restores Gertrud’s confidence, so she asks for a vacation to visit her sister. Back on the base, both Perinne and Erica thank Yoshika for saving Gertrud. The following day, Gertrud prepares to leave to see Chris, and upon looking at a picture of her and her sister, feels she has to thank Yoshika one day as well.
「はやい・おっきい・やわらかい」 (Hayai, Okkii, Yawarakai)
“Swift, Gigantic, and Soft”
Natto, you either love it or you hate it. Personally, I’m not a big fan of it so it was funny watching Perrine make a big scene about it. Aside from that, the episode mainly revolved around Gertrud’s past, but more so, the newcomer Yoshika and how she’s slowly influencing everyone around her for the better. Last episode was about befriending Lynne and helping her overcome her lack of confidence, and this time it was pretty much the same with Gertrud. While I’m not against a protagonist slowly changing everyone’s opinion about them, I hope it doesn’t revolve too much around this theme as shows like Naruto have overused it to death. In short, I find it’s a good way of inspiring children to be pure and earnest, but I really don’t think that’s Strike Witches’ target audience. A little bit of this is okay as Yoshika slowly becomes an accepted member of the team, but I’m hoping things shift focus back to the Neoroi sooner rather than later. Finally, I’m not implying that week’s episode was bad or anything, as I still enjoyed it, despite it following a similar pattern to last week’s showing. I simply hope the writers have some more variety in store in terms of plot.
Next time, it looks like an obligatory beach/swimsuit episode, which is earlier than I expected. Given the connotations associated with the episode title, I have to say it’s quite reminiscent of Kanokon‘s way of making you think perverted things.
– Miyafuji Yoshika (宮藤 芳佳) / Fukuen Misato (福圓 美里)
– Sakamoto Mio (坂本 美緒) / Chiba Saeko (千葉 紗子)
– Minna-Dietlinde Wilke (ミーナ・ディートリンデ・ヴィルケ) / Tanaka Rie (田中 理恵)
– Perrine-H. Clostermann (ぺリーヌ・クロステルマン) / Sawashiro Miyuki (沢城 みゆき)
– Lynette Bishop (リネット・ビショップ) / Nadzuka Kaori (名塚 佳織)
– Erica Hartmann (エーリカ・ハルトマン) / Nogawa Sakura (野川 さくら)
– Gertrud Barkhorn (ゲルトルート・バルクホルン) / Sonozaki Mie (園崎 未恵)
– Francesca Lucchini (フランチェスカ・ルッキーニ) / Saitou Chiwa (斎藤 千和)
– Charlotte E Yeager (シャーロット・E・イェーガー) / Koshimizu Ami (小清水 亜美)
– Chris (クリス) / Sanada Asami (真田 アサミ)
– Doctor (医者) / Satou Biichi (佐藤 美一)
– Narration (ナレーション) / Gouda Hodzumi (郷田 ほづみ)