「スースーするの」 (Suusuu Suru no)
“Nice ‘n Breezy”
Episode at a Glance:
With most of the Strike Witches sleeping in due to the lack of Neuroi activity in the area, Sanya returns from her night patrol and collapses in Eila’s room by mistake. Gertrud isn’t too happy about Erica oversleeping as a fellow soldier of Karlsland though, especially when her commemoration ceremony for having shot down 250 Neuroi is scheduled for today. In the morning, Mio trains Yoshika much to envious eyes of Perrine as usual, while Minna goes off to pick up a package with Lynne. Meanwhile, Erica gets dressed, but can’t find her underwear, so she decides to go out without any on. However, she starts feeling a bit too breezy and steals Francesca’s while she’s in the bath. Realizing that hers are gone, Francesca nabs Perrine’s, forcing her to go commando. When Mio and Yoshika stumble upon Perrine looking like an underwear thief, she explains to everyone what happened, so Gertrud decides to start an investigation.
Yoshika’s swimsuit gets confiscated as evidence, leaving her with no pants on, so Gertrud offers to take off hers and give it Yoshika, but she ends up refusing out of embarrassment. With Erica eating happily away like none of this concerns her, Francesca is deemed to be the culprit and takes off running. The others go off in pursuit of her, during which Francesca inadvertently steals Eila’s pants as well. She later sounds the alarm by accident, causing everyone to prepare to scramble, regardless of whether or not they have pants on, as per Mio’s orders. Erica catches Francesca in the act though and turns her in to Minna, who calls off the false alarm. Minna then holds the ceremony for Erica’s achievements, where the others realize that she’s wearing Francesca’s underwear.
「君を忘れない」 (Kimi wo Wasurenai)
“Forget You Not”
So out of all the Strike Witches, Gertrud seems to be the only one that sleeps in the nude, which spurs on the ever-so-interesting question as to how many girls actually do so on a regular basis. I can’t imagine it being many, so that’s one brief moment of fan-service there. I found it pretty amusing and ironic for Gertrud to yell at Erica for sleeping without any underwear on though, given the premise of this series. I interpreted this as the show not taking itself too seriously in the pantless theme though, which is a welcome revelation as that’s how I’ve always felt about it too.
However, I have to say that having a complete episode devoted to these kind of antics was pushing the boundaries of “lower half” fan-service, which far exceeded those seen in the beach episode. While I think Erica’s attitude was a bit too relaxed with her frolicking around in public without pants on, Perrine seemed far too uptight about having to go commando when she had pants, regardless of how thin they were. Also, you would think they’d have more than one pair of underwear so that they wouldn’t have to chase after Francesca without anything on, but that conveniently doesn’t seem to be the case. The one who wins out the most in all this is definitely Erica, who started all the ruckus, yet gets praised for stopping it and awarded a medal at the same time.
– 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)
– Sanya V. Litvyak (サーニャ・V・リトヴャク) / Kadowaki Mai (門脇 舞以)
– Eila Ilmatar Juutilainen (エイラ・イルマタル・ユーティライネン) / Nakai Erika (仲井 絵里香)