「愛と三角地帯（トライアングル）ふたたび」 (Ai to Sankaku Chitai (Toraianguru) Futatabi)
“Love and a Triangle, Again”
The return of the flying pantsu! It’s rare when a male protagonist seizes the opportunity I have in mind, but Tomoki delivers here as he pulls a quick one on Sohara with exploding pantsu.
It was like a tear to my eye seeing the huge flock of pantsu fly back to Tomoki. It was not so much for the obvious reason, but the fact that it got my expectations up given how funny the second episode was. Much like that episode, this one is completely ludicrous and doesn’t progress much of anything. However, we do get to see Sohara being the subject of nopan again, which is surprisingly more her fault this time than Tomoki’s, and that’s always a lot of fun.
The premise is simple. Having toured the world, the flock of pantsu from before returns “home” to Tomoki. Seeing as most of them were hers, Sohara unleashes hell on Tomoki with her deadly karate chop. After the original card’s powers wear off and the mountain of underwear stops moving, Sohara tells Tomoki to throw them all out even though she doesn’t trust that he will. As a precautionary measure, she enlists the help of Ikaros to make any pantsu Tomoki sees within the vacinity of his house explode. Needless to say, Sohara was right not give Tomoki the benefit of the doubt, as it turns out he had ladened his entire place with the huge collection of pantsu overnight. Unfortunately for him, they’ve now become the deadliest of traps right in his own home. Not only can he not set sight on them, he can’t touch them either.
With the help of the sadistic Mikako spurring Tomoki on (M4 carbine, bulletproof vest, nightvision goggles and all), things go out with a huge bang at the cost of Tomoki’s house. Granted, it was more his own fault because of the Pantsu Robo he left to guard his insane porn collection. Unsurprisingly, Tomoki spent must of the episode super deformed for his pantsu bomb gauntlet runs, but there was a moment of seriousness at the end where he manned up. That said, I don’t think it was necessary for AIC ASTA to draw in Tomoki’s nipples when he was carrying Sohara admist the rubble, but that they did. As if to punish us viewers though, they decided to reveal Tomoki’s “package” rather than Sohara’s nopan “goods”. Anime is cruel isn’t it?
It wasn’t all fun and games here, as they set things up for some plot progression at the very end. The girl from Tomoki’s dream revealed that she didn’t send him an angel to get him caught up in whatever’s going to happen now that Ikaros has been spotted. While we’re busy taking in that revelation, they also gave us a glimpse of Nymph, who’s apparently been observing Tomoki from afar. I hope to see a proper introduction of her next time, as well as some more about Tomoki’s dream and Synapse.
New ending theme again (4-for-4 now), featuring Tomoki’s song “Senshi no Kyuusoku” (A Warrior’s Relief). Based on the ending sequence, this actually refers to his porn mags and not the underwear collection.