「任侠（セレブ）と初夜（アツイヨル）」 (Ninkyou (Serebu) to Shoya (Atsui Yoru))
“First Night (Hot Night) with the Yakuza (Celebrity)”
Bear wrestling, yakuza, a deserted island, bikini tanlines, seaweed monsters, and a sultry student council president. The last one is a given nowadays, but you don’t see the others a whole lot, especially not all in the same episode.
But that’s where SoraOto steps in to raise the bar yet again. Just when you think you have a simple episode about spending a night at a yakuza household, everyone’s on a private plane to a deserted island. Most shows would probably break this up into a two-parter, but not here. It’s a roller coaster of a ride that doesn’t stop until you come to a crashing halt courtesy of Sohara’s deadly karate chop. As usual, the artwork looks great, especially with Mikako’s long-flowing hair barely covering all the right places, but the most surprising thing so far is how each episode is a continuation of the last. For a comedy series, I normally expect things to be pretty episodic, but I like the continuity they have here.
Remember Tomoki’s house and the whole pantsu bomb chain reaction that took place? Well lo and behold, the current state of things. With no place to live (and not using Ikaros’ power to rebuild the house for some reason), Tomoki asks Eishirou to stay if they can stay with him, only to find out about the random bear attacks there. (Un)luckily for them, Mikako is willing to take them in for the time being and invites Eishirou and Sohara along. Despite the tense atmosphere at the Satsukitane household, the envisioned celebrity life is surprisingly good, until Tomoki enters a sacred bath reserved for family members. To prevent the supposed impending disasters from falling upon the Sorami town, Mikako’s father says they have to decapitate Tomoki. Ikaros is the only one able to step in to save Tomoki (and probably kill everyone there for harming him), but she stops at her master’s request. Mikako’s father lets them go for now, but leaves “the rest” up to his daughter.
Thus, everyone is whisked off in their sleep to an uninhabited island, where Mikako and Eishirou give the pretense that they have to stay there for a while because of the whole bath incident. In order to procure some food supplies, Tomoki sends Ikaros out to the ocean for fish, while he gets messed up by coconut crabs and “magic” mushrooms. After stumbling upon giant footprints and hearing monstrous roaring, Tomoki soon discovers that him and Sohara are the only ones left on the island. Things remain like that for several days and eventually a month, but the two of them get used to living on the island. They grow amazingly close as well, to the point that Sohara (caught in the moment) is willing to have Tomoki’s kids.
They’re interrupted by a huge seaweed monster from the ocean, which Tomoki somehow manages to save Sohara from. Upon shattering its tentacle-like exterior, it turns out to be Ikaros with all that stuff stuck on her from her ocean adventures. As for the roaring, Ikaros detects lifesigns from behind a camoflagued room — the whole ordeal was for amusement to make up for defiling the Satsukitane customs. Sohara on the other hand is less than happy about being strung along again. For their troubles though, the Satsukitanes rebuild Tomoki’s house, though mainly because of Mikako’s father’s attachment to Ikaros’ headrubs. Back at school, Mikako decides to broadcast Tomoki and Sohara’s heartfelt talk over the intercom for fun.
Despite the drastic change of scenary, I didn’t find things nearly as funny this time around. It wasn’t that the delivery was off, but the fact that the humour was a lot more lighthearted. A lot of things will probably make you smirk, but not laugh until you cry. I probably laughed more than I should have for the stupid hallucinogenic mushroom scene though. Aside from that, Ikaros was cute when she saw Mikako’s father’s head as a watermelon, but kind of menacing when she was asking what they’re doing to Tomoki. Seeing as Hayami Saori can do a scary softspoken voice like that, she should definitely be cast in the next horror anime adaptation. The fan-service highlight of this week had to be Mikako’s sinful body, but Sohara wasn’t too shabby herself if you like the tanline look. I was a bit disappointed about not seeing Nymph this week, but hopefully she’ll show up next time.
Another episode, another ending theme. It’s a pretty old school sounding one this time too, performed by Kamon Tatsuo.