「水着軍団（ナミギワ）GO!GO!GO!」 (Mizugi Gundan (Namigiwa) GO! GO! GO!)
“Swimsuit Corps (Tidal Wave) GO! GO! GO!”
I’ve been eagerly waiting for Nymph to show up, and what do you know, she’s right there when the episode starts. Needless to say, I was just as confused as Tomoki was. Much to our surprise, she’s nothing like Ikaros either, with her cheeky attitude and knack for calling everyone bugs. That’s alright though, she’s just in time for the full beach episode courtesy of the local town lottery draw.
Oddly enough, the humour seems to have dwindled a bit, but we get some more plot development instead. This of course is primarily due to the arrival of Nymph and trying to figure out what her purpose here is. While the successor to the Alpha model claims it’s more on a whim and that watching over Ikaros may be a part of it, she does make it clear that Tomoki’s definitely not the reason. Unfortunately for Tomoki, this is in spite of his attempt to get along with Nymph, even though he’s been freaking out about how the Angeloids are multiplying around him. That’s a bit of a shame since Nymph appears to know what’s going on, especially when Ikaros went into “defense mode” for Tomoki’s sake. In addition, her arrival coincides with the girl from Tomoki’s dream warning him to be careful yet again. Whatever Nymph’s purpose may be, they’ve done a decent job at keeping us guessing, while grasping for more clues at the same time.
With this being a beach episode, it was surprisingly a lot less fan-service than one would expect. By that, I mean there was nothing opening perverted outside of Tomoki getting Ikaros to inconspicuously snap pictures of other girls. Instead, we just have a nice visual treat of Ikaros, Nymph, Sohara, and Mikako’s swimsuit appearances. Personally, I don’t mind this one bit as there were quite a few tasteful shots. For sheer comedy, there was Nymph wrecking Tomoki’s face with a volleyball hit, Eishirou winning a curry eating contest with ease, and Tomoki freaking out over people spotting Ikaros walking around on the ocean floor. In the last case, apparently Ikaros’ wings get heavy when they’re wet, and she can’t hide them completely like Nymph can. On the more serious side, Sohara was trying to grow closer to Tomoki with this trip, and was jealous of him teaching Ikaros how to swim over her. In scripted fashion, this leads to Sohara almost drowning and Tomoki swimming frantically out to save her. In unexpected fashion though, Nymph shows some concern over Tomoki rushing out there without a second thought, causing her to fly out there and lend a hand. Also, Tomoki finds out for the first time that Ikaros can’t sleep, making him feel sorry for her just staying by his side all this time while he does. Last but not least, Ikaros’ murderous Tomoki defense mode continues to startle everyone just like before.
On a separate note, we did have a short cameo of two new characters, Mizuki (Nazuka Kaori, of dangerous Shizuku fame) and Eve (Yahagi Sayuri). I’m not sure what their roles are in all this, but I was quick to pick out Kaori’s voice. The next episode title indicates there’s going to be a new transfer student though. Whether or not this refers to one of them, your guess is as good as mine. Aside from that, we also had the unfortunate passing of Ikaros’ beloved watermelon at the end. You will be missed!
Sixth episode, sixth ending sequence. This time it features Nymph’s seiyuu Nomizu Iori, as we go through all the inconspicuous pictures Tomoki had Ikaros take for him. Tomoki’s a sneaky one…