「ガールズ・イン・ザ・ウォーター」 (Gaaruzu in za Uootaa)
“Girls in the Water”
For an episode titled “Girls in the Water”, surprisingly only half of it was devoted to swimsuits and such. As some people have already pointed out, the anime is taking its own spin on things and skipping around the manga a fair bit. This week we start with chapter 14 for the first half and jump all the way back to chapter 8 for the second, but they did a pretty good job from a continuity point of view.
While there were some subtle differences, like the inclusion of Kotone and Akari at the pool and Chizuru’s transition scenes, the rest of the material was right out of the manga. Going back six chapters may seem weird at first, but the fairly self-contained chapters don’t actually make it that difficult. Here, things revolved primarily around Kanako, who was taking care of Junpei after he caught a cold at the pool. The anime adaptation took some liberties and changed how Junpei caught the cold, but I didn’t mind since it allowed the episode to progress logistically while focusing on Kanako. They’ve played up the brash side of her character a lot more than the lovestruck one (the tsuntsun over the deredere), so I was happy to see her finally get some time alone with Junpei.
In fact, she even managed to get his hormone juices flowing while helping him with a lost stray cat, and almost kissed him after he passed out too. However, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Kanako when she stopped herself after recalling how Junpei coldly asked why it had to be her visiting him (and not Kaede). I mean she came all this way to take care of him and cooked him congee. When a girl goes out of her way to do that, he can at least show some appreciation before Nyamsus tells him to and gets him to text message her. I may not have clearly stated so before, but I like Kanako because I have a soft spot for tsunderes in general. Other than that, I felt the anime’s way of smoothly bringing up the friendship doll mentioned back in episode two was a nice touch, as Kanako was looking around Junpei’s room for it. She didn’t end up finding it, but I appreciate how they’re trying to tie everything together in some way. I find it’s not something you see a lot of in heavily comedic-focused series.
As I mentioned above, the Kirishima twins weren’t supposed to be at Haruhiko’s pool “study session”, but I love them so I’m glad they were there. They added a bit of comedic flair without upsetting the story one bit, so there was really no downside to this change. Junpei still managed to help a stray cat get out of the facility and Kanako/Nagi still had some good fighting over breast sizes. The fat cat in the latter half Chatora, who complained about having salt & pepper Matsusaka beef taken away from him and being forced to diet, was also pretty amusing. Junpei ended up snapping about how selfish Chatora was being and not realizing that his owner was doing this out of love for him, which Nyamsus will be quick to remind you is much like Junpei himself. Junpei seemed to understand this a bit at the end, but Kanako is still a far second to Kaede in his eyes. Poor Kanako. =(
The preview has some crazy magical girl thing going on with Kotone and Akari as well as some Pocky-kissing action. Surprisingly though, that’s Akari and not Kotone! *gasp*