「天使の旋律（ことば）の向かう先」 (Tenshi no Senritsu (Kotoba) no Mukau Saki)
“Where the Angel’s Melody (Words) Goes”
Animal cruetly is not cool. After seeing how Nymph’s master ordered her to kill her own pet bird for sheer entertainment, I actually found it more heartless than ordering Ikaros to kill humans indescriminately. Nymph can’t defy her master’s orders either, so she had to comply and thank him for making her do so. Damn sick sadists. Tomoki needs to kick their asses with his “Perky Nipples” song.
That’s right, with his Perky Nipples song, which is a result of Mikako’s efforts to shut up the neighbouring Sorami Private Academy’s arrogant and snotty attitude towards their poorer public school. The two schools don’t get along, but are forced to hold culture festivals together due to the lack of students in their small town. When two of Sorami’s students, Yoshitsune (Kawada Shinji, Haruki in School Rumble) and his younger sister Tsukino (Kotobuki Minako, Mugi in K-ON!) gloat about their classy full orchestra, Mikako counters with a band performance. She also rallies the help of the Satsukitane family, turning the whole thing into a town-wide quarrel. The only problem is, Tomoki and the others don’t have any experience with instruments outside of Nymph’s natural affinity with machines. Somehow, they manage to put something together after discovering that Ikaros can sing. Tomoki starts off with his gag performance of “Perky Nipples” 「チクチク・B・チック」, before leaving the crowd speechless with their real song, “fallen down”.
「fallen down」 by イカロス（早見沙織） Ikaros (Hayami Saori)
That’s the quick rundown anyway. Amidst all the initial failures of the New World Discovery Club’s band, Ikaros was also wondering how to hold hands with Tomoki after seeing lovers in a drama doing so. As such, it was nice to see her be rewarded during the festival-end bonfire, which both Nymph and Sohara backed out of so Ikaros could go with Tomoki. As for Nymph herself, I think it’s only a matter of time before she comes around and wants Tomoki to be her master as well, given how much she gets tormented by her current one. She’s still dishonest with her feelings towards Downers, even after tearing up from the candy apple Tomoki gave her as thanks, but I feel sorry for her now that I know her situation. Nymph’s pretty much your typical tsundere, so how can you not feel bad for a face like this. It’s just too bad Ikaros is worried Tomoki will hate her once he finds out she’s a weapon of mass destruction or else he could just get her to blow up the Synapse right now. =)
As for Hayami Saori’s performance of “fallen down”, it was a nice song but I was hoping for something a bit more upbeat to really rock the crowd. I could appreciate how the lyrics were Ikaros’ feelings for Tomoki though, especially with all the flashbacks shown during the performance. The in-anime version was short for obvious reasons, so it’ll be interesting to hear the full version whenever it comes out. Aside from that, it’s probably noteworthy to point out that Nymph’s status indicator on her collar appears to be depleting. Whether or not this is meant to correspond to her remaining energy I don’t know, but it may lead to some sort of dramatic finish regarding her situation with her current master.
On a separate note, I couldn’t help but notice how Crunchyroll’s translation for one of the jokes was completely different from what they were saying. My guess is they wanted to avoid explaining Japanese jokes that are a play on words, since Tomoki misunderstood “furuoke” (full orchestra) as “furo” (bath). His idiocy came from him thinking that Yoshitsune and Tsukino were going to host a public bath at the culture festival. In Tomoki’s defense, if they had a swimsuit maid cafe, I don’t see why they couldn’t have had a public bath! In any case, that change was likely intentional but I have seen mistakes in their subs now and then, often with the subject of various lines when it’s left out. That said, we have our the tenth ending sequence here, which is a bunch of NG (No Good) takes from previous episodes accompanied by the song “Our Diary” by Mikako and Eishirou. It’s worth a watch for the one scene where the shady target practice shop owner gets crapped all over by birds.