「いざ征かん！我が銭湯領域（パラダイス）」 (Izayukan! Waga Sentou Ryouiki (Paradaisu))
“Let’s Go! My Bath House Domain (Paradise)”
If anyone still wonders why you always have an indecisive, self-restrained male lead in gender bender harem anime, Tomoki will show you the results of the other end of the spectrum. It’s extremely amusing and had me laughing like crazy at Tomoki’s inner male thoughts. Problem is, if it dragged out any longer and he wasn’t punished for it, we’d have a pretty questionable series promoting perversion.
Personally, I could go for another episode of the mysterious “girl” Tomoko (Fujita Saki), but I gather extremely concerned parents would rather AIC ASTA not do that. In my humble opinion however, it’s up to them to control what their kids watch on television. Anime airs after midnight in Japan, so I say let Tomoki go to bath houses undercover and grope Sohara and Mikako all he wants. It’s not like Mikako didn’t enjoy it! Whatever your take on that is, you have to give credit to Tomoki though. After Sohara spoils his plan by taking away all of Ikaros’ cards, he coaxes Eishirou of all people into helping him. Granted, all he had to do was say that a girl’s public bath is a new world to any male past the age of ten, but I found Eishirou’s reaction to that unbelievably hilarious. Upon hearing it’s for the sake of a new world discovery, out comes Ikaros’ quantum transformation device that he’s been hanging onto, which leads to some sweet harmony between the guys as they conspire against the girls.
It was funny to see Eishirou not take this “New World” opportunity lightly and coach Tomoki towards putting on a believable female front. However, it was somewhat disturbing seeing Tomoki shamelessly flirt with the guys at school as a means to that end. I realize he was playing up the stereotypical clumsy “dojikko” character, but doing it so well is something else. Much to my amusement, it turns out he needed to go to such extremes to fool Mikako. His inner reaction for having done so? Absolutely PRICELESS. As such, I was honestly happy for Tomoki when he ravaged both Mikako and Sohara’s enormous breasts. The man has paid his dues! Besides, Tomoko was quick to remind everyone that they’re all girls.
One thing I can fault Tomoki with is at the end when he lost control and reverted back to his normal self. After his cover was blown, Sohara went for the finishing blow and said she didn’t care if he saw her naked anymore. Now if Tomoki’s going to die anyway, he should to turn around, accept his fate, and stare as much as possible in the dying seconds. Hell, he should’ve jumped into her chest again while he was at it. It’s completely murderous intent versus unrestrained perverted desire! If anyone has a chance of pulling it off this season, it would be Tomoki. It’s the least he could’ve done for having both Ikaros and Nymph helping him out the entire way.
Speaking of our Angeloids, I think it’s pretty safe to assume Tomoki won’t hate Ikaros even if he found out the truth about her here. Regardless, it was nice to see him spare her from having to do so but simply saying everyone has their secrets. This has got to be one of Tomoki’s best redeeming characteristics (and knowing him, he has A LOT to make up for). On that same thought, I like how they finally had Nymph admit she wants a nicer master. It’s the pleasant turnaround in her character I’ve been waiting for. She’ll even try on underwear now just because Tomoki think it’s cute. Judging by the way things are going, I suspect we’re in store for a dramatic finish that involves saving her from her master in the sky, who wants her destroyed. Seeing as Nymph’s status indicator also continues to deplete, I wonder if she’s a ticking timebomb that’s about to go off.
* The other thing I can fault Tomoki for is not “enjoying herself” with a body like that. Just check out the new ending to see what I mean.
* Also, he may want to punch the creator of Angeloids, but I still want to be introduced to him/her. =)
Note: Just a heads-up that I’ll probably fall behind a bit this week due to work. I had another project dumped on me, so I’ve been busy with that and some other stuff I’m doing on the side. I should be able to catch up after Thursday, when I start burning through my vacation days.