「海ねこスクランブル」 (Umineko Sukuranburu)
It’s only the second week and we already have a beach episode. Not only that, there’s bikini shopping with Himari prior to heading there and some Malboro-like tentacle action before it’s all said and done. Needless to say, they sure don’t beat around the bush when it comes to the fan-service. Based on this second showing, there’s pretty much every indication that the series will wind up as another run-of-the-mill harem anime, but I still find Koshimizu Ami as a playfully seductive version of Holo fun to watch. That goes for Rinko as well, as she tries to counterbalance Himari’s advances. The recurring routine so far is Himari fawning over Yuuto and Rinko being openly against it, which isn’t anything special, but mildly entertaining due to the characters themselves. Things will probably get more ludicrous when the other female characters get involved, including the water Ayakashi who attacked them this episode, Shizuku (Shindou Kei), but I don’t see anyone on the fence about this show waiting around for that to happen. If you’ve sat through Tayutama though, then you shouldn’t have any problem getting into this one. I find that Omamori Himari has a very similar feel to it.
Missing from the premiere episode last week was the series’ ending sequence seen above. The artist name is a clever merging of the character names (Noihara Himari, Kuzaki Rinko, Lizlet L. Chelsea, Mizuchi Shizuku, and Jinguuji Kuesu), so the song is actually sung by their respective seiyuus.