Every half-year, headquarters calls the telephone inside the fort to test if it still works. Since it’s that time again, Kanata volunteers to stay by the phone all day and wait for the call. The problem that soon develops for her though is that all the other girls have to go off-site to take care of business or, in Noel’s case, are nowhere to be found. Thus, when things come up, such as the need to bring in the laundry because it has started raining, Kanata is left to do it herself, all while keeping an eye on the phone. To further complicate the matter, Mishio, Seiya, and the priest come to see her, and Mishio trying to catch the owl sets off a series of events that almost causes the phone to fall on the ground. Fortunately, Yumina arrives and helps Kanata clean up, and she gives Kanata a change of clothes in the form of a dress. After Yumina and company leave, Kanata realizes that she needs to use the restroom, but she’s forced to hold it in because she takes her duty of watching the phone seriously. Right when Kanata is at her limit, Rio returns from a merchant guild meeting, and Kanata is able to head to the bathroom. The phone, however, rings while she’s gone, so Rio is the one who ends up answering it. Rio recognizes the man on the other end, and after confirming the phone line works, he specifically asks her to save the country. Kanata meanwhile falls and then discovers that Noel was sleeping in the bathroom all day, and before she can go in, Filicia and Kureha return. Not realizing what’s going on, the two try to help Kanata up, leading to disastrous results.
I wasn’t sure after last week’s great episode if they were going to go back to the light-hearted stuff or if the rest of the series was going to be serious. The answer – for this week anyway – is more the former than the latter. And based on how excited I was about the direction the series was going, I have to say that I was at least a little disappointed. Certainly there were a number of interesting parts, like the mention of the cease-fire agreement difficulties, the trumpet book signed by Iliya Arkadia, and most importantly, the phone conversation Rio had at the end of the episode (I would guess that was her father or some family member on the other end). However for the most part, the episode was about Kanata waiting to answer the phone, the distractions that befell her, and how she tried not to pee all over herself. It was cute, and I got a laugh out of the priest covered in girls’ underwear, but it’s not the type of episode I was hoping to see more of after last week, especially given the short nature of the series. Perhaps the typhoon related stuff next week will be better in that regard.