「スク水で大決闘！アンタにだけは絶対負けない！」 (Sukumizu de Daikettou! Anta ni Dake wa Zettai Makenai!)
“A Huge Duel with School Swimsuits! I Definitely Won’t to Lose to You!”
Yamada versus Kanejou, round 1, fight! For Yamada’s sake, let’s be thankful she didn’t choose to do it in the area of music, though I have to admit her recorder version of “Oshiete A to Z” wasn’t half bad. At that point, things pretty much defaulted to the only thing she has going for her — her looks — but they did make it interesting with a speed swimming showdown at least. Between Yamada and Kanejou, I don’t think our nameless female lead really stood a chance against the latter’s westernized swimsuit anyway, regardless of how much she tried to sell it. Aside from giving Kosuda an erection from her semi-slutty display, Yamada officially lost round 1 and it wasn’t due to breast sizes hampering her fluid dynamics either. I can’t say I feel sorry for Yamada either given how she cheated to get a head start, so she definitely deserved Kyouka’s “being ten years too early” insult at the end.
Seeing as Yamada can’t even win when she doesn’t officially have an opponent, I question whether she really has a chance. After her attempt to recruit Chika to help her cause backfired and Kosuda actually invites her to something over the summer, she screws herself over with a fully-booked schedule. I did get a chuckle out of how Yamada still refers to Takeshita as “F-shita” in her notebook, but the real laughs came from the Kosuda’s family camping trip with Miyano’s. With all her attention focused on Kanejou lately, it was pretty hilarious seeing Yamada’s reaction to Mayu slipping under her radar — and potentially Kosuda too
「夏の日の思いで……山田、野生に帰る！」 (Natsu no Hi no Omoide…… Yamada, Yasei ni Kaeru!)
“Memories of a Summer Day… Yamada, Returns to the Wild!”
Somehow, things went from silly to ridiculous after Yamada hitched a ride with some guys out for a war in the woods (i.e. paintball). Watching Yamada get caught up in their pace and going trigger-happy was somewhat amusing, but I got more of a kick out of seeing her unload on Kosuda for spending some quality time under the stars with Miyano. Despite the craziness that ensued, I thought Kosuda and Yamada actually had a quality moment together as he took pictures of her for the very first time and talked about how he wanted to show her the stars. Her attempt to pose nude for him was pretty weak and would’ve ruined the mood however, so it’s probably a good thing that Kosuda didn’t notice.
All in all, this episode felt a bit all over the map (in more ways than one), but I thought the starry night sky scene at the very end had a nice feel to it. With the school trip next time, hopefully the two of them will be able to build on that amidst the ongoing battle with Kyouka. If not, it’s still hot spring episode time, so there’s always that to fall back on.