「一緒にできること」 (Issho ni Dekiru Koto)
“What We Can Do Together”
Technology is great. Not only do Striker Units help rookie witches control their magical power while flying, they don’t ride up the crotch area like a broomstick either. Naturally, that kind of depends on if you’re the rider or the spectator, so when Yoshika, Lynne, and Perrine undertook some old school training under Anna Ferrara (Ootori Yoshino) to whip them back into shape, it was mainly energy-sapping squeals for our entertainment. It’s hard to say who “felt it” the most, but my money was on Perrine for putting up the good fight for the longest. Granted, the slight nudge Anna gave Perrine’s broom put her over the edge fairly easily, but credit needs to be given where credits due. There’s no doubt in my mind that this was supposed to be a fan-service type of episode, but I was more amused by Yoshika spiraling out of control and crash landing than feeling aroused in any way whatsoever. Her reaction to getting her broom lifted made me laugh too, simply because it looked like a sharp pain shot straight to her head. The only thing missing was one of the girls collapsing right after from feeling weak in the knees, but I guess that would’ve been a little too suggestive.
In any case, I think Lynne’s a bit too innocent to be a victim of an old witch grabbing her breast and being told they’re what throws off her balance, but I’m totally fine with Perrine taking it to herself with her poor magic control since she’s obsessed with Mio and anything she’s touched. Admittedly, I do enjoy Nazuka Kaori bringing that side of Lynne out though, just as much as I do Sawashiro Miyuki doing the same for Perrine. While watching this episode, I was a bit worried that the fan-service-filled training was all they’d cover since it dragged out a fair bit, but luckily some Neuroi action was slipped in right at the end. The battle sequences didn’t come off quite as cool as the one from the first two episodes, and more or less rehashed Yoshika and Lynne’s combination attack from season one, but wasn’t too bad as the girls were actually dodging attacks for a change. After learning how poor they are at controlling their magical powers, I couldn’t help but wonder how the hell they managed to survived in the battle for Gallia six months ago. I don’t recall specifically since it’s been a while, but it must have been shield, shield, and some more shield now that I think about it. In terms of style points, Mio with her Reppumaru katana is undoubtedly a lot more fun to watch, so I’m hoping we’ll see more of her in action soon.
Story-wise, this latest Neuroi proved to be rather weak in comparison to the one they fought with the moving core, but served its purpose of giving the less experienced Strike Witches a moment to shine. To help commemorate that, the ending theme “Over Sky” was sung by the three of them this time around too. There will almost definitely be more variations of it in future episodes much like “Bookmark A Head” from season one, but this combination with Misato, Kaori, and Miyuki isn’t half bad. (Note: I’m slightly biased towards Kaori and Miyuki though. 😛) Overall, this wasn’t a terribly eventful episode but I enjoyed all the focus Perrine got this time around. The animation looked pretty good for the most part, but I did notice some art failure during the bath scene. It was really brief, but Lynne’s head somehow ended up behind Yoshika’s body.