(A?! Omae wa Asa no Ichigo Pantsu! / Fudeoroshi ga Hayaru Kamo Shiren / Minna no Bun made Watashi ga Tataku!)
“Ah!? You’re The Strawberry Underwear Girl From This Morning! / First Time Sex Might Become Popular / I’ll Fight For Everyone!”
Hymen tearing, 3D rendered breasts, and ball gags. Those were what helped pushed the envelope this episode, but Kotomi busting out the “pedophilia” word in front of Suzu had to be right up there from an anime perspective. I just love how Suzu had to interject and say Tsuda has a lolita complex instead, to save face for both herself and anime as a whole. When it comes to anime, I’ll always approach that topic without too many serious implications; however, that’s not the case with a lot of people so it was probably wise of them to sidestep that land mine. While it didn’t save them from the other bomb that went off subsequently, Suzu’s flailing arms is much easier to take than some moral campaign out with the censorship stick. On that note, it’s amazing how many co-ed sports festival ideas that Shino and Aria were throwing out in the beginning, as there was nothing of the sort in the manga itself. If you saw any translations of the massive censoring, they were likely due to the fansub group taking some liberties with their own “creative” nature.
As usual, there are a lot of wordplay type of jokes that may go over the unsuspecting viewer’s head, such as Shino suggesting the guys to masturbate to their limits the night before the festival to even out the physical disparity between genders. The picture of a solar-powered house in the background is in reference to the literal meaning of 「自家発電」 (jika hatsuden), whereas “self-powered” colloquially refers to what one can do with their own hands in private (preferably). Compared to that, all the talk about hymens that Aria kept bringing up had to be the most eyebrow raising, since I’m not all that familiar with the medical terminology behind it even in English. The brevity of the the joke didn’t take away from the impact either, as I was left wondering if I heard her right for many moments longer after the fact. Surprisingly, the introduction of the public morals president Igarashi Kaede (Katou Emiri) served as a much more acceptable source of comedy due to her fear of men. It helps that she doesn’t think dirty thoughts all the time and is highly susceptible to the student council’s talks about getting raped rather than raping. From the looks of it, Kaede’s more innocent than Tsuda, so I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing more of her mind victimized by Shino and Aria’s, just to switch things up.
With Kaede scared off and no long seeking Shino’s dismissal, Ranko got off pretty easily for passing on the photos she took during the student council outing. That’s what it looked like on the surface anyway, when in reality the newspaper club alone probably holds the power to bring the perverted student council to its knees. For the judo practice match that Mitsuba arranged with another school, it would’ve been nice to see more of the girls in action and all the interesting positions Ranko was there to take pictures of. Instead, we got the “boys love” variation that Shino based her pinning technique on, which I could have easily done without. I am curious as to how athletic Shino will be at the actual sports festival next time though, seeing as she filled in for an injured judo member pretty well — in the Taishou (General) anchor position too.