「襲い来る、海の怪物」 (Osoi Kuru, Umi no Kaibutsu)
“The Marine Monster Attacks”
Even with a beach episode featuring a tentacle monster, this series still manages to keep the silly humor going strong and the fan-service in check. For a moment, I was worried they’d get carried away when the slimy extremities caught a hold of Matabee and Hanzou, but that turned out to be a pretty brief scene like I was hoping. Instead, the focus was primarily on Yukimura and Sen viciously going at it again in their verbal exchanges, which I still find absolutely hilarious, particularly when Sen pulls out the “flat-chested, big-forehead bitch” insult. These girls kill me with laughter. As much as I love those two, Kanetsugu is in a field of her own when it comes to idiotic humor though. She really brings it upon herself like I mentioned before, but therein lies the beauty of all the mishaps she gets herself into. Her wild imagination that Muneakira is some beast who’s out to impregnate all the girls around him was utterly awesome, as it led to one of the funniest fan-service scenes I’ve seen in a while — the bath one with the bottled soap. There was only one connotation from the streams of thick white fluid being pumped onto Kanetsugu’s body, so I almost laughed myself to tears when it turned out to be soap. That was aptly followed up by her shrieking and Yukimura immediately figuring it was Kanetsugu, which I found almost as funny, simply because it continued to reiterate what a horrible spy she is.
It wasn’t all about Kanetsugu however, as the scene with Yukimura and Sen fighting over who’s standing in front when screaming out Matabee and Hanzou’s names had me laughing a lot more than I thought I would. It was just so silly seeing two master samurais’ bickering reach that level before a huge “shikigami” that had possessed Kanetsugu, yet very befitting considering everything that happened prior. This includes how the two of them had already knocked heads over the whole swimsuits and Yukimura managed to pull off a crushing defeat of Sen with the power of a pure white school swimsuit (which she happens to be wearing all the time). Fearsome stuff. In retrospect, this entire episode had comedic moments that just worked from start to finish, which goes all the way back to when Sen and Muneakira’s tried to sneak out to the Tokugawa vacation house to check out the Shogun’s servers for information about her brother and the missing students. Yes, amazingly enough, this did start off on a story-related note revolving around how those students are descendants of master samurai before things got fairly sidetracked, for which I’m appreciative of since it means the plot — no matter how simplistic — is still moving forward during all these silly antics. This episode also marked the reappearance of the other Jubei who we haven’t seen in a while, and also seemed to suggest that Kanetsugu will join their ranks after having been deemed by Yoshihiko as expendable. I gather it’s no secret now that I love the humor that Kanetsugu brings, so the prospect of having her around all the time is something I’m looking forward to. Also, if it wasn’t apparent already, this series has quickly become one of my favorites this season, simply because I never go into an episode expecting anything yet always seem to come out thoroughly entertained.