「夢と水着と海の色」 (Yume to Mizugi to Umi no Iro)
“Dreams, Swimsuits and the Color of the Sea”
This wasn’t nearly as fanservice oriented as I thought, and the show earns massive respect in that regard. Imagine that, actually using a beach episode to develop a main character.
Underneath the rather tasteful fanservice, Merry’s issues don’t go ignored, and Yumeji gives some consulting, using the way too convenient Gritcho as a basis. Merry’s issues themselves however, aren’t really new in anime. She’s basically Simon from Gurren Lagann, and Yumeji’s Kamina, because the only way Merry’s problem is solved, is because he believes she’s doing the right thing. It comes off more as ignorance to me than anything heroic, because Yumeji really doesn’t know if Engi is right or not about Merry’s actions. If Engi is right, will we see another fallout like this one? TTGL did it twice I suppose.
As for the other characters, it seemed like a lot of them were there just so they could get something revealed about them while they’re all together. I liked how everyone did their own thing though, just casually enjoying the beach. Pretty chill compared to your usual beach episodes. Most important of the supporting cast right now is probably Kawanami Chizuru, the red-haired bijin with a pretty miss swimsuit reveal scene. I mean, they played that out like she was AMAZING, but I was just like, am I missing something here? Anyway, they continue their discussion of Isana’s dream of drawing (I support this dream btw), and she basically just smiles that Isana hasn’t told anyone. Wouldn’t it be such a shock if Chizuru harbors the type of demon that likes to know her enemies before she rips their dreams into pieces? That’d be so amazing though, so I’m going to go with that for now.
Saki and Akiyanagi also get some development, but it’s more on the romantic side, so ..yeah. Slightly unexpected, and their character match is pretty rare. Tomboy with a Bishounen? It’s almost.. gay. Almost. It’s only interesting if it were to be used at a later part of this season, rather than just be a development taken from the manga that won’t even be covered in time. Again, I’m going to assume the former is the case, because it’s more awesome that way.
And we can’t forget the battle of the week, this time taking a kid’s dream away, which was pretty cruel. And it figures it’s a weak looking girl beating a burly guy, because the opposite wouldn’t “look right.” Imagine if she was a guy instead, whaling on a frail looking girl with those vines. It’d be more cruel, yes, but it’d be more powerful emotionally, at the expense of angering viewers who can’t stand to see such things, which basically describes FREEZING. Except that one chickened out in many instances and used female on female instead, but I’m rambling. In any case, the fights are always a fun departure, always providing the eye candy, and it served to introduce “Mystletainn (Sayuri Yahagi),” the other extremely powerful being rivaling Elcres (I think they made her too cute to be the villain :/). It didn’t click at first, so I was like, wait, why is her design so cool? Now it makes sense. Basically, they were like, “this is her, and these are her vines. Are they not awesome and isn’t she so good with them? *wink* *wink*” Ahem, but yeah, don’t be surprised when Merry’s dangling in the air binded in certain ways a few eps from now. Judging by this episode though, I trust the show won’t go there?
Next week looks intense, as we return to Engi, and Merry’s resolve will be tested once more. I’m intrigued. You?