「今年の夏はこわくない」 (Kotoshi no Natsu wa Kowakunai)
“This Summer Isn’t Scary”
An episode about the transient student council president and a crazy experiment-loving science teacher? Yes please, especially when Shiraishi Ryouko’s voicing the latter, Nishigaki Nana. I don’t understand her infatuation with blowing things up, but she did serve as a superhuman hearing aid for me at the very least. Gotou Saori apparently made some noise in this episode too, as was credited for Matsumoto Rise, the presence-less president. Beats me when that was though, because I didn’t hear so much as a whisper out of her. I didn’t care to crank up the volume to check either, and risk letting Nishigaki-sensei blow out my eardrums with her explosions.
Like many astute viewers out there, I also noticed that “someone” was hovering around at the beach back in episode four, so the revelation here doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Still, it’s kind of cool to get confirmation, even if it was only for a short-lived “Ah ha! I knew it” moment. It tied well into this week’s theme about telling scary stories too, albeit not quite as awesome as the supposed existence of an Akari-like spirit at school. For a moment, I thought it was all part of Akari’s master plan to freak them out for leaving her behind. Safe to say, it worked out even better when it was revealed that she had no part in it. Kyouko, Yui, and Chinatsu couldn’t really brush it off either, seeing as Akari doesn’t really have a track record for trolling people. I mean, she’s not Kyouko.
So between having less presence than Akari and being indifferent to Nishigaki blowing her up, Rise is pretty cute in my books. She’s right up there a short twin-tails Yui, provided that you’re not asking for Chinatsu’s biased opinion. Not that I blame Chinatsu of course, since it’s hard to resist the fabled lap pillow of anime. I haven’t been too much of a Yui fan, but she sure did make a case for herself this episode. With the next episode about the second-years’ school trip, it doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing more of Rise for now (she’s a senior). Instead, it looks like we’ll be seeing more of Kyouko x Ayano with Chitose watching on. It’d be cool if Rise were around too, but those three can provide all the entertainment I need.