「パスティヤージュ参戦！」 (Pasutiyaju Sansen!)
“Pastillage Joins the Battle!”
WAIT, WHAT? SEVEN ARCSSSSSS!
Okay, got that out of my system. Yes, I know I’m overreacting, but let me have my moment. Dog Days‘ just won the year’s award for [Most Surrealistic and Kinkiest Transformation Sequence] this side of Aquarion Evol’s orgasm-inducing gattais. Finding the words to describe my exact feelings is hard, but suffice to say, I was disturbed. And yes, I do know that I’m saying this in a show where defeat is indicated by the gratuitous disintegration of clothes. Sexualizing characters for fanservice was never something that bothered me much, and to be fair, even the first season of Dog Days has oodles of its own light-hearted service moments. But what Seven Arcs has done here with Becky’s transformation scene seems to go against the light-fantasy sensibilities of Dog Days and pushes it straight into the realm of erotica, something akin to the infamous toothbrush scene of Nisemonogatari, but without the same stylistic and directorial flair. And…well, it’s jarring to see a show do something so beyond its nature, even though the art and animation of the scene was bizarrely interesting to watch. You can clearly tell that a lot of (questionable) effort went into the scene, especially when you consider that it was all traditional key-frame animation. Whether you liked the scene or not – or even just plain didn’t care – it’s unlikely we’ll see it again if the first season is anything to go by, and even if it appears again it’s not like it’ll drastically change up dog days in any way, so I’ll close the book on this case here.
On to the actual episode, the war between Biscotte and Galette continues on as the cast take turns in the episode to reintroduce their battle capabilities with a variety of match-ups and team-ups. In other words, classic Dog Days, served just the way you like it with energy beams and disintegrating clothes. Nanami properly joins the Biscotte-Galette fray in this episode, and boy is she an entertaining character to watch, going toe-to-toe with Cinque from the get go, and being such a fun tease! What’s mildly interesting is also how Nanami basically takes the position of Cinque last season as she is slowly acquainted with the powers of a hero, from the crest cannons to power gear, all while putting an aquatic spin on things and being seriously badass. (Still, Hoverboard > Water Skates. Come on, this is damn near indisputable, right?)
This episode also sees third faction Pastillage properly joining the battle royale to get some asymmetrical warfare going on with their distinct aerial superiority. And yes, I’m really excited about the potential this 3-way war holds, but it’s too bad that for now things don’t get as wildly chaotic as a Starcraft 2 match, since Biscotte and Galette quickly teams up to take back the “kidnapped” Becky before she gets converted by Couver’s flirtin- ahem, I mean, persuasion attempts. Well, we all know how that goes down no thanks to the OP, so cue Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Rebecca! The whole thing actually turned out far better than I had expected; my initial impressions of Couver was less than stellar, (And to be honest squirrels give me the impression of being insanely annoying) but she turned out to be a really entertaining character that just wants to stand as equals with her closest friends so as to remain connected with them, which is something I can really empathize with. With Becky likely to be joining the fray in the next episode, I wonder how well she’ll be able to stand up against other two? Perhaps we’re in for some Nanoha-esque magic?