「超音速！スレイプニル」 (Chouonsoku! Sureipuniru)
With the Summit Meeting starting, so does a new arc. And with it comes the inevitable test day, where everything goes as expected: Class Rep finishing way before the end, Izumi and Miu suffering massive difficulties, and Akatsuki falling asleep because of how easy it was. I did half expect Akatsuki just to not care in general, but yet again, he continues to show how he’s just not one of those cliche characters by not only sleeping, but getting every single question right while he’s at it. Gotta show off em’ brains too ya know?
Moving onward, we get the reappearance of Motoharu (the self labeled clown of class A) shortly afterwards, getting a pretty comedic segment where Akatsuki doesn’t even remember who he is. But alas, he remembers eventually and gets dragged off to the workshop we saw at the end of the last episode. I had the feeling that some fight or what not would come from this, but apparently not. If anything, by offering Akatsuki the chance at acquiring Slepinir, the supersonic bike… it seems like the guys at the workshop are anything but enemies per se. It’s been hinted at that Motoharu might actually be a member of the Scarlet
Ducks Dusk though… and it makes me wonder if he’s not secretly planning to opposite/topple/reform Babel in some shape or form. And would be quite interesting if it were the case though, considering his “boss” at the workshop seems to be quite important to Babel…
Either way, the Slepinir ends up choosing Akatsuki as its rider, which is notable considering the brief mention of Akatsuki’s father as the previous rider… and the fact it shows he’s stronger than he was. But in the end, it was definitely to be expected that he’d be able to control the bike though. Still, it’s nice to see some subtle mentions of Akatsuki’s family/past from time to time, as it not only lets us know more about him as a person, but gives a nice contrast between his normal easygoing ways and the darker, more angry persona he turns into whenever his past is mentioned. Oh yes, you can’t go talking about the bike without mentioning the stripping scene that happens when Haruka touches it and the subsequent show of manliness from Akatsuki for lending her his jacket for the time being. I’ve heard of sound blowing off clothing… but electricity doing the same… I don’t know about that, haha.
Going into the second main part of the episode, things change tones drastically as a group of terrorists end up taking a bunch of people hostage in the middle of the city. Calling themselves Scarlet Dusk, it’s interesting to note how Haruka says the group usually has people with special powers… but no such people are present. Combined with Motoharu’s quotes and actions at the end of the episode… it makes me think that they weren’t actually members, but posing as such… I can’t quite tell what for or if it’s even a correct assumption, but it’s definitely something to ponder. Notably, the terrorists get trashed pretty easily via the powers and MGS sneaking techniques of the Student Council (Yes, Haruka’s still only wearing the jacket) and Akatsuki’s timely arrival… it’s interesting to note how the events seem to further point to this situation being a key plot point though, as they otherwise wouldn’t have been dispatched so easily. Hmmm… definitely some additional layers hidden in this episode.
And last but not least, some quick remaining points about the episode:
Full-length images: 01.