「渚の鬼畜パニック!」 (Nagisa no Kichiku Panikku!)
“A Brute Panic on the Beach!”
If there’s one thing I’ve noticed recently, it’s the propensity of beach episodes to actually include some important plot points or character development. Maybe it’s just something I haven’t noticed until now, but when you have a fanservice laden show like Estetica actually inserting the beginnings of a serious plot into its beach episode… there’s no way not to notice. And well, the series is better off for it.
First and foremost, let’s talk about the beach segment for a bit. To say the least, this portion took up most of the episode, giving us not only the gratuitous fanservice they haven’t been shy to give out, but also quite a few comedic scenes to top it all off. I mean, Haruka alone was on a comedic roll the entire episode! Her breaking of the fourth wall a bit by saying: “We just had a break! Why are we having another!?” The other members of the Student Council accusing her of caring too much about Akatsuki… Trying to hide in the woman’s shower thinking she’d be safe from Akatsuki’s swimsuit strip fest, but ending up being the only one to lose all of her swimsuit… Yup, she was definitely the source of quite a few laughs this episode.
But of course, in the end, Akatsuki is the main focus… and well, he certainty took that role again this episode as well. Getting chosen as the guy whose trunks have to be taken off to win the contest… His subsequent flipping of the contest upside down by eliminating the competition via stripping their swimsuits instead… Being able to walk on water (Couldn’t help but think: AKATSUKI HAS LEARNED SURF”)… Him telling Class Rep: “Oh a one piece eh!? Don’t worry, it’s a bit harder to take off, but I’ve had experience with those too! You won’t feel a thing!” (And here I was thinking he’d say he wouldn’t strip her)… and other stuff like Izumi and Class Rep trying to trap him in a pit. To say the least, it was just one of those ridiculous episodes that you couldn’t help but laugh, either at the events themselves, or just how crazy everything was. I mean, really? A Hide and Seek with Swimsuits on the beach that’s broadcast on TV and where the corporation takes responsibility for all issues that occur? That’s just asking for—WAIT A SECOND, HOW DOES THAT EVEN LAST 25 YEARS WITHOUT GETTING TAKEN OFF THE—never mind.
All in all though, it was actually pretty nice how they also occasionally inserted some more serious plot within all the… stripping. But yeah, Risty and friends from the other world make their reappearance. And it’s not looking good for Akatsuki, who has been branded a traitor for bringing “the Devil Lord’s Daughter” to his world. As expected, Risty defends Akatsuki, which leads to quite a few revelations, including the fact that the “real hero” was a Leon, who died protecting everyone in an event that led to the death of Risty’s family. We also get the reveal that only those summoned from the other world may return via the gate and that there is in fact one other person available to do so in
(Doctor) Phil Bannet. As such, he’s been given the mission to find Miu and Akatsuki, as well as kill the latter if possible. Combining with the fact that the Ranking Tests are coming up soon, and things sure don’t look that good for the future. But, as badass as (Doctor) Phil seems to look, I find it very unlikely that he’ll be able to do anything to Akatsuki. Maybe it’s possible he manages to kidnap Miu, but actually defeating Akatsuki really looks unlikely…
In any case, it looks like we’re getting a bit of the calm before the storm here. The Ranking Examinations are coming up per the preview, so I’m not quite sure whether or not Phil’ll make an immediate appearance or not… but I am at least slightly intrigued at the coming episodes, more so than any of the previous ones. But with only some 5 or so episodes left and no second season in sight, I find myself wondering how much actual plot they’ll be able to cover, as well whether it’ll end properly at all. Guess we’ll see in the coming weeks.
Author’s Note: Took a bit longer than expected for The Last Story to be released, but you’ll find some preview pictures of the Limited Edition version on my blog. Hopefully I’ll also be able to get out my review of the Miku VN02 figure I just acquired as well sometime tonight or tomorrow.