Life’s all good—until your docking operation’s interrupted by laser fire mid-way through. As Saegusa puts it, “YOU WERE WIDE OPEN” and our heroines are put through quite the ridiculous training regime to rectify that fact. I suppose what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger… but darn, uh I don’t know… seems excessive none the less.
Either way, we get the addition of Shinomiya Himawari into the fray as expected this week, as a series of events once again lead to our heroines inevitable meeting. And by series of events… I mean an epic home run off Saegusa from Akane, right into Shinomiya’s camera. Ironically enough, it hits just as Shinomiya catches Kenjirou running around the classroom… and those were some darn funny moments.
In any case, Shinomiya finds herself pretty much forced (peer pressured?) into going out to see the streamer plant, and gets caught up in the return attack of the Alone defeated earlier in the episode. Of course, she ultimately inherits the yellow ignition key and assists in defeating the Alone via the always flashy Final Operation… but here’s where I end up having pretty much my only real qualm about these past episodes—the fact that there’s quite a bit of rushing through. Sure, in many ways the plot wasn’t exactly expected to be a strong point in this series, but it really doesn’t do any favors to that by forcefully fitting in a painful past memory and then overcoming it in the span of one minute. I suppose the ultimate result overpowers this with its usual dose of flashy awesomeness, but darn it. One wonders if it wouldn’t have been better to just add that one or two extra episodes at the end to at least give it some proper development.
And last but not least for this week, I found it quite interesting (and kinda funny) that the transformation sequences of our heroines are actually record-able and can also be interrupted mid-way. It’s kinda like those random Power Rangers episodes from my childhood where they’d occasionally make this one episode where their megazord gets attacked mid-transformation or their ultimate weapon gets intercepted mid-way or something… Ah, good times.
Looking forward to next week, seems like the cast continues expanding, as
Homura Kuroki Rei seems primed to make her leap forward as an integral member of the cast—rather than the mysterious girl who gets 5 seconds of screenshots to power up the enemy. Now that you mention it though… that’s also quite similar to Power Rangers. Hm.
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ED3: 「Stray Sheep Story」 by 綾音 佐倉 (Ayane Sakura) & 彩 内田 (Aya Uchida)