「健次郎があかね達の友情パワーを強化しようとするけどとんでもないことになる話」 (Kenjirō ga akane tachi no yūjō pawā o kyōka shiyo u to suru kedo tondemo nai koto ni naru hanashi)
“The Story of How Kenjiro Tries to Strengthen the Power of Friendship Between Akane and the Girls and How It Ends Up a Total Mess”
Summer Camp’s here and we all know what that means right!? Yup, it’s time for beach episode shenanigans. This week on Vividred Operation, we get Rei getting owned by a weasel, Shinomiya constantly pushing buttons that say “DON’T PUSH” (not good ideas by the way), armored robots that get easily owned by the almighty Aoi and her boulder throwing (and Wakaba’s sword skills), Indiana Jones-isque boulders of doom… and so much more. Definitely shenanigans if I’ve ever seen any. Of course, let’s not forget the obligatory fanservice as well.
In any case, I gotta say… most of the episode was spent wondering why the heck I never got elaborate summer camps and “part of the curriculum” trips like the ones we see this episode. It’s like, come on, it’s not like it’ll cost a few hundred thousand dollars or anything to shuttle my classmates and I to the nearest tropical island right? Wait it does? Oh, well… at least I could get a trip that doesn’t involve yellow school buses, baggie lunches, and museums right!? RIGHT!? Oh you say that it’s all in the past? Hm. Well it was quite a while ago…
Lame self-comedy skits aside, a pretty straight forward episode for the most part — filled with some nice laughs throughout. I found myself wondering a bit as to what would happen if a real Alone attacked during that time, but I suppose even the Alone know not to impede on a beach episode! Ahem*
But yeah, the episode really hammered in the fact that the series itself is like an intentional amalgamation of tropes and references from other series. I mean, the glasses were one example, various things that seem to have been borrowed from bits of Muv-Luv, the boulder scene that seemed right out of Indiana Jones, and the whole thing about Akane not realizing they’re not Alones and that the covered figure was Rei (also looks like a character from Indiana Jones) seemed right out of those harems where the MC is totally oblivious about everything around them. Of course, I’m probably off the mark on half of these, but there’s definitely some blatant use of tropes in Vividred… and I dunno, when you think about it that way and consider how entertaining in general the series has been (provided a lot suspension of disbelief), they’re doin’ a fairly decent job of messing around with those tropes.
Looking forward though, it seems like Rei’s slowly inching towards her inevitable joining of our Vivid Four, and I guess we’ll see how things go next week now that the obligatory beach episode’s done. Notably though, in honor of what seems to be the general consensus among a majority of other blogs, I’ve attached below a full length of “the best Vivid gal” in Yellow, as well as a full length stitch together of the entire ED sequence. Enjoy.
ED5: 「Vivid Shining Sky」 by 村川梨衣 (Sakura Akane) & 佐倉綾音 (Murakawa Rie) & 大坪 由佳 (Yuka Ootsubo) & 彩 内田 (Aya Ichida) & 内田真礼 (Uchida Maaya)