「乙女の矜持(ザ・シークレット・ベース)」 (Otome no kyōji (za shīkuretto bēsu))
“Pride of a Maiden (The Secret Base)”
An entire episode about Char and her pantsu – or rather, her lack thereof? WOOHOO!! Plus there’s a little character development, surprisingly.
Suspect Battle Tactics
What got Ichika and Char into this episode’s main trouble was the fight at the beginning, and there were some suspect tactics on display. What Ichika and Char did: Ichika gave up the element of surprise by showing himself, allowing Char to get behind them and threaten them – despite the fact that they had equal numbers, and their enemies had shields. If someone holds a gun to my head then I’m probably going to surrender because one shot and I’m dead, but Char’s weapons couldn’t take out those baddies in one shot, so what incentive did they have to surrender? What Ichika and Char should have done is ambushed them and been done with it. The funny thing is that Ichika later did it right – once he got the best of his opponent and grabbed her by the head, he truly could absolutely defeat them in a single squeeze, so asking her to surrender was smart. Either the original author / script writers need to think these things through a more or these kids need to pay attention in class, because these tactics are middle school level.
The setup was pretty silly – Ichika can’t use his IS, and for some reason a malfunction is affecting Char’s pantsu only. It’s silly, we all know it, moving on. Now to the good stuff: embarrassed Char! I could link images of embarrassed Char all night (Char~), but I’m not going to, if only because I’m rapidly losing all the blood in my body via my nose. Instead I’ll say this: How the hell did he end up there!?
Ichika got a face full of nopan Char. I will kill him. It will not be pleasant. It will not be quick. He will wish for sweet death by the time I’m done with him, and I will not give it to him RAAARRRGRAghfhaudfsainfdsafnda–!!
Fluff With Value
Let’s do some comparing – this episode compared to last week’s IS and this week’s Kyoukai no Kanata. (Note: no important spoilers on the latter ahead, but if you haven’t seen the episode and still intend to you may want to skip ahead). On the latter I wrote a comment about how I felt the latest episode was empty because, well:
I’ve argued before that “filler” or “fluff” episodes can bring a lot of value to a story, because not only are they fun (hopefully!), it’s in those episodes that we really get to learn about the characters, even more so than in the serious plot-focused episodes. That’s where we see them take small steps, be goofy, learn things, make gradual decisions, and generally be themselves when some huge, dire crisis isn’t hanging over their heads.
We didn’t get any of that here. Mirai is poor and clumsy, Akihito loves glasses, Hiroomi loves imoutos, Ai is cute, Mitsuki is…Mitsuki. We’ve seen all of this before. Nothing was added to the story, no characters were fleshed out or explored, we didn’t even explore new facets of theirs or the world’s. It was fun, but it was empty.
Last week’s Infinite Stratos had a similar problem. I enjoyed it then because it was more drop-down, all-out shameless in its OVA-like ridiculousness, but when compared to this episode we see how “filler” or “fluff” ought to be done – as a fun episode that also gives us insight and development into the characters or the world. This episode Char got some character development through showing more of her relationship with her mom, and we even got some from Laura where she was talking to Clarissa and referred to Char as her “war buddy”, giving us insight to how much Laura treasures her friendship with Char. This episode was silly and funny and involved a lot of embarrassed Char (*nosebleed*), but there was some worth here too. At the end of the day I prefer this, because not only did I have fun, but I don’t feel like they wasted out time. Hng~
Looks like more to do with Madoka and her merry band of criminals. I must say I don’t have a lot of interest in that subplot yet – or wait, is that the main plot? To me that’s always the harem hijinks – so I’m mainly just waiting for Tatenashi’s imouto to appear. Six episodes in and no sight of her? They’re taking their time on this one.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Nopan Char!! Fanservice, comedy, & lots of embarrassment moe…& actually some character development too? Color me surprised #is_anime 06
- Cyan Pile!? Or Pumpkin Pile, I suppose.
- Laura, you have a good XO. A damn good XO. Take her advice, immediately and always!
- Come on Char, no guy is going to hate you because you’re not wearing panties! The correct response is “Awesome!”, or in Ichika’s case, “What?”
- For a while there this felt like an episode of Saki. Still not complaining.
- You see Char, this is why you don’t talk to yourself out loud. It causes problems. Also it’s stupid and unnecessary.
- Loved Tatenashi’s coldhearted move with her “Academy’s Strongest” fan. She’s as cold as those others girls be crazy.
- Laaaauuurrraaa!! Just flipping Char’s skirt up, which causes Char to flip her own skirt up and show Ichika!! That’s what best friends are for…erh, I think?
- “Ichika no ecchi.” “Nande dayo!?” For once, I agree Ichika. Char no ecchi.
- “If they don’t have pantsu, let them wear buruma!” If she had said that she probably wouldn’t have been executed! Or executed more quickly.
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