「浴衣と花火」 (Yukata to Hanabi)
“Yukatas and Fireworks”
At its core, this episode basically did all the same things, and said all the same things, as last week. The only difference is that it did everything way better.
Basically the Same Plot, Done Better
Last episode consisted of some slice-of-life hijinks, spliced with reminders that Miyu has not had a normal life up until now, and culminating in a crisis that seemed all important to the girls, even though it really wasn’t. This episode consisted of some slice-of-life hijinks, spliced with yadda yadda, you get the idea. It was basically the same episode, just with a change of locations, and an overall raise in the quality of … well, everything.
First of all, the comedy was better. It wasn’t top-tier—there were still some joke hooks they left strangely hanging (nothing on Mimi being gay? Really?), and some combos they dropped—but by the time Rin and Luvia showed up, and Tatsuko’s father was badmouthing his own daughter, it was going strong! And seriously, why has nobody thought to show characters actually stabbing people with their hair-drills before? (I’ve seen the twintail whip, but it’s still swiftly approved.) Or if they have, why isn’t it happening all the time! Solid comedy all around, with Rin and Luvia’s antics and Miyu’s discovery of conspicuous consumption taking the cake.
But There Was A Point, Too
Not that there wasn’t a point to last episode, though I honestly can’t say I remember what it was off the top of the head. This, though, was both clearer and more to the point of what so many of us are interesting: What the hell kind of life did Miyu come from? Both her clear lie, Illya’s clear evasion of the obvious question, and Kuro’s clear annoyance with both of them made it clear that Miyu’s past is the issue de jour.
It also deftly answered (or reminded us of the answer) to why the we don’t know where Miyu came from yet: Illya is too chickenshit to ask. The reason why she hasn’t done that is still an open question, though. (Mark and tag your spoilers, manga readers, or I’ll have Tatsuko cook a cake for you.) I think part of it is certainly that she can clearly tell that Miyu is evading the issue—that’s what her part of the argument at the beginning of episode three seemed to indicate. I think part of it is her old desire to retain some semblance of a normal life.
Either way, the episode did a good job of distracting us with the funny until it was nearly over, and then packing in a little meaning using the hints they sprinkled along the way. That’s a good way to do a funny-funny episode.
Looking Ahead – Back To The Plot
So I hear this episode was anime original? It’s harder to tell than it was last week, since it was back to form. Either way, it looks like next time we’re going to be getting back to the plot, and maybe getting some answers on this whole Miyu thing. Thank the gods! I enjoyed four of the five episodes we’ve gotten so far, but they really should have split them up (out-of-order fluff episodes at the end are totally viable. Like I said, C3-bu did that). This has just been too long of a break from the action. I’ll be glad to see the action and plot come back.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – This was just like last week, except it was at a festival, and EVERYTHING WAS BETTER. Back on track #prismaillya s3e5
- I’m honestly surprised that Rin’s Luvia-no-pantsu plan didn’t backfire by Shirou getting a full eye of Luvia’s bare oppai, which would understandably make him more conscious around her. Another fanservice chance missed, bah! (Ruby knows what I’m talking about.)
- Miyu is like me at every tourist trap ever. I don’t understand why people will buy that crap! (Okay, I do understand, I just think it’s dumb.)
- Tatsuko seems to have near-Keitarou (Love Hina, for you young’uns) levels of invulnerability. Put her in front of Bazett next time. She can tank like a BOSS.
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