「落第騎士 II」 (Rakudai Kishi II)
“The Worst One II”
I can totally see this episode putting off some viewers at first, but that’s why I’m here to point out all the good things that happened!
Smooth Sailing Part A
Man, could things have gone any better for Ikki and Stella? Besides syncing their routines and being comfortable enough to train and joke about each other’s stamina together, who would have thought they would have gotten past the indirect kiss conundrum so quickly? With most potential pairings losing sight of the nice gesture of one offering a drink to another, it was nice to see Stella let out some her tsuntsun while tackling the situation head on. That and let’s give Ikki some credit for seeing past Stella’s tsuntsun moment — that little smile after she grabbed his drink just says it all.
Boy, was that a little surprising. Within seconds of appearing on screen, who would have thought Shizuku would leap straight into a kiss with her older brother? And a nice and sloppy one at that! Sibling love aside, I was really digging how SILVER LINK managed to recreate the really tense and awkward situation between the three of them without making us cringe as it all went down. Using Ikki as the catalyst for the whole thing, the true magic appeared when the spotlight shifted to Stella and Shizuku’s little fight. With the former letting a little too much slip out and the latter completely ignoring anything not involving her affection and love for her beloved onii-san, I don’t think it surprised anyone that a fight eventually broke out. What was a nice surprise though, was when the two managed to relax a little and actually managed to hold a conversation, as short as it may have been. With Stella learning a little more about Ikki and Shizuku considering that Stella might not be that bad, the whole ordeal felt worth it by the end.
Smooth Sailing Part B
While I call shenanigans on how quickly things are moving, there’s no denying that Stella and Ikki are getting awfully comfortable with each other. But what caught my attention wasn’t the fanservice or Stella’s proportions, but how earnest their conversation ended up being. As we’ve seen before, Stella isn’t the most tactful when it comes to sensitive questions, but the way she asked Ikki about his preference for breasts was just too adorable not to smile at. That said, I was a little disappointed when I heard a slap sound after her bikini came loose because it’s not like she didn’t already acknowledge that Ikki wasn’t already looking there, right?
Even with SILVER LINK taking every opportunity to throw breasts in our face, this second episode hit all the right notes in my book. Splitting the episode into introducing Shizuku and giving some more back story to Ikki, I think they’ve struck a pretty good balance between throwing exposition at us and letting the fun times roll. With things sailing smoothly, it looks like the monumental third episode is going to continue on with a little more introduction about the Worst One and I doubt any of us have a problem with that!
Anyways, I’ll catch you guys next week when we get to see one of my favorite pairs of the season do more stuff together. Ciao~
P.S. For those of you who are screaming “omg harem” read this spoiler at your own risk.
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