「二人の休日②」 (Futari no Kyuujitsu ②)
“A Hdoliay For Two, Part 2”
Saya fans rejoice — we finally get a bone this week in the form of a fantastic episode.
Senpai and Kouhai
With a clear lack of Saya after her debut episode, I’ve been awfully curious how the show was going to handle her as a character. Seeing how she has a pretty good back story and a pretty epic weapon that has multiple forms, I thought it was pretty safe to assume that she’d be making an impact somewhere. However, with the Julis and Ayato taking up a majority of the spotlight and Kirin soaking up whatever else was left, I was really afraid Saya might end up with nothing at all. A fear that was completely and happily quelled by the end of this week’s episode.
Who would have thought that the deadpan and slightly socially awkward Saya would be the greatest senpai anyone could ask for? Not only is she able to acknowledge her faults, but when things get rough it was pure bliss to see her step up when the situation called for it. Because at a bare minimum, isn’t a senpai supposed to be someone who’ll fearlessly stand up for you when you might not have the confidence to do so? And in Saya’s case, she definitely went the extra mile by opening up to Kirin and helping her find some self-confidence in herself.
In any case, I thought this episode did a fantastic job at fleshing out her character and upgrading her from being simply deadpan comic relief to a well-rounded (tsurupettan, haha) character who has own responsibilities.
Not Too Serious, Not Too Goofy, But Just Right
After spending some time thinking about what made this episode so fun to watch, I came to the conclusion that this show tends to thrive when the story finds a nice middle ground between being too serious and too silly. From the silly faces to the lighthearted duel (even though it ended with one shot, it was pretty funny to see her slide across the pool), this episode was a prime example of how Asterisk finds it niche in the vast sea of High School Magic Battle animes.
With everyone accounted for (except Lester, I WON’T FORGET YOU LESTER) and the teams set in stone, it looks like the Festa is ready to start at any moment! While it remains to be seen just how tough the competition will be, I can’t wait to see what the other schools are hiding up their sleeves. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week where we’ll hopefully get more Saya. See you!