「皇女の休日」 (Koujyo no Kyuujitsu)
I think my thoughts about this episode could be concisely described as “Oh, my.”
Before leaping into the topic I know we all want to talk about, let me dedicate some words to the epic student council who managed to arrive just in the nick of time to fish Ikki and Stella out of some hot water. For starters, isn’t it great that this show can a bunch of characters simultaneously show up in a previous episode, get wrecked by our main protagonists, and appear later in such spectacular fashion? In a sense, even with Ikki and Stella clearly beating the crap out of their opponents, there’s this light hearted feeling that seems to accompany everyone we’ve seen after a fight (minus asshat Shizuya). Something that perfectly accentuated the student council’s reintroduction since they literally got no time devoted to them. But even with the tiniest amount of time, seeing them interact with our couple and eventually come to bail them out just felt really satisfying. That and I’ll never decline getting to see someone as crazy as Toudou Touka. With boobs and power that rival Stella’s, seeing her work was a show in itself. Sucks that Shizuku has to face her though.
Relationship Level Up!
While some would say the whole thing was a little awkward, I think the interaction between Stella and Ikki during their short cabin stay was fan-tas-tic. Ignoring the long pans over some pretty sketchy areas, I can’t even begin to express how happy I am to see just how far the two have advanced their relationship. Compared to the guy who yelled out it’d be fair for him to strip after accidentally seeing a girl naked, Ikki has matured into a fine boyfriend. Keeping his mind and body from losing control, I think I died inside after watching him strip the wet clothes off of his girlfriend without acting like a scrub or doing something stupid that would warrant a smack to the face. Because as awesome as stockings and a blouse was, I never thought he’d be able to get Stella’s bra off.
However, I can’t give Ikki all the credit. Stella’s matured just as much, if not more, letting Ikki do all that while containing the raging tsundere within her. Something that I was afraid would rear its ugly head in at any moment. The biggest surprise though, had to be just how calmly and respectfully she commented on Ikki’s crotch area, and then taking the initiative and asking Ikki if he wanted to get it on! Something I never thought would happen in a serious context.
So yeah, I think this probably tops the confession scene, if only by a little bit.
Wow, I wasn’t expecting such an amazing episode. Hitting all the right notes and topics while mixing in some character introduction and development, it’s a damn shame that this series is only one-cour long. Luckily, with everything ending on a happy note, hopefully we’ll get to see some more of what we got this week, next week. In any case, I’ll catch you guys later after I re-watch that scene a few times and go “Did this really happen?”
See you later!