「ブシツ, ダイバクハツ!」 (Bushitsu, Daibakuhatsu!)
“Club Room Go Boom!”
The highlight of this episode was getting further development from Erika. We learn that anime was important to her childhood as it was the one common ground she was able to have with her classmates as a transfer student in an American high school. Don’t know how she got PreCure on her TV in the States back then unless she had access to international channels or channels in Hawaii/Canada, got an HDMI for online subs, or took a time machine to current year to watch Glitter Force, but we’ll go with it. It’s also neat that she wasn’t outcast for her anime love, and made two friends in America who got her into their cosplayer circle.
Not only does it explain the sentimentality that Erika has about cosplay and anime, but it shows us how special anime is as a means of creating bonds. The anime club means hopefully forming long-lasting friendships, but it also means tackling the friend that got away; Tsubaki. In this episode, it’s revealed that they used to have a strong friendship through their love of anime, and often cosplayed together. Tsubaki would eventually be the force that relentlessly wants the anime club abolished, but this episode made some headway in developing the complexities of her character.
It seems that she has a deeper reason for wanting the anime club gone and denouncing anime as meaningless, but whether its motivated from her own personal fallout with anime or by the powers that be that are forcing the student council to get rid of the anime club is anyone’s guess. The magical elements have vanished from the show for the time being, but I can see the other person on the line with Tsubaki as the one trying to prevent Pandora’s box from being opened by the anime club. The leeway she’s willing to let the anime club have after Erika confronts her might steer more towards it being a mishmash of personal responsibility and lingering resentment.
The episode retains its funny anime subculture nods like buying multiple copies of a show for spreading the gospel, event tickets, or Bluray revisions. Additionally, it was hilarious to see the anime club trying to help out other student clubs with their responsibilities as they accidentally blast the speakers in the student council room, and cause an actual explosion in the cooking club room. Some anime have destruction that is fixed right away as a short gag, but Kai literally blew up a section of the school with a microwave, and the show continues panning towards the destroyed part of the school building like it is absolutely canon that Kai blew up a classroom without consequence. Kouki was actually funny in this episode with his writhing and gushing over how amazing idol anime are. I wasn’t a fan of how Arisu took it upon herself to include a large Bluray collection and cosplay wardrobe into the anime club’s budget, or Miko’s first instinct in the face of conflict being to dog-pile on Arisu, but they’re still pretty entertaining. I’m still wondering where on Earth this series will go from here with all of the concepts they’ve introduced up til now, but hopefully they’ll start addressing the show’s ongoing developments soon.