「私を信じて」 (Watashi wo Shijite)
A decent second episode that I think covered a lot of ground.
As if it wasn’t clear from last week’s episode, there was definitely something going on between Kanata and Beach Volleyball. Whether that was something related to Kanata’s parents or some kind of performance anxiety, I think the show would have definitely been hindered if we had to spend any more time than we did trying to resolve the source of Kanata’s lack of confidence. Luckily, this week’s episode revolved around addressing Kanata’s issues and gave us a rather powerful moment even if I did have some gripes around it.
Before diving into that though, let’s quickly talk about the actual beach volleyball which there was a good chunk of throughout the episode. As a show that’s going to spend equal parts with fanservice AND showing off a fun sport, I’m glad to see the actual volleyball not getting throw to the side in favor of something else. Sure we haven’t seen a full match yet since Haruka is still a beginner, but even in these short 7-point sets we’ve been able to see just how great a full match could look. That said, I will be the first to admit that I’m not the biggest fan of the amount of fanservice that’s thrown in randomly. Be it extraneous boob jiggle, sound effects to amplify the boob jiggle, or the obvious butt shots that could have the camera literally anywhere else, I’m hoping it doesn’t get any worse than this since there’s a lot more to this show than just those things!
Wrapping back to Kanata, I was kind of disappointed with how things ended this week. I get that there wasn’t much time to really emphasize the relationship Kanata had with Narumi, but I think we all understand that Narumi isn’t a bad person especially if you’re close with her. Which is probably why I felt more on Narumi’s side when she was feeling real crappy about being unable to help Kanata overcome her insecurities. Something that I felt a little conflicted about since Haruka is the one who I should be focused on. That said, this isn’t any criticism toward Haruka since I think her cherry personality and drive to learn probably helped spark something inside of Kanata.
Anyways, I thought this second episode was a decent follow up to the strong first one. With more emphasis on girls playing beach volleyball and some smaller plot points being tackled quickly, I think things are quickly making their way to a much larger reward for the viewers. For me, I’ll definitely be back for episode three since it looks like my favorite twins will be introduced and if they’re how I remember them, should be a nice addition to the cast we already have. See you then!