OP2: 「前を向いて！」 (Mae wo Muite!) by 大城あかり（木村千咲）
「もう友達でしょ」 (Mou Tomodachidesho)
“We’re Already Friends Aren’t We?”
This week’s episode was definitely.. different.
Boy, I hope I wasn’t the only one who was caught totally off guard with how this week’s episode started. Besides triple checking that I wasn’t watching the wrong series, can we all agree just how terrible the 3d animation was whenever the camera decided to horizontally pan? Honestly, as much as I’d like to consider myself an optimist, I can’t help but see the first few minutes of this week’s episode as someone in production wanting to make an idol show and somehow convincing their entire team that copying that kind of style would reap some kind of reward.
Real talk aside, this week’s episode overall wasn’t too bad when you look at things from a top-down perspective. Giving a chance for our characters to interact with one another outside of the court, it was fun getting to see everyone being a little goofy. Plus from a plot perspective we received a friendly reminder that the Beach Volleyball Club hadn’t officially been recognized as its own entity. So, through a rather simple series of events, I think things ended in the perfect way to setup for whatever might be coming for us over the horizon. The Beach Volleyball Club can officially be recognized, we have another new character who seems to round things out by being the token tsundere, and we have Marissa back to hopefully whip everyone into shape.
All-in-all, not too shabby of an episode if you don’t spend too much time worrying about the little things. However, I want to take a second to just express how conflicted I am with this show since watching it and then writing about it splits my feelings on it every single time. As a viewer, I appreciate how the show tries to take Beach Volleyball seriously. Sure there might be a bit more fanservice than I’d like to see, but for a show that revolves around girls in bikinis playing with a ball on the beach things could have definitely been much worse. But then as someone who has to write about the show, it’s tough for me not to talk about some of the shortcomings because there’s so much more that this show could be. Luckily, I really enjoy watching this show and that feeling of happiness manages to win out whenever I think about the topic.
In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week where we’ll hopefully see things get a bit more serious. See you then!