Now that we’ve reached the point in Kandagawa Jet Girls when Rin has her academy’s Jet Racing Club assembled, it gives the anime carte blanche to have fun with the rest of the girls that appear as their rivals. While the plot aims to place them in the right position to challenge Kaguya once again, they must first go up against two foreign otaku, Jennifer Peach and Emily Orange, when Misa decides to compete against them for her preferred souvenir-of-choice.
The formation of the Jet Racing Club helps to set a comprehensive goal for Rin and Misa to meet since it sets the tone for them to begin training and competing with rival jet racers until they are eventually comfortable with facing off in an official tournament against Kaguya. The other girls that make up their club are in it more for their own interests such as Ruca joining to give her the freedom to work on the nuts & bolts of a jet racing vehicle without having to hide her self-expression and hobby.
The last girl to join is the most interesting member with Student Council President Fumika joining the Jet Racing Club because she wants to settle a personal score with Kaguya. It presents the hierarchy of branch families where Fumika holds a grudge against Kaguya for being above her family in this tiering system and helps to elaborate on some of the other hierarchies that appear in this anime’s universe such as the rankings of different academies and family lines.
As far as the girls’ personal development, Rin and Misa had great moments within Episode 03 to flesh out their bonds with one another. Misa especially finds herself gravitating closer to Rin as she had finally found a friend who she can grow attached to when her classmates’ half-hearted approach to jet-racing left her feeling animosity towards her peers.
While the plot is legitimized by presenting Rin’s Jet Racing Club with the goal of being recognized as Tokyo’s highest echelon of racers, there are still moments of levity when we’re given more time with the foreign jet-racing duo of Jennifer and Emily. These two carry the distinction of fully embracing the stereotype of the goofy otaku who come to Tokyo expecting to bring their obsession with anime and Japanese nerd culture along for the ride. Jennifer and Emily’s hardcore otakudom is made charming by having them remain immersed in their experiences of Tokyo, whether it be through trying out the local cuisine or stopping by attractions such as the bathhouse that they visit so that we can fill our quota of uncensored chests in this episode.
We hear plenty of humorous utterances of English phrases, but I found the outdated Japanese dialect that Emily spoke to be the funniest gag attached to these characters. Shamefully, I also laughed when the tension in Misa and Jennifer’s tug-of-war for the yellow dolphin was cut by a nearby train that caused each of the girls’ breasts to violently and unnaturally shake around as if they were slapping gravity in the face. The end of the episode may have been punctuated by Rin’s reluctant participation in a race against her two new friends, but it is nice to know we’ll be spending more time with Jennifer and Emily in the next episode.