「館山城水着男女回遊戦！」 (Tateyama-jou Mizugi Danjo Kaiyuu-sen!)
“Tateyama Castle Swimsuit Skirmish!”
I may have my concerns about where Sigururi plans on taking us, yet there’s no denying: this show knows how to, well, put on a show. Beach episodes and swimsuits galore pft—it’s all about manly clapping here.
Considering Sigururi is taking its sweet time in actually providing narrative substance to its premise I’d normally be up for criticizing the hell out of current episodes, but I’m a little hard-pressed hating too much on this week. For the promise of going full fan service you arguably don’t get more bait and switch than this episode, where it might’ve been all about getting our Valkyries back to fight off the latest Pillar threat, but the saviours of the day were undeniably in the male support cast who did everything (and then some) to see them complete their mission. Yes, it was corny as hell and played to everything you love (and hate) about fan service episodes, but was it executed to perfection? Oh you betcha. I always said from the start the support crew were one of the pleasant surprises of this show, and this episode helped confirm it in spades.
Of course, learning anything beyond the jumping prowess of Miyako was largely absent as Sigururi is wont to do at this point. Besides learning that the Pillars display or communicate via ultrasound (itself not a bad argument to explain why this latest batch of teenage prodigies was selected by for magical girl duty), we also got some foreshadowing in Azu’s inability to sleep and the Pillars choosing curious locations in which to plop their Nordic bottoms. Not that I have any idea where this is all heading (again relating back to this show playing its cards incredibly close to its chest), but at least it’s getting easier seeing what might be coming down the pipeline.
One way or another we’re growing overdue for big fight with the enemy, and something tells me when it happens our little cast of cutie pies (and new arrival surprises) are going to find themselves wholly unprepared for the proceedings.
ED: 「Fly High」by Muguruma Miyako (Hieda Nene)