Rating 5 of 5
Availability: Licensed by Sentai Filmworks for digital release sometime soon and home release in 2013, currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
Impressions: In this episode, we find out how our little 5 man band gets formed for real! It starts with both the badminton club and the Choir club getting their death warrants handed to them by the acting principal, the witch from vice! (Well, technically it starts with a bath scene at Konatsu’s house. I love the way she and her brother only seem to communicate with each other when someone is in the bath! It really adds to the realism of the characters.)
It seems that the principal is one huge softy and was allowing the badminton club to continue on its merry way with only one member against the school’s rules, and the choir club has a rash of defections now that the concert is over and Konatsu’s brother doesn’t feel beholden to continue on and takes his friends with him. Leaving the club “officially” at three members (though we see Sakai’s club resignation form repeatedly in the episode…) Both club presidents vow to keep their dreams alive. Taichi recruits Wien to join him in badminton, but still needs three more people. Konatsu has an idea: They will play a game of badminton, and if Taichi wins, the choir club members will join his badminton club and if he looses he will join the choir club. At first, it look like it is just Sawa and Konatsu playing against Taichi, then Sakai surprises the girls and shows up to play too, seeming to cement her as a member of the club, or maybe just as a friend… Then Wein shows up to help Taichi. Now the stakes are enough for the winner to officially form a club, conveniently filled with the five main characters…
How does it end up? If you haven’t watched, I won’t spoil it…
Here are some images from the episode to titillate and cajole you into checking out the series! 😉
A strange Spanish speaking guy that seems to be stalking Sakai!
The first of the cake payments from the debt Konatsu rang up to Sakai in episode 2: (I later figured out that she had 3 plates, making this the full payment of 3 cakes.)
Konatsu eating in a frilly bikini:
Konatsu may be small, but that doesn’t mean she is a little girl. I appreciate it when a show doesn’t make a high school senior look like an elementary school student. She just looks like a very petite young lady:
For those who prefer a woman to have curves above the waistline – Sawa in a bikini:
For those of you who are wondering why there is a beach episode already, expect them to be there and in swimsuits on a regular basis. They live in the resort town of Enoshima, Japan, with some of the closest beach resorts to Tokyo. (Fans have started mapping locales used in the show for future anime tourists to use on their Tari Tari pilgrimages on Google maps.)
Finally, a taste of the badminton action!
And a pig:
Thank you for your time!