Good lord, DAT OPENING… Well, nice to see this show is still going strong and trying new things. After the face-achingly funny deer-wrestling episode, this one had a different tone, but it was just as enjoyable seeing some of the other characters get some welcome development and also seeing most of the key players connecting with each other more… or, at least, trying to do so…
This week we get: an awesomely out-of-the-blue opening scene in an air-ship involving a dastardly plot to take over a fairy kingdom and some kind of ancient WMD-activating wooden cubes; followed by the beginnings of a school romance involving Mr Veggie-obsessed and Miss Timid; after which we see Mio’s sis annoying poor Nano; before we see said sis and Mio discussing Nano; and then finally an epic baseball game between our favourite professor, her robot and their cat.
Firstly, you may be mistaken for thinking you were watching a different show at the beginning of this episode, which seemed more like a supernatural shounen thriller than our current favourite gag manga style anime. However, I felt that the opening scene zoomed along nicely and was genuinely tense and, even though we all knew that was coming, watching the cubes fall out of the window was a neat way of bringing the focus back to the main players. Guess we’ll have to wait and see what Mio’s role in the continuation of the Fey Kingdom plot turns out to be… if anything.
However, before I go onto the students, it was good to see the teachers (and not just that deer whispering principal) getting some attention. That male teacher in particular was just a hoot, though I still don’t know how he got from bamboo and mushrooms to impure thoughts. Still, the (unintentioally) direct approach is clearly the way to go, and let’s hope that one week’s ‘Are you dating anyone?’ will lead to a consecutive week’s ‘Will you date meee?’ Also, random extra press-ups/ nice arms never hurt anybody – ‘Ganbatte’, indeed!
Going onto the students, we didn’t see that much of them in this episode, as opposed to via some brief, snapshot style gags. Rather, I found Nano’s glimpses of them, and vice-versa, to be particularly interesting. Aside from wanting to slap Mio’s sister on Nano’s behalf for practically molesting the poor robot girl, at least it lead to some adorable shots of Nano at her most adawwable I’m-just-an-ordinary-girl best regarding that whole wind-up key is-it-or-isn’t-it-there business. And of course later, when Nano is searching for the out of bounds baseball and she and Mio look at each other wonderingly, I thought that this was a nice touch and certainly makes us wonder what, if anything, the two (parties) might have in common…
…Guess we’ll have to wait and see about that!