So I guess we’re out of the manga ballpark now and into something entirely different. This week, we’re cooking up some trouble with the help of Lala’s crazy Deviluke-style cuisine. Not only does Rito suffer from Lala’s usual madness, but Haruna and Zastin get dragged in this time as well.
Rito is troubled by Zastin telling him that part of being Lala’s husband (aka “The King”) would be to lead inter-galactic wars to expand and defend the Deviluke empire. In order to save himself from such fate, Rito tells Lala that he doesn’t want to marry someone who doesn’t know how to cook after eating some horrible jelly like substance that Lala made for him during dinner. Lala runs off after hearing Rito’s words and appears during class the next day with a freezer full of ingredients. Among the ingredients were a giant octopus, a giant squid, a giant lobster, and a giant worm thing that were supposed to be frozen. Haruna and Lala get attacked by the giant octopus while Zastin and Rito attempt to save them without much success. The other “ingredients” also start fighting with each other as well causing an uproar at the school. Next week’s episode involves a contest between Lala and Saki (one of the first side characters to show up finally).
I’m not sure how I feel about the series so far. This episode did have a few funny moments a times, but the new storyline doesn’t feel that great to me (not that To Love-Ru had much of a storyline to begin with). I think the problem is that we’re not getting to see much of the other characters of the series who make it so fun to begin with. Lala is okay and Haruna is cute and all, but they don’t bring much to the series by themselves. The situations that Lala puts everyone into are fun for a while and we haven’t seen any of Haruna’s crazy super strength mode. This show needs a lot more to be more interesting which I can only hope for in the coming episodes.
I also didn’t like the 3D CG monsters in this episode. The 3D in the first episode was okay, but for some reason, seeing the 3D in this episode almost gave me a headache. I don’t know who gave the thumbs up on that decision, but that was seriously a bad mistake. Not only does it not fit in well with the rest of the animation, but the rendering didn’t even look that great. Just keep a 2D show in 2D guys.