Continuing from Fumie’s discovery of the Astronomy Club members passed out on the floor of their hovel after a night of stargazing at the end of the last episode, President-for-Life Fumie decides to punish the club for such “absurd, shameless, filthy” behavior and bans them from the holding activities the next night. However this adversity only brings out the strengths of the club members who display leadership, organization, excellent intelligence gathering skills, and CQC ability. Hime also comes into her own as a genuine member of the Astronomy Club and we also get some backstory on Fumie and about her relationship with Mihoshi and the Astronomy Club. All in all a very fun episode.
Fumie insists on your unconditional surrender and the confiscation of all instruments of club activity.
The Astronomy Club is helpless before her fury.
But from the depths of despair Hime rouses her comrades with a stirring speech about how much she enjoyed her first stargazing experience, earning Mihoshi’s admiration and reenergizing her to take command of her club. Edogawa has also managed to secure sensitive documents that allow the Astronomy Club to know the exact schedule of the Literature Club’s activities. Feeling that Fumie is just testing them, Mihoshi gets the club together to enjoy their day of vacation as best they can while thinking of how they can manage to get their equipment back.
My heart was stolen by your overwhelming speaking abilities! This is feeling is truly…love!
Well done Edogawa. Garak would be proud.
Follow me and redeem yourselves! Glory for yourselves, victory for the Astronomy Club!
Indeed, a test. For the bespectacled one’s love is infinite for those who prove themselves worthy!
She follows in a proud line of tiger skin-favoring leaders.
Having nothing else to do in the meanwhile the club members head to the beach to swim, play cards, and to pick up litter to ingratiate themselves with the local population, thereby building up a support base that will serve them well in the future. Hime is about to go into the water until Sayo changes into her swimsuit and Hime feels…overshadowed. Meanwhile Saku finds Fumie to thank her for allowing the Astronomy Club to use the baths in the other building as their building has no working ones. She reveals, reluctantly, that she cares about all the clubs and has worries that the Astronomy Club looks bad to others due to their nighttime club activities. Saku describes to her the beauty of the night sky and why he’s a member of the club and earns some understanding and sympathy for his clubmates.
Edogawa probably filmed this part.
Cheer up Hime, she doesn’t seem like she’s your competition.
So can you make the blood run up the walls?
Returning to the group Saku and Fumie see some members of the Astronomy and Literature Clubs being harassed by overtanned losers, one with a haircut like Miki from Initial D, an infamous douchebag. They are, however, of no help since Fumie does not commit the appropriate amount of force for this endeavor, only slapping one guy while Saku trips while moving towards the same guy, falling flat on his face. Luckily Mihoshi and Hime save the day with a furious martial arts assault, though with rather unconventional moves on Mihoshi’s part. Heading back to the vacation houses Saku and Fumie have a nice little conversation where she tried to understand his love of the stars and suggests a joint program where the Astronomy Club will show the Literature Club what they do when out stargazing.
Hime’s attacks have ‘emotional content.’
They are somewhat less skilled in their medical diagnosis abilities.
Perhaps you’re one of those people whose soul is chained down by Earth’s gravity.
We’re not so different, you and I.
Hush, hush darling.
Actions speak louder than words to our Queen and Protector.
Back at the run-down Souryuken house Saku announces the proposed joint operation to the Astronomy Club. Mihoshi and Edogawa seem to have very unique ideas about what hosting an event will be like, but eventually the club is organized into three teams to lay the groundwork for the outing. The garbage cleanup pays off as the locals are willing to provision Alpha Team with a blue plastic tarp for the night. Meanwhile Bravo completes handwritten handouts for the Literature Club and Charlie scouts out the land to find a suitable location. Roma is once again incapacitated, this time from overwork, but Saku shows resolve and initiative and is excited to show Fumie and the Literature Club what astronomy is all about.
Perhaps not now Mihoshi, but you now have a wonderful café idea for the school festival.
I don’t know. He’s got enthusiasm, but I wouldn’t think he’s higher than CHA 8 or 9.
It’s not glorious, but no effort will succeed without you.
Sayo seems a little reluctant, but Roma is here to draw pamphlets and chew bubblegum. And he’s all out of bubblegum.
Saku meanwhile channels the determination of another face-bandaged newbie who looked up at the stars.
I am Ironman.
Night falls and the event begins with Hime leading the way and demonstrating that she has indeed become a true member of the club. She points out to the accompanying Literature Club members the three stars that form the Summer Triangle overhead and the event and information in the pamphlets are well received by all in attendance. Fumie as well begins to understand the Astronomy Club’s fascination with the stars and seems to be coming around to the idea of the club existing.
All of this has happened before, and all of it will happen again.
Nervous at her first time in the spotlight, but doing a good job.
Your weekly astronomy lesson: if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, go out some night while it’s still summer and look straight up. You should see Vega almost directly overhead, blue-white as described in the show.
Follow Hime’s narration to find Altair and Deneb, also nearby and very bright. Tanabata, the Japanese festival that has to do with the Orihime(Vega)/Hikoboshi(Altair) legend that was mentioned, is on August 26 this year.
Mihoshi looks apprehensive as Saku and Fumie chat, though whether about Saku or if Fumie will authorize funds for a telescope we can’t be 100% certain of. Sayo and Fumie even exchange a few words, and they too apparently know each other. We end this episode on that note, with members of both clubs enjoying another perfectly clear night.
Final Thoughts: – Another nicely balanced episode. Still light and funny on the one hand, but also including some character background/development and plot advancement.
- If you’re interested in real life astronomy, get out and watch the Perseid meteors while they’re still near their peak. Tonight is the last night listed as peak, but they’ll still be visible until August 22 in lower concentrations. I went out last night with a couple friends and it was really cool. Bring a star chart or optics if you have them for even more to observe. Here are some sites with info on what’s in the sky if you’re interested.
- It’s probably obvious that I really enjoy Fumie’s character, so I’m happy she got a good amount of screentime this episode.
- I’m also happy to see Hime and Saku get more into the club and its activities. Characters can only be reluctant for so long before it just doesn’t make sense why they’re still in an organization, and I’m glad SoraMani hasn’t crossed that point with its characters.