Why can’t we all just get along? Preferably at the beach. Now back from the sinister and secretive Karakami village, Hibino and Utao have a run-in with Aki, but not before heading to the beach for some terribly long typhoon time.
Before the three leave the village, Utao tries to establish a line of friendly communication with her twin, Kirio. It goes about as well as you’d think, although by going from the two trying to murder each other, down to making funny faces, they’re probably going in the right direction.
Shortly after returning from Tokyo, Kyouhei, Utao and Hibino head to the beach. Hey, why not? Poor Utao, she just wanted to see the beach and frolic around in the surf with her onii-chan. Instead there was a typhoon. Stupid weather.
They run into some trouble at the beach-house, but it’s nothing a supernatural god-robot can’t handle. Utao wears a cool fire bird shirt and does an airplane run as she eventually gets her “true” beach ending. (not televised!) After returning home, again, the girls run into Aki at the library.
I’m not exactly sure what happens there. He threatens Hibino, kinda’, and Utao shows up to save her, sort of. They have a cease-fire and continue their fight in a nearby park. I don’t know why though, everyone knows Aki will bow out eventually.
We also see Kuuko’s father, the detective, just to let us know that he’s still investigating the dolls. The episode winds up with the threesome of Kirio, Koshirou and Moyako showing up in the city.
Am I the only one who never gets tired of Utao’s voice? Well honestly, I didn’t like this episode all that much. The whole beach segment felt like filler to me, almost as if it was just a scene to reinforce the idea that kakashi can be used for good. That all to contrast what Aki says (later in the episode) during their bot-battle. Seriously, thinking about it, one could miss this episode and be just fine.
At least we got a shot of Hibino in a bikini. There was one scene where she’s on top of Kukuri at the beach house and I swear her waist was about the size of her neck. It was if the scene was animated and then further shopped to make her “thinner.” Her vertebrae must be made of titanium. She’s like Wolverine, but tittyfied.
Although I’m never fan of the “can’t smile” gag, I enjoyed the quick interaction between the twins. A little lightheartedness will probably serve the duo’s story well. In the way of actual plot, the Aki appearance and subsequent battle was the big thing this week. It didn’t seem to serve any particular function. And it was boring. And repetitive.
The fight itself was prey worthless as well, besides maybe showing that Utao’s skills have slightly improved. We’ve also seen people (Aki, Kirio) play psychological games with Utao before and that also felt old. Worst of all, we know (they know also) that Aki seemingly wants to bring Kyouhei over to the dark-side. So there was no reason to fight really. After Utao shows up at the library, they can all could have gone their separate ways. Oh well.