So. The Pool Episode.
The mood shift after the big reveal of the previous episode is jarring and I am so not impressed. It was kind of a chore to get through this episode – it was pretty damn boring. Cute antics for the sake of it don’t do much for me and girls in swimsuits would be more appealing if they didn’t look like middle school kids.
Anyway, this is what happened. Yuuri, Kurumi and Miki (hey, I only just noticed that all four girls’ names end with an ‘i’) are stressing over the big reveal and wondering whether Megumi knew. Miki seems to think not as the manual wasn’t meant to be opened unless instructed. They also become curious about the second basement level mentioned in it. Just then, Yuki bursts in with a dirty Taroumaru and proposes cleaning the water tank on the roof.
Yeah, she just wants to play in the water. A great and noble goal, methinks.
Yuuri approves because they all could use the respite. It’ll give them time to collect their thoughts about the nature of the outbreak and also Megumi. What follows is the usual fun shit – beach balls, water guns etc etc. It’s once again noted that the school is designed to be wholly self-sufficient. Yuuri even wonders how many people it was originally intended to shelter.
A nice moment occurs towards the end where Miki notices that Yuuri has brought Kei’s music player up to the roof. As she’s holding it and thinking of Kei, Taroumaru comes to her. He seems to recognize Kei’s scent on it and even softens towards Miki, letting her pet him and play with him. Miki is naturally over the moon about this.
Later, as they’re cleaning up, Miki tells Yuki about missing Kei. Yuki’s advice is to have fun in school until Kei returns to her. Right.
That night, as the girls are all asleep, Taroumaru hears something and tries to rush out. He slips out of his collar, opens doors that shouldn’t be opened and ends up running into what is absolutely confirmed as zombie!Megumi.
I realized something this episode. I don’t actually care for any of the characters in this show. It’s their situation and the way they’re handling it that keeps me so captivated. Usually, not being into the characters would seriously affect my enjoyment of a story but in this case, it doesn’t seem to matter much. I’m not saying I hate or even dislike the characters. I don’t, though I do find Yuki to be annoying more often than not. I just don’t care much about them as people even though I do care about their survival – if that makes any sense. The one I’m most interested in is Megumi actually. I want to know the exact circumstances that led to her sacrifice and also about whether she knew about the evacuation manual.
As for this specific episode, yeah, it was dull. I couldn’t even turn off my brain and enjoy the fanservice because the art style makes these high school girls look like they’re twelve (except for bust size) and well, no thanks. Matt (of Matt Doyle Media) mentioned that this same style actually enhances the tragedy of their situation and I absolutely agree. But it doesn’t translate well into fanservice, at least not for me.
On the bright side, we have zombie Megumi confirmed… even if Taroumaru had to get in deep shit for that to be the case. I want to hope that he won’t die but well, we’ll see.