If you don’t make this shot, the entire world will fall to ruin. No pressure.
It’s time for the sports festival, and for this episode, our attention is split between the boys and Mary. So, for practicality’s sake, this review will be split in that way as well. Normally I’d just lump everything together, but unfortunately, not a whole lot happens in this episode, and I highly doubt an entire review’s worth of “it was okay” would be enough for you guys.
The boys are competing in the volleyball tournament, and it ends up being Chizuru, Shun, and Yuki against Kaname and Yuta. We all know that Yuki is rather gifted when it comes to sports when he applies himself. The key word there is WHEN. He goes in to the match rather lack-luster as usual, but when Yuta starts outdoing him, it really lights a fire under his ass.
Since we always see the boys in this big conglomeration, it was fun to see them going head to head, especially the twins facing off. We know that they can get extremely competitive, and this incident was no different. Yuki and his team ended up on top, even going on to win the final match in the tournament thanks to his newfound team spirit; way to go!
The other focus on the episode was on Mary’s tendency to be a bit of a lone wolf. I can relate to her a lot in that she seems to prefer to handle things on her own; it’s easier to make sure something gets done when it needs to if you don’t have to worry about anyone besides yourself. However, we’ve seen in the past that this makes her a bit lonely at times.
One of the reoccurring minor characters, Yuki’s underclassmen and manga club member Matsushita, ends up befriending Mary through their duties on the athletic counsel together. It’s a bit of an odd match, but he’s very proper and a bit spacey like she is, and naturally their short stature make them adorable together. Not to mention they both have crushes in the main boy group.
We also see Mary slowly start to befriend a group of three girls (pictured above) who are initially shown as being flaky and a bit obsessed with each other, but later come through for Mary and Matsushita in a pinch. The focus on Mary in a non-romantic way was nice, because it’s easy to forget that these girls exist outside their romances with the main boys. That said, nothing actually happened in this episode; we probably won’t see Matsushita again this season, since he’s a throw-away minor character, let alone the other three girls. It was a pleasant enough episode, but it’s just sort of…there. No real plot, no developments that are going to stick, and no real comedy to make even a dull situation interesting. Just meh.
GO Rating: 2.5/5
My favorite part of the episode was actually a mini-focus on Rina, my favorite of the throw-away girls, and the cat that hangs out by the vending machine. It was absolutely freaking adorable.