Two of the three shows had training themed episodes this time around.
As always we first talk about Antarctica. We joined Mari and Shirase excited that their journey will soon commence when a bunch of mean girls teased them for their delusional aspirations. Mari wanted to shut them up but Shirase’s like “Leave them be. There will be plenty of time to shove it in their faces when we return triumphantly from our journey.” They then went to get the necessary permission from the school board to go on their Antarctic adventure. Shirase’s good to go. Mari still had to ask her parents. However…
How Mari survived that horrifying night is anyone’s guess. She told Megumi the only way she would be allowed to go was if she passed every single test up to December. No ifs, ands or buts. Megumi calmly told her to not overwork herself lest she wanted to waste all her efforts. Also something about there’s something about the Megumi scenes that are different each time. I don’t mean the words exchanged but Megumi herself. There’s something about the scenes that I can’t quite grasp.
This Yuzuki scene to me meant one of two things:
- She either really dislikes wearing “girly” clothes as she complained about.
- She’s so fed up of wearing them at work that any other kind of clothing would be an improvement.
Our heroines met up with one of the explorer babes from the epic chase scene in ep2 and headed to the building where they would begin preparations for their expedition training.
Upon receiving their instruction guide they were introduced to the captain of the expedition, Gin Todo. Shirase seemed to know her…and wasn’t at all thrilled to see her again.
Their first day of training had Team Antarctica practice positioning their flag at the right angle so as to guide explorers through blizzards or long distances. Throughout the expedition we saw Hinata being a natural born leader and Mari being able to read the compass, making it easier for her to coordinate the correct positioning of the flag compared to when Shirase did it.
The gang set up tent for the cold night but Mari couldn’t sleep. She than asked Shirase what was wrong between Captain Gin and her because she noticed her looking glum ever since Gin showed up. She’s one of her mom’s friends high school buddies (probably her bestie). She came back home along with the others in the previous expedition but not mom. I imagine Gin’s the first one who told Shirase she couldn’t go looking for her, most likely because unlike Shirase she didn’t believe her mom’s still alive.
Mari was the first to wake up the next morning. She got out of the tent and saw Captain Gin standing on a ledge. She joined her and got to see the sunrise. They talked a bit about Shirase and her mom. Gin saw potential in Mari on the expedition. She then asked her why she wanted to go to Antarctica and Mari responded that at first she just wanted to do something amazing and go on an adventure anywhere outside of her hometown. After meeting her new teammates and everyone in the expedition she knew that going to Antarctica meant so much more and wanted to be a part of it. This optimism later helped cheer Shirase up.
Ramen is up next with Koizumi-san being asked out by several of her male classmates. Yuu wasn’t worried since she knew the only “hubby” Koizumi-san had was ramen. There was a funny scene where Misa was envious of Koizumi-san hogging her spotlight again but as soon as the guys came to her she chased them off for daring to approach her like “Eh. Guess Misa will do”. When she tried asking her out she sadly got the same response. However, there was something that greatly worried her. Koizumi-san said “she had plans”…
Yuu…there’s no way around it, stalked Koizumi-san to wherever she was going, worried that she was going to meet up with a guy for some ramen. When she saw her near a restaurant that wasn’t a ramen shop her “Yandere” side awoke…actually it came out as soon as Yuu began worrying.
When Yuu saw that more than one guy came up to Koizumi-san she could take it no more and leapt in to stop her from making a big mistake…only to find out she was waiting for the guys to leave so she could go into the ramen shop on the other side of the restaurant. The rest of the first sketch was the usual fare whenever Koizumi-san and one of the other ladies go to a ramen shop, Koizumi-san educating her “friends” on the different varieties of ramen in whichever shop/specialty restaurant they visit followed by softcore food porn ramen gorging.
The second sketch had Yuu accompanying Misa shopping…because Koizumi-san escaped her sight when she got a message from Misa.
Their next stop was somewhere to chow down…which led them to a ramen shop because Yuu was thinking about Koizumi-san the entire time. When they ordered their ramen Yuu was all like “What would Koizumi-san do?”, further annoying Misa. The usual routine then followed except Koizumi-san wasn’t around this time until the very end when they left the restaurant and she came in soon after. Part of me still thinks Misa kinda has a crush on Yuu but that’s a very small part of me. It could just be her wanting to be the center of attention as usual.
The third sketch had Jun thinking about an exam that didn’t go well and worrying about her future. She didn’t notice the store she entered had a familiar blonde inside. After flooding Jun with an abundance of info on the deliciousness of instant ramen sold in stores Jun asked her if she had any plans for the future after graduating. Koizumi-san simply handed her tempura flakes, as if it was her way of saying “Dood. You have plenty of time to think about that stuff. Relax and enjoy the ramen”.
What made this particular chow down the most amusing of the three was how the other customers reacted to the erotically tasty show in front of them.
The episode followed two groups going camping in the same week. On one side we had the Outdoor Club of Captain Chiaki, Aoi and Nadeshiko having a meeting to discuss everything they’ll need for their first club camping trip.
On the other side we had Rin going on a solo trip. She even got a bike riding license. Also a mom cameo. Very nice.
To be honest there isn’t much I can go into detail regarding the episode because it’s mostly a highlight reel with lots of funny moments as both groups prepared and headed out to their respective destinations while keeping in touch. In the comments section feel free to talk about your favorite scenes.
All three were good episodes as usual.