Well, at least Ichika is no longer the only guy in this show. But seriously, the newly introduced guy Charles is as feminine as it gets. I actually thought Charles was cross dressing or something, especially with all his blushing throughout parts of the episode. Nothing really happens this episode except for the introduction of Charles and the continuance of Ichika’s harem, but we do get another new character introduced towards the end. In all honesty, though, this episode was practically all filler in terms of story.
We get absolutely no info on the anomaly in the last episode, and instead we get a standard training episode. That being said, Ichika’s harem with Houki, Lin, and Cecilia continue their bickering over his attention, which although gets entertaining at times, will definitely get old rather quickly. There was a bit of mech fighting here and there, but it all ended rather quickly, and not to mention the fight itself wasn’t terribly interesting.
That being said, the newly introduced character Charles (another guy IS pilot) isn’t really that much better. He is your generic gender-confused trap, or at least he certainly seems gender confused. The fact that he was blushing when Ichika held his hand, or when he saw Ichika get changed into his IS outfit, just screams “feminine”. I do wonder whether he’ll turn out to be an important character, but as of now he kind of feels like a useless add on. Then again, this might just be my bias kicking in against characters that kind of don’t make sense.
Either ways, this episode was mildly entertaining with it’s cliche harem moments (such as the classic “guy has lunch with girl” scene), but besides that this episode was rather boring. Nothing really happens, and there wasn’t even any buildup towards the main plot we were hinted at last episode. At least we get a new girl (whom I suspect will fall victim to Ichika too) who seems to be rather serious, with her eyepatch and all. Next week there will probably be a IS fight involving Ichika and the new girl in some way or form, which has been the trend so far. Woo predictability.
Overall Enjoyment: 3.4/5
Screenshots are later in the post.