If there was one thing that was inevitable with this show, it was that at some point there would be a competition among the girls to see who would be the first to rob Kio of his innocence. It's not really a competition I have much interest in seeing.What They Say
Elis' mating season is upon her, something which befalls those who have evolved from cats. Elis goes after Kio, but Aoi and Manami try to desperately stop her, only to falter in the face of their own desires. The four of them continue their steamy exchange, and eventually find themselves in Nakano Broadway. Meanwhile, the cat-ear, cat-tail worshipping organization, the Cat-Ear Corps: Underside of Kitten Paw, begin their operation, "Unyaakun." Unyaa!
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So, it would appear that the Star Trek opening lines parody is going to be a recurring thing, as we have it yet again.
Okay, picking up from last episode, we now see who that mysterious girl on the ship was: she's the leader of some crazy cat-loving (or if you work for the animation staff, "loveing") cult called the "Cat-Ear Corps: Underside of the Kitten Paw." To top things off, this cult has now discovered the existence of Elis, and have hailed her as their leader and object of worship.
Back at Kio's house, things are getting rowdy, since Elis is apparently coming into her mating season, as happens to Catians every 16 cycles. It makes her brain chemistry go a bit haywire, and even just the scent of catnip wine (is there really such a thing? I would think our own real world feline masters would have forced us to give it to them all the time were there such a thing) makes her extremely drunk, sending her into a frenzy of silly dancing and boob-shaking. Fortunately for Kio, before he's about to be jumped, Doctor Dyureru comes along from the main ship and knocks out Elis. After Elis comes to, and Kio has run away, as the good doctor talks about him being the potential mate for Elis, with Manami complaining all the while, the doctor tells Elis that she has a mission for her: to go to Tokyo.
Tokyo. To talk to the government? To further Catian interests? No, her mission is to go to some place called Nakano Broadway, which is apparently an otaku superstore. Elis has come there specifically to buy toys and manga for Catian cultural anthropologists. Umm...yeah. The height of human culture. Boy, our days are numbered if we ever meet real aliens, aren't they?
Anyhow, at the store, we see what personal hobby obsessions the main characters have. Manami, obviously, is enamored of guns. Aoi is obsessed with old movies and guns. As for Kio, he likes old gaming consoles, so it would appear. The three of them spend way too much money on collectors' items of some sort, showing themselves all to be otaku of one type or another. After the shopping spree is when things get interesting. As they are waiting for the train to take them back to the airport, Aoi notices how the station is far too empty for the time of day. It's a trap, and not of the oddly dressed kind. Aoi tries to investigate, but the empty station was just a ruse, meant to get Elis on the train, since it's the train that was the real trap, which Manami notices, but much too late. A group of highly armed women dressed as maids (wait, I thought this was a catgirl fetish show, not a maid fetish show?) attack and take out Manami as well as Aoi's security Assistaroids (Manami and Aoi now have Assistaroids of their own, who are specialists in security and combat). Elis and Kio are kidnapped, leaving Manami and Aoi behind.
After regrouping, Manami and Aoi plan to rescue the hapless Kio and Elis. Aoi brings the weaponry, thanks to raiding a secret warehouse of the Immigration Bureau, while Manami gets some friendly help from her CIA contact Jack, who tells them about the whole Kitten's Paw whatever group and their improbably named leader: Antnia (pronounced Antonia and probably meant to be spelled that way, but like "loveing" above, don't expect perfection) Lirimonie Norfedras Papanorgas Arecroteles Cnorses Morfenose. You get all that? Let's just call her Antonia, and she appears to be the granddaughter of a Greek shipping tycoon (they even mention her grandfather as a "second Onassis," noting the real life shipping tycoon). She lives on a massive floating fortress, the Androala, which is larger than a small oil tanker. And she seems like someone who didn't get enough discipline when she was very young (she still looks young, though I'm guessing she'll turn out to be not too much younger than Elis and Kio).
If there is one thing that's clear, it's that this is a show that not only requests, but absolutely requires that you turn off your higher brain functions. Not only must you suspend disbelief, you have to throw it out the window, forcefully. In terms of mindless entertainment and light humor, it does provide a modest chuckle here and there. Unfortunately, it seems like they don't entirely know what to do with Elis' character at the moment, other than have her run around like a crazed cat in heat, impatiently wanting to jump on Kio the first moment he shows himself willing. Manami provides the boring "I'm not really attracted to him, but secretly, I am, so I don't want any other girl getting him" counterpoint to Elis' all too provocative manhandling of Kio. But just when you thought things would get all rom-com silly, in comes yet another action piece, as a cat-crazed cult lead by a spoiled little rich girl kidnaps both Elis and Kio, with plans to make Elis into their object of worship. I wonder what the Dogs think about all of this?
While the preliminary description promised lots of silly romantic harem stupidities, instead the show throws a very slight curve (only very slight), with Kio and Elis being kidnapped by a cult that is obsessed with cats. This leaves it to Aoi and Manami to mount a rescue operation, though the odds do not look very good, as this cult is not only quite large but also extremely well funded and heavily armed. With shock troopers who dress like maids. So, we have catgirls and we have maids. Any more fetishes that they would like to throw at us? Other than that, there already is a slight danger of repetitiveness on the horizon, as the whole idea of Elis being captured and in need of rescue... have we not seen that already? And this is only episode 4?
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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