If you like tortillas, then this will be the episode for you. Both Ritos and Salsa will be modeling their bikinis. Oh, and everyone else will show up here and there, as we take a break away from the heavy drama and action that marked the last episode.
What They Say
Wary of another attack by Aberdeen and Avril, Clan Oasis is on high alert. Meanwhile, even as much of the town settles in for a night of harvest festival revelry, Ritos appears to have plans of her own.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Picking up from last episode, where Minette nearly had her core, which keeps her "alive," taken away from her by the super-powered Avril and her boss Aberdeen, the Oasis Clan holds a council of war to decide on how to proceed. Leicester firmly states that someone must be with Minette at all times during the upcoming Harvest Festival, a precaution that Agnes agrees should help, as she knows Aberdeen well enough, so she thinks, that he would not make his move if it could hurt bystanders. Aberdeen was apparently Agnes' elder brother's disciple. Nina suggests that they hire the Tortilla Sisters to guard Minette.
Cue a special opening, as apparently we're not really watching Blessing of the Campanella, but the Tortilla Show. At least, that's what the opening animation and song look like.
So, we have Minette being watched over by the Tortilla Sisters, with the slightly calculating Ritos trying to take advantage of Minette's cuteness for her own purposes. We see them go around the festival, at one point appearing before the crowds dressed in swimsuits in order to attract greater attention, while all the time advertising their services. They eventually meet up with Agnes and after wowing the masses with their swimsuits (even Agnes is bikini clad), they go off to the Cathedral, where it seems that Chelsea and the other Sacred Knights are running a maid cafe for the Festival. At this point, the Tortilla Sisters split from Agnes and Minette (so much for their guarding Minette, but Agnes will be around, so there should be no reason to worry), since they're the focus of this episode. After wandering around the Cathedral exhibit hall for a while, they then head out to the site where their golem, Golem, will be launching El fireworks for the ending of the festival. On the way there, they run into Leicester, who has something for Ritos, a device needed for lighting the fireworks. Once at the fireworks site, Ritos remembers that she had something else she wanted from Nina, and tells Salsa to go to the Oasis Clan headquarters to pick it up, asking Leicester to accompany her.
This, of course, is nice for Salsa, as she has a crush on Leicester (actually, both sisters do). Once there, Shelley invites Salsa to come along with the entire Oasis gang, who plan to watch the fireworks display from the Cathedral rooftop. While Salsa is strongly tempted by the idea, as Shelley even says she's saved a seat next to Leicester for her, in the end Salsa decides to go back to her sister. When she returns, Ritos seems surprised (well, as surprised as an emotionless girl can seem), but realizes that her sister did this for her, even though she made all of those arrangements with Shelley in order for Salsa to be with Leicester during the fireworks. I guess sister love is the focus at the end here.
For this episode, we have one of those occasions where an entire episode is handed over to minor characters, giving them a day in the spotlight. The Tortilla Sisters, Ritos and Salsa, get that treatment this outing, to the point that even the opening animation and song are different, focusing entirely on them. We see them in bikinis and we see them...doing the same exact comedy routine they have been doing the entire show, except this time it happens more than just once. Ritos suggests something slightly odd, Salsa, being very naive, does it, and then Ritos berates her sister for being so silly or stupid, or tries to claim that she has nothing to do with her sister's actions. It's a routine that was pretty much tired from the start of the show. That's not to say the Tortilla Sisters are annoying characters. Salsa's cluelessness actually elicits some sympathy, as one does feel a bit for her, constantly being the butt of her sister's snark. Ritos is no monster, as her actions trying to help her sister show. The problem is that they have largely become a one-joke routine. Just because their character designs are fairly attractive does not fix that problem. Having an entire episode focused on them seems something of a waste.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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