The culture festival is fast approaching and Nayu is finding herself quite in demand by various clubs.
What They Say
Nayu is a twelve-year old girl who enters a private school at the top of her class. Her classmates are quickly shocked to discover that on the first day of school, she announces to the whole school everything there is to know about adult lingerie.
Now, it is time for the panty revolution to begin...
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With everything getting closer, there's a whole lot of pressure building on Nayu that's not unexpected. She's in demand at the school with her skills but she's also coping with a radical change at home by telling Keigo that she's ok with going to Kyoto. Having worked so hard to make friends and trying to be accepted for her interests there, the change to a new school is something that she dreads but will do for her brother. Having to go through all of those issues again, which could be even worse, weighs heavily on her. Throwing herself into the work she can get helps but it also makes her busier than she should be.
The culture festival is going in an interesting way as the Underwear Appreciation Society has been approached by the acting club for help with their plans. Since Nayu's group can't really run something since they're not an official club, helping out another definitely works well for them. The three girls in the acting club want them to design some costumes that are very Utena inspired, along with a few normal cosplay kind of things, and Nayu's pretty keen on the idea for a challenge. The club also tries to get Nayu and the others to help out by being in the play since they're so short on members. Promises of small lines goes a long way as the girls are curious about it but don't want to be too heavily committed to something. Nayu's even approached later by another class that's running a maid café as the crafts club refuses to help make those kinds of outfits. With Nayu trying to distract herself, taking on a few more costumes is just what she (doesn't) need.
Where the show spends its drama credit is when Tsukamoto discovers the magazine layout with Kiyono in it and the other girls getting a nod for their efforts in making it happen. With schools having such strict issues about their appearance through the students, this is a big no no right from the start and you knew it would blow up. Particularly since Tsukamoto has been wanting to take them down for something for awhile now. With this, she goes overboard as is natural by insisting that the play they're helping out with be stopped and more. A lot of this is being fostered by the jealous girls in Nayu's class and they go in a strange direction by getting Nayu's former elementary school teacher to show up. He goes completely off the rails about everything when he sees Nayu and reinforces everything that Tsukamoto has said but in a much meaner way. Watching all of it come together like that is fairly brutal, or at least as brutal as this kind of show can get, as everything is on the line for a girl who could easily snap with all the changes going on around her.
As the series gets closer to the end, the big drama will revolve around friendship and Kyoto as Keigo is really uncertain about doing this to Nayu and Nayu doesn't want to lose what she's made here. This episode is fun as it cleans up an outstanding issue from the recent past with the magazine piece while also bringing Tsukamoto into play in a new way while also enhancing Nayu's status as more and more girls are going to her for things. This series is still very much a guilty pleasure of sorts but it's great to see the girls and Mizuno defending Nayu with valid reasons why the society and Nayu herself has helped them a lot. It's all very after school special kind of stuff, but it works well. By this time you know exactly what this series is offering and here we get more of it, done well.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.