Zombies hate summer school since they fall apart faster. It really does make sense.
What They Say:
I'm studying because I'll lose my vacation to summer school if my grades suck. Going to school under the blazing summer sun would be brutal for a zombie like me. I'm supposed to be studying, but somehow I ended up learning about the origin of the universe and a life devoted to tonkotsu soup. Huh? A message from Dai-sensei. What? She wants me to hold on to something? What is it?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
There's something to be said for the bits of humor at the start of episodes that focuses on Ayumu's problems being one of the undead. His zombie-ness has some setbacks to be certain but the way it relates to his school life makes me laugh quite a lot. In this case, he has to really study for his exams because failing them means giving up his summer vacation and going to summer school. And that's the last place he wants to be since his body would fall apart rather quickly there and he'd be hugely lethargic as well. So he studies hard and gets schooled at home by the others. Yuu shows some surprising depth in all of this as she's an ace at math, though considering her overall skillset, it may not be that much of a surprise.
Of course, Ayumu gets dragged out into the sun no matter what and it causes a bit of a problem for him as he tries to deal with the latest megalo named Wanderlei Horse. The small bits of sun that hit him sometimes manages to dry him out pretty quickly, but at least transforming into a magical girl seems to help rejuvenate him some. The battle between him and the Horse is one that feels very strange. Especially when you have some jellyfish style creatures show up that start to accost Haruna with some tentacle goodness, though not until they accidentally make Ayumu feel all too good by going up his skirt first. It's pretty disturbing watching that happen but they completely nailed Ayumu's expression as the tentacles slide up his skirt.
What's new for this episode is the introduction of Maelstrom, a young woman who is from an opposing Vampire Ninja faction than that of Sera's that has arrived on the scene and helps out with the megalo. There's some issue about how she defeated it (using soup!) and that has some amusement to it, but the larger issue is that afterward there's an accidental kiss that Mael has with Ayumu and that puts some kind of bond between the two of them, one that Sera informs him usually only happens in wedding ceremonies as kisses are quite important to the vampire ninja groups. Ayumu's joking about it with Sera is very amusing, especially since she's so plain about it, but also because she dares him to try it since she thinks he won't be able to. Of course, Ayumu has the luck of a lead character so that would give him something of a chance I'd think.
The introduction of another girl leaves me wary since I really wish that shows would not do this quite so much, but there's at least a nice little hook with Mael in her similarity to Sera but also in how her relationship with Ayumu is established. The episode largely feels like one that's lacking a focus outside of introducing her and it doesn't introduce her all that well either. The comedy feels a little more forced than usual. It's the quieter moments that work here, whether the school material at the beginning, the conversation Ayumu has with Sera or the shaved ice event at the end which was really quite welcome. Yuu unfortunately has far too reduced of a role here and that hampers things a bit since her relationship with Ayumu is one of the more interesting things about the show and that gets only a little lip service here.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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