If there's a point here beyond being somewhat rude and crude, it's beyond me.
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After a first episode that really didn't work that well and felt like it was overly crude and disturbing on a few levels, We, Without Wings returns to showcase a few more girls and the guys that leer and ogle them on a regular basis. With the way the show shifts its story fairly easily, there is the potential to jump around a lot and some shows can carry that off well, but with this one, it's still in a situation where it's introduced too many characters too quickly so that you barely even remember their names, even when just introduced.
This episode focuses on Narita as he ends up being asked to take on a job for a young girl who has had her bike stolen. They spend nearly ten minutes on the negotiations for this job to be accepted between the two, with Narita having a flashback where he remembers her brother and the trouble he had with him a year ago, but he's pushed into accepting the job from the girl in the food truck they're talking in front of that knows him well and abuses him regularly with her words. It's pretty free of heavy fanservice, but Narita certainly gets in some leering time at the attractive young girl in a school uniform, but it doesn't go in the completely creepy route that we'd seen before.
Tying into the story a bit, we see Chitose getting out about a bit where he has a meeting with Kakeru and he's nudged into meet a girl named Tama Izumi. Their first meeting is awkward as she takes him to be someone else and starts laying into him for potential sexual harassment but then turns all embarrassed when she realizes that they were supposed to be meeting together. She's the standard girl with glasses young woman with her head stuck in books and it is amusing seeing her personality change so heavily a couple of times during their encounter together. The whole thing is a bit of a setup on Kakeru's part, but as the episode progresses further, you get this feeling that dialogue really doesn't matter for anything here and that there really isn't a plot. The weird disjointed nature of this show is very hard to pin down, and some of it appears to come from the spoiler that you can find about the game version over at Wikipedia, which may paint a picture of how this is all going to tie together.
We, Without Wings plays up the fanservice in a bit smaller of a way here outside of the multiple eyecatches it uses throughout but it is still there. Tama Izumi gets a full on underwear scene not long after being asked what she wears and there's some serious boing boing going on in another scene. But what's tying all of this together? I've watched the episode with full attention, trying to figure it out, but it really makes no sense. It's a whole lot of small stuff strung together with characters that are surprisingly annoying so quickly. Narita and Chitose really have no positives to them. Personality wise they have little to offer and we know almost nothing about them really so you can't connect with them there. The first episode at least had the advantage of being outrageous and surprising with its content, even if it made little sense as well, but taking some of that away here just shows all the more that there's nothing to this thing.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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