Sunday, 22 March 2009

Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo - Episode 10

After a bizarre and entirely pointless, baseball related and filler-tastic ninth episode, Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo thankfully returns to normality this time around.

Well, when I say normality, I mean normality within the framework of this particular series. While Leopard is undergoing some upgrades (giving the series the opportunity to partake in some more nudge-nudge, wink-wink phallic humour), the main focus on this story is on a box that appears out of nowhere, insisting on talking to the head of the Shishidou family about something called "Enigma". Yes, I did really mean to type box.

Inside this box is a girl, but she can't be let you otherwise (according to her) she'll die, which I suppose almost makes her some kind of Schrödinger girl. Anyhow, said girl/box has come from Nerval, where she's been locked away as a literal "part" of that colony. Before she can spill the beans on what she knows, and passing some time with a slumber party that seems to exist largely as mild Itsuki fan service, the Shishidou residence comes under attack by the android (which turns out not to be) we saw in earlier episodes, Aleida; a hit and run attack which allows Aleida to snatch back this all-important box before doing a runner.

I've very much gotten used to not having a clue about what is going on in this series this days, and being resigned to this inevitability is probably a good thing as yet again I really feel like I don't have the foggiest idea about most of the major plot points, and I'm just hoping that's actually the point of the show. While some of the unsaid things are clearly so for a reason (such as Honoka's meeting with some familiar faces from her past), I still don't feel like I have any grasp over the broader story here. Oh well, it still continues to be generically entertaining and colourful in its own way (although this episode definitely needed more of Leopard's involvement), and anything is an improvement after that God-awful baseball episode.

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