Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Maria†Holic Alive - Episode 7

Having done a surprisingly good job of linking together recent episodes, this seventh instalment of Maria†Holic Alive takes us back to some events from the first season of the show - namely, the oh-so precious school swimming meet, and the "flying top" produced by an unfortunate Shizu courtesy of Kanako's usual over-exuberance when it comes to anything involving female flesh.

Thus, having embarrassed Shizu in front of a whole host of Ame-no-Kizaki's students, Kanako decides to head off to the Shido's home to apologise... only to be ensnared by another of servant Rindo's man-traps.  Still, after being humiliated and poked at for a while Kanako gets to make her apology and all's well that ends well, until Kanako finds herself faced with a further surprise - Shizu is spending the following day taking Mariya's place, due to it being her schools turn for a swimming meet; obviously a problem given her gender just as it was for Mariya previously.

Needless to say, the presence of Shizu sends Miyamae into a frenzy of fantasies and nosebleeds until she can barely unravel where her dreams begin and reality ends, before deciding that the only way to ensure that Shizu's stay in the female dorm is a permanent one is to ensure that an "accident" faces Mariya in his swimming meet.  This being Maria†Holic however, I think it's fair to say that Kanako's plans don't go at all to plan...

It's actually been a while since this series dedicated an entire episode to Kanako's perverted mind, and it is perhaps this absence of constant lesbian horniness that made this episode so funny in places - some of Kanako's dream sequences were so overblown and fantastical that they were laugh out loud funny for that very reason, and once again this series continues to know when to break the fourth wall and similarly when to throw out the sharp one-liners about 1:1 scale Gundam models and... well, anything Matsurika says basically.  All in all then, another hugely fun episode of a decidedly fun (and funny) series so far.

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