Beach Episodes. For me, there is no other episode so cliché in anime as a trip to the beach. It’s one of those things that just frustrates me. These thing typically end up in some sort of shenanigans, and I end up just rolling my eyes most of the time. So, when MGX decides to their beach episode, I had some mixed feelings. With this shows directing and pacing so far, would they be consistent, or would they succumb the moe beach paradigm, and put out a completely wasted episode? Will there be enough to write a full post about? Let’s find out!
So how does one go about asking Urabe to go to the beach? What is their motivation? As this episode starts off, We find that the girls are doing their PE swim, and the guys are playing soccer. By accidently kicking the ball past the goal, they can sneak a peak at the girls while they get their ball. Great stuff for some teenage boys. But as Tsubaki takes his turn, he manages to catch a brief glimpse of Urabe while swinging his foot, and completely misses the ball and his opportunity to see her in a bathing suit. As Tsubaki and Urabe head home for the day, they end up under a tree during a brief rain shower. Tsubaki notices a pleasant smell coming from Urabe. He goes ahead and asks her if she wears perfume. She tells him no, but she is sweaty, and proceeds to take a lick of her arm, and tells him that it reminds her of the sea. She offers a taste, and as he does, he catches a glimpse of Urabe in a bikini at the beach. Is it getting bad that these two will lick just about anything? I mean, even my dogs wont taste some things. And so, In a quick moment of brilliance, Tsubaki asks her to got the beach. And in a surprising turn of events (at least for Tsubaki) she agrees!
So as these two meet up together to head to the beach, what is the first thing that Tsubaki notices? Urabe is sporting a decent tan. And, in no surprise, Tsubaki has a thing for tan girls. And we’re off to the beach! This is where most episodes would dive into a sunscreen application accident, or a swimsuit strap debacle. But I have to hand it to the director, he stay’s true to source, and keeps it all above-board. Does it make this episode any better as a filler? Not really. But for our main man, he does get a great view of Urabe in a bikini.
Now, Urabe has been wearing a wrap around her waist since they got to the beach. Even as the two of them go swimming. Finally, Tsubaki gets caught staring at Urabe, wonder why she wont take it off. In a (should have been expected) turn of events, Urabe explains that when she was swimming in the ocean the previous week, she took her scissors with her. And now, she has a funny tan line, and uses the wrap to cover it up. This quick show and tell leaves Tsubaki with a nosebleed, and at a slight loss for words.
And the day at the beach is over. Was this a great episode? Not really. It was an early filler episode, before we get to see some real conflict in Urabe and Tsubaki’s relationship. We do see that any exchange of bodily fluids, like sweat, will transfer the emotions, thoughts, or memories of the person. Be sure to watch the preview, as we get a hint of the upcoming conflict coming to their relationship!