Last episode Shido and friends had gone to a remote island for a school trip. While there, he ran into a pair of twin spirits – Kaguya and Yuzuru, who promptly decided to compete to see which of them can win Shido’s heart.
The two are competing as they used to be a single spirit, and should they re-combine, only one of their personalities will remain. No pressure Shido!
The episode opens up with Kaguya and Yuzuru “assaulting” Shido with their bodies, something that he pretends to resist but we all know Shido is loving it. The harem protagonist may be the most deceptive creature of them all in this regard. Continuing on, Ellen, the one who ordered the kidnapping, is waylaid by that trio once again as they drag her into a pillow fight. This calls off the kidnapping, or whatever it was they had planned.
The next day Shido goes to the beach with Kaguya and Yuzuru. He oils them up, a beach scene classic. Then Reine, Origami, and Tohka all show up and they begin to play beach volleyball. The teams are setup in order to force Kaguya and Yuzuru to work together, and it works at one point.
After the game, both Kaguya and Yuzuru pull Shido aside at different times to tell him to choose the other for their competition. Kaguya wants Yuzuru to live on, and Yuzuru wants Kaguya to live on. That night, Shido goes for a walk outside with Tohka – he tells her about what the twins told him. But then we find out that the twins were actually following and eavesdropping on Shido.
They find out about each others’ wishes, get angry, and proceed to fight. Only this time, it’s survival of the weakest!
While there was some development in terms of Kaguya and Yuzuru, I was surprised that their story hasn’t been resolved yet and will carry onto next episode!
Instead, what this episode was primarily comprised of was fan service. Lots and lots of fan service. Mostly of Kaguya and Yuzuru, but there was a little bit of Tohka, Origami, and even Reine thrown in at times. Well, what’s wrong with a little fun I guess right? One thing to point out though is that swimsuits do not count as panty shots, so they’ve managed to slip by this episode in that area on a technicality.
Overall, it was a fun episode, but I’ll admit I would have liked a little more “meat” in terms of story. I was expecting something to happen regarding that organization trying to kidnap Tohka, and it didn’t happen. I was hoping for some dating action or progress with the twins, and we only got a little bit closer to the end of the episode.
Some More Highlights…
Despite my wishing for a little more progression, it’s fair that Date A Live gave us another fan service episode, because once they get into the story they tend to gloss over fan service. They really committed to it this episode, and I’ll respect that.
Next episode for sure though, we should be seeing some action.
Maybe a conclusion to the twins’ story?
Until next time,
Thanks for reading.