Yuki episode this time. Thanks to the efforts of the Haruhi novel translators, I got spoiled ahead, so I practically knew ahead what to expect. But I still had an enjoyable time, thanks to the funny additions KyoAni sprinkled around in the episode.
First off, in the CG sequences, the bridge crew for each of the SOS-dan fleets were different. Haruhi had a fair share of space alien types, Mikuru has the cat-with-a-manly-body things as hers, Yuki’s bridge bunnies were all clones of her and Itsuki’s ones are Henohenomoheji men. Suspiciously, we don’t see Kyon’s one. Maybe his bridge bunnies are all Mikuru’s, not surprising coming from him. His pervertness seems to have increased lately. Oh, there is a big Gundam reference as well :).
The Yuki camp would definitely love this episode, as it is her character development episodes. I found her pretty cute, in her own stoic way this episode and it seems that KyoAni has somehow made here much more warmer than she was in the previous episodes. And damn! She really defined multi-tasking this episode. Poor keyboard though, hope it’s those new replaceable ones. Should’ve let her use an external USB keyboard :).
KyoAni’s habit of perfection is way on top this episode as well. Notice how detailed they drew the Ethernet and VGA ports, not to mention the DOS command prompt windows and the WinXP look. Though I wonder why they chose to put Epson as the spoof brand of choice. Does Epson manufacture notebooks? I also wonder how much did they spend on the CG for this episode. Looks so detailed that I suspect that it must’ve been prepared a long time ago.Maybe for a spinoff perhaps? Oh, and any doujinsoft groups want to make Iteza no Hi III? I’d gladly play it.
Well, can’t wait for the next episode though. Gakuen-sai episode with tons of Mikuru and LOL FANG-tan as well and the Haruhi translators seem to be starting up on the novel chapter as well. I really love the outfits they wear for the school festival though. Looks very elegant and pure, not fanservicey. I guess there’s enough fanservice every time Mikuru does her meido routine and when Haruhi cosplay rapes her.