Hello again Word Of The Nerd readers! Deepest apologies for my delayed reviews, due to being in the storm of preparations for a local convention on Valentine’s weekend, followed by a slow recovery to get back on track with the rest of the world. Now I am back, and since Episode 5 and 6 are somewhat two parts to the story development, so it makes sense for me to discuss them both here. Be on the look out for 7 and 8 later on.
In episode 5 of Cute High Earth Defense Club Love!, our boys finally face that one problem that all magical girls and supernatural characters face: the character that gets curious about the supernatural events and goes on a mission to find out what it is. The characters in this case are of the Press Society.
They proceed to use interesting and not so subtle ways to find out who our 5 heros are, and of course he is suspicious of the Earth Defense Club immediately so that makes for funny dialogue because unlike with typical magical girl shows where the heroine goes into automatic panic mode, our boys are unfazed until they are backed into a corner by the tenacious journalist. The monster of this episode was born of a student facing family control issues, and thus turns into a remote monster. The battle at least was quick since they had a lot to face back at the bathhouse.
Then in Episode 6, the Student Council, driven by their desire to have a peaceful and aesthetic school atmosphere (by their standards), have taken it upon themselves to find ways to dissolve the Earth Defense Club, mainly by threatening dismissal if their grade average was too low. Ah yes, the dreaded testing episode.
If you’ve watched Baka and Test or any school days anime, you know that test scores are as central as love stories. To ensure the dismissal of Earth Defense Club, The Student Council decides to court Io to sign on as their treasurer. Of course, Io ends up not taking their offer, which leads to the Battle Lovers and Caerula Adamas finally meeting (albeit with faces blurred thanks to the alien technology), and exchanging heated dialogue.
Recap over, and time to poke a few holes in these episodes. First off, I still am not sure how the teacher’s unusually comatose demeanor has not sent of more red flags. I know that this is fiction, but seriously. where are the red flags? Even the Press society don’t seem to notice Mr. Tawarayama’s state when Wombat was away from him until he was tossed at them in the bath house while the boys went to fight the new monster. And every student council has at least five members (Utena, Kaicho wa Maid Sama, Setokai no Ichizon, just to name a few), just like every club it presides over.
Granted, here they are the villains of the story with the power to control those with weak hearts and turn them into monsters of their own vices, but has no one thought to question the fact that they only have three members? It makes sense for the over all good and evil plot; however shouldn’t someone (Yumoto maybe) mention that little flaw?
Overall the story itself has reached a turning point now that our boys are facing the problem of keeping their identities a secret as well as battling against the Student Council in a normal setting as well as in their magical forms. We see real conflicts, also real character development where Io learns that there are more important things than money. I hope to see the other guys grow up a little as well, especially Yumoto. He is adorable but it has to happen! I am definitely looking forward to the end of the season. Again, you can watch this wonderful show on Crunchyroll and Funimation.
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