Medaka Box – 05

With fifteen different clubs requesting budget increases, the student council must allot them in a creative but fair fashion. To that end, they arrange an inter-club aquatic meet composed of four unique challenges, the first of which is underwater ball-basket. Medaka raises the stakes by announcing she’ll triple the budget of any club that beats the student council, which is also competing, much to the chagrin of Kouki and Zenkichi. Several teams tie at 20 points in the first round, but the opportunistic swim team manages to earn their points faster than even Medaka.

Ah, just when we thought it would be one to two stores per episode, they throw a two-parter at us, in which only one of the planned four challenges is completed. By episode’s end, Medaka has performed well, but the cutthroat swim team did better, though risking their lives to do so. Her two associates are non-factors, as their flotation devices prevent them from reaching the bottom of the olympic pool (though curiously, Medaka’s natural flotation devices fail to slow her).

Does a two-part pool episode slow the momentum of this series? In a word, yes. We would have preferred if this were all wrapped up in one part. The color commentary by Shiranui (as she snacks constantly, as she is wont to do, which isn’t funny) is uninspiring, and her banter between fellow dwarf Aso is clear padding. The Swim Team, meanwhile, is equally ho-hum; we see two possible outcomes next week: Medaka beats them and puts them in their place…or they beat her, but she takes the usual high road. Either way, it’s likely she’ll change swimsuits at least one more time.


Rating: 4 (Fair)

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