Argos Flight is on Guadalupe to perform joint environmental endurance tests with the Soviets. Tarisa and Inia instantly take a dislike to each other. On a day of dinghy racing, Yui’s partner Cryska collapses. Yuuya swims aboard to assess the information, and they row to an island as a large storm approaches. Yui sprains her ankle, so Yuuya carries Cryska then her to shelter. When he goes to check on the boat, Cryska asks Yui about him, and the boat is gone.
As soon as we heard “photo shoot for media materials to raise wartime morale”, we knew exactly what we were in for: a beach episode and transparent opportunity for the gals to show some skin. A side effect of such dawdling is that the urgency of the war – already lagging due to the lack of real combat the last few episodes – continues to erode. Once Yuuya was stranded on an island with two girls, the momentum of the Beta War screeched to a halt. And while we had more than an inkling that beneath Yui and Yuuya’s tense professional friction they’re attracted to each other, we didn’t expect Yui to let her guard down so much this week.
Their stranding and her ankle sprain are obvious devices to get her in Yuuya’s arms, and on numerous occasions she’s blushing like a schoolgirl. At the same time, if you’re going to put them in this situation, at least go all the way and have them actually decisively act on their brimming feelings, which didn’t happen. It was nice to see a gentler side of Yui and Yuuya actually acting noble and not like a hotheaded ass, but while it’s nice to know there is more than ice water pumping through her veins, the impending love triangle with Cryska isn’t the most thrilling of prospects.