Harekaze is almost out of toilet paper because each girl uses it for some additional, often wasteful, purpose. So Captain-chan and a small team set out to a floating mall ship to buy more.
While they are away, a floating crate is retrieved but instead of supplies, it contains a red-eyed hamster. The crew’s lazy day is interrupted by the arrival of 2 destroyers and 2 cargo ships, and the girl who saved the hamster becomes violent and opens fire.
Fortunately, the fleet had come to help and suspects something is going on. Harekaze gets repairs, supplies, and sent on its way and no-one really thinks much of the hamster…
So this wasn’t a very good episode. Yes, we the viewers learn these red-eyed hamsters (rats?) are probably causing the violence on Musashi and the Admiral Spee but the cast hasn’t figured it out.
And really, the majority of the episode is spent hanging around not doing anything, repeating character relationships we already know.
The Vedrict: previous episodes have balanced action and cuteness better than this. Previous episodes also established information that mostly got repeated here. Ho-hum?
But my biggest criticism is with the characters themselves: they are unnecessarily dumb people. The animal outburst is clearly an aberrant sign and the fact that the submarine and Spee attacks were not sanctioned don’t raise immediate concerns from the 4 allied captains makes no sense.
With such a focus on tech and tactics, its hard to suspend my sense of disbelief for details like this. We’ll have to wait and see what goes on next week because cute alone is not a reason to watch this show.