Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3 – 05


Yura wakes up on a yacht with the rest of the C3 club, heading to an island for a friendly skirmish against Kansai’s Team Seto, led by Aoi. C3 storms the beach and claim victory in the first skirmish, with Yura notching three hits. After barbecue and various activities, she goes to bed, but has a pessimistic dream she tells herself to ignore. The next day Yura is even more aggressive, taking a leadership role and giving orders in a center flag match. They’re victorious once more, but while Yura is ebullient, Sonora looks concerned.

The C3 Club obviously can’t happen upon a shrine inhabited by a wayward spirit for Yura to assist every week, so we’re back to gunfights, only this week mixes it up with an exotic island field, and, for the second of two battles, are fighting in swimsuits. Yura’s cute little two-piece belies her newfound confidence. The first battle is reminiscent of a WWII amphibious landing, while the second battle ends with the girls striking a pose not unlike the American soldiers at Iwo Jima. This could suggest Yura is actually creating these worlds, though it remains ambiguous whether transforming her surroundings gives her advantage here or if it just adds to the excitement.

In any case, despite Yura’s great success on the trip, Sonora projects her concern with subtle facial experesions that Yura is too busy being awesome to notice. The efficacy of Yura’s metaphysical powers aside, is she simply taking all of this way too seriously? It’s understandable after two past events: letting her team down by surrendering, and having an real, if slight, impact on history last week. It’s good to celebrate a win and one’s quick growth in the sport, but one gets the feeling when (not if) she loses, she’ll be just as devastated as she is ecstatic when she wins. Living between such extremes is stressful. As the Seto leader remarks, it’s better to be of the attitude where you have fun regardless of the outcome. Victory isn’t everything.

Rating:7 (Very Good)