It’s coming, it’s coming, it’s coming! Next episode! The beginning!
There are a couple things I have to explain, even though I was hoping to get away with it for a while longer. Last episode this very interesting term マツリゴト (matsurigoto) showed up, and I translated it as “ministry”. Now, the reason for this is that in ancient Japan, the religious leader of the country (who was also the political leader too) and his other high ranking people were collectively called this, at least from my research. However, given all of the religious symbolism, the way the term is used, the fact that Hisone was called a miko, and the location shown near the end of this episode, I’m tentatively changing the translation to “Festival”. That too may be wrong, but I’m hoping it’s closer.
I also want to make a quick note of Iiboshi’s talk about White Lovers. He says that their hearts are white, and then that the girls “embody blankness”, or 空白を持つ. Looking at the kanji of “kuuhaku”, the first word, you’ll notice something interesting. Blankness or emptiness comes from the two kanji meaning white and sky. I assure you that this is no coincidence. With all of that said, this is a pretty fun episode again, so enjoy it and mourn that you don’t have your own life-sized Nao doll.
Man there is just a ton of acronyms for little reason in this episode. TAC doesn’t mean anything so far as we can tell, but at least RTB and ACM (aerial combat maneuver) are relatively real. Also the so-called “comm-bus” that we had to make up for モーボ appears to only exist in Japan or Asian countries. And if you were curious, Hisone jumps up four whole ranks this episode.
Butts: the episode. And a couple things to mention once more. Domenico Vacca is a real Italian clothes designer. If you don’t recognize Ikushima’s voice, you should watch Yuri Kuma Arashi. If you don’t recognize Jugemu, you should watch Joshiraku. And just to round it out at three, you should watch Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda too. Now, be off and enjoy all the innuendo in a show with thoroughly unerotic art.
They really weaved together a lot of different plotlines this episode, and it ended up becoming a wonderful tapestry. It’s that balance of loveliness yet gravity of reality that pulls the show together. Even though I love the students, it feels like I’m at the point where I can relate to Mato-sensei the most. It’s a bit worrying, but at the same time, I can be inspired by Pikari too.
Welcome back to Okada’s wild ride. Please keep your hands and feet safely inside the cockpit, be aware of your surroundings, sit back, and enjoy your flight. It was really quite incredible how much research this show has required after even a single episode, and I’d like to share a tiny bit of that information here for your benefit.
Military Ranks, as indicated by insignia
Hisone and Nao are Airman Third Class
Okonogi is an Airman First Class
Kakiyasu is a Lieutenant Colonel
Sosoda is a Major General
As usual, there were a couple of interesting references and jokes snuck in. For one, the term “HePiRe” is pronounced the same as the word 屁っ放り, meaning a useless person. There’s also the net slang マジレス, literally meaning serious response, which a couple people I consulted suggested was akin to being “baited”. And minor metals are a real thing, look it up if you’re curious. Other than that, I fucking love this shit, it’s like coming back home after dealing with Lostorage a year and a half ago in addition to two year Okada withdrawal symptoms. What’s really interesting is watching this in the context of her earlier movie Kokosake and how her two protagonists contrast with one another. I have high expectations, and I’m ready to go.