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.