A recap that’s less than 2 minutes is only part of what makes this start to a 2nd half great.
For once we get to explore the world outside of Honnouji Academy, including other schools, Satsuki’s family company COVERS, and even the army of Nudist Beach. And I can proudly say none of them disappoint when it comes to ridiculousness. Nudist Beach fights with what looks like the AT-STs from Star Wars if they were strapped to their crotch, and COVERS might be even flashier than Aikuro’s pink nipples, not to mention they take clothes WAY too seriously.
Of course the schools are what steal the spotlight next to Ryuuko and Satsuki’s fight. They range from an American Football team driving a Kobe beef tank, Tao users replicating animal spirits via chinese magic, and even an almighty Osaka stereotype named Takarabe who has armies that fire money and pilots a golden crab armor. And all of them get owned by the 4 devas in the craziest of ways, most notably Takarabe getting anally destroyed by Sanageyama’s bamboo blade.
With such crazy settings come even crazier twists. As if the clothes metaphor wasn’t nearly as obvious, it turns out life fibers are an alien life form that increased the intelligence of those that wore them. Satsuki’s mother plans to monopolize clothes production under COVERS so that all of humanity can advance through life fibers, and it’s up to the remnants of Nudist Beach and Senketsu to stop them(both made by Ryuuko’s dad). And while Ryuuko may go through some conflict over losing and regaining Senketsu(piece by piece; FU Harime) after finally accepting its power despite the possibility of berserk mode, Satsuki gets some motherly yuri treatment in the bath. So the ruler of Honnouji is nothing more than a slave to the Empress.
I could probably write this off as a desperate attempt to grab attention by amping the craziness. But if I had to be honest, that’s exactly why I liked these past episodes. I was worried since the beginning that this show would restrict its scale of madness and get repetitive with its paper-thin depth. Instead, they’ve managed to expand upon already ridiculous concepts and make up for depth with sheer unpredictability(not plotwise). Sure its keeping me from having emotional investment or giving valid argument that its more than a big joke, but what it does end up giving is pure fun.
After being subdued in the past, this is one of those moments where bigger is certainly better. Only 8 episodes to go, so let’s hope it just gets better from here.