Anime Review: Stella Jougakuin Koutouka C3-bu – 06

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The Stella Jougakuin Hydrangea Festival is coming up!  Get your wallets ready… and don’t forget to bring a towel!

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RECAP:  Stella Jougakuin’s Hydrangea Festival (their Culture Festival) is coming up and C3-bu has no plans to participate due to funding the upcoming 24-hr Endurance Tournament.  But Sonora-senpai says “screw it” and urges that they do something for the festival and make the money back to still do the tournament.  After a couple failures, the girls make do with what they have and make a “Cosplay Firing Range.”  While they all seem to be having fun, Yura faces her past, shy self; but Sonora-senpai also has some raising concerns towards Yura’s actions of late.

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As a break in-between Airsoft matches, we get a Festival episode this time around.  It serves as some good fun before we get to the next big tournament on C3-bu’s schedule.  The girls spend quite a bit of money for failed attempts at a festival booth/event, when any smart group would try and work with something they are good at and already have materials for.  Then again, we’ve already come to see that our club isn’t exactly full of the brightest minds in school.

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The promise of a fun festival brings up a bad memory for Yura, as she remembers her days in middle school where she was outcast by the other girls in class.  What is nice is that she is aware that she is in a new environment and is trying to no longer be the shy girl she once was.  However, if you look at it in another way, Yura pretty much “ran away” from being seen by her former classmates, embarrassed/too shy to confront them as the “new Yura.”  Yura’s very focused on making herself a better person, but is she too focused?

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Which brings me to the next point: Sonora-senpai’s rising concern over Yura’s “tunnel vision.”  What we know currently is that Yura’s imagination is her greatest strength when it comes to the Airsoft game.  But, as was brought up last episode, Yura is losing sight of everything else around her when her imagination takes over.  In this scene, you could even see it in the rest of the club members’ reactions:  Yura’s cold, dead eyes intent on shooting the Sonora-senpai.  Yura is certainly becoming a better shot.  But, like I said in last episode’s review, is it worth winning if you lose the aspect of having fun?  Yura is starting to notice that something is wrong in her relationship with Sonora.  Hopefully, it is not too late when Sonora finally says something to her.  From the looks of the preview for next episode, I may possibly be wrong. L

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Anyway, in the end, the girls end up making bank enough to support their participation in the 24-hr Endurance Tournament where they may likely have rematch with Haruna Rin.

I have to say though… for a festival episode, I really didn’t get the “feeling” of a festival.  Maybe it is because it felt rushed and there was no build-up to get excited for the event.  I think that if they spaced this out into two episodes then the progress of having a break and setting up the tension between Sonora and Yura would be better.  Regardless, this episode served to reinforce the stuff we had already observed in Episode 05.

Rating:  2.5/5

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And this is why we can’t have nice things, girls.

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