Cavities are in store!

Cavities are in store!

Marin is determined to save Urin from being lost to Sedna’s ‘darkness’, however her younger sister has put a strange shield around herself.
Marin recounts  parts of their childhood, hoping that if Urin remembers all their fun times together she will come back to her. Meanwhile Warin explains a few things about merpeople-childhood to Kanon – they are put inside clams from birth and grow up without knowing who their real mothers and fathers are, so Urin and Marin are technically not real sisters but think of each other that way. Apparently, they both came out of unusually pure white clams.
Back on dry land, Kojima continues to try and contact Kanon, and Kanon once again finds herself questioning exactly how she feels about him.

Poor Marin is getting more and more depressed.

Poor Marin is getting more and more depressed.

Kanon, the swimsuit angel. Ooshima (or Bitch as I referred to her), the jealous demon.

Kanon, the swimsuit angel. Ooshima (or 'Bitch' as I referred to her), the jealous demon.

Kojima continues to have all the personality of a lump of seaweed.

Kojima continues to have all the personality of a lump of seaweed.

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...where is Ichikawa looking.

-sound of brain imploding from cuteness-

-sound of brain imploding from cuteness-

Total. Moe. Overload. This episode was such an onslaught of cuteness I scarcely know where to begin. It’s ironic of course that despite all the cuteness in the flashbacks, the ‘present’ of the episode is filled with angst and drama. The two big sources of drama are the ongoing anguish that Marin suffers from Urin’s current behaviour, and this little love-conflict triangle between Kanon, Kojima and Ooshima.
Let’s start with the first one then; it’s handled quite well, although I can’t help but think that by now it’s dragged on a little too long. Hopefully whatever Urin’s doing inside that coccoon thing will be revealed in the next episode. There’s something vaguely disconcerting about seeing Marin act so depressed all the time, and although I feel quite sorry for her, I hope it doesn’t start to wear a little thin. I’d like to see her back to her normal happy self soon.
As for the ‘sky beings’, I found it rather surprising that in this episode Ooshima actually interested me more than Kanon. Normally, I found Ooshima to be a thoroughly unlikeable character in every sense of the words (I didn’t refer to her as ‘Bitch’ in previous posts for nothing, after all), but here she actually got a little empathy out of me. She just had the misfortune of falling for the wrong guy; one that was already taken with another. Sure, she’s still not a very nice person and I wouldn’t ever want her as a friend. But seeing her get upset made her character feel less one-dimensional than normal. As for Kanon, she’s  a tsundere sweetie as always…and of course I’m still baffled by both girl’s attraction to Kojima. Maybe I’m just being harsh on the guy, but I honestly hope this anime is going to show us what’s so good about him. It’s not that I dislike the character…there is nothing to dislike about him, and that’s the problem.
Of course…hands down the highlight of the episode is the flashbacks, which are absolutely adorable and heart-melting. They did make me curious to quite  a few things, however; Warin mentioned that the merpeople don’t know who their parents are…but where exactly are the parents? And where exactly are the other merpeople who aren’t Warin and Sam? Do they all have small, 4-person colonies that are few and far between, are these four the only survivors of some great merpeople tragedy or are the others always conveniently off-screen?

Sam is the cutest...I just want to take him home and keep him in a bathtub.

Sam is the cutest...I just want to take him home and keep him in a bathtub.

Mystery 2: Where do their clothes come from, and do these clothes grow with them?

Mystery 2: Where do their clothes come from, and do these clothes grow with them?

Deredere Kanon~!

Deredere Kanon~!

Urins shield is made of...some kind of creepy goo.

Urin's shield is made of...some kind of creepy goo.

I love Warins design!

I love Warin's design!

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Urin, not-at-a-rave-party.

I thought the animation in this episode was also quite decent as well, especially in the flashbacks which has some very beautiful scenes. A well-rounded episode but I’m still hoping the current mini-arc will wrap out before things wear too thin. Overload of adorableness earned it out of 5:
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