Yayoi has apparently discovered a monster in the lake next to the school. Haruka, Aoi, Kurumi, and another one of their classmates go along with Yayoi to the lake to try to see the monster in person, but are unsuccessful. They also meet Kisaragi, who says that if there really is a monster in the lake, it would most likely be experimented on if not outright killed. The Twin Angel girls feel bad for the monster after hearing this, and so go to the lake again that night.
Once at the lake, they see Nyan-chan, the girl who is always carrying a plate of crayfish and falling over. It appears that she has been feeding the monster every night, and they finally see its true form when it rises out of the water. Unfortunately, Yayoi has seen it too, and is able to snap a picture. Thus, the girls transform into the Twin Angels and attempt to move the monster to a secluded lake
instead of trying to do the logical thing and destroying Yayoi’s camera or something I mean really. However, they are stopped by Black Carrier, who accidentally reveals that the monster has swallowed one of the Seven Amulets.
A short fight arises, but Aoi is finally able to defeat Black Carrier with the power of KNOWLEDGE. It turns out that the monster is actually a giant salamander—an endangered species that is protected by law. Black Carrier runs away in defeat, just as Misty Knight arrives on scene. Thanks to Misty Knight, the monster finally sneezes out the amulet and returns to its former size. Although it no longer comes out to greet Nyan-chan, at least it can finally live peacefully for the rest of its life.
As for the issue of Yayoi’s photo… It turns out terrible, as usual.
This episode seemed extremely average to me. There wasn’t much that really stood out. The plot was cute but it seemed to fail a bit in the “touching story” department. Because of the more “serious” nature of the episode, I guess the producers decided to reduce the gags, which I thought was a bad idea. Forgoing gags only works when you have a legitimately sad episode; otherwise it just makes things somewhat dull.
Even though the episode wasn’t great, it still made me like Nyan-chan a lot more as a character. She’s adorable! I really like her voice, too. Although she’ll probably still fall down a lot, at least it won’t be while carrying crayfish anymore…
Even though Misty Knight did step in to help the girls, I am kind of glad that the girls were able to defeat the baddie on their own before he stepped in. Misty Knight actually hasn’t been doing too much in the way of battle lately, which probably implies that the girls are stronger now than at the beginning of the series. As much as I like Misty Knight, having him save all the girls all the time has somewhat unfortunate implications… I’m glad he’s taken a back-seat now, but also somewhat sad because he was definitely one of the more wacky and interesting characters in this series.
Anyway, out of five: