I have a theory on the show’s structure but I’ll save it for near the end of the episodic.
The episode kicked off with Hime having trouble with her hair. Having seen my mom do her hair thousands of times I can understand why Hime, someone with luxuriously long hair would have a hard time getting hers just right every day. I liked how her dad “shooed” her away, taking advantage of her girly-girl nature.
While we got to see simulations of different hairstyles for Hime based on her friends’ opinions I was most intrigued by long hair Nozomi, once again showing us how lovely she’d be with long hair. Short hair Nozomi is cute too of course. Sadly due to her being the prodigal daughter of a martial artist she can’t afford to grow out her hair.
When asked “have you considered the short haired option?” Hime said one of the big reasons she keeps her hair long was because of “the precious one” preferring long haired Hime. President Angel had a similar case with her hair.
We got different discussions of how society responds to the different species’ hairstyles and haircuts but the one that blew me away the most was in a flashback where the gym teacher accused Hime of dyeing her hair red despite her telling him she’s a natural born redhead. THE GUY GOT ARRESTED FOR IT! DAAAAANNNNNNNG! We’ve seen during conversations and background news reports and lectures how strict the laws are against racism and discrimination in this world but WOW! I can only imagine how large countries in the real world would react to these kinds of laws being passed…actually I wonder if it could work? Hmmmm…I doubt it.
The reason Hime told the girls about the gym teacher was because they asked her about being a very rare redhead centaur. Hime explained that it was on her mother’s side of the family. We got a bit more of the world’s dark history where Hime’s ancestor was captured by enemy forces. Her clan went on a violent skirmish to get her back. Non-centaurs were unsafe. Anyway the answer to the red hair question was that her ancestor mated with a redhead foreigner outside of Japan, meaning Hime’s half-Japanese.
That’s the first half.
The second half at first glance looked like our girls and their families at work but it’s actually more than that. It seems Kyoko and her (I think) older brother (who she may be a brocon for) have a single dad. Dunno if he’s still married. He, like yours truly, is terrible at sticking to a schedule so he had Kyoko make sure he stuck to it. She even helps her by using her feminine charms.
We then went next door to a “crazy old lady” and President Angel in miko getup. She was hired to exorcise a demon. Most likely P.A. took advantage of the lady’s paranoia to make a quick buck…more on that in a bit.
Hime, as mentioned above had been pampered her entire life, much to her mom’s dismay. However, I believe that because of their ancestry mom’s had a stricter upbringing and she later hooked up with dad because he’s a chill guy.
Next up was Nozomi who as we’ve heard before is the heir to her father’s martial arts dojo and raised as such. Because of this she struggled between becoming the successor and wanting something else in life, contemplating her future basically. This is nothing new when it comes to “karate kids” but it’s still nice to see, especially because it’s a demon girl.
Now we come back to P.A…HOO BOY! From talking about hair to a seemingly cruel ancestral history and then a look at the vast differences of our heroines’ family lives…DANG President Angel and her family have it rough. The way she reprimanded/rebuked her father for wanting to try and balance his life as a struggling artist and being a father to his kids…the harshness was real. I’ve seen several artists in fictional media, especially painters, and how hard it is for some to find their groove. The VN Catch Canvas had that as a theme. Again I haven’t read the manga but I imagine life went downhill for P.A.’s family after her mother passed away…so while I get why she was so hard on dad I feel she went too far. The episode ended with Suu continuing her studies of the outside world.
Now about the theory I mentioned, so far the odd numbered episodes (1, 3, 5) have got decent to positive reviews whereas the even numbered ones (2, 4 and this one) not so much. Personally I found something to enjoy in all episodes. While I agree the chapters chosen for the even numbered episodes aren’t the best and the show would be enjoyed more if all the episodes were like the chapters adapted in the odd episodes I still think the ones in the even episodes serve a purpose. We’ll see if my theory is correct after episode 8.