What is the best thing to do after you got your butt handed to Fate? Go to the hot springs to relax and try again later. However, unexpected things happened that turn the whole situation rather sour for Nanoha and Yuuno.
Although Nanoha didn’t go overboard on the fanservice shots like the notorious finale episode of Nogizaka Haruka Purezza where some girl decides to grope Haruka’s and Mika’s breasts like there is no tomorrow, I am happy to say that they didn’t do that. However, there were some fanservice shots like Arisa groping Miyuki’s breasts shown above.
The episode basically had the girls bathing in the hot springs. Yuuno is brought to the girls bathing room because of his unknown gender. This event probably scared him for life… or maybe not.
After bathing, the girls consider playing a game of Ping Pong. I laughed a little since Mayoi Neko Overrun had one out of nowhere. It doesn’t happen since the girls bumped into a young woman that had cute little fangs.
Well, if you don’t know who she is, there is one hint. She has a similar look to the dog/fox that Fate was petting. Her name is Aruf, which is a “familiar” to Fate. You can tell since she knows about Nanoha and the ferret. Of course, she doesn’t escape the fanservice trend with bouncing boobs and her rather skimpy outfit she wears.
If you haven’t got enough of Fate kicking Nanoha’s butt, there is more. Fate easily captures her second Jewel Seed that was just sitting there. Nanoha comes and gambles one of hers to try and defeat Fate. Nanoha nearly defeats her with her “Divine Buster” spell, but she let up. This allowed Fate to make her attack that nearly hits her. In the end, Nanoha’s Raging Heart surrenders one of the Jewel Seeds. Fate takes it and walks away.
Honestly, the second defeat Nanoha suffers was pretty sad. Even though Nanoha was pretty good at using her powers, she doesn’t want to finish her opponent off. Nanoha may have ethics, but if she continues to do this, she won’t be able to win. Nanoha needs get her mojo back and not be afraid to defeat Fate. If she doesn’t, Fate will get ahead of her and Nanoha won’t be able to catch up…
Besides Fate kicking Nanoha’s butt for the second time, the episode was a mixed bag. It was enjoyable for sure, but the ecchi was unnecessary. This is one of the reasons the weakest episode in the whole series besides losing a Jewel Seed. Don’t worry too much since it can only get better from here.