Both Asuta and Renge end up on a trip to a hot spring, each sent by their respective organizations. What a surprise!
Yes folks, the dreaded hot springs episode is here, and it’s as skeezy and uncomfortable as you expected a hot spring episode in a show about a prepubescent girl would be. How the creators of this show were looking at the storyboards and thought to themselves, “yes, this is a good idea, let’s run with this,” is completely beyond my comprehension. I’ve heard from a few people that Zvezda isn’t trying to sexualize Kate and that it’s just my bias is preventing me from understanding the nuances of the show and its usage of Kate as a character. Thankfully, this episode proved you’re all fucking liars. Please tell me with a straight face that this isn’t questionable at all, and I will laugh, then spit in your face.
The rest of the episode was basically devoted to Renge discovering the Asuta’s identity as a member of Zvezda as well as White Egret’s true identity as her own upperclassmen. There are some trivial fights as well, I didn’t really get what was going on. Apparently Zvezda has tons of random mooks ready to call upon at a moment’s notice? Despite the fact that this was never alluded to? Hell, how about the fact that both White Light and Zvezda sent their subordinates on a freaking hot springs vacation in the first place? Yes yes, it’s anime, of course it has a hot springs episode. Or wait, does it really have to? This episode accomplished literally nothing. Whatever, inconsistency has been the name of the game for Zvezda ever since it started airing.
Alas, everything is returned to the status quo, Asuta is conveniently knocked out, making him think it was all a dream, and of course Renge refuses to elaborate on any of the things she learned. As is the norm with many anime, any chance of character development or narrative momentum is brought to a screeching halt as we return to literally the exact same point we started. Still, with West Udogawa apparently in flames at the end of this episode, apparently something is going on.