While not as action-packed as the previous several episodes, this episode had a more gradual rising tension: watching the Council and the Club ready themselves, Ukan's allusion to larger schemes, the group chanting for the gathered students. Something big is about to go down.
This episode also had a couple nice visual allusions as well.
Nil Admirari wrote:Also, I believe we had caught a reference to the red oni and blue oni in the past, and now we've visibly seen the two in front of the school.
Indeed, there were two statues standing with the banner at the school's entrance, both holding a club like Beni's. Moreover, during Ukan's little speech to Tenchi, she references a legend that is the basis for the competition. The image shows an ogre terrorizing people, and then decapitated by a young man accompanied by a dog, a monkey, and a pheasant. I wonder what she could be referencing. What might we encounter in the next few days?
Too bad Tenchi's getting dragged along as a prize. However, I have a theory.