Even the enemy needs onsen time in this show.
Episode three was centered mostly on developing the rising action of the story. Despite this, the service level remains fairly decent.
The very opening of the episode flirts with yet another outdoor bath scene, only to skip past it. It’s okay though, we get some censored combat nudity later as well as as a series of brief assorted bathing scenes for our new cast of baddies.
This episode introduces several core ideas for the series. The homunculus invaders can essentially body snatch the good guys, making these characters stronger than before while retaining their memories and personalities. These turned characters are completely dedicated to their new agenda without any hint of brainwashing or control.
The good news is that in this seemingly all-female universe, these converted villains need to bathe too. It’s an easy excuse to double down on the fanservice.
I still haven’t seen any clear evidence of censorship fails, but I continue to think it is probably legit since the amount of censorship and potential nudity in this series is staggering, and SILVER LINK is generally not known for trolling, especially not on this kind of scale.
Not only is there a ton of stuff to censor, but there are a lot of cues that this is meant to be a fanservice series. Many of the girls wear sexy outfits all the time that show plenty of cleavage, there’s a bit of a booby bounce here and there, and there is occasionally pointless nudity outside of the bathing scenes. Any time you see a girls clothes explode in the middle of a battle with censorship to hide the good parts (as was the case in this episode), almost 100% of the time you can assume lecherous intentions.
But who knows, maybe this really is just an epic trolling. I think it’s unlikely, but it’s certainly possible. It will be fun to find out.