Anime Blu-ray Review: Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3 Complete Collection

Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3 Complete Collection is a two-disc set with all 13 of the episodes. The release only has Japanese audio with English subtitles.

Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3 Complete Collection
English Publisher: Sentai Filmworks
Format: Blu-ray
Release Date: November 11, 2014

The main character of the series is a girl named Yura Yamato. She’s a freshman at Stella Women’s Academy and is a recent transfer student to the school. She’s a rather timid girl who has a hard time making friends, but she has a vivid imagination.

After being shown to her dorm room, which she shares with a third year who is currently away, Yura discovers her new roommate has guns and other military things stored in the room. It turns out her roommate is part of the C3-Bu, a club at the school that plays “survival games” with air guns.

Unfortunately, the club has been having problems recruiting new members, so the membership is dwindling and is putting the club’s future in jeopardy. When Rento, one of the club members, goes to Yura’s dorm room to get one the roommate’s guns for a survival game, she finds Yura watching a Rambo-like video, and pretending to shoot one of the guns in the room. Rento thinks that Yura is into survival games and takes her to the club room to meet the others. Yura is interested in the club at first because of a misunderstanding, but after the club is explained to her, she leaves.

Later, Rento sees Yura and pleads with her to try to participate in one of their survival games. Yura relents because Rento seems almost desperate. Yura participates in one of the games and ends up joining the club. In addition to Rento and Yura, the other members of the club are Sonora, Honoka, Karila, and Yachiyo.

After learning the ropes of how to play the survival games, she still is a little unsure of herself. When she ends up surrendering at the end of a major tournament, Sonora takes Yura on a training expedition at a temple. While at the temple, Yura’s imagination manifests itself, and she meets a man in a fox mask named Chojiro. After this encounter, Yura begins to gain a little more confidence in herself.

When Sonora is injured and is unable to participate in the upcoming 24-hour tournament, Yura takes it on herself to learn some strategies. She ends up leading the club for the tournament and works them hard on the strategies. Unfortunately, Yura goes way overboard and becomes more concerned about winning than in having fun.

The remainder of the series focuses on Yura and how her beliefs regarding the survival games change.

After watching the first episode of the series, I found myself enjoying what I saw and being engaged in what I was seeing. However, when things started changing with Yura around episode seven, I started getting a little worried. I admit that I started getting really frustrated with Yura by episode nine because I found her behavior to be rather annoying at that point, and I kept hoping to see her character get some kind of redemption. Fortunately, I was able to finally get that redemption with episode 12. While Yura’s changes as a character are the most evident in the series, it also becomes clear by the end of episode 11 that Sonora has undergone some changes as well.

When the series originally aired as a simulcast, I was a free user of Crunchyroll at that point in time… which meant that I was already have a one-week delay with the episodes. At that time, the final episode (Episode 13) had a two-week delay, and I was never able to get to it because I had become too engrossed with the Fall 2013 simulcast season. I remember reading comments at the time that Episode 13 felt more like an OVA. Now that I’ve finally seen Episode 13 on this set, I can say that I agree with that sentiment. In the end, it didn’t truly add anything, and felt more like it was tacked on after Episode 12 had given the series a good ending point. My husband described Episode 13 as “being the beach episode, but there’s no beach.” Yeah, I think that sounds about right. In the end, it seems I didn’t miss anything when I didn’t see Episode 13 back when Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3 was being simulcast on Crunchyroll.

The Blu-ray video for this set has 1080p High Definition / 16×9, while the audio is Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0. I had no complaints about either the video or audio quality of this release.

For whatever reason, Sentai Filmworks decided to put the first nine episodes and the bonus features on the first Blu-ray Disc, and only included the final four episodes on the second Blu-ray Disc. Sentai seems to do this a lot of with their Blu-ray releases, and it has never made any sense. When it comes to the bonus features, all that’s included here are a textless opening, a textless closing, and trailers for other Sentai Filmworks releases.

If you’re already familiar with Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3 and want to add it to your anime home video library, then this release is worth picking up.

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Anime Spotlight: Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3

Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3, which is known as Stella Jo-Gakuin C3-Bu in Japan, is based on a manga series written by Ikoma and illustrated by Tomomoka Midori. The anime is produced by Gainax and is directed by Masayoshi Hawajiri. The series aired on Japanese television from July 4-September 26, 2013.

The main character of the series is a girl named Yura Yamato. She’s a freshman at Stella Women’s Academy and is a recent transfer student to the school. She’s a rather timid girl who has a hard time making friends, but she has a vivid imagination.

After being shown to her dorm room, which she shares with a third year who is currently away, Yura discovers her new roommate has guns and other military things stored in the room. It turns out her roommate is part of the C3-Bu, a club at the school that plays “survival games” with air guns.

Unfortunately, the club has been having problems recruiting new members, so the membership is dwindling; this is putting the club’s future in jeopardy. When Rento, one of the club members, goes to Yura’s dorm room to get one the roommate’s guns for a survival game, she finds Yura watching a Rambo-like video, and pretending to shoot one of the guns in the room. Rento thinks that Yura is into survival games and takes her to the club room to meet the others. Yura is interested in the club at first because of a misunderstanding, but after the club is explained to her, she leaves.

Later, Rento sees Yura and pleads with her to try to participate in one of their survival games. Yura relents because Rento seems almost desperate. Yura participates in one of the games and ends up joining the club. In addition to Rento and Yura, the other members of the club are Sonora, Honoka, Karila, and Yachiyo.

After learning the ropes of how to play the survival games, Yura is still a little unsure of herself. When she ends up surrendering at the end of a major tournament, Sonora takes Yura on a training expedition at a temple. While at the temple, Yura’s imagination manifests itself, and she meets a man in a fox mask named Chojiro. After this encounter, Yura begins to gain a little more confidence in herself.

After Sonora is injured and is unable to participate in the upcoming 24-hour tournament, Yura takes it on herself to learn some strategies. She ends up leading the club for the tournament and works them hard on the strategies. Unfortunately, Yura goes way overboard and becomes more concerned about winning than in having fun.

The remainder of the series focuses on Yura and how her beliefs about the survival games change.

After watching the first episode of the series, I found myself enjoying what I saw and being engaged in what I was seeing. When I read the description for this series, I wasn’t sure I would enjoy it since I’m not a fan of guns. However, as I watched the episode, I saw that the series has a light-hearted tone to it, and that while the guns are an important part of the story, they aren’t the main focus. Instead, the focus of the story ultimately ended up being on Yura and the changes she undergoes after joining the C3-Bu Club.

However, when things started changing with Yura around episode seven, I started getting a little worried about whether I would continue enjoying the series. I will admit that I started getting really frustrated with Yura by episode nine because I found her behavior to be rather annoying at that point, and I kept hoping to see her character get some redemption. Fortunately, I was able to finally get that redemption with episode 12. While Yura’s changes as a character are the most evident in the series, it also becomes clear by the end of episode 11 that Sonora has undergone some changes.

Supposedly, this series has 13 episodes. However, when I went to watch episode 13, I discovered that it would be almost another two weeks before it would become available to free users at Crunchyroll. Scrolling through the comments, I noticed several people say episode 13 felt more like an OVA. At this point, I won’t be able to watch “episode 13” when it finally becomes available because I’ll be too engrossed in the Fall 2013 season to be able to go back and watch it. Because of this, I can’t comment on any of the content in that story.

Overall, I found Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3 to be a decent series, even if I did get frustrated with Yura during three or four episodes of it.

If you enjoy watching anime with girls playing survival games that also focuses on character development, then you might enjoy watching Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3.

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Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3: Episode 12 – “Go Out With Guns Blazing”

Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3 is an anime series set at Stella Women’s Academy, and focuses on a new student named Yura Yamato. Yura is a new freshman at the school, and she’s a timid girl with a rather vivid imagination. Yura ends up joining the C3-Bu Club, which is a club at the school that plays “survival games” with air guns.

Episode 12 begins with a slight recap of the end of episode 11, when Yura arrives at the farewell survival game for Sonora. Sonora declares that this is a one-on-one battle between herself and Yura, and the match begins. There are several close calls for both girls getting hit, but they manage to keep going. The other members of the club watch them. When Yura runs out of ammo, Rento decides to go out to take her more ammo and to serve as backup. As the game continues, Karila goes out and teams up with Sonora, while Honoka and Yachiyo go out and be a team of their own. The one-on-one match evolves into a three team battle.

When it’s getting to be twilight outside, Sonora tries to declare that the final game is over. Yura objects, saying it’s not over, because there’s no such thing as a final game. The other girls in the club joined her out on that field because Sonora enjoys survival games with all of her might. She argues that they still have ammo, so they need to continue the game and enjoy it to the fullest.

As Yura is speaking, her imagination suddenly kicks in. It’s now broad daylight at the campus of Stella Women’s Academy, and all of the students are geared up and ready to participate in a survival game. The girls continue their game in this imaginative world.

I’m very pleased to say that the old Yura, who enjoyed playing survival games for fun, is now back. Not only did she not worry about winning or losing, but she was laughing and having a great time with the C3 club. Not only was it nice to see these friendships repaired, it was also nice to see Yura’s imagination in full bloom again. It seems that once Yura remembered that the survival games were simply about having fun, this truly unlocked her vivid imagination that she had kept suppressed during her phase of only caring about winning the games. This is definitely the redemption that I’ve been hoping for in regards to Yura for the past few episodes.

However, I’m actually rather puzzled about the fact that there’s still one more episode left of the series. The way episode 12 ended, it made for a perfect ending for the series, and made for an excellent place to potentially open the door for another season if Gainax were to decide to produce one. What’s really left to tell with only one episode remaining?

I’m definitely going to be watching the final episode of Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3 to see how the series actually concludes. I hope I don’t end up being disappointed by the ending.

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Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3: Episode 11 – “I Have Already Lost the Ability to Continue Fighting”

Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3 is an anime series set at Stella Women’s Academy, and focuses on a new student named Yura Yamato. Yura is a new freshman at the school, and she’s a timid girl with a rather vivid imagination. Yura ends up joining the C3-Bu Club, which is a club at the school that plays “survival games” with air guns.

At the beginning of episode 11, Sonora informs the other members of the club that she will be leaving at the end of the month to go study in America Instead of throwing a farewell party, they decide to have a survival game; for the survival game, the others have to beat Sonora in order to win. As the others practice with Karila trying to stand in for Sonora, they realize it isn’t working. Karila comes to the realization that Yura would know what was wrong in a heartbeat.

Rento takes it upon herself to try to find Yura. Rento tracks her down to an arcade, where Yura is playing a first-person shooter game. The two have a discussion, and Yura says that all she did was cause trouble for the club and that there’s no place for her. Rento tells her to stop, and that maybe running away was OK with Yura, but she should have given some more consideration to the others. Unfortunately, this confrontation causes Yura to become scared of the group and to run off whenever she sees them. However, everyone except Sonora decides they need to do what they can to get Yura to rejoin the club. Later, they revisit this idea and realize that by doing this, they would come across as being more concerned about their own egos than they are about Yura, so this plan is scrapped.

Meanwhile, Sonora has flashbacks of Yura as she begins packing. She’s interrupted by a knock on the door, and Sonora thinks Yura has come back; however, she’s surprised to see Rin instead. This is a really good scene between Sonora and Rin, and it allows you to get some insight into both of their characters and why they’ve been acting the way they have in recent episodes.

The day of the farewell survival game arrives. The others have contacted Yura to let her know the time and location, but she has yet to appear. Sonora declares that the game is on without Yura.

Meanwhile, Yura is sitting in a park, lamenting over the fact she couldn’t change anything. Suddenly, she sees a mother and child walk by, and as they do, she sees the faces of a couple of club members instead of their actual faces. Yura’s imagination continues to swirl as she sees everyone and everything around her looking like the club members. Yura eventually finds herself at the temple where she trained with Sonora in a previous episode.

At the temple, she talks with Chojiro, the person she conversed with in her imagination when she first trained at the temple. Yura keeps whining at Chojiro that she has nowhere to go, because no matter what she does, no one will acknowledge her. After some arguing, Chojiro convinces Yura that she has to acknowledge herself because others can acknowledge her. After the conversation, Yura finds a gun at the temple.

Right at the end of the episode, Sonora has defeated the other club members. Just as she’s about to declare that she’s the winner, Yura arrives, ready for battle.

Yes! I’m finally glad that Yura’s imagination is finally being utilized in the series. I’m thinking that I may have been right when I mentioned that Yura was ignoring this part of herself when she was so determined to win the games being acknowledged. Also, by the end of this episode, I honestly came to believe that redemption I’ve been wanting for Yura is just around the corner. With the ending scene, we will obviously be seeing Yura and Sonora against each other in the farewell survival game. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this turns out.

I also can’t believe that we’re getting so close to the end of the series. Looking back at this point, I realize that a lot really has happened, most obviously in regards to Yura. However, after Sonora and Rin’s conversation in this episode, I realize that Sonora has also undergone some change as well. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this series will end up concluding.

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Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3: Episode 10 – “All Comrades in Arms Will One Day Disappear”

Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3 is an anime series set at Stella Women’s Academy, and focuses on a new student named Yura Yamato. Yura is a new freshman at the school, and she’s a timid girl with a rather vivid imagination. Yura ends up joining the C3-Bu Club, which is a club at the school that plays “survival games” with air guns.

At the beginning of episode 10, Yura officially joins the team at Meisei Women’s Academy. During her first battle with Meisei, Yura is part of a two-man cell with Rin. Karila’s brother, Aila’s, team is at the match, and notices that Yura is with the Meisei team. He sends a picture to Karila, who shares it with the rest of Stella’s team.

While Meisei wins the game, Yura didn’t follow the strategy that Rin had told the team to use. For their next battle, Rin assigns Yura to be the medic, because she is keeping their previous battle in mind. Yura is rather upset to be the medic, since the person in that role can only battle during the final five minutes. There were times when Yura would be so busy seething about how unfair this was that she would tune out her teammates calling out for the medic.

At the end of the match, it turns out the other team won. All of the team members except for Yura shake hands with the winning team; instead, she just pouts and clenches her hand at her side. When I saw that, I felt that Yura needed someone to put a boot up her butt for showing such poor sportsmanship.

Yura later confronts Rin about why she was the medic, and all Rin will tell her is that she kept their previous battle in mind. Yura says that if things had gone differently right at the end of the match, that they could have won, and then Yura asks what she did wrong and what else she could have done. Rin tells Yura that she shouldn’t think that Rin will give her all of the answers, and it’s something that Yura has to think about for herself. After Rin walks away, Yura simply interprets what Rin meant was that Yura still isn’t good enough, and that she needs to train harder. Unfortunately, Yura simply can’t see beyond her old self-centeredness. At this point, I honestly felt that someone needed to tell Yura that, “There is no ‘I’ in team.”

Later, Rento goes to Meisei to talk with Yura, and even tells her that she’s welcome to come back to Stella’s team. Yura rebuffs Rento, and says that she doesn’t need Stella’s team anymore; in fact, Yura believes that Meisei recognizes her true value.

At the next match for Meisei, Rin assigns Yura to be the medic again. She doesn’t like it, but vows that she will win, even as a medic. When the last five minutes hit, Yura goes out to get as many opponents as possible. When one of her Meisei teammates falls and injures her ankle, Yura does nothing to help; she just returns to the match, acting as if nothing is wrong.

After the battle, Rin finally tells Yura point-blank that she’s acting selfish and self-centered, and that there’s no place on Meisei’s team for Yura. Yura leaves, looking dejected. At this point, I was like, “Thank you, Rin, for FINALLY spelling it out for her!”

There’s a scene right after this where Yura is on a train, heading home with the sun setting. This scene made me think of the scenes of Shinji in Neon Genesis Evangelion, where he was riding on a train at sunset and thinking over what’s happened. At the end of this scene, Yura concludes that she can’t go back to Stella’s team.

After seeing this episode, my faith in this series is starting to become restored. I really do hope we will finally see the redemption of Yura that I’ve been wanting to see for the past couple of episodes. As a character, I really hope that Yura can find a good middle ground for her personality. While it’s good she became more assertive, she just needs to work at dialing back her assertiveness a little.

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Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3: Episode 9 – “Thus, the Party Ends”

Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3 is an anime series set at Stella Women’s Academy, and focuses on a new student named Yura Yamato. Yura is a new freshman at the school, and she’s a timid girl with a rather vivid imagination. Yura ends up joining the C3-Bu Club, which is a club at the school that plays “survival games” with air guns.

At the beginning of episode nine, Yura is seen calling the administration of the 24-hour tournament and admit to cheating during the final game with Meisei Women’s Academy. Shortly after getting off the phone, Sonora returns back to the dorm room from the hospital. Sonora starts asking questions about the tournament, and Yura tries to act as if nothing is wrong.

Later, Yura goes to the club room and admits to her teammates that she cheated; the others are in disbelief at first. When Yura insists that she cheated, the club wonders if their win will be revoked. Yura also admits to calling the administration of the 24-hour tournament, and that they will be talking with Meisei before getting back to her. The other members aren’t happy with Yura for doing something so important as contacting the tournament administration without talking to them first.

When Yura hears back from the tournament administration, she is told that Meisei claims that the cheating didn’t happen and that their club’s win won’t be revoked. Yura then says she wants to have a rematch with Meisei, but Honoka says that wouldn’t be a good idea right now. From here, Honoka goes on a bit of a tirade about Yura’s behavior and attitude during the 24-hour tournament; she concludes by saying it felt strained, it wasn’t fun, and that the club wants to enjoy the game like it always has.

I have to say that I was glad to see the “tough love” that Yura was receiving from the rest of the club during this scene. I thought she really needed to hear about how selfish and annoying she’s been acting.

After this, Yura goes to Meisei Women’s Academy to talk to Rin and ask about why she didn’t tell anyone about Yura’s cheating. Rin says she thought that’s what Yura wanted; she adds that Yura is driven to win, no matter what the cost, and that Rin likes that. Rin ends the discussion by telling Yura she needs to do some deep soul searching. After this, Yura starts to become more distant from the club.

The next day, after seeing a report on TV about the serial sniper being caught with the help of Rin, she asks Sonora to meet her at the temple they practiced at so they can talk. During this scene, we get some more backstory for Rin; I appreciated that, because it did help me better understand Rin as a character. Right at the end of the episode, Yura makes a declaration that could really change the course for the remainder of the series.

First, I will say that I was happy to see Yura’s confession to cheating happen early on in this episode. I admit that at the end of the episode eight, I was afraid they’d drag that out for a while. However, I was hoping to see Yura start to do things to redeem herself for how she’s been acting for the past few episodes. While Yura did admit to the cheating, it felt more like she was trying to make herself feel less guilty than truly being sorry for what she did. And realizing she cheated ended up not doing much of anything to make Yura realize she’s become too obsessed with winning instead of trying to have fun.

Of course, I think Sonora does need to shoulder some of the blame for what has led up to this point. I commented in a writeup for an earlier episode that when Yura started heading in this direction, Sonora would look concerned but didn’t really address her concerns with Yura. Perhaps if Sonora had taken Yura aside and explained her concerns when Sonora first noticed this attitude shift, there’s a chance that maybe Yura wouldn’t have gotten as out of hand as she did.

Another thing I’ve noticed in the episodes since Yura become obsessed with winning is the fact that the aspect about her vivid imagination seems to have all but disappeared. Perhaps this is supposed to be symbolic: since Yura is so focused on winning the survival games that she isn’t paying attention to her imagination.

There’s only a few episodes left of the series, so I’m really hoping that Yura will get through whatever confusion she may be going through right now and be redeemed as a character before the series ends. As it is right now, Yura has started to become an annoying character.

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Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3: Episode 8 – “Should a Commander Be Hard of Heart?”

Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3 is an anime series set at Stella Women’s Academy, and focuses on a new student named Yura Yamato. Yura is a new freshman at the school, and she’s a timid girl with a rather vivid imagination. Yura ends up joining the C3-Bu Club, which is a club at the school that plays “survival games” with air guns.

Episode eight focuses exclusively on the 24-hour survival tournament. The first flag drop takes place, and immediately the Stella Women’s Academy team is up against the team that includes Karila’s brother. After a short battle using one of Yura’s formations, the Stella team advances to the second round. The next few rounds are shown as part of montage sequence, and the Stella team continues to advance.

The Stella team watches footage of them that’s being accompanied by a voice-over proclaiming their team to be one to watch. However, as they’re watching, Yura spends time criticizing everything she sees wrong in their formation and tactics in the footage. Instead of being happy and grateful to the other club members for how they’re progressing, Yura is criticizing rather heavily; it’s also very obvious that Yura is more focused on winning than on anything else. This isn’t sitting well with Yachiyo.

After another brief montage, it’s down to the final round of the tournament, which pits Meisei Academy against Stella Women’s Academy. This is the climactic part of the episode, and it’s interesting to watch what happens during it. Although something takes place near the end of the round that makes me think there could be repercussions in the next episode.

I have to say that during this series, Yura has gone through quite a change as a character. She starts out as the very shy and quiet type, and then progresses to having more self-confidence. Unfortunately, she doesn’t stop there, and ends up becoming so focused and obsessed on winning that she’s almost overbearing and abrasive. There’s a scene where the other club members talk about Yura while she’s gone, and there’s obviously some cracks of division starting to form between Yura and some of the other members.

I was actually surprised to see the 24-hour tournament resolved in one episode. I believe there’s four episodes left, and I’m thinking these will be used to cover any fallout from the events that took place during the 24-hour tournament. I’m also hoping there will be some kind of redemption for Yura in these last few episodes and that she sees how overboard she has been about the survival games recently. And it should also be noted that Yura’s overactive imagination was never utilized at any point during this episode; this makes me wonder if this could be an important detail or not.

I’ll definitely be watching the next episode of Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3 in order to find out what direction the series goes in next.

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Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3: Episode 7 – “An Assassin’s Bullet Cannot Kill a Kindred Spirit”

Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3 is an anime series set at Stella Women’s Academy, and focuses on a new student named Yura Yamato. Yura is a new freshman at the school, and she’s a timid girl with a rather vivid imagination. Yura ends up joining the C3-Bu Club, which is a club at the school that plays “survival games” with air guns.

Episode seven begins with Sonora and Yura talking about illegally modded guns, which are guns that use high-pressure gas to make them more powerful. Apparently, someone was making these guns and selling them; while the seller was arrested, they managed to sell one of the guns to an unknown party.

Just then, Sonora is suddenly shot at, and the shot causes her to drop the pop can she had been holding. After finding somewhere to hide, Sonora points out that the BB pierced a steel can, which means it was fired for an illegally modded gun. Yura gets the bright idea to try to stop the sniper; as she runs into the road, she is almost hit by a car. Sonora jumps into the way before Yura is hit, but Sonora is unconscious and goes to the hospital. As the ambulance takes Sonora away, Yura sees Sonora’s rival Rin walking away through a group of spectators.

The next day, the club visits Sonora in the hospital; they learn that she suffered a minor concussion and a sprained ankle. It’s going to take three weeks for the sprain to heal, so Sonora will not be able to participate in the upcoming 24-hour tournament. Most of the club members decide that they shouldn’t enter the tournament without Sonora, but Yura has other ideas.

After doing some studying, she enters the club into the tournament and comes up with various strategies to use. Yura puts the club through grueling training because she’s very focused on winning the tournament, but this annoys the others. The last bit of the episode sees the club arriving at the tournament and doing some final things before the competition actually begins.

After seeing this episode, I can see why the previous two episodes were so light-hearted. With how serious parts of episode seven are, a couple of light-hearted episodes were needed prior to this. This is basically the major “obstacle gets in the way” episode, which almost causes the protagonists to give up. This episode also has a major focus on Yura’s focus on winning instead of having fun, which started manifesting itself in an earlier episode in the series. With Sonora out of the picture for this tournament, there’s really no one around to check Yura’s focus in check. I suspect this will end up becoming a major point of contention between Yura and the rest of the club during the upcoming tournament.

Animation-wise, one thing that really stood out to me was the section of the episode where Yura is training the other club members. This was done as a montage, and the majority of the footage wasn’t animated; instead, they were line drawings that weren’t colored in. Since this is a Gainax production, it made me think too much of some of the shortcuts that were taken in the later episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion and His and Her Circumstances, two other Gainax productions that I have seen in their entirety. I’m hoping this was just a one-off thing and we won’t see this shortcut appear again in this series.

I also have to admit that I was a little surprised that the club actually made it to the tournament grounds before the end of episode seven. But with the way episode seven ended, I suspect that episode eight will launch the story right into the 24-hour tournament. And if the tournament starts in episode eight, will it last for the remaining five episodes of the series? I’m looking forward to watching episode eight to not only answer that question, but to see how the Yura and the others will do during the tournament.

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Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3: Episode 6 – “‘Operation: Soak’ Is Underway”

Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3 is an anime series set at Stella Women’s Academy, and focuses on a new student named Yura Yamato. Yura is a new freshman at the school, and she’s a timid girl with a rather vivid imagination. Yura ends up joining the C3-Bu Club, which is a club at the school that plays “survival games” with air guns.

Episode six sees the club’s budget dwindling down to the point that Honoka says they can’t spend any more money on snacks and tea so they can afford to go to a 24-hour tournament that’s coming up. When it’s asked if there’s enough to do both the cultural festival and the tournament, they are told no. Sonora comes up with the idea of using the money for the tournament as their budget for the cultural fair, and then using what the club makes at the cultural fair to pay for the tournament. The rest of the club agrees to this plan.

Unfortunately, the first couple of ideas they come up with for the festival end up backfiring, and they also use up the money that had been saved for the tournament. After looking around the club room and deciding to use what they have, they see there are costumes, tea sets, and guns. They end up putting together a cosplay shooting café.

The remainder of the episode focuses on what happens at the café during the cultural festival. This portion of the episode also introduces Karila’s brother, who is part of an opera group at another school that also participates in survival games.

With a series set at a high school, you basically have to anticipate a cultural festival episode showing up at some point, and it ended up showing up at the halfway point of the series. While the cultural festival episode of a series is sometimes strictly “filler” material, it’s actually relevant here. After finding out that Karila’s brother’s group is also planning to participate in the 24-hour tournament, this clued me in that this tournament is going to end up being a major plot point for the series. Since the club needs money in order to get to this event, this episode becomes important.

Episode six is another light-hearted episode, just like episode five was. However, it makes sense to have some light-hearted episodes here, since this is the halfway point of the series. I have a suspicion that after this, the focus will be on whatever tournaments are left. I don’t know if we’ll necessarily see the 24-hour tournament showing up immediately or if that will end up being the climax for the series.

Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3 is a series I have come to enjoy and anticipate watching week after week. At this point, I suspect I’m going to be seeing this series through to the end.

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Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3: Episode 5 – “A Remote Island Game Burns Hot”

Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3 is an anime series set at Stella Women’s Academy, and focuses on a new student named Yura Yamato. Yura is a new freshman at the school, and she’s a timid girl with a rather vivid imagination. Yura ends up joining the C3-Bu Club, which is a club at the school that plays “survival games” with air guns.

The fifth episode sees The C3-Bu Club participating a goodwill game with the Seto Family Team; the game is taking place on a remote island. The C3-Bu club arrives on a cruise ship, while the Seto Family Team arrives on a raft. After the two teams land on the island, they have their first game. During the fight, Yura flashes back to when she choked up in episode three, and declares that she won’t run away again. Over the course of the fight, Yura is so determined and serious about winning, that it’s not entirely clear if she’s truly having fun. There are hints throughout the episode that Sonora may be getting concerned about how Yura is approaching the survival games.

The next morning, the C3-Bu Club discovers their flag is gone. They find out that the Seto Family Team accidentally used both their flag and the C3-Bu Club flag as kindling to heat up the bath. Sonora devises a new flag with a large stick and the bikini tops of a couple of the members of the C3-Bu Club. With this new flag, the two groups participate in a center flag battle. In this kind of battle, both teams battle to claim the same flag within the allotted time. The team that brings it back to their territory wins. If the person holding the flag is hit, only that person is out of the game. The game resumes with the flag left in that location. The remainder of the episode focuses on this survival game and what happens afterward.

This was definitely a much more light-hearted episode than episode four was, and it was enjoyable to watch. Probably my one disappointment is the hints that Sonora is becoming concerned about Yura, but her concerns aren’t actually addressed anywhere in this episode. I really hope that Sonora’s concern will be addressed in the next episode, because I think this is something that would be a rather important plot point.

Another interesting thing to note is that Yura’s imagination was touched on a couple of times during this episode, but it only seemed to be terribly important during the center flag battle that takes place near the end of the episode. It will be interesting to see how important of a role Yura’s imagination ends up playing by the time the series concludes.

While there may not have been anything terribly “earth shattering” in episode five, it’s nice to have a light-hearted episode in an anime series every now and then. I’ll definitely be watching next week to see what happens in episode six.

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