THIS IS AN ANIME ONLY DISCUSSION POST. DO NOT DISCUSS THE MANGA BEYOND THIS EPISODE.
Ritz's dream was pretty nice. Penguin Emperor was such a great man! Looks like he's actually from a parallel world and met little Ritz. The current world is seems to be his second Penguin Empire.
Battle segment was average at best. Daimidaler took the lead but Ritz made a comeback right after.
Kyoko is unconciously generating Hi-ERO patricles with Kouchi's image on her head?! O.o
Strangely touching episode. An emperor who both sacrifices to help another and who will defend his subjects right to keep their ero magazine, as I thought Penguin Emperor is the good guy of the series.
And ironically, compared to the human defenders, they actually do worry about property damage, third episode where they have made that clear. So I definitely think the Emperor is going to lead humanity into a golden era of ero righteousness.
What makes this show so great are, what in any other show be cliched lines, made good here by the delivery: "I am not into lolitas, so I never looked at her face." "I don't know, but he announced so grandly you know it is big" are said with such seriousness and like it actually explains something that it becomes funny in context.
Nice back story on Ritz, an old character wakes up with new ero powers, and I still have the feeling that Souma is going to get NTRed at the end. But surely a writer wouldn't be that mean (I say with fingers crossed).
This episode confirmed it for me ... the Penguin Empire are the good guys in this show. Even if Kouichi returns, the fact that the Penguins have regularly gotten the best lines, most screen time, and hottest girl (Ritz) means they're the real focus of the show. Good thing, too, because the new protagonists SUCK. SO. HARD! Gods I hope they die, and die for real, not like Kouichi.
On to the next episode, I hope Kouichi will rise from the dead to save this show from the black hole of suck that the 2nd protagonists are inflicting upon this series. It really could've been a Top 5 candidate, then the second pair. I'm still holding out hope for an unbelievably awesome ending that'll at least knock it back up to a 9 or 10 ... right now the only thing keeping at an 8 for me is the Penguins.