The 2nd episode of Upotte!! introduces three new guns to the mix as high school and middle schools do battle. Three of the middle school guns are forced into remedial classes after failing at long-distance shooting. They play capture the flag to measure their skills against higher caliber opponents. Actually that pun is much better than the puns in this episode.
The big theme in this episode is the bullets themselves. They allow the SG550 to be more accurate over longer distances, so she finishes 3rd in the class overall and doesn’t have to take remedial classes. It also allows the high school girls, with higher caliber weapons to outdo the middle school guns and ultimately win the challenge at the end because simple physics mean their bullets aren’t as susceptible to the elements. But enough about the plot, where does this episode go wrong?
I think as far as dramatic tension, it’s completely absent as the high school and middle school guns go against each other. The high school guns are always going to beat the middle school guns, so where’s the entertainment come from. They go for sister like relationships. The sniper guns engage in a duel. The Belgian guns are sisters, as are the two American guns.
The latter two pairings provide the character development badly. The American’s older sister’s quirk is the fact she speaks in puns, which wears on anyone quickly. Even the younger one’s Osaka-ben is endearing by comparison. The Belgians are even worse. The difference in strength is ridiculous so FNC can only be endearing by giving a ton of effort in defeat. It wasn’t enough for me.
As for the L85, she failed utterly and didn’t do much. A pure fan-service character in a pandering show. I don’t know what lowly tier of character that makes her.
Next week, it looks like it’s about how to clean an assault rifle. Why does it seem like they’ve run out of material already?