Things have certainly heated up in this episode, but we could see the results coming a mile away. Tama-chan was bound to lose to someone in the series and what better person than Rin. With the parallelism of Tama-chan vs Rin and Braver vs Shinaida we could see the build up to this point and it was certain that Rin would win. However I do think that the ascension stance made Tama-chan lose focus and cost her that first point so in essence, it was partly Tama-chan’s fault. We saw this happen earlier in the series and I still wonder why that particular stance reminds Tama-chan of her mother. Perhaps we’ll find out in the next episode.
Despite Miyako having improved quite a bit since her and Carrie last fought, she is still no match for her. Here I was actually thinking Miyako could at least score one point off Carrie, but if anything, Carrie proved she is just as stronger, or possibly stronger when she is using one shinai. At this rate, I really do think we’ll never see Miyako win at least one match before the end of the series. Kenzaburo probably had a good idea that Muroe High was going to compete against some tough competitors hence his warning to Toraji. It’s a shame that Muroe couldn’t go face off with Machido High, but that’s just the way it is.
I found it a little strange how we’re shown Toyama and Iwasa in fight and what the significance is. We’re already reaching near the end of the series so I’m guessing the next few episodes will be the girls recovering from the loss and picking up their spirits again. Oh and Kirino is the best, those keychain dolls she made are so cute and each have their own role. Still, lol to Super-Dan and Super-Yuuji.