Happy at the Equator Festival! (赤道祭でハッピー！ Romaji: "Sekidōsai de Happī!") is the tenth episode of Hai-Furi.
Episode Summary Edit
As the Harekaze underwent repairs and resupplying, Maron came running to the bridge, dressed in a happi. She informed everyone that the Harekaze had crossed the equator; thus, the need for an Equator Festival. Yet, not one crew member, save for Maron and Kuroki, knew about the tradition.
Taking advantage of their time waiting for the ship to be repaired and resupplied, Akeno agreed to hold an Equator Festival. Some crew members thought it was a made-up event, but Kuroki explained that the festival's roots could be traced back as early as the age of exploration. Whenever a ship with sails would cross an area of calm near the equator, the crew would pray for safe voyage. At times, they would engage in merrymaking.
The festival would be held two days from now, but already most of the class began showing little interest. Maron volunteered to oversee the preparations and told the departments to think of a skit they could do on the day of the event.
Back at Blue Mermaids headquarters, Mashimo and her fellow Blue Mermaids began their own preparations for a major operation called Operation: Perseus. Inspired by the Harekaze's success on the Graf Spee, they intend to replicate that success on the Musashi and the destroyers Suzukaze (designation number Y-513), Amatsukaze (designation number Y-459), Isokaze (designation number Y-460), and Tokitsukaze (designation number Y-461). At this point, these are the only remaining ships still infected by the disease.
The Musashi was last seen sailing south of Ulithi, between Yap Island and Ngulu Atoll, heading west for the Philippines. The Blue Mermaids requested cooperation from student ships, to which Principal Munetani reluctantly agreed.
Light Maron's Fire Edit
Hours before the event, Maron went around the ship to check on the preparations of each department. However, she was shocked to know that none of them were doing anything of the sort. Instead, they were engaged in activities of their own.
Maron checked on her own department, to which her classmates got to work just to appease her. Instead, she saw through their charade and stormed back to the engine room. Kuroki ran to the bridge and asked the captain for help regarding Maron, a friend since middle school, much to her embarrassment.
Hime's secret project, which turned out to be a palanquin (a favorite of Maron), turned out to be the key to get Maron all fired up again. Kuroki led Maron outside to see the spirit of the crew getting into things.
The Festival Edit
Soon, the festival kicked off with Akeno receiving the key from Neptune (Greek equivalent is Poseidon), god of the sea. After which, shrine maidens Rin and Tsugumi (whose family works at the Suwa Shrine) blessed the crew to ward off evil spirits. Mashiro asked to be blessed a lot because of her misfortune.
That night, the departments showed their skits in the classroom. Artillery kicked off the event with sound imitations of naval guns. Navigation came up next with a rap, asking the audience about the "wrong course" they took in their lives. Mei and Tama came next with a comedic skit. Finally, the bridge crew performed a gangster movie-inspired one-act drama entitled "The Moral Code of Harekaze."
During the bridge's performance, Maron thanked Kuroki for looking for her when the former was moping. Maron thought she had lost a good friend, as Kuroki had been stuck on Mashiro since coming aboard. As thanks, Maron came up with one more program: a sumo match, which Kuroki was good at.
Minami, who hadn't done anything during the festival, asked to sing the chorus of "I am a Child of the Sea" together. Asked when she used to sing it to her kids, Minami revealed that she's only twelve years old, much to everyone's surprise.
I am a child of the sea, of the white waves. In a pine grove, along the seashore with the sound of the waves. A thin trail of smoke rising, drifting in the air. That's the dear old home of mine, where I always belong.The next day, Akeno looked at the sea, wearing the same disturbed face she had three days ago.
- This is the only episode in the series that doesn't use the word "pinch," signifying its role as a breather episode by replacing it with the word "happy."
- The line-crossing ceremony's origins can be traced back around 500 years ago, when French merchant ships regularly crossed the Equator to follow their trade routes. The ceremony served two roles: first, to give thanks for safely crossing the line; and second, to initiate sailors who haven't done so before.
- The Musashi heading for Philippine waters gave some sort of eerie foreboding. During the Battle of Leyte Gulf, Musashi and the rest of the Imperial Japanese Navy's Center Force were attacked by carrier aircraft from the U.S. Third Fleet en route to stop the landings at Leyte. Musashi was hammered to submission and sank to the bottom of the Sibuyan Sea, off the island province of Romblon. In March 2015, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and his team found the wreck.
- Perseus is a Greek hero known for beheading the famed Gorgon Medusa and slaying the sea monster Cetus. It can be implied that Operation: Perseus plans to "slay" the beast known as the Musashi.