Pinched by the Musashi! (武蔵でピンチ！ Romaji: "Musashi de Pinchi!") is the fifth episode of Hai-Furi.
Episode Summary Edit
A battle group of eight Akizuki-class destroyers from Toumai High School, led by the flagship Aotsuki (designation number H-115), sortied into open waters in search of the Musashi. After locating the said ship, the information was passed onto the Yokosuka Girls' Marine High School, while the battle group zeroed in on its location.
Decoding the Mystery Edit
The crew of the Harekaze took a well-deserved breather after being pitched in one mismatched battle after another. However, Tama was interrogated by Inspector Hiraga and her team regarding her sudden fit of rage last night. She claimed that, while she could remember doing such a thing, she didn't know why she did it.
Tama was released from confinement after the interrogation. Akeno and Mei encouraged her by promising to explain the incident together upon returning to school. After a visit to the sick bay, Tama was cleared for work. Minami then fed the rodent in her custody, only to notice her digital watch malfunctioning. This served to raise her suspicion.
Back at the mainland, Furushou recently regained consciousness and received a debriefing from the Blue Mermaids, particularly Mashimo. Like Tama, the instructor also remembered giving the order to fire at the Harekaze but had no idea why she did it.
Ludicrous Odds Edit
Meanwhile, the Toumai battle group zeroed in on the Musashi, which opened fire and hit the destroyer H-118's engine. Destroyer H-116 tried speaking to the Musashi via megaphone but took fire, as well. The destroyers returned fire with training torpedoes in hopes of disabling the Musashi, to no avail.
The Harekaze, meanwhile, was in the middle of holding a welcoming party for Wilhelmina when they got the order to support the operation. By the time they arrived at the battle area, eight additional Akizuki-class destroyers reinforced the Aotsuki but still nowhere near securing the battleship.
The Aotsuki fired another salvo of torpedoes but suffered a guidance failure, owing to the rodents near the vertical launchers. The ship also suffered communication failure, losing contact with the reinforcement fleet.
Akeno's Folly Edit
Shocked at the Musashi's hostile action, Akeno asked Mashiro to take the bridge. An angry Mashiro tried talking sense to Akeno, reminding her of their mission and duty as captain. But the troubled captain made her course clear. After ordering the Harekaze to move out of the Musashi's range, Akeno took a skipper and rushed to the battleship alone.
An aggravated Mashiro instead ordered hard left rudder, staying out of the Musashi's range but following the skipper at the same time. The Musashi fired at the Harekaze, but its shells were intercepted and destroyed by the latter's artillery fire.
Meanwhile, Akeno got close to the Musashi's starboard side and saw a glimpse of Moeka on the bridge, calling for help. In her haste to get to Moeka, Akeno didn't see the drifting wreckage in front of her. The skipper hit the wreckage and threw its pilot into the sea, much to Moeka's horror. Akeno watched helplessly as the Musashi made its getaway.
- Although called Toumai, the official name of the school was revealed as Higashi-Maizuru Boys' Marine High School. This explains the "H" on the designation numbers of I-201 (H-620) and the Aotsuki (H-115). Higashi-Maizuru is a train station located in the city of Maizuru in Kyoto Prefecture.
- Oddly enough, the Akizuki-class destroyers attacked the Musashi with RUM-139 VL-ASROCs, which are designed to take out submarines, not ships.
- The interception of shells fired from a battleship is an odd allusion to Zipang, where the JDS Mirai intercepted the Yamato's shells with two RIM-7 Sea Sparrow missiles.