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This episode focus again on Hachiken’s equestrian club as they prepare for a regional competition. The first year beginners are super panicky, as they worry about messing up in front of a bunch of people, and get a horrible pep talk from the club’s ex-president (he takes on an army-sargent mentality and calls them all maggots). A new character shows up on the scene, too, Ayame, the blonde girl that’s been appearing in the new opening sequence. She’s basically the classic snobby anime girl, with the super constant, very annoying “oh ho ho!” laugh. She and Aki attended to same primary school, and Ayame sees her as a rival — despite the fact that Aki responds to her declarations mildly and Ayame isn’t even in the same level of the competition. Right now Ayame seems pretty straightforward, which is a tad disappointing for an Arakawa character, but hopefully if she continues to take part in the plot she’ll begin to show more depth.