Summer break arrives in episode four of ENDRO!, which naturally means that Yusha and the others shall be venturing to a beach. However, Mao has no intention of letting them relax too much over summer break; they have homework to complete as well.
Yusha is able to get everyone agree that they should go to a beach, so that’s exactly what the hero’s party does. Once they get there, they have a quest to complete. The task is simple; investigate and report on the different types of monsters that they come across.
Once the Hero’s Party arrives at the island, three of them are already changed into their swimsuits and raring to go. Seira tries to tell them that they need to focus on their quest first and foremost, but it’s not long before she gets changed as well.
With everyone changed, Seira has everyone start on their quest to investigate the monsters on the island. As they all start searching, Seira comes across a seashell. She tries to pick it up, but it refuses to budge. Fai offers to get it for her.
The shell is actually the tail of a monster called tip of the iceberg shell, which lives on sandy beaches. Mistaking its tail for a small shell and kicking it will hurt you like crazy.
The next monster they discover is the Lodging Hunter, which is a nasty creature that looks for a place that can serve as its nest. It will capture it by force and settle into it – the target this time being Yusha’s sandcastle. Let’s just say it is a temporary accommodation.
Can’t have a beach episode without watermelon splitting, except the watermelon is actually another monster. The watermelon mimic divides when cut by a sword, grows in size when punched and reflect magic. A seemingly tough opponent, but they happen to be weak mentally.
Investigating all those monsters is hungry work, and Fai happened to eat all the food that was prepared for their trip beforehand. Fortunately, Mei has a fishing rod Cartado, so a spot of fishing is in order. Fai uses a casting net rather than a fishing rod, managing to catch a mackerelman.
The mackerelman asks Yusha and the others for their help. The mackerelman accidentally unsealed an evil god, and wants Yusha and the others to get rid of it. Being a Hero, Yusha agrees immediately.
With a little help from Mei’s Cartado, the Hero’s Party goes underwater and follow the mackerelman to the temple where the evil god resides. Other mackerels have been enslaved, but Yusha and the others save them from the evil god’s forces. After that, there’s the small matter of facing the evil god himself.
Yusha and her companions enter the temple, where they come face-to-face with the evil god. They have a pretty amusing exchange before combat begins.
The attacks of Seira, Mei and Fai have little to no effect on the evil god. He can only be harmed by members of the Hero clan, so I’m sure you can imagine how this battle plays out once Yusha gets to attack.
Yusha and the others return to the surface, where they are thanked by the mackerelman that Fai caught earlier. He tells them that the name of Yusha the Hero will be remembered by their kind. The mackerelman’s people may be saved, but it isn’t all positive for him. You know what they say, though: there are plenty more fish in the sea.
We end on a rather sweet scene, with Yusha thanking all the other members of her party for all that they did.
ENDRO! continues to be a whole lot of fun. A very fun beach episode, with amusing monsters and some brilliantly silly stuff. Chibi is making a very strong argument for being one the best characters in this show, by the way.
That adventure underwater was pretty fun, too, and seeing the evil god subjected to Yusha and her friends in general was amusing. At least they managed to defeat their foe this time, and not turn back the clock.
Another episode were Mao got to do very little, but at least she actually appeared in this one. Who knows, maybe her role is going to expand in the near future? Judging by the preview for the next episode, we shall finally be meeting the princess soon. Maybe that is when Mao will have some more to do, besides sending her students on quests.