I’m still kinda surprised so many people seem to think this. Maybe because of Riyodako’s infamy in the community, but Gudako is literally the exact same character, mindset, personality, everything with gender swapped. Remember how you can swap your gender any time ingame and you will still have the exact same dialogue choices and everyone will react to you in the same way? Fujimaru is bland self insert protagonist incarnate, both his male and female variant.
On topic: very enjoyable episode. There were some very funny moments (when Ishtar was coaxed into allying herself with the team), and the final scene really highlighted the differences in personality between Ishtar and Eresh (they’re basically the two halves on Rin’s personality). I think it’s very well made in how it offers many hints to the people who know what’s going on, while leaving suspense and a sense of mystery for first time watchers.