Keima how are you going to make this okay. Last episode sucked. And by sucked I mean it was clearly the best thing this series has ever done, holy shit TWGOK when did you get this good. Keima is finally suffering real consequences from constantly manipulating people, and the show’s not pulling any punches. I’m glad they’re also revealing how tired of all this he’s become – he isn’t just an asshole, and the fact that his standard system of dealing with the world has deeply hurt someone clearly weighs on him. I hope they don’t give that weariness up – frankly, I like shows that put their characters through the emotional gauntlet, and I’d like to see more cracks appear in Keima’s heretofore close to unflappable confidence. This is honestly the last show I thought I’d be hoping would take its characters emotions seriously, but last episode was a complete game-changer.
Of course now that I’ve said that, we’re gonna have a wacky misunderstanding festival date episode or something, right?
0:12 – Uh oh. Looks like he’ll have to use… that
Gawd that line’s so trashy. Can’t believe they used it in Gargantia
0:32 – Predator mode activated
2:38 – Will Keima’s talents ever stop emerging?
3:04 – And we’re back into anime archetype land . Sure, he callously mocked my best friend’s feelings – but he might like me!
3:42 – This director really loves Ayumi’s boobs
3:49 – Seriously though these shots
7:08 – This isn’t wacky at all
7:34 – NOW he chooses honesty? Yeah, seriously
7:53 – I really could get used to this. Also love Keima’s incredibly terrible plan here
9:12 – Yeah jeez, how dare she be honest with Chihiro
10:09 – Still not seeing the wackiness
10:34 – Well crap. This escalated quickly
11:17 – Aw, Haqua gets her big damn hero moment
16:26 – Maybe my favorite line of the show. Look, we’re not making Shakespeare here, alright?
17:23 – Wow, this really brings the harem masculine savior fantasy thing to a whole new level
18:09 – A third-act peace offering from the loose cannon who doesn’t play by the rules? Hey, if the narrative shoe fits, wear it
19:27 – Ooh, good trick. Totally forgot about that
20:16 – Aw, just let her join the damn team. This show’s a big jerk
Welp, guess it’s endgame time. I’m glad they haven’t just dropped the significance of Chihiro’s situation – this episode certainly wasn’t very kind, but that’s vastly preferable to just dropping her character to focus on the derpy fantasy stuff (I agree with Ayumi, it could use a rewrite). As I’ve said before, her and Keima seem to possess actual chemistry, and not just senpai-noticed-me archetype-versus-MC level chemistry. I would be happy to see her be a more regular presence going forward.
Anyway, aside from that it was a pretty workmanly episode, mainly lifted by its best gags (Elsie once again works incredibly well in small doses). Looks like we’re well on our way to the thrilling finale.