Wait… something is seriously wrong here. I can’t place it, but something about this is off.
Oh man. Intrigue! Deceit! Adultery! Or at least, as bad a case of adultery can get in an anime about high school sophomores where the main plot device is drool tasting. This episode also takes on a much more serious approach to the story telling, not really looking to warm hearts or crack jokes. It’s super serious about the potential schism between Urabe and Tsubaki. Another thing is having a multi-episode arc is a new one, as is the whole incomplete feeling from it. But I can’t help but feel that there are gaping holes in the narrative. For the first time since the first episode, I feel like the anime has skipped stories because I feel like this story happens much later. I could always be wrong, but it’s just a feeling I can’t shake that there were a couple good episodes’ material that was skipped in favor of this two parter.
Since I am a bearer of foreknowledge, let me just say: the next episode are going to be insane! Like, not “oh that’s unusual” type of thing that we’ve come to expect but “wow, that is weird, why would anybody do that?” type of stuff. Actually, that might be an overexageration, but there is weirdness that happens in next week’s episode. We see Hayakawa come out in full force and get to see her doing what she does best. She doesn’t really have any other role other than in this story arc which is a shame. I think it would be really interesting to see her interact with Tsubaki and Urabe in other ways, but that would probably be too much of a stretch. Oka’s going to have a hand in the ah, developments of next week, and Urabe and Hayakawa go head-to-head, but probably not in the way that you think. Or maybe the way you think, I have no way of knowing what you think you know.
It didn’t really feel like a cliff-hanger to me, but then again, I know what happens. Foreknowledge can be a bit of a bitch that way. Anyway, there’s been a definite skew towards the eerie in this one, trying to really play up the subversion going on between all of our characters. An interesting turn, and from what I know and what’s been put out there already, it looks like it’s going to work well for Nazo no Kanojo X.
GO Rating: 3/5