Don’t make me remember!
Oh yes, it’s happening.
Well, there we go. Shinka snapped and totally lost it. The good girl image couldn’t last and although it wasn’t exactly how I envisioned it, it’ll do. Yes, I’ll give it a pass as long as the series doesn’t think about remaining stagnant at any point. After all, it was too good to be true when Shinka so insistently invited herself to Yuuta’s apartment. Such a development reeked of major cover-ups, and indeed, it happened. Props to her though: that name, Forest Summer, sounds pretty cool. That’s one way to make full use of kanji for good purposes.
Surprisingly, Rikka had very little to do with the events of the episode — it was almost a little too quiet and sane. She had her typical dorky moe moments but they were lost in the background for the most part. After introducing Sanae last time, it only seemed appropriate to give the youngest member of this club an adversary so a lot of the attention went elsewhere and away from Rikka. Still, my favorite dork of the season had a penchant of showing up at random times to cleanse the Dark Flame Master of his Earthly lust and to play with a burning copy of a manuscript.
Now that the cat is out of the bag, Shinka’s true personality can shine and do less of that cutesy stuff. It’s too bad that she’s that kind of girl but just knowing that she had a middle school syndrome and wisely published her magical knowledge on the web for all to see and print make her a much more vulnerable person than at first indicated. I can’t say I like this side of her but she doesn’t stoop as low as Kumin by doing virtually nothing. She keeps Sanae entertained and makes Yuuta actually look like a totally normal guy. Is that a good thing for him? Only time will tell, but one thing’s for sure: he’s not gonna trigger the good end with her. (Funny thing is, he knew he got the bad end. Kami-sama won’t be too pleased with this result.)
The episode was fine but lacked some of that original comedy. It seems like Rikka not taking an active role was the reason, even though she did have some quality props to make up for her loss of screen time. That said, though, references were abound so picking them out was certainly a treat. If you didn’t know, Sanae isn’t any bigger than a poplar tree of sorts…
By the way, those Chuu-2 Lite episodes? Kind of worth the glance. Helps out with the side characters a bit, omake style.
GO Rating: 3/5