Why watch a novela when you can watch the even more overly-dramatic love triangle of middle school girls?
~If you’ve seen even a glimpse of a novela (soap opera) like on Telemundo, you know what I am talking about. Anyway, this episode of our middle school soap opera starts off on the day of the summer festival with Mato holding onto that firm belief that Yomi will come to meet her. Yet as day progresses into night, she finds herself still alone and the only word from Yomi are three texts that read, “I’m sorry.” Mato goes home with pain in her feet and heart, despite what the counselor had told her. Meanwhile poor Yomi sits at home with Kagari, crying over not being able to go. Kagari comforts her only a little, then proceeds to ‘carve’ the suffering right out of her.
In the Other World, Black Rock Shooter fights another incredibly harsh battle with Chaos and her macaroons of destruction. Just as she whips out her canon, Dead Master wraps her chains around her entire body and starts pulling them tighter and tighter. She then throws her up, unraveling the chains, but BRS grabs them and swings them off, throwing Dead Master to the ground. As BRS sees a heart-shaped scar on her chest, a horde of mechanical spiders gather under her and take her away.
It’s Mato and Yomi alone in the locker room the next day, but as Yomi undresses, she spots a heart-shaped scar on her chest (the same one she saw in her dream). Covering it, Yomi suddenly asks why she isn’t mad at her. She’ll come to regret it as Mato does get mad and tells her she isn’t bird before running off to the consolation room. After hearing the story, the counselor tells her close friends are connected at a deep level and that they express things that can’t be put into words.
That same evening the doorbell rings at Yomi’s house and she discovers Mato waiting by the door. As she happily goes to open it, Kagari is suddenly there at the stairs. Because Yomi was going to ‘leave’ her, she threatens to die and have her die to, then throws herself down the stairs. At the hospital, Mato waits in the reception room with Yomi’s mother, who tells her why Yomi HAS to stay with Kagari. A few years back Yomi and her family took off the go live abroad, but as the car drove away, a young Kagari started chasing after them and was hit by a car. However nothing was physically wrong with her legs, only her heart, and now she just can’t seem to do anything without Yomi.
Mato of course can’t stand how strange this is and tries to enter Kagari’s hospital room, saying she will only leave with Yomi. Kagari starts yelling out nasty things to her while Yomi tries holding her down, unknowingly smiling. This angers Kagari even more and she throws her to the ground, screaming for Mato to shut up. Yomi calls on Mato for help, getting the answer to not pity her. The more she does, the more pitiful she gets. She realizes that she’d only been trying to make her life easier by just doing what Kagari wants.
It’s okay, Yomi. We’re smiling too.
Meanwhile in the Other World, Black Rock Shooter breaks into the rundown imitation of Yomi’s house and uncovers Dead Master inside a doll, chained. Chaos soon follows after, nearly destroying the top floor. The two continue their fight on the ground with Chaos shooting a huge barrage of destructive macaroons in the air. BRS decides it’s time to literally bring out the big guns as her cannons transforms into a massive machine gun that finally brings down Chaos’ machine. However she pops up from the fiery wreckage equipped with wheels for feet, a sword, and a spiked shield.
As they fight, Dead Master awakens and breaks free from the chains and the stone heart, creating a black hole of sorts that starts sucking up the ground around them. Suddenly, a sword gets locked into the hole, stopping the suction. Next thing they know, Black Gold Saw appears in front of Chaos, then breaks a hole that sucks them all into a green underworld. BRS finds herself until Chaos jumps from a ledge, aiming her sword at her. After a quick black out, Chaos’s head rolls off, the rumble in mid-air finally flying up…
Yomi tries to tell Kagari to try and go out, that she’ll never make her lonely, and that they can change together. Despite her speech, Kagari refuses to step outside and then suddenly falls silent. Mato is finally let into the room, where Kagari sits on her bed, calm with a smile on her face~.
Am I the only who thought it was weird that Yuu and the counselor were so oddly calm with the fact Yomi has a heart scratched into her chest? Or am I just forgetting that this is anime? Anyway, I found myself laughing a little too much this episode. I couldn’t take this episode seriously at all. Everything was so ridiculously over-dramatic in the real world story; I mean, the music, the way they were crying, and this love triangle just screams yuri soap opera. If it wasn’t that apparent they were forcing some sort of ‘interesting’ storyline on us, it definitely is now. Yomi and Kagari’s back story as to why Kagari is so controlling over her was also disappointing. I was hoping it would be something more supernatural that could’ve possibly been connected to the Other World, but my hopes were thrown out the door -sigh-
Of course this over-dramatic yuri bleeds into the Other world, making the parallel connection just too obvious for my taste. Certain scenes would’ve crossed the border into tacky if it weren’t for those last incredible battle sequences between Black Rock Shooter and Chaos. I ended up fangirling more over BRS’s killer machine gun and Chaos’s feet wheels of steel than anything else. Black Gold Saw’s appearance was probably the only real highlight of this episode. She seems to be an instigator wanting a better, more violent show to watch, judging from how she kept watching them in the first episode. Why she’s doing this is the big question as well as why she seems to be in control.
With BRS slicing off Chaos’s head at the end, I want to assume this whole controlling love triangle is over with, yet Kagari’s strange demeanor at the end of the episode keeps me from doing so. If it is, then there’s a million ways the real world storyline can go, but hopefully in a more interesting, less forced, and less over-dramatic way. If not…then honestly, I have no idea how they could even stretch this out more~.