Oh, you thought middle school would be a nice, smooth ride? No, sorry about that.
~Middle school was probably the worst years of school, at least for me. Growing awkwardly, having no sense of what you truly like because you want to fit in with the ‘cool’ kids, every single student has this annoying jerk side; yeah, I hated it. Oh, wait. Sorry, I’m supposed to be focusing on the horrific and traumatic middle school lives of these girls…
This week were lead in with Strength, Yuu’s Other world counterpart, discarding the remains of Chariot as Black Gold Saw watches from the sky…
Kagari makes her reappearance as she finally attends school in the same class as Yomi and Mato. Despite being foul-mouthed, the students quickly take a liking to her. As Yomi and Mato discuss how surprised they are, Yuu suddenly comes in to say Koha is back and the two ake off, leaving Yomi alone again. Koha, meanwhile, seems to be doing all right despite collapsing at the end of last week’s episode.
Found the guy who has the foul-mouthed tsundere fetish.
Later in the day, Kagari tells Yomi that she’s joining the cooking club along with the new friends she’s made. Yomi, feeling depressed, goes to Saya to talk about how she feels like she needs to keep standing by Kagari’s side. Saya however comments that it wouldn’t be a problem if she’s there since she, nor anyone else, really needs her. This shocks Yomi, but before she can dwell on it any longer, Yuu comes in, prompting her to leave. Yomi’s depressed feelings don’t get any better as Mato can’t walk home with her because of her club.
As sparks ignite in Yomi’s eyes, a mountain of chains around Dead Master begin to form in the middle of a bright green graveyard in the Other World; Black Gold Saw smiling as she watches the mountain grow.
The next morning, Mato catches up to Kagari, who asks to walk her to school. Yomi comes in late to school, angry at Kagari because she had left without waiting for her. As her new friends tell her that it was no big deal, she walks away. Later in the day, Kagari asks Mato what a good gift would be to give to Yomi as she wants to return the favor of doing everything for her.
Yomi goes to the cooking club looking for Kagari, but the same friends before tell her that she’s not there and that she just wants to keep her all to herself. She responds angrily by saying that she truly doesn’t mind if she makes new friends, that it’s good for her. At the same time Yomi says this, Mato and Kagari hear her. Horrified, she runs away, ignoring Kagari even when she comes to her house to deliver the cookies she made.
I love Yomi’s horrified/mad face expressions in this episode, just sayin’.
As Mato worries over Yomi skipping classes, Yuu comes by asking for her address to see if she can become her friend too. Meanwhile, the boy who Koha gave her confession letter to calls her outside to apologize for the incident last episode. However she doesn’t seem to remember it, nor remember him.
At Yomi’s house, Kagari comes again to deliver something, but Yomi refuses to step out. Her phone then suddenly rings. Thinking it’s Mato, she quickly runs to her phone, but she’s horrified to realize that it’s actually a message from Yuu that says she and Mato are worried. Yomi begins to slam her pillow against her phone in anger. After recovering, she suddenly runs out her room, thinking that Kagari needs her and would miss her if she disappeared. She hugs Kagari outside, apologizing, then the two retreat back into the house a bit. Their conversation goes smoothly until Kagari says that if she didn’t repay her, she would have never moved on.
Meanwhile in the Other World, Black Rock Shooter runs towards the glowing mountain of chains that begins to pulsate and grow brighter. Kagari begins to call out Yomi, saying she’s only pretending to be strong. Kagari even admits that now she didn’t ever truly need to rely on her and that she didn’t know why she ever liked her. She wants her to forget the past and finally set her free. As Yomi finally breaks down mentally, the mountain of chains in the Other world is struck by lightening and explodes level by level, sweeping up Black Rock Shooter. A bright light emits from the top as columns, a tower, a massive pile of men in masks, and two huge skulls rise from the ground.
The new (and improved) Dead Master steps from the tower, her new scythe in hand. She immediately sets her Dead Skulls to attack Black Rock Shooter. In simple response, Black Rock Shooter brings out her cannon and aims…~
Wow, I have to say, this may be becoming one of my favorite episodes so far in this series. It’s not the story itself, but the overall tone of the episode and just how gorgeously mad Yomi got at the end. The whole episode felt like a pressure cooker that got more strange and insane as the minutes ticked by. Yomi was essentially her own little ticking time bomb that grew in strength the more she took blows by the events that happened around her that added on to her fear of becoming distant from her friends. I’ll admit, I had this (and occasionally still have) the very same fear, which is probably what attracts me most of all to this episode. It definitely gets to be a very dark feeling that brews inside you until a tiny incident just sets you off into madness. Of course, not all ignitions are as intense as Yomi’s, who has created a totally revamped, bad-ass Dead Master in the Other world
(It should be Bitchin’ Master, not Bitchin’ Rock Shooter, HA).
Kagari coming back totally threw me off guard. I didn’t think she’d really go to school! That being said, I’m glad they showed her again to show how she progressed after the incident at the hospital. I feel less cheated now! It was also nice that she ACTUALLY changed and tried to do something nice for Yomi, which unfortunately ended up backfiring for poor Yomi. Originally I thought that Kagari’s explanation toward Yomi was ill-intentioned, but after re-watching the episode, I believe it was meant to sound that way since we see how toward the edge of madness Yomi was. What still puzzles me though is that odd look that Kagari had, like the dark circles under her eyes and such. I’m not sure if that’s supposed to show something or what…
In Other world counterpart news, we finally have Yuu’s counterpart, Strength (which should be the right name), make her appearance by doing a clean-up job for Black Gold Saw. Yuu is almost always at the counseling center and occasionally talking about Saya, so maybe she’s her accomplice in some way? She seems like the subordinate type (lol). I probably am over-thinking this, but since Saya, I’ve become overly suspicious of almost every character. Anyway, Koha’s memory loss was another thing in this episode that shocked me. I was thinking that maybe once she was slain in the Other world, she forget her memories, but the same thing happened to Kagari and she remembered that incident that set her off. Maybe it’s because her counterpart wasn’t fully formed? Or did she purposely block those memories to forget what had happened to here? There will be just no end to all this speculation now, will there?~