The Ice Queen actually has a heart.
|‘Ello readers, another weekend and a barrage of shows to watch because well, this is one of the best spring seasons in the recent years after all. Not only the season is busy but the anisphere is abuzz with Aniblog Tourney and Metanorn’s own milestone is round the corner. You can say, I’m busier than a bee! But my shows deserve my time too. I’ve been experimenting with my blogging recently so from now on; you will get less summary and more thoughts from me.|
As I said before, Chiyu is not Cyan Pile but simply a pawn being used by him via backdoor hack. However, rather than investigating things further, Haru comes under the quandary of Kuroyukihime’s affection towards him. Hell, almost every watcher of this show had pegged her as a manipulative bitch, who’s using Haru as a pawn due to his potential. So, I’m sure the declaration of love came as a complete surprise to everyone. Not to mention, she also showed a big streak of jealousy and bared her heart to a very speculative Haru.
This development couldn’t have come at the worst time because just as they were resolving it; a speeding car came crashing towards them on course for a collision. And the only way to get out was to use a temporary Burst Link to strategize against physical impact. At such a crucial moment, Kuroyukihime showed a never before seen sweet face, confessing her love to Haru along with sacrificing her 99% Burst Link points for a Physical Full Burst, which basically lets the physical body accelerate. She saved Haru but got injured mortally in process. Help came quickly with proper medical assistance but her survival is still uncertain.
Things don’t end here because we finally discover the identity of Cyan Pile and it is indeed Taku, who shows his face in the hospital to stalk Kuroyukihime yet again. There’s a catch though, Haru has been lying in wait for him and stay tuned for an epic battle in the next episode.
Haru’s harem has grown exponentially from zero.
Reporters, “FUU– Kuroyukihime, I heard you were more than friends with that hottie Taku!”
Haru, “YADAAA! DO NOT WANT SUCH HAREM!”
PIKACHU HARUUU, I CHOOSE YOU~
Uh… this episode was definitely not what I was expecting with so much progress at an early stage. I thought I would never see this but the cold shouldered tsundere face of Kuroyukihime was pretty amusing and I was almost agape at her confession. I had pegged her as the Ice Queen but it seems like she has a heart too. Though, all of it could be an elaborate drama but this is not Code Geass and second guessing didn’t do anything for me as the usual suspect actually turned out to be the real suspect.
Things sure ended with a cliffhanger last week but as we predicted, the identity of Cyan Pile was finally revealed and it was just too easy. I am disappoint; no really. I would have liked some more chase and depth in this and now can only hope that more things are in making and Taku is just another stair for a level increase for Haru. As I commented in the previous review, there has to be a reason that Taku’s going after Burst points. Easy answer is to win the upcoming Kendo Nationals, while another could be to get revenge on a bigger boss (part of the remaining five kings?) of the game. I wanted to give him a benefit of the doubt but I guess, I should keep my good intentions to myself for this series because everyone seems to be chasing after something and most of the times its Burst Link points.
This brings me to Kuroyukihime’s words and how she connected with Haru’s super zealous acceleration skills. To tell you the truth, the confession was just too fast and as a viewer I’m having a hard time connecting just a few days of stalking to love. The only explanation I can come up with other than this-is-anime-world-and-such-things-happen; is Kuroyukihime seeing herself in Haru. It seems far-fetched but hear me out: they are actually two sides of the same coin. In one hand, Haru hates himself and has lost his confidence due to obesity and everyone looking down on/pitying him, while on the other hand Kuroyukihime hates herself for betraying her so-called nakama because it’s against her values to be just glad of things when she can achieve more. Both have found a form of escapism in their other life’s persona but are still not satisfied and have very low self-esteem. They share the want-to-achieve-something-more feeling and even if their connection seems too fast, it still makes sense somewhat. I did DAWWW at Haru’s reaction of trying to be the protector of Kuroyukihime and she wiping his tears away; I would definitely look forward to his vengeance. Other than the unexpected development, I’m liking the BGM more than OP/ED combined; in emotional scenes specifically, I keyed in even more just because of music. Animation has not gone derpy and that is always a plus.
If you were wondering, who the hell is Araya driving the car, check the first episode again because he’s the red-haired bully after Haru. Though, why his face was hidden by beam-chan is another question altogether. I’m sure it was on the gorey side because the car’s front seemed to be totally smashed and even from the eyelevel view that part was hidden by a grey-beam-chan, so the dude died pretty badly. Though, I have no sympathy for him and good riddance. Was he another pawn in Cyan Pile’s scheme of getting at the Black Lotus? 70% chances of yes, for sure.
Will Kuroyukihime die? I don’t think so; though, her coma stage can be elongated. Usually in shounen stories, the hero has to suffer some form of pain or loss for his character to grow. Losing something precious hardens one’s heart and I’m sure this is that catalyst event, which would make Haruyuki even more MANRY in leveling up the Burst Linker ladder. I wish to see Taku’s face punched into the floor and all of his points taken because I have no place for a bad friend in my heart or even anime. With 20 more episodes to go, I wish to see some action and good plot pacing. This was an okay episode overall and I can only hope for Haru to not degrade to mush any time soon.
Things will heat up between Cyan Pile and Silver Crow as they fight it out; one for revenge, while the other for points gain. Friends turn foe should be interesting. Till next time, ja ne~