Oh hey, now I recognize you. So much trouble hiding behind that smile…
|So we got to find out that the new girl was actually a return of Akira’s old crush from middle school. Except she stuck around for a lot longer this time and formed a plan on the fly to really get in between our main couple. Not that this show has exactly been predictable, but I gotta say that this is something I didn’t see coming. Oh how she threw a wrench into things.|
Pretty tempting, right?
Oh poor, clueless Akira. Doesn’t he know that pretending to be someone’s significant other during a public event never ends without incident? Then again, he’s probably never had access to the media that have made that situation so cliche. Though honestly, he should have known better by this point. I compared him to a spineless harem lead before, and we got to watch that side of him as he let Aika drag him along for her scheme. What a curious one that girl is turning out to be. I had not expected her to reappear since their encounter in episode 6, so seeing her again was a bit jarring.
Good timing, following the hairstyle change episode.
The entire episode was a bit jarring, in fact. Mysterious Girlfriend X has been so singularly focused on Akira and Mikoto that it’s rare to see either of them holding a conversation with someone else for half the episode like in this one. Even supporting characters Ueno and Oka have minimal screen time, though the latter has certainly established herself as a significant character through her actions in her brief appearances. Some have been quick to call her an instigator, but I’ve always thought of her as just a really free spirited girl trying to have fun, no real agenda in her mind.
Aika, on the other hand, did have an agenda, or at least she developed one over the course of the episode. Akira’s actions might have been inexcusable, but certainly Aika was the instigator here. It’s unfortunate, but I’m not sure I like her return. Well, I did enjoy how they both casually laughed over a couple of acts that would normally be considered extremely creepy; it was a good way of keeping with the main theme of this show while also revealing a little more about them.
She was clever in her use of the environment.
Thing is, Mysterious Girlfriend X is treading very familiar ground here. The show hasn’t exactly shown variety with its episodes, but at least each one brought something genuinely new. This felt like a repeat of episode 6, just taken further. Aika as an actively malevolent force was a new development, but we still haven’t gotten to know her as a person. She’s a flat villain, driven by a jealousy that even she doesn’t fully understand. She’s too convenient and conventional a source of drama in a love comedy, and I’ve come to expect more subtlety from this show.
But as forced as the drama might feel, things are largely speculation at this point because they have yet to come to a head, which should be next episode. Surely Aika’s gambit will end in tears, but for whom and in what order? If the show plays it straight, Mikoto is going to get very upset, and Akira’s going to find himself in a very tight spot. Well, he’ll end up in a tight spot regardless, but we know that this show sometimes likes to throw things completely out of left field. At the least, I can’t deny I’m looking forward to seeing what will come.
School festivals do sometimes bring out the best in people.