“In the name of the Moon, I will pun- wait, wrong show.”
That was unfortunate. Just when it looked like Sasami-san@Ganbaranai had hit its stride and was coming in for a smooth landing for its big finish, this episode had to happen. We had a good run for a few episodes thanks to fatty Sasami, time travel, and
Gotta love the DEEP SYMBOLISM of the single colored items.
The biggest problem with this episode was that it was just version 2 of the 5th episode, one that was boring enough that I chose not to write about it. This time, Kagami was the one holding the jealousy rather than being the object thereof. The melodrama didn’t work then, and it doesn’t work now. Actually, it was probably even worse this time. Kagami’s self-hating “I’m broken because I’m jealous” bit was not at all poignant. Look, you were the one who refused when actively invited multiple times to play. I know your classmates were fooled into thinking you and Sasami were a couple, but you’re not supposed to think that too. I’m not asking that a teenage girl who is actually a killing machine have the maturity of a grown adult, just more than that of a kindergartner. Being obnoxiously childish is not an interesting or endearing character trait.
Alright, Jou’s a cutie, but I like girls who have some brains on them.
Speaking of, Jou’s character was assassinated in this episode. How quickly she went from being a conniving, somewhat mysterious villain with hidden surprises to an all too typical tsundere with no social skills. Turns out, her ojou-sama bit wasn’t an act to lure in Sasami into her scheme, she really was that clueless. How disappointing. Her hopping around Sasami like a jeet kune do specialist was pretty cute, but Sasami was right on when asking her about chuunibyou. She’s Dekomori and Rikka rolled into one (with a piece of Yuuta attached at times, oho). Villains are most fun and interesting when they are scarily competent. She could be exploiting Sasami’s kindness so hard right now. Instead, she’s so clueless that even her companions are helping her to respond to Sasami just as a friend.
And what happened to the penis!? Besides poking Tama in the butt last episode, it’s done nothing. Did it serve any purpose at all other than serving as a secret that Jou and Sasami shared? Why did it have to be a penis, then? I guess there’s still an episode to go; who knows, maybe we’ll get a huge reveal that saves her character and brings that dick back in the picture in some grandiose way. Given the direction Jou’s character has gone, though I’m not holding onto much hope.
If there’s anything positive to take away from the episode, it’s that it at least showed Sasami’s continuing progress from hikikomori very well. Remember when she was throwing up just from taking a step out of the house? Now even when sick, she finds a way to escape from the house to reach out to someone new to become her friend. Good for her. A shame that the drama she gets into with her friends are invariably mind-numbingly boring.
Also, I’m glad that Kamiomi entered the picture again, but I’m also getting rather tired of all the hinting and teasing that he has some super dark secret that’s been going on for half the season. I guess we got the biggest reveal yet, that he’s someone that Tsurugi calls “big brother,” but as one who doesn’t know much about Shintoism, I can’t glean any information from that. I don’t recall the player character having an older brother in Okami. It’s long past the time when we should be getting answers about him. Given that the episode ended with that mini-reveal, there’s the chance that something big will come of this in the finale, but this was very much not the way a penultimate episode should be. Shaft is going to have to pull something amazing out of their asses to escape from the hole they dug. Again, I don’t see it happening.
Unlike anything involving Sasami and Kagami this episode, this last scene was quite magical. And made up like 5% of the episode. Hope it serves as the base for the finale.