Remember, DFC just means she can hold you closer to her heart~
|This episode felt a lot like one from prior seasons. While this season has had Keima interacting with a number of girls at a time, this one was pretty much all Yui, with a brief appearance by Tsukiyo at the beginning, and cameo appearances by the other potential goddesses. Now, Yui has definitely been the most fun of the girls to appear this season, notable since unlike most of the other girls, we haven’t gotten a chance to know her yet. So it was a bit of a surprise that this episode dedicated to her capture felt disappointingly banal.|
Yui got Keima to wear not one, not two, but three entirely different girls’ outfits. Kudos.
Okay, we got to see Keima cross dress, and not just in the school uniform but also in some fancier outfits at the amusement park, which was pretty cool. This boy’s got guts. It took Nitorin 8 whole episodes to get to the point where he could go to school in girl’s clothing, and Keima does it without batting an eye. It’s weird that none of his classmates said anything, but considering his regular behavior of playing games during lectures and talking back to teachers, I guess they’ve come to expect anything from him. But besides that, the date was nothing to write home about. The cliche random-delinquents-hit-on-girl event is getting tiresome, and I was hoping that Keima had staged it while watching it. No such luck. His actual staged crisis wasn’t bad, but Yui leaping to save Keima sure could have been animated better.
I’ve been hitting on the point every week, but not having shown the girl’s initial capture is really hurting the show. When Keima was trying to trigger memories of the capture in Yui, it had to rely on clumsy flashbacks and an outright explanation by Keima. And as much as I like Yui’s irreverent and outgoing personality, I just don’t know her well enough to root for her in romance with Keima. That’s not the case for Ayumi or even Chihiro, who I’ve seen gradually open up to Keima over the course of many episodes before.
The kiss really should have had more impact than it did.
At least Mars is a pretty interesting new character, in that she’s the first goddess who takes characteristics from her Roman mythological namesake. As far as we can tell, Diana isn’t twins with Apollo or good at archery, and Vulcanus isn’t a blacksmith, but Mars is indeed the goddess of war. Her fiery nature goes well with Yui (Yars? Mui? I like both!) I can’t fault Keima for wanting to hold her back, though I question the wisdom of keeping her sisters from her. Hopefully that comes back to bite Keima in the ass violently.
But let’s talk about the best girl in the episode, Haqua. I never cared much for her besides her design (seriously, she’s way too hot!) but she’s been growing on me lately during her substitution of Elsie. First of all, she’s freaking adorable emulating that girl, always overdoing the awkwardness it to make her sound like an idiot. And her cynical support of Keima has been very fun to watch. One of my favorite moments this episode was her blocking her ears as Keima was talking – even though she had to walk away anyway. I gotta admire that irreverent “fuck you” sort of attitude. And she provided the only case of violence against Keima this episode, coming back into frame after fleeing naked, just to sucker punch him. What a wonderful girl.
I love that she can’t ever seem to sit in an actual seat.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Yuri-sensei ominously spying on Keima. What’s she up to?
Now only 2 goddesses remain. Shiori, Ayumi, and Chihiro are the remaining candidates, and given how much time we’ve spent with Shiori so far, I think she’s a safe bet. Ayumi and Chihiro have been so similar in their interactions with Keima so far that I really have no clue who will be the odd girl out. I hope it’s not Ayumi. I wonder if the show will take care of the 2 remaining captures an episode at a time just like Vulcanus and Mars, which would leave 5 whole episodes to finish the season. I’m guessing we’ll get more chained fetch quests like a bad RPG.
I guess we have to power through Shiori’s recapture before finding out which girl gets left out!