I don’t know how Keima can stay focused while coldly manipulating these girls.
|Keima’s got only one goddess left to capture, but he needs to figure out which of the 2 toughest girls she’s hiding in. Unfortunately for him, the magical cold-activated cold virus of anime reared its ugly head, which forced him to activate the sick visit flag with Ayumi before accidentally being double teamed by her and Chihiro. So Keima couldn’t complete the capture within an episode unlike the last 3 times, but that’s probably a good thing as the plot for this tsundere vs. tsundere capture seems to be building up to be something more complex than previous ones.|
Er, their hands and his legs don’t really have to be in those positions, do they?
I think the thing that keeps me coming back to this series is Keima carefully executing his devious plans for conning his way into the girls’ hearts, only to see those plans blowing up in his face. This season has been particularly good at that thanks to the harem nature adding extra moving parts to get in Keima’s way. A successful visit by Ayumi with her showing off her caring deredere side to Keima would have been adorable, but it wouldn’t have been half as entertaining as what we got thanks to Chihiro entering the picture. It never gets tiring seeing Keima panic and be forced to think on the fly. He’s usually good at that, but in this case, I do have to question the wisdom of
sexually assaulting Ayumi stuffing Ayumi under his blanket with no explanation.
Because it’s important that you make it look as much like sexual harassment as possible when you’re forcing her to go along with your scheme.
Poor Ayumi. She had to really suffer this episode, though at least she got some nice hits in on the already sick Keima. I could see about half a dozen ways that scene could have gone differently were KamiNomi a hentai – or even a slightly risqué light novel. But I guess such hijinks isn’t appropriate for an adolescent-targeted series. Keima should count himself lucky that she went along with it at all. I guess revealing herself in such a situation wasn’t really an option once she was already under the covers. That said, Chihiro and Ayumi are best buds, and given how they both antagonize Keima, Ayumi probably could have (rightfully) placed all the blame on him, leading him to fail both of their routes.
Even for Keima, chasing 2 girls at once while sick is a challenge, and it seems it’s lead to Ayumi starting to close off her route. Hearing her friend playing her song to Keima, then confessing to him clearly left an impression. She certainly feels something for Keima, but she seems to think Chihiro feels it even stronger. Maybe she also feels some guilt for lying to Chihiro about visiting Keima earlier. And I wonder if she had suspicions of it before; why use such a strong phrase as “true love” when talking on the phone after?
Happy to see violence on Keima return after being missing last episode! Courtesy of the athletic girl, no less!
That said, the race is still up in the air, since there hasn’t been any indication of the goddess in either girl. The fact that Chihiro confessed without any manifestation of the goddess seems suspicious since goddesses came out for all the other girls at or around moments of passion. Plus, I doubt the story would play Ayumi and Chihiro against each other like this if this final goddess capture were to be straightforward. The worst case scenario for Keima, of course, is that he goes all in on one girl and then discovers that the other one is host to Mercurius (there’s always the possibility that Keima’s assumptions are wrong, and complete stranger has the goddess, but the story wouldn’t throw such a bold twist). Which would also mean that one girl feels for him due to her goddess, and the other organically developed her crush on him once again. I’m going to feel sorry for the losing girl when this is over; she doesn’t get a goddess or to have her memory wiped like last time.
That part feels a bit off to me. The track star and rock band guitarist falling for the misanthropic nerd who spends all class playing video games? When he is actively
conning the girls working on a capture is one thing, but at this point neither girl presumably remembers her capture. Keima had to pull some difficult stunts to win Ayumi’s heart, such as creating and putting up giant banners over the school, and compared to that his gestures this season towards Ayumi and Chihiro have felt weak. I suppose it falls under acceptable suspension of disbelief; a harem protagonist is nothing if girls aren’t attracted to him for no good reason.
I’m no fan of tsunderes, but how could I resist falling for a girl like this?
I’m still pulling for Ayumi here. I place her on a pedestal for being Keima’s first, and I like to think that once Keima is done with all this stuff involving goddesses and demons and loose souls, he will return to her. But in the meanwhile, since he needs to have a harem for the story, I want her to be in it. Best case scenario for me, I guess, is the goddess within her forces her to change her mind about Keima. After all, that’s Mercurius, named after the messenger god, known for his iconic winged shoes; who better for that than the track star?