|This final capture of the Goddesses arc has been quite the ride so far, and we finally got a mini-climax with Keima finding himself chasing the wrong girl and quickly having to reverse course. Meanwhile, more and more details unfold regarding Vintage’s actions and there’s even the appearance of a 3rd party who’s just observing them and Keima at this point…|
Yup, she finally shows herself. Now, one wonders for how long Ayumi has been remembering that time when Keima supported her through her fake injury.
First of all, FUCK YES, Mercurius confirmed for being inside Ayumi. It was a toss up for a while (assuming you didn’t listen to the full opening song which starts with the line “Run” in Mercurius’s part), but the better girl wins out. There is justice in the world of KamiNomi after all.
Second, Keima is a huge asshole. Okay, we knew that already, but he got a pass because he tended to help his marks. It should be obvious by now that I’m no fan of Chihiro, but no one deserves the treatment she got from Keima. After she finally worked up the courage to confess, then asked him out, then conceded to his physical demands, then told him again that she loved him for a long time, she got told that he was just playing her. It was the manifestation of the worst fears that an adolescent can have when putting oneself out there. There’s even the added pain of being told that he was doing it as revenge – this only happened because of her choice to be so mean to him in the past.
And this is the girl who fell for him naturally, without him needing to court her like the other girls (despite his best attempts). It’s a bit sad what a control freak he is; despite the countless girls he’s romanced, he can’t accept that Chihiro just fell for him for no reason. He has a set structure in his mind that she keeps breaking, by actually being a normal girl in love with him. I said I was going to feel bad for the losing girl, and yup, that’s what’s happening.
I’m not sure what Keima was thinking with his story about playing her. I understand that he had to cut things off with her quickly, but doing it that way did him no favors for Ayumi’s route. Even if Ayumi hadn’t been watching the whole time, surely she would have heard of it from her best friend and bandmate. He’s the asshole who broke her best friend’s heart after she went out of her way to reach out to him: getting her to fall for him now is a monumental task. I guess he has the excuse that this was the first time a regular girl kissed him due to actual feelings she developed by herself, and his head was probably spinning. And it was a genuinely difficult situation; I have no idea what I would have done in his shoes. Then again, I don’t claim to be the God of Conquest.
Bad move with the swimsuit, Diana, if you really wanted Tenri to seduce him. Also, since they share bodies, is it a problem that Diana fell for Tenri’s “fiancee?”
I’ve always had an affinity for Tenri. She is overly meek like Shiori, but at least Diana helps to balance that out. She can also lay claim to having fallen for Keima without his input, though she does fall into the cliche childhood friend role. I thought it was a nice touch that she came to comfort Keima right when he was feeling down from rejecting the other girl who actually fell for him. Real relationships with real people just refuse to fit into his galge paradigms, but they’re the only way he gets to actually feel real feelings.
I was a little disappointed not to see any Haqua this week, but I’m liking the other developments of the conspiracy and political intrigue story. The show is still holding its cards close to the chest, but we did get some very interesting reveals. First, we finally got a confirmation that Yuri is indeed plotting something, after seeing her stalking Keima in prior episodes. And she’s not working with Vintage as I had suspected, but with who appears to be the 3rd girl from the montage of Keima’s conquests at the beginning of the season, the mad scientist Akari Kurakawa. I think it must be connected to Keima’s revelation that their high school must be connected to the goddesses somehow. That’s a neat way of explaining why every goddess is conveniently harbored inside a student of that school for Keima to capture. And probably connected to what Kanon/Apollo is doing in her sleep to cleanse Maijima.
If I had to guess, Akari and Yuri either make up or are working with a faction loyal to the school or town and are aware of its history with goddesses. Perhaps we can think of them as the side of the humans, to go with the side of heaven (the goddesses and the new-hell demons) and the side of hell (Vintage). But that’s just conjecture. At the very least, they don’t seem outright antagonistic to Keima and are instead watching both him and Vintage to find the right moment to make their move. I can’t wait to find out more next week. And Ayumi’s recapture too. I have no idea how that can go well for Keima, but he’s worked miracles before.
The first boss returns as the last boss. I’m hopeful she will return as the last last boss, Keima’s true route once he gets that darn ring off his neck.