It’s a nice short week in the US, so let’s give thanks for some good shows, and start with NouKome! And everyone else, I hope you’re enjoying your November.
Will the Real Chocolat Please Stand Up?
So which Chocolat did you like better? After 7 episodes of spacey Chocolat, I thought responsible Chocolat was somewhat interesting, and I was kind of disappointed that they changed her back. She was definitely a more serious candidate for Kanade, to the point of being too serious. But having someone who is actually competent around could be a huge boost for Kanade, even if he was getting a bit too uncomfortable at the atmosphere that serious Chocolat brought to the house.
Chocolat Explains It All (also I love the smudges on the whiteboard)
I start to wonder if maybe Chocolat isn’t quite telling the full truth about how to get rid of Kanade’s curse. Very convenient that she lets him think that a kiss would help get closer to the resolution, after she’s claimed that she loves him very matter-of-factly. And Kanade does think about it for a second, but things are probably just moving too fast for him. I was also surprised that we got so much background about the situation with the gods, even if it ultimately didn’t help Kanade learn anything. But how long has Chocolat had her memory lost? I thought at first she said it was because of her fall, but then seemed to hint that she had been lazy and ‘not herself’ since before the flippant god was in charge. I think she’s much more interesting as a mysterious beauty, rather than a puppy.
Different reactions to the pool
Who Do You Love?
Seira makes a scene
A question that’s rarely asked in harem anime, to be honest. We always know who the harem loves. But who does the main character love? It’s always assumed that he would love any of them, or sometimes it’s made obvious that he loves all of them. Sometimes it’s that he doesn’t really ‘love’ them, but likes them all enough that he doesn’t want to hurt anyone. But in Kanade we have a harem lead who isn’t really in love with anyone. He’s not even really close to being in love, and he’s forced to confront that fact when Seira asks him if he has ever fallen in love. Who the ‘she’ that Seira is referring to is is a different story, tho. Is she an assistant from the kami who is backing up memory-loss Chocolat? Or is she perhaps talking about either Furano or Ouka?
Is it Furano?
But interestingly, Chocolat seems to think that there’s a person that Kanade likes, so she’s jealous of Furano and Kanade. Will this show be a classic “First Girl Wins”? Furano definitely seems to be the favorite of the OP, having the only scene to herself, and being the first girl shown in the reflective part near the end. And she’s definitely been the one who’s been more openly shown as interested in Kanade (besides Seira the troll). But with only 2 episodes left, is there actually going to be a move made?
Chocolat tries to make a move
I’m afraid that we’re probably going to get the Diomedea 10-episode No Resolution Special again. But we do have two episodes, and we’re smack dab in the middle of a harem, so maybe we’ll get some movement. I think that it’s really down to Furano or nobody, and I kind of wish that Kanade would get the hint about why Ouka is acting the way she is, but I suppose we can’t expect too much from a harem lead.