Quite the focus shift this week. If you were looking for a lot of Rikka and Yuuta action, well, you’d be disappointed, but Dekomori and Mori Summer, er, I mean Shinka? They were in full force.
Fake or Real
Always check under the podium? Didn’t you see Police Academy?
Satone continues to be the device that’s being used to bring plot points to the fore. This time, with Shinka running for Student Council President, she has to run the Dekomori gauntlet. By the way, this is the first time I’ve seen a reference to a Japanese school having general officer elections for the student council at the beginning of the new school year, rather than the end of the previous year. Has it been like that in any other anime? Or is it just a plot convenience here?
A meeting from the past
Either way, the helpful Satone this time vouches for the authenticity of Shinka as Mori Summer, with incontrovertible photo evidence, from the time in middle school when Shinka and Satone were comrades-in-chuunibyou. This is enough to completely change Sanae’s mind, and bring her full support behind Shinka. Her full, smothering, support. It sure doesn’t take long for Shinka to tire of the fawning, but I have to give her some credit for recognizing that though she’s annoying, Sanae is earnest and capable. And a complete and utter fangirl.
So close and yet…
Shinka just makes one mistake: rewarding Sanae too soon for helping her with the election. If she’d waited until after the speech, she probably would have gotten a great speech out of Sanae and possibly been elected. But by igniting Sanae’s devoted fervor, she instead inspired Sanae to pull out the Mabinogion at the speech and kill Shinka with embarrassment. And of course she loses, although if she’d kept it together and gutted it through Sanae’s off the wall speech, she might have gotten votes for being an original person. She certainly couldn’t have done worse. Well, maybe she could: she could have been below Makoto, who was running some sort of comic relief campaign about being a man.
And torpedoed in one fell swoop
Shinka’s run at the student council is still another episode in what I think is her continuing chuunibyou. She’s tried to remake herself so many times, and tried to have some perfect anime / manga version of high school, and it always fails because she’s not being herself. And really, the times she’s seemed happiest and least stressed, is when she is being herself: meddling in Rikka and Yuuta’s relationship, hanging out with the rest of the group, giving and taking with Sanae. Maybe she’ll realize this at some point, but I doubt it.
When these two are at their best
Not a lot of Rikka and Yuuta at all. Mostly just as reaction shots, with the frenemies of Shinka and Sanae taking center stage this episode. Not a bad episode overall, and it gave a lot of people what they wanted to see about Mori Summer. I’d imagine we’ll get back to the main pairing next week. I’m still not sure what they’re trying to do with Satone / Sophia. Is she just a catalyst for bringing out the chuunibyou in everyone else? Or is she going to ever do more than just pop up and go “nya-ha-ha-ha!” I’m not really sure at this point, but it really doesn’t seem like she’s a threat to our main couple’s relationship, except through Rikka’s growing jealousy. Speaking of that jealousy, it seems that Rikka’s not really good with anything that seems to threaten her close friendships. She didn’t react well to Satone and Yuuta being friendly and close, and she doesn’t react well to Sanae and Shinka being close. Will this become more of an issue as we move forward?