Is this the real Mori Summer?
Are we back in the realm of side stories? Maybe a little.
The Real Fake Mori Summer?
Shinka tries to find some proof
This was another episode about Shinka and Sanae, although this one took their relationship a LOT farther than the previous one did. No, I don’t mean that they got inspired by Sakura Trick, but that they’re acknowledging that the other means something special to them. I’m guessing from the website that had been put up, Sanae meets a girl who claims to be Mori Summer, and since obviously Shinka’s the Fake Mori Summer, this girl is the real one. But although this girl (I think her name is Raika Tokugawa) is adamant that she is real, she seems to have an ulterior motive: Sanae.
From the start, this is an exercise in double tsun attitudes. Of course Shinka wants Sanae to go away because she’s such a pain, so having someone else take her attention is good, right? And of course, Sanae wants Shinka to stop being a fake Mori Summer, so making her give up is good, right? But they eventually realize that what they really want is the attention of the other one, and friendship in their own somewhat twisted way.
A Battle of Love
Putting the moves on Sanae
So to get the new fake Mori Summer to get away from Sanae, Shinka is going to try fighting her, but it’s tough without having true belief in the words of the Mabinogion. And the other fake has the power of obsession behind her. So of course, to whip Shinka into shape, they need to get someone to train her in fighting. Cue Satone’s 15 seconds of screen time this episode. And the fight begins when Mori Summer tries to take advantage of Sanae, putting some pretty forward moves on her.
In the end it’s not about who’s Mori Summer
But when push comes to shove, Shinka comes out on the losing end, only to be backed up by Sanae, who realizes that Mori Summer is only after her body (for whatever reason). I also thought it was an interesting choice to have the new Mori Summer fight the way she did, using shadowy graphics and binding Shinka with tentacles (of course). Seemed very dark and not in keeping with being a mage who preaches the power of love and fairies.
Bonus Shinka Cosplay
Back to not much happening with Rikka and Yuuta, although there was a little bit, as Rikka reflects on what Satone asked about whether she would change. I think that was the purpose of the ‘failure’ at the shrine to be able to switch into her alternate universe: Rikka is already changing, maybe for good. She blames it on the shrine, but I think it’s more than that. I think it’s possible that Rikka’s inability to ‘perceive the other world’ will become a plot point, to be resolved at the end of the show as she and Yuuta find her equilibrium between the chuunibyou that makes her what she is and the feelings she has for Yuuta.