Ika Musume… nooooooo!
Helping out at the beach. Nice twist on the usual beach episode, almost like adding a little Ika Musume in to the show (some squid ink anyone?)
The Napping Place
I always like seeing Touka
Of course you get a bunch of high school kids to help out at your beach cafe. At least you do if you’re Kumin’s mom, and getting Shinka in a bikini to help draw traffic isn’t the worst idea. Nor is Kuzuha’s cooking, and her yakisoba brings in quite the crowd. In fact, she impresses enough to go up against Touka, who returns for long enough to question Yuuta about what’s going on with Rikka, and to express her disappointed relief that their relationship hasn’t gone further before a cooking contest that’s glossed over entirely (thankfully).
Satone’s going to help Rikka, it seems
But the main interloper this episode is Satone, who is along at Rikka’s behest, because of her mention earlier about losing her powers. Now Rikka is afraid she’s facing the same fate, as she has a harder time calling upon her power, if she can at all. Is her growing love for Yuuta going to doom her to having to give up her delusions? Satone thinks so, but Rikka is going to try to prove her wrong.
Power Up Go!
Chuuni Force Power Up! Go!
So when pushed to the brink, losing to Satone, and the power of her Tyrant’s Eye, Rikka figures out how to work her love for Yuuta into her constructed world, resulting in a mecha upgrade (Fosh probably loved it) and all new power which defeats Satone and also the little kid that Touka brought along. And she seems to be able to do this because Yuuta has convinced her that their ‘contract’ is not like normal lovers’ contracts, but a special one for them. Which is good, since it works out for Rikka.
Could this really have been the future?
And Satone seems to be happy about it too, happy for Rikka and for Yuuta. That is, until she starts to think about it too much, thinking “What if I’d tried something different back then?” Ah, the ‘what might’ve been’ game. I think everyone ends up playing that sometime or other. But seeing that Rikka was able to avoid having to choose between her fun constructed world and her feelings for Yuuta, Satone starts thinking too much about Yuuta. About holding hands with him, about kissing him and snuggling him. And maybe she realizes that she’s not really over him like she thought she was.
So are they finally going to make Satone be an actual love rival for Rikka? Does she have any chance? She’s definitely more forward than Rikka is, or at least she was when she wasn’t really thinking she was interested. But in her past, she couldn’t make the move she needed to to try to get through to Yuuta, so why would it be different now? And just because Rikka is able to integrate Yuuta in with the Tyrant’s Eye doesn’t mean Satone could continue to be a Magical Devil Girl and still be with him, even as tolerant as he is. But she certainly seems to have that smitten look, and that could end up being at least temporary trouble for Rikka and Yuuta.