Finally the moment
It looks like Satone’s fight isn’t over, but what can she do about it?
Guys are Oblivious
Shinka digs up the past to help
Even though it took him a while, Yuuta finally realized, when Satone ran off in tears, that she was in love with him. But that’s barely a concern of his, because he’s got Rikka. Not like he knows what to do about it anyway. Heck, not even Shinka and Kumin can really help him figure out what to do with her, although Shinka is the most perceptive of them, knowing that Satone’s brave face saying she’s over him is just an act. Shinka even pulls out her middle school uniform and Mori Summer guise to try to help Satone get past her internal conflicts, trying to focus her on something outside of herself. But that doesn’t really work because the only thing she can think of to fight is Yuuta himself, and that probably wouldn’t have helped.
He barely remembered this whole thing
Meanwhile, Rikka gets the promised anime cold from being out in the rain, although she does try to play off the trope by saying that she’ll be all better the next day. And she still won’t say what it is she’s trying to do with running off every night. And from the troubles with Satone the show makes a nice pivot to Rikka and Yuuta’s relationship, as Rikka’s ‘secret’ is revealed: writings from Yuuta’s Dark Flame Master past, saying that on the night of the blue moon, someone has to put together the three keys and revive the Dark Flame Dragon to become the ‘ultimate contractor’. Yes, it totally played into Rikka’s chuunibyou to try to get closer to Yuuta, but she was actually able to find the third key (those arcade tokens). Not that Yuuta cared about any of that. He just loves Rikka, and while that other stuff is part of her, it’s just something that he ends up accepting as part of the whole.
Hey, I found the three keys!
Satone’s Final Battle
A well-animated surreal dragon
Satone does figure out what to battle, after they’ve revived the Dark Flame Dragon. Again, she thinks vanquishing that will vanquish her feelings for him, and it might help a little, but the scene after that certainly makes it seem like they’re not all gone. But either way, Satone gives Yuuta the dreaded “Bye Bye”, which I’m guessing means that’s probably the last we’ll see of her.
Kumin gets a chance to shine
The other thing this episode really did was cap off the rest of the characters, with a lot of help from Kumin. She finally got it out in the open how much Shinka loves everyone’s chuunibyou, and seeing her resurrection of Mori Summer for Satone’s sake really confirms that. Also seeing Sanae react to Shinka’s hug from Satone lets us know where she’s coming from as well.
With one more episode, I’m hoping that we’ll see some real lovey-dovey stuff from Rikka and Yuuta, given that the show has made such a big deal about the fact that they haven’t even kissed (although it’s likely that’s all we’ll get, if that). It certainly seems that there’s nothing left in their way, and everyone definitely supports them, including Kuzuha, Touka, and Yuuta’s mom. Of course, even if they do kiss next episode, it would take a whole ‘nother season for them to get any farther than that.