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「偽りの…精霊聖母(モリサマー)」 (Itsuwari no… Seirei Seibo (Mori Samaa))
“The False… Spiritual Virgin (Mori Summer)”

After two whole episodes of constant relationship development on the Yuuta and Rikka front, this week took a slight break to focus on our other favorite duo.

Stalker..san?

While I’m not 100% sure if this girl is the mystical Stalker-san everyone’s been talking about in the comments, I have to say that she gave off a pretty bitchy attitude. Not only did she completely lie about being the real Mori Summer but to go and tell off Nibutani in front of all of her friends had me nearly frothing in anger. I clearly remember hoping that Nibutani would have slapped her across the face for spouting such nonsense. It’s a shame it never happened!

Nibutani and Dekomori

If there’s one thing this second season of Chu2Koi has been doing right, it’s definitely how they’ve been throwing the harshness of realty at us. We all know that deep down inside, Nibutani and Dekomori cherish each other. While they may share an awkward Senpai-Kouhai relationship where social norms and respect have been thrown out the window, it’s clear that through the strong bonds they’ve developed with each other fosters a certain amount of mutual respect. A mutual respect that pushes them to go out of the way for each other when the time calls. Which is why I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Nibutani as her beloved kouhai just tossed her aside for a fake. Slowly sinking in a sea of depression, a majority of the episode felt pretty hopeless.

But with enough prodding from everyone else, Nibutani was able to get back up and once again became Mori Summer to help Dekomori get through some tough times. In typical Chu2Koi style, we were given one of the flashiest chuunibyou battles to date and got an awfully heartwarming speech from Nibutani to wrap things up. All in all not too shabby for two people who say they “hate” each, right?

That said, I still wish Nibutani just smacked the crap out of the fake Mori Summer to prove her point. Alas, even though it didn’t happen I suppose I shouldn’t be too bummed out about what actually did go down.

Rikka and Yuuta

Even in an episode where the focus was on everyone but them, Kyoani did a great job at reinforcing some of the things they painstakingly taught us last week. First and foremost I am so happy that there wasn’t some random “reset” on Rikka and Yuuta’s relationship. With Rikka actively thinking about how to act more like a girlfriend and doing things like initiating the sacred act of hand holding, it feels like things are going smoother than ever.

Second but just as important was how she handled her feelings of jealously. While it seems like she’s still trying to figure out how to deal with Sophia, there’s no denying that she put that aside and asked for her help because she was the best one for the job. Basically showing us that even when Rikka’s stuck with making a hard decision, she’s matured a bit where she can actually make objective decisions even with her feelings on the line.

Kumin-senpai and Isshiki

Not wanting to be left out, Kumin-senpai was back in full force this week. Even though she may be one of the more “sidey” side characters, you have to hand it to her for seeing straight through Nibutani’s facade and noticing just how much the fake Mori Summer wanted to touch Dekomori in all the wrong places. As I’ve said time and time again, you have to wonder just what Kumin-senpai could be capable of if she stayed in serious mode all the time!

Who’s Isshiki again?

Looking Ahead

With everything in a rather stable position, I haven’t the slightest clue what could be in store for us. The only thing that seems to make sense is that maybe we’ll get hit with some new girl who tries to throw a wrench into one of our two duo’s relationships. That or maybe, just maybe Isshiki might get a surprise episode that finally liberates him from the dog house (yeah right).

No matter what happens though, it looks like everything is in place for a grand finale. And with Kyoani doing a great job behind the wheel, I’m confident we won’t be disappointed when the time comes!

Random Thoughts

  • [13:59] jagster: takaii
  • [13:59] @takaii: takaii is kind of here — hi
  • [14:00] jagster: cant believe you didn’t catch the hint that Rikka might be losing her powers
  • [14:00] jagster: I think thats where the next few episodes might head
  • [14:00] jagster: or maybe just next episode at least
  • [14:01] @takaii: i thought about it a bit but I just chalked it up to giving us a good reason to bring sophia in :|

 

February 28, 2014 at 12:39 pm
47 comments »
  • February 28, 2014 at 12:50 pmPancakes

    Well that explains what the stalker cameo was all about. And yes Takaii she was the stalker, same cross hair piece on her and both appearances earlier in the cour, if slightly different hair style. Doubt we’ve seen the last of her too.

    • February 28, 2014 at 8:32 pmc2710

      The stalker has been around that long?

    • February 28, 2014 at 8:38 pmPancakes

      Episode 2 in the supermarket creeping on Nibutani, Kumin, and Dekomori and in episode 4 watching all of them when in the McDonald’s stand-in. Pretty much from the start of the cour yeah :P

    • March 1, 2014 at 6:19 amJohn Hayabusa

      Forget Sanae x Shinka. Sanae x Stalker is my OTP. Or I can just go for the Shinka x Sanae x Stalker OT3 route.

  • February 28, 2014 at 12:50 pmewok40k

    Sorry, Stalker-san, Dekomori’s first kiss already belongs to the only True False Mori Summer!
    (the X-mas episode).

  • February 28, 2014 at 1:00 pmswordhack4

    This episode is just full of epic WIN!! That sums up everything, I don’t need to say anything else. As seductively hot as that fake was, I wanted Nibutani to smack her. Meh, Nibutani is hotter anyway. Not to mention a great friend….why can’t I find a girl like her? :( On another note it’s nice to see that everyone’s efforts aren’t going to waste. Seems like Rikka is finally taking the initiative. First a surprise peck on the cheek, a “I love you”, NOW KISS!!!

    SIGH. Why is every girl in this show so damn lovable?

    I don’t know what this “Isshiki” is that you speak of Takaii, but it sounds like a funny, enjoyable version of Yamcha that I would like to see more of.

    • February 28, 2014 at 1:29 pmGuerzo-something

      Does Kyo Ani “hate” Isshiki or something? Poor guy.

    • February 28, 2014 at 1:39 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

      <3<3<3 Nibutani <3<3<3

      'nuff said.

  • February 28, 2014 at 1:13 pmFabio

    The yuri power is strong on this one.

  • February 28, 2014 at 1:31 pmKaris

    Sophia’s character bgm is so catchy, every time she shows up.

    Does anyone know whose seiyuu was voicing Stalker-San? I’m pretty sure I heard her voice somewhere…

    • February 28, 2014 at 2:05 pmAmirith

      MAL says it’s Nakahara Mai, most people would probably recognise her as Nagisa from Clannad.

      • February 28, 2014 at 2:09 pmAmirith

        Actually don’t listen to me, that’s the sleeping club girl from episode 5. I’m pretty sure it’s either Koshimizu Ami or Nakahara Mai though, it’s not credited as far as I know.

      • February 28, 2014 at 3:53 pmLGrey

        Ami Koshimizu. Her name does show up in the credits.

    • February 28, 2014 at 2:41 pmPancakes

      Ami Koshimizu credited on ANN. Lots of roles along the way, know her mainly as Tenma from School Rumble.
      http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=15622

      • February 28, 2014 at 3:15 pmBlazaking

        Aw shit man, she’s Ryuuko.

  • February 28, 2014 at 1:40 pmMeh

    there was an easy way to solve the problem this episode ask where the name mori summmer came from. didn’t nibutani shinka make it up from the characters in her name?

    • February 28, 2014 at 1:48 pmFlameStrike

      lmao I totally forgot about that detail! … I’m sure the characters forgot about it too heh.

    • February 28, 2014 at 4:50 pmAnonymosity

      But would that work as a proof for Sanae?
      Since she consideres Nibutani to be the fake, using information only Mori Summer can prove as truth wouldn’t really work.

  • February 28, 2014 at 1:46 pmgoldcut

    “initiating the scared act of hand holding”
    Did you really mean scared or sacred? Scared doesn’t seem to make much sense here..

    • February 28, 2014 at 1:56 pmTakaii

      Sacred c;

  • February 28, 2014 at 1:55 pmCybersteel

    Sometimes a fake is better than the original.
    ~ Kaiki Deshu

    • February 28, 2014 at 3:14 pmDvalinn

      Haha, that immediately came to mind as well when I heard that.

    • February 28, 2014 at 3:38 pmLinkark07

      “But there is no rule that an imitation cannot defeat the original.” – Emiya Shirou

    • February 28, 2014 at 8:34 pmc2710

      Fake tends to be better than the original since it’s trying to fake it

      - Kaiki

  • February 28, 2014 at 3:23 pmDvalinn

    This was one of the best episodes so far, in my opinion, and washed away the bad aftertaste of the previous Shinka and Dekomori episode for me (where the characters were holding the idiot ball).

    No wonder, because snarky Shinka is my favourite character in the show, and her rivalry with Dekomori never stops to be amusing. So watching her reevaluate that relationship and then fight to protect it, with Dekomori finally stepping in…awesome. And plenty of ship-teasing too. Rikka and Takanashi aren’t the only two that should just kiss already, is what I’m saying.

    Besides that, I liked the other subtle developments in the episode as well, like Rikka and Takanashi visibly overcoming their awkwardness or Rikka’s developing relationship with Shichimiya. Not to mention the jokes in this episode made me laugh out loud. I just lost it when Shichimiya started listing the stuff Shinka did back then, like eating random herbs off the ground or drinking tree sap. Hahahaha, wtf? No wonder she freaks out trying to forget it.

    Now that stalker girl is defeated, I also wonder what’s in store next. There’s still a few episodes left, after all, and most big conflicts have been resolved so far. Maybe a new one will pop up, though I hope it won’t cause a mood whiplash.

    • February 28, 2014 at 8:12 pmPancakes

      Personally I’m guessing it’s going to stay on the SoL track all the while laying the groundwork for what everyone is wanting: the kiss scene. A little late in the cour now for any major new arc, but 4 episodes is more than enough to finish fleshing out Rikka’s and Yuuta’s relationship.

  • February 28, 2014 at 3:48 pmCrook

    For some reason I really liked Rikka proclaiming victory there at the end with her good old pokerface.

  • February 28, 2014 at 4:30 pmruicarlov

    I think the next problem has been clearly hinted this episode. Rikka was unable to go all chuni to train Nibutani. Which leads me to believe she’s going to reach the same crossroads as Shichimiya. Her delusions or her love?

  • February 28, 2014 at 4:33 pmYuhsaku

    I like this season that it’s Nibutani’s turn to face her past like what Yuuta did in the first season. And personally, she looks good in that waitress attire. :-)

  • February 28, 2014 at 4:59 pmonion warrior

    having too much face palms watching this episode! totally pity Shinka for having her identity stolen…though she doesnt want to go back to her “Holy” phase anymore, but for having something that you created yourself taken away from you, thats it! ><

    sometimes i do hope they (Deko and Rika)stop throwing Shinka on the floor anymore. I mean, thats hurt y'know…and amazing Shinka having that great patience to tolerance with that! huhuhuu

    anyway, im happy for this episode~ XDDD more screen time for our Mori Summer <3

  • February 28, 2014 at 5:11 pmkevinball

  • February 28, 2014 at 5:15 pmSadifn

    Kinda missed Ishiki, but I guess he’s not really important afterall

  • February 28, 2014 at 6:00 pmleatherhead333

    I can kind of see why Nibutani was so upset by the fake Mori Summer. Sure she wanted nothing to do with that persona anymore but the fact is that image is something SHE created herself. She spent hours upon hours developing her own unique style. And even if she despises having done it seeing someone take credit for your work can be irritating even still. It’s like if you wrote a story and thought it sucked so you gave it someone else who made absouletly no changes to it and they end up getting famous for it.

    I’d piss you right the hell off!

  • February 28, 2014 at 6:51 pmMeldoy

    I agree, we kinda need moar Isshiki, he’s hilarious! Maybe something about Kumin x Isshiki is the last remaining episodes?

  • February 28, 2014 at 7:32 pmTheLastIdiot

    wow another yuri flag has been set in another anime…

  • February 28, 2014 at 7:56 pmechykr

    There can only be one Fake Mori Summer. lol

    Yuri flags everywhere. (Goggles on) There’s Nibutani being vexed (or is it jealous) that Dekomori is paying attention to another girl besides her, then she tells herself to not care (though she must be conflicted), which in turn leads to Dekomori being depressed that her Fake Summer is not paying attention to her.

    Finally, our good Kumin-sempai persuaded Mori Summer to be true to her feelings and enlist Sophia, the only person who knows her true potential, to temporarily unseal her powers so that she may defeat the Fake “Fake Mori Summer” and rescue her love. :D

    Double whammy for the Fake “Fake Summer” that our lovers revealed (more like Yuuta and Rikka) that they’ve already kissed. XD

  • February 28, 2014 at 9:56 pmcookievalenzuela666

    feelin kinda bad for stalker-san……. yuri spinoff with her and Kazari Kannagi?

  • February 28, 2014 at 10:07 pmstarss

    I was wondering if how they handled the stalker was justified. They DID leave her running away crying. Then again, we hardly know anything about her.

  • March 1, 2014 at 12:06 amFoxandWolf13

    Gotta give credit where credit is due, this is a damn fun show and as always the art and animation are off the charts, typical Kyoani greatness; but I have to admit, that bromantic foil (TROPE!) they are so fond of has become unbearably grating.

    I realize this is a show about cute girls (and main guy) doing cute things, as is most of their work, but I find it hard to believe that they couldn’t give Isshiki….SOMETHING. As much as I adore Kyoto Animation, when they are forced to round out a cast with more than one male, they just completely drop the ball. (Rare exceptions being Haruhi, Free and a few others).

    I mean, it’s like they aren’t even trying.

  • March 1, 2014 at 12:55 amIncognito

    “Aww look, they do love each other!”

    Does the stalker girl have a name, or is she simply credited as “Stalker Girl” in the credits?

    • March 1, 2014 at 11:49 amstarss

      There’s No Way My Annoying Sempei Can Be This Cute.

  • March 1, 2014 at 10:50 amceylon

    I miss yumeha and touka :)

  • March 1, 2014 at 4:13 pmNIBUTANI NO HUSBANDO

    LEAVE WITH THE STALKER, DEKO-CHAN… LET ME BE WITH MY WAIFU NIBUTANI-CHWAN <3

  • March 1, 2014 at 8:54 pmRed HeartGold ZX

    Those uniform changes tho …

  • March 2, 2014 at 10:31 pmc2710

    Speaking of Isshiki, I saw a H doujin of him with Shinka…. It’s sizzlingly hot

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