「なぜか！？の決戦前夜。種島の恩返し」 (Naze ka!? no Kessen Zenya. Taneshima no Ongaeshi)
“Somehow!? A Decisive Previous Night. Taneshima’s Repayment”
After the tragic loss of the Magic Hand to the “Mahirunator” last time, Souta comes back prepared with not only Magic Hand #2, but #3 as well thanks to a promotion they had going on. Even at 3,980 yen a pop, it’s a small price to pay when he gets the living daylights beaten out of him multiple times a day. I thought Mahiru’s androphobia was improving thanks to her new-found love for Souta, but I’d hardly consider it progress when she still hits him up to five times each work shift. Souta should really start looking for some Magic Shield or some Magic Armor while he’s at it, because there’s absolutely no time to react once Mahiru gets the jump on him. It sure must suck having to check around every corner before rounding it, even when you’re going at a walking pace. Hilariously enough, that proved to be the least of Souta’s worries here.
Out of embarrassment over Kozue’s drunken behavior, Souta silences Aoi from speaking of it to Popura, only for the latter to wind up at his house to return his student ID card and train pass and stumble upon that fact herself. I wasn’t sure what was more amusing leading up to that though — Kazue hugging Popura out of the blue and apologizing or Souta choosing to rush off to buy some cheap soy sauce over walking home with Mahiru. In any case, with the secret out and Popura having Souta’s family of giant sisters to worship now, her subsequent depression and frustration over feeling untrustworthy led to some hilarious results when “information broker” Souma Hiroomi decided to meddle in things for his personal enjoyment. I’m actually surprised Popura chose to ask Souta to go on a date with Mahiru over getting him to cross-dress as Kotori-chan again, but leave it up to Hiroomi to suggest skipping the compromises and putting the two together. Why choose when you can have your cake and eat it too?
Incidentally, Popura somehow figured it’d be a good idea to keep Mahiru’s arms restrained so that a date with non-cross-dressing Souta could happen, leading us to some serious borderline bondage play results. Just prior, I got a pretty good laugh at how Mahiru was stuck dwelling on the word “forever” when Popura asked her if she’d be with “hitting Souta forever”, as well as Jun and Hiroomi still refusing to get too close to her even when she was all tied up shortly afterward. However, things got even funnier when Jun called Popura foolish and told her they’re using cooking chopsticks that are much longer than normal ones before prodding her in the head with one. Aoi feeling left out and demanding the same abusive treatment from Hiroomi wasn’t too bad either, but I was laughing my ass off when Souta bluntly said he already considered tying up Mahiru in the past before.
Mahiru’s reaction to that statement was priceless, as was witnessing first-hand why restraining her hands isn’t a good idea. I couldn’t stop laughing when Souta added how the risk of getting bitten is another reason he decided against tying Mahiru up. Ever since Mahiru’s realized that she likes Souta and started trying not to kill him, the senseless beatings that Souta has to endure have become a lot funnier than before. Of course, Nazuna’s misunderstanding that her brother’s a huge masochist is an ongoing gag that’s all in good fun too. For the series finale next week, it looks like things will focus on Souta and Mahiru’s first date together, which judging from the preview might even have Maya involved as well. Better late than never I guess, but I’m more curious to see how Souta’s going to literally survive this outing. He already thinks he might die, so it should be some good times for me if not him.