「おおかみさんと御伽銀行のすごく長い一日」 (Ookami-san to Otogi Ginkou no Sugoku Nagai Ichinichi)
“The Wolf and Otogi Bank’s Very Long Day”
I can’t say I really understand how it works, but apparently you can offer a 30% discount on repaying favors. I’ll leave it to Alice to calculate exactly how much debt each request Otogi Bank handles is worth, because the story is finally heating up with the return of our “last boss”, Hitsujikai Shirou. I don’t think it comes as any surprise that he’d make his return to the story before it’s all said and done, but his roundabout tactics of trying to defame Otogi Bank by making them out to be the loan sharks with a secret upscale underground facility was a bit unexpected. Of course, not by exactly what he was accusing of them of being because most it rung true. The real killer in Shirou’s scheme was his way of systematically separating everyone from one another without raising any suspicion, making kidnapping them much easier.
To that end, Reiko was undoubtedly the biggest thorn in Otogi Bank’s side, since she went for that deceptive approach that preyed on their kindness. Given how she claimed Shirou used her, dumped her, and sent all the other delinquents out to rape her, I can completely understand how Ryouko wasn’t suspicious of her in any way. Ringo on the other hand knew better and had Alice look into Reiko, which had me believing things wouldn’t go Shirou’s way at all. However, that bastard turned out to be two steps ahead and lured Ringo away with a false threat on Himeno, so that Reiko could stun gun Ryouko and take her back to Onigashima. Now is it just me or is it kind of amazing how he can pull one over the likes of Liszt and Alice? I gather a big part of it was the passive, wait-and-see approach that Liszt told everyone to take, and Alice probably wouldn’t have suspected that Mimi would be used to draw her out; however, I can’t help but feel that Shirou anticipated for that as well.
Whatever the case, it’s good to know that Mimi realized she was being used and helped Alice escape. Shirou sure seems to like preying on girls it would seem, as Otsuu and Otohime are the other two he’s already kidnapped in addition to Ryouko. I gather Tarou only plans to come quietly until he finds out where Otohime is, whereas Ryouko’s going to seriously need Ryoushi to come in to save her. That is, whenever he’s done being preoccupied by Nekomiya Saburou (Kaji Yuuki), who’s supposedly training him how to handle close quarters combat out of the kindness of his heart. He’s modeled after Puss in Boots though, so all the suspicion towards him about wanting to get Ryoushi together with Ryouko is completely warranted. Regardless, Ryoushi does seem to be improving while he’s completely oblivious to what’s going on, so maybe something positive will come from this distraction.
Incidentally, Ryouko still has her Neko Neko Knuckles with her since Reiko and the other Onigashima thugs didn’t bother taking it off her belt. While I haven’t counted her out completely just yet because of that, I get the feeling her trauma will kick in again under these circumstances. This is where Tarou, Liszt, and Ryoushi will hopefully come in, as they look like they mean business in the preview. Come on Ryoushi! Save your wolf!