「ワタシ平凡？」 (Watashi Heibon?)
“Insecure” was the word that escaped me last episode when trying to describe Kanon; however, it looks like there’s more to her than meets the eye (… and no, I don’t mean she’s a Transformer). While the whole fading in and out existence bit is still a large part of Keima’s latest target, his attempt to try and address it being there for her every step of the way wasn’t enough. As a result, Kanon’s story goes the distance in what looks like a three-part arc — a first for this adaptation. Before delving more into that, I have to say that Elsie was absolutely adorable this episode like she always is, starting with how she flipped out about Kanon disappearing. Then there was her help in scoping out the target and mingling with the die-hard fans, which led to her profusely apologizing to Keima and his mother. Her bubbly attitude paired up with Keima’s short fuse is one aspect of this series that I don’t think I’ll ever tire of.
As for Kanon, I’m admittedly at a bit of a loss on what to make of her character and why she disappeared right when everything appeared to be going well for her. In the past when Keima’s said his trademark “I see the ending” line, I usually had a somewhat decent idea of where things were headed. This time around? Nothing, nada. In fact, I felt kind of dumb since it seemed like there were enough hints from Keima’s view on how idols should behave. To my defense, when Keima does brag about knowing how things are going to end, the series generally hasn’t given enough indication as to exactly what it is. This includes Ayumi way back in episode one, which from what I read of the manga while writing the season preview, was supposed to show that Keima had already outlined how she would throw all the fruit at him before discovering the running shoes underneath. I’m by no means expecting to have everything spelled out to me in that detail with Kanon, but I can’t even picture an ending at this point because I still don’t know what to make of her constantly dwindling presence. Part of me feels that I’m simply not reading into what’s being suggested enough, but the confusion I have already makes it difficulty for me to even ascertain whether Keima’s flustered reactions are a part of his game plan. The immediate thought is yes they are, but the sight of Kanon’s cleavage (is she wearing nothing under that coat!?) followed by a reluctant head rub put some doubt on that. So either they’re hinting at nothing conclusive and saving everything as a surprise for next time, or I’m really just not getting the foreshadowing that the writers have given.
Looking at things objectively, there’s the backstory involving Kanon in her former idol group Citron and very clear indication that she almost has a phobia over being unable to get someone’s undivided attention. In regards to the latter, it’s been suggested that it goes back to her earlier years where no one seemed to bother to even take notice to her presence. Keima of course was the latest “problem” of Kanon’s since he didn’t care about her idol status one bit, but alleviated that concern when he started to make his move to win her over. All of that adds up to is…… something that will be revealed next time! The whole “prestissimo” (fast tempo) message didn’t help me much either since I’m not sure what it’s alluding to, so I’ll reserve judgement on that until I see how the rest of Kanon’s story unfolds. I will say that my impression of her character has improved a bit, though it likely had something to do with the only victim of her stun gun being a tree this week. Next time, answers!