「絢辻詞編 第一章 ハッケン」 (Ayatsuji Tsukasa-hen Dai Isshou – Hakken)
“Ayatsuji Tsukasa Chapter 1 – Discovery”
The start of arguably one of the most anticipated arcs, a full-length shot of Haruka winning the Miss Santa contest, the sight of Tsukasa, Kaoru, and Keiko in their swimsuits, and more “nishishishi” from Miya than you can shake a stick at. This episode had just about everything to make Tsukasa’s story seem like an ideal one, provided that you like two-faced class presidents who are nothing like they appear. If I had a choice, I would take Nazuka Kaori’s “manipulatively sophisticated” role as Sangou Shizuku in Kampfer over her Tsukasa one any day of the week, because at least I know what I’m getting with her. Tsukasa on the other hand is like Pandora’s Box, which Junichi didn’t even try opening yet had the unfortunate pleasure of doing so simply by stumbling upon her detailed notebook. I could even say she’s like a box of chocolates, because I really don’t know what the I’m going to get. All I can say is that all the ones up to this point were sweet, but this most recent one was really, really bitter. Granted, I was already wary of the girl who has a tendency to stare at people blankly before smiling it off after she’s made her analysis of them. It was only reaffirmed by reader comments that gave away the actual surprise too.
Regardless, it was pretty easy to sense that there was much more to Tsukasa than she’s been letting off, and nothing could really shake the feeling that she has all these thoughts about other people that she keeps to herself. What gets me the most about her character is that it’s almost impossible to tell what she’s actually thinking, given the nice and respectable facade she keeps up the entire time at school. No one’s going to suspect anything of the diligent class president after all, and that’s where the creepy and unsettling vibe comes from. In short, it’s the behavior one would either expect from a manipulative psychopath or a serial killer. Not exactly the kind of girl Junichi would want to date if he’s concerned about keeping that head of his on his shoulders. Of course, it looks like he’s going to hit it off with her anyway (or at least try to) and potentially learn the reason why Tsukasa keeps her true self concealed from public view, However, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen without a little bit of a whipping at her hands every step of the way. Let’s just hope that Junichi has a bit of masochism in him that just needs a little help “coming out”, because if these two do hit it off like I’m suspecting, he’s surely in store for one hell of an abusive ride in the bedroom. I’m willing to bet Tsukasa’s got nails and she’s more than willing to use them to dig into whatever she pleases whether Junichi would enjoy it or not.
Kinky bedroom stuff aside, it looks like the cause of Tsukasa’s behavior stems from stuff at home. The first real indication that there’s even another side was the annoyance she showed when she ran into her older sister Yukari (Igarashi Aiko), making just about everything at the make-up swimming class she was overseeing feel very, very fake. I generally hate girls who put up an act like Tsukasa does because of how superficial they are, but I’ll reserve judgement about her character until I find out the reasons why she does it. I still don’t really understand why she was quick to show Junichi that other side of her after he had taken a glance into the notebook she dropped, because I would’ve figured she could have easily determined if he read anything she didn’t want him to and kept up the “nice girl” act accordingly. After all, she’s proved to be pretty darn cunning all this time. It’s pretty clear in my mind that she doesn’t want anyone to know about that other side of her and any potential family-related problems she has though, so I guess the safest way was to just blackmail Junichi from now on for stumbling on her secret. It looks like he’s going to be her bitch from now on, which is probably way more than he bargained for when he volunteered to help out with the Founder’s Festival this year. But hey, being Tsukasa’s dog with benefits would technically mean he was successful in getting a girlfriend this year, so it can’t be all that bad as long as she’s not carrying a knife in that bag of hers at all times.
Anyway, I do like how dark Tsukasa looks in the new ending sequence, plus how it emphasizes that there’s two sides to her. The title of the song is “Angel of Lament” too, suggesting that she may be carrying a burden or simply troubled in some way. Either way, I’m completely fine with sacrificing Junichi to find out why that is. He can consider it as karma for taking advantage of voluptuous younger girls in an alternate reality. Nishishishi~