「節穴世界（ファンタジーフィールド）を覗け！」 (Fushiana Sekai (Fantajii Fiirudo) wo Nozoke!)
“Peek into the Peephole World (Fantasy Field)!”
The silly over-the-top high jinks continue this week, but surprisingly slip in a few big developments with regards to Ikaros’ feelings and Chaos’ interpretation of love. Leading up to that, it was nothing but Tomoki falling victim to the angeloids’ refusal to give him some alone time — not even in a man’s safe haven, the bathroom — before the master pervert himself got everything he deserved with the realization of the TOMOKI Peeking System. I don’t think I’ll every approve of the side projects that Tomoki invests his time in, but that doesn’t mean he never ceases to amaze me with their complexity.
While Tomoki probably didn’t deserve any of the mistreatment he got in the first half of the episode, it did sort of emphasize the lengths Ikaros went to to look out for him. Granted, none of it was helpful in any way other than nearly cooking him alive, but hey, it’s the thought that counts. On a more relevant note, it did show a clingy side to Ikaros that we haven’t really seen before. Ever since the whole Choas incident, she’s been acting a lot more like a girl in love, which is pretty cute simply because she doesn’t know how to handle the emotions she’s experiencing.
Somehow, all the wacky humor that came with Tomoki’s peeking system was brushed aside pretty quickly when Sohara didn’t karate chop him like we’ve come to expect. She actually drops the bomb on something that I’ve been dying to figure out myself — why Tomoki will never take advantage of Ikaros when he doesn’t seem to hesitate with Nymph or Astraea. From a broader perspective, it’s probably safe to say that it’s because this series would be treading pretty close to hentai borders if he did. After all, Ikaros would undoubtedly do anything he asks of her without hesitation, much like Tomoki found out in the very first episode of season one when he told her to strip. Judging from that, I’m almost inclined to say that Tomoki doesn’t want to “take advantage” of girls who provide no resistance, which is the real reason why he doesn’t do anything to Ikaros. On some subconscious levels, he’s still a good person at heart who’s wouldn’t get any enjoyment from preying on someone as innocent as her. I dare say he would even feel bad for doing so.
It’s kind of hard to believe, but the angeloids who flock around him are aware of that good side of him to the point that they’re willing to put up with his perverted one. What was a bit surprising to see was Astraea inviting him to play cards with her after she received a bag of senbei rice crackers from him. That was probably the first time she’s acted nicely towards him, so it was a bit of a shame to see Tomoki flatly refuse her invitation as he scampered around trying to keep his project a secret. In Nymph’s case, this wasn’t the first time she’s shown a willingness to help Tomoki with his perverted ideas if he’d be willing to become her master; however, it almost pains me to see that she can never quite overcome that hurdle of asking him if he would. Instead, it looks like she’ll forever remain an angeloid that Tomoki welcomes into his home without even realizing how she truly feels. Poor Nymph.
It’s a bit of a shame to say the least, especially after he more or less won Nymph over by protecting her from Astraea just a couple of episodes back. As such, I’m just glad that she and Ikaros didn’t overhear his explanation to Sohara that he can’t possibly feel anything for them because they have wings. That was rather cold and would’ve likely dealt more damage to their “reactors” than he realizes.
Admittedly, I’m at a bit of a loss on what direction this series will take now that Ikaros’ has supposedly purged the memories of Tomoki that’s caused her to fall in love with him. Seeing as Sohara was the only other person really aware of how she felt, I gather no one will really suspect that anything’s wrong with Ikaros in the final two episodes. Of course, that doesn’t mean I’m okay with the idea of everything going back to square one after Ikaros finally acted so human-like, so I’m hoping she’ll somehow recover those memories once Chaos returns to stir things up. Incidentally, that would seem to suggest that this second season will conclude around Ikaros this time, which I’d be all for after all the focus that’s been given to Nymph and Astraea as of late.
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