「いえ、吸血忍者です。」 (Ie, Kyuketsu Ninja Desu.)
“No, I’m a Vampire Ninja.”
Before the episode took a turn toward becoming more serious, I found myself laughing out loud over Haruna’s ability to cook amazing fried eggs. I think I shared the same expression as Ayumu as he unboxed his lunch — full of cut fried eggs, a huge box fried egg, and even fried egg in his thermos! After giggling at how stupid the whole thing seemed, I started laughing as everyone who traded something with Ayumu to eat some of his amazing fried eggs started trembling after tasting how good they were. Almost makes me wonder what Haruna stuffed into those eggs.
After all the fried egg jokes, I didn’t expect the episode to take a serious turn. As the mysterious Vampire Ninja, Seraphim or Sera (Hikasa Youko) appears, I didn’t find myself growing attached to her. After being even ruder than Haruna, going as far as calling Ayumu disgusting worthless trash, she challenges him to a battle over who will serve Yuu. With such a brash personality, I really wanted Ayumu to beat the crap out of her. As the battle started off in Sera’s favor with her ability to move like a ninja, I started to get a little worried after Ayumu’s arm got chopped off. But with Ayumu’s resourcefulness I was impressed with his ability to win using a head butt at 250% power followed with throwing his severed arm like a boomerang — while it was simple and crude, I thought it was the perfect way for Zombie Ayumu to win.
As the episode came to a close, I have to admit that after watching how Ayumu met Yuu, I felt even more drawn toward her character. After such a lighthearted flashback with pieces of used paper strewn all over the floor after a long conversation between Ayumu and Yuu, the whole scene felt even more powerful as it ended with Yuu vowing to stay with Ayumu after resurrecting him. A small tingling feeling in my chest only grew stronger as I watched Yuu slap Haruna across the face for joking about wanting Ayumu to die. After watching all that, I’m really rooting for a possible Ayumu x Yuu pairing by the end of this series now.
With the story moving fairly quickly, I’m already excited for next week’s episode. On that note, I hope that Sera will drop that tenacious attitude of hers. I don’t know how much more of her “You piece of trash” comments I can take. The thing is, because of my love for Hikasa Youko, I’ll probably still end up loving her character just because of her voice. .__.
* Check screencaps 4, 15, 34, and 35 for a surprise!