「夏の午後に蝉(せみ)の声を聞く」 (Natsu no Gogo ni Semi no Koe o Kiku)
“The Voices of Cicadas are Heard on Summer Afternoons”
BONES should change this anime into a slice of life, because I don’t think I’ve had this much enjoyment from the show since it began. Disappointingly, Avril is shoved away once again, but it became quite obvious that she has the hots for Kujou. Naturally, I approve. It was hilarious that she was okay with Kujou staying because she thought Victorique was a guy, but certainly now her two months away will be steaming with jealousy. The rest of the episode went along in a relaxing pace, purely focusing on the ridiculously cute antics between Victorique and Kujou, with a little of Kujou development thrown in. And that new purple outfit. Simply stunning. New outfit for a new season~
I feel like they’re saving all the good parts for later, such as the possible “Avril vs. Victorique for Kujou” scenes, and essential things like the backgrounds of our main characters. Even though Kujou finally gets some of the spotlight, it’s nothing but a small taste of his past. Out of his bros, he was the black sheep, failed to be manly in a soldier’s household, and his mother and sister were expectedly compassionate. Let’s not mince words here gentlemen, but Kujou was a momma’s boy. It wasn’t anything out of the ordinary for characters with a similar background to his. I’m not exactly sure if that hacky-sack of rocks symbolizes anything deeper other than a link to his childhood, but Victorique knew of Kujou’s vulnerable side since the beginning and supported him in one helluva roundabout way. It’s more of an affirmation that she cares enough to support him now, but it’s actually development “filler.” Like you know how the more time you spend with someone, the more you feel connected towards them? Even if it’s a total stranger, this works, so with anime, it’s the same concept. Episodes like this are to get the viewer closer, even if not much really happened, but even the antics are a huge part of it as well. Did it work for me? Let me answer by giving you another question. Did Victorique just reach a whole new dimension of nut-busting cuteness?
It’s also interesting to note that his smarter brother, the one all the riddles were being exchanged with, looks exactly like him, except taller and with a pair of glasses. Possible future rival for Victorique’s love? (LOL doubt it) His sister might actually make an appearance though, given her somber expression.
Before these last two episodes, I was feeling a little bored with the show, but this new direction of “less mystery more character” is awesome, and the next episode seems to be even more of it. I wouldn’t cross off a new mystery just yet though.