「地区長、来たる。」 (Chikuchou, Kitaru)
“The District Chief Arrives”
So Haqua (Hayami Saori) finally appears, but who would have thought that it’d make this episode so amazing? Besides getting the needed dose of Elsie cuteness (and fire trucks), a very impressive thought came to me. It’s already the second season of this show, but up until this episode we had no real idea why loose souls were being captured. If you think about it, what was the whole point of watching Keima capture all those girls? To watch him show how it’s possible for a super otaku to kiss the hottest girls in the school? As Keima brought up his goal of gathering more information about the whole situation he’s stuck in, I was a little blown away that I didn’t question it sooner. Who’d have thought that the loose souls are actually demons who were previously banished and are trying to reincarnate themselves? The whole mini lesson was a nice refresher course, even though Keima was the one doing the explaining.
While I’m talking about Keima, I’m happy that he seems to have returned to his awesome badass self. His moments of seamlessly transitioning between his 2d girls and real life were somethings I really missed. But when he started pulling out his amazing wits from last season, my eyes were glued to the screen. The Keima that I watch this show for is the one who can woo the ladies even when he’s not trying. By ladies, I’m referring to Haqua. I’m not sure what impressed her more — the fact that Keima saw through her whole ruse or the fact that he’s able to see completely through her. Whatever it may be, it looks she’s at least partially fallen for him.
Watching Elsie constantly praise Haqua for being such an amazing demon started to get really old really fast. Especially since she doesn’t deserve half the praise she’s getting. But that’s what so lovable about Elsie — her earnest honesty. Sure her love for fire trucks makes me grin and I just love the way she pouts when she loses patience for Keima. But that honesty of hers is probably what makes her so amazing. I really hope that somewhere along the line she does get recognized for getting such an impressive amount of work done. I mean, I wasn’t sure how much time had passed since the first season started, but it seems that Keima’s been capturing a girl nearly every week to week and a half (Haqua said two months have passed).
With what looks like an epic battle ready to start next week, I can honestly say that I haven’t been this excited for an episode of Kami Nomi in a while. After the first two episodes, I was a little nervous that I would lose interest in this show — but I’m overjoyed that whatever they did this week really worked for me.