「地区長、誇りを取り戻す」 (Chikuchou, Hokori wo Torimodosu)
“The District Chief Regains Her Honor”
The only thing I can think of at this moment is how amazing Elsie looks without her hair tied back. It’s amazing how the entire momentum of the plot, story, and general conflict of the episode was canceled out in the single moment Elsie’s hair decided to do that “flick” movement. While I’m not partial to long or short haired girls (Ohana really shook things up in my head), it was really nice to see Elsie sport a new hairstyle. I personally take the character design of a show really seriously. As superficial as that sounds, it’s something that can make or break an anime for me. In Kami Nomi’s case, Elsie has once again provided everything I could have asked for.
As I try to change gears and clear the thoughts of Elsie without her tied out of my mind, Haqua’s short two-episode arc came to a close with a pretty unimpressive bang — or so I thought. The whole idea of watching her fall into despair due to having so much trouble after getting out of school is something I can wholeheartedly understand. To be that person who everyone admires and to become accustomed to the praises of your peers, is something that is really hard to let go of. Mind you, if Haqua obtained this position through any ill manner, I would have let her fall as far as hell is deep. But instead, I think this provides a perfect example of how the book smart kid will have trouble adapting to the outside when compared to the one thrust into the situation with no alternatives. But if you combine that book smart kid and the one thrust into unforeseen circumstances, you get some pretty amazing results.
While I’m starting to miss Keima say his famous “I can see the ending” catchphrase, there was no shortage of awesome Keima moments this episode. I’ve become accustomed to his amazing stealth skills when things get serious, I couldn’t help but laugh a bit when he decided to catch up on his PFP-time. Plus his wise comments about Haqua’s skills and words of advice to Elsie are so well-timed that they still make me laugh and shiver a bit. But what really caught me off guard was how well Keima handled himself at the end. Coming from the Master of Capturing Girls, it’s amazing to see just how much he’s grown since the first season. Not only did he give Haqua a handshake but after going as far as complimenting Elsie on a job well done I had a stupidly large grin on my face. I have no idea if a Elsie and Keima coupling would even work, but the seeds have been planted.
Even though I’m a bit disappointed that Elsie took the time to fix her hair before the episode ended, I was quite surprised to see Haqua sneak in right before the episode came to a close. I was thoroughly convinced she left after such a nonchalant goodbye wave! Then again, I’m not complaining (;
ED2: 「アイノヨカン」 (Ai no Yokan) by 賭け魂隊 (Kakedama-tai)
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