「たどりついたらいつも雨ふり」 (Tadoritsuitara Itsumo Amefuri)
“It Always Rains at the End of a Hard Journey”
I’ve stated this many times before, but it kills me to watch Keima invest so much time and effort into saving these girls with loose souls inside of them only for their memories to be erased and have no clue about how hard Keima worked to save them. Also, if you haven’t picked up this show because you were afraid of another season of captures after captures, shame on you.
The emotional impact of this single episode was so strong that I nearly started to tear up in public. Had I been home, the tears would have probably been falling down my cheeks. Keima showed an entirely different side of himself this week, and it left a super strong impression. Kosaka Chihiro (Asumi Kana), the newest target is the definition of your average girl. Nothing really in particular makes her stand out, maybe except for how fickle she is about guys. The thing is, it really stung when Keima put up such a big front over refusing to save her, when he had already decided that he was going to save her. The rainy scene where Chihiro was rejected, Keima starting to get anxious while playing his PFP, and that internal scene of trying to figure out what choice to make, was all for nothing after not only getting shot down but getting all of his good intentions smashed on.
After such a strange turn of events, I felt really bad for Keima. It looks like the realization that all of his hard work never gets any kind of recognition finally hit him. But even worse then getting no recognition is the amount of ridicule he endures every minute of every day. Sure his obsession with games could make him stand out for the wrong reasons, but the way he expressed his concern for Chihiro was really sweet. What never occurred to me was that Keima is a normal person like you and me. When reality came knocking, it really knocked Keima down hard. As the seasons passed in-front of his door, it was clear just how depressed Keima was.
But in normal Kami Nomi fashion, something so amazing occurs that it changes the whole playing field. After getting completely sucked into Keima’s depression, I never expected that the very first girl from season one, Takahara Ayumi (Taketatsu Ayana), would appear. I was nearly tearing up when she extended her hand out to Keima, but that genuine smile on her face is what really got me. If I were to guess, the romantic side of me would say the feelings that Keima and Ayumi created overcame the fact they were erased and is what told Ayumi that something was wrong with Keima. As corny as this sound, I would be overjoyed if something involving Keima’s hard work and dedication came into play. Because right now, I think it’s just the thing Keima needs to get him out of this rut.