「10%の雨予報」 (10% no Ameyohou)
“10% Chance of Rain”
This episode was full of so many cute moments that I’m not sure where to start. The most notable one would have to be the flashbacks to all of Keima’s previous captures. I’m probably starting to sound like a broken record, but I’m glad that the show took the time to show how much Keima actually cares about each of the girls he saved. He may go on and on about how real girls are no match for 2d ones, but his actions are far louder then his words. Keima deserves to shine like this!
Ayumi’s sudden reappearance was the most well planned event thus far in the series. The whole notion that she felt uncomfortable while Chihiro was badmouthing Keima was like God’s orchestra playing the fanfare from Final Fantasy inside my brain. The idea that a combination of Keima’s time and feelings were able to leave such a lasting effect on Ayumi’s heart that she’d still feel those same feelings even without her memories made my heart tingle. And not even giving my heart a moment to regain it’s composure, Elsie’s words range the clearest when she said, “[Memories] get erased, but that doesn’t mean the person returns to how they used to be.”
If you didn’t notice it, Keima was blushing more during this single episode then the past season combined. It was probably his earnest feelings that were able to win over Chihiro’s trust. That look on his face when he was recalling all of his previous captures was so pure that it’d be surprising if Chihiro didn’t fall for it. In retrospective, it makes perfect sense that with a girl who’s trying to win a guy; it’d be the game of getting the girl with the guy and not trying to get the girl. If you take a second to think about it, if you replaced Keima’s words with slightly less game-intensive terms he’d be pretty close to the Japanese Hitch. As soon as Keima figured this out, it was strange thinking about how he didn’t have to be the one who was kissing the girl. I thought he’d be leaping at the thought that he personally wouldn’t have to do the deed ever again. But after taking a closer look at all the work he went through to help Chihiro, it’s pretty clear which method is easier.
So as I’ve predicted, it must be really hard to really like a guy who you can’t talk to by yourself. If you have a male friend trying to get you together with the guy you like, wouldn’t it make more sense to pick the guy who’s putting in all the effort into helping you? Not only that but if you’re not being yourself with the guy you like, what happens when they find out? Keima usually isn’t the one with perception problems, but it felt like Chihiro was starting to fall for him hard toward the end. The attempt at a real conversation, blankly staring at his face, that look of sadness in her eyes when Keima announced that she’d be confessing the next day — it all seems to be pointing to an ending where Keima is the actual winner.