“Flock of Plovers”
There were many things that stirred Kiiragi’s relatively cold heart, and the superbly complex process of friend making was one of them. An ostensibly easy job to others, but a journey for the socially inferior. Not only being backed up by the soft lovable voice of Hanazawa Kana, Shiemi was such a person Kii found sympathy within, never failing to wince at her attempts at friendship. Kii snarled at her idiocy for not asking Rin what he meant by his words, and was conflicted at her naivete in what being a friend meant, even though Kii had an inkling Shiemi knew she was being used.
As Shiemi’s problems were put aside, the story continued to explore the depths of the Exorcist world, introducing, surprisingly, only five different “classes” to choose from. Kii was instantly reminded of Team Fortress 2 given the way they were portrayed, but figured it was more traditional to relate them as classical rpg elements. But of course, it was much cooler when you are able to dual class like in some MMO’s, similar to what Suguro was doing. Thanks to having a structure, Kii looks forward to not having confusion on what kinds of powers are available when watching fights from now on. Rin’s meister choice should have been obvious since the classes were introduced, and Kii thought the title of “Knight” was pretty bad-ass. As such, the episode only proceeded to formally introduce Tamers, “coincidentally” relating Izumo and Shiemi, the latter of whom was able to summon a Green Man spirit. Now having the common connection, thus began the spiral downwards of Shiemi’s pitiful submission.
Izumo, having a back story to get her some sympathy, made Kii realize what a gigantic hypocrite she was in treating Shiemi similar to the way she was treated. However, Kii was surprised that the show didn’t mention this hypocrisy, which was much like the episode with the brother’s arguments in kind of avoiding what felt obvious. Instead, her noticeably small-eyed friend lectured on her dishonesty, and proceeds to quit cram school because small-eyed plain-faced designed characters have that sort of sad destiny. Izumi then fails to prove her prowess, which isn’t mockable, because she herself is a bag of insecurity, despite being so cocky with only one friend. To add salt to the wound, Shiemi busts in to save the day, with the Green Man having the cool ability to sprout apparently any plant he wants. He even knew Shiemi’s nicknames for them. Kii has a feeling Shiemi’s going to be a Medic too, using her Tamer skill to complement, while also possibly possessing an offensive familiar as well. In short, she will be bad-ass too.
Kii liked that the monster had relations with a bigger enemy and the over-arching plot for a sense of purpose. Kii also liked that the monster decided to lurk in the girl’s changing room, and made his presence known after one of them had her clothes off. “That wasn’t just drool because he’s a monster,” Kii slyly remarks with a dirty grin on his face. He also admired Rin’s handling of Izumo’s waterworks, giving only the slightest sympathy, which moreso leaned on pity.
Unsure of who the eyepatched human was Surprised at his ineptitude, Kii realized from the comments that the eyepatch dude was the Tamer teacher from earlier! Still, Kii turns his interest to Shiemi’s new situation. Her friend count is still zero, but so is Izumo’s. Kii rubs his chin as he wonders how many episodes it will take for Shiemi to finally win her over, and realize that Rin does consider her as a friend. Kii’s moved heart will hope for her.