「2年B組長瀬先生」 (Ninen B-gumi Nagase-Sensei)
“Year 2 Class B Nagase-Sensei”
Time to start another capture, and this time it’s student teacher Nagase Jun. To start off, I came into this thinking that Keima would have to capture a real teacher; something that I think would have been pretty interesting to watch. Looking past the inherent problems with dating your teacher, it would have made for a some interesting situations and a great arc right?!
Instead, Nagase ends up being a young student teacher, something that in theory sounds a bit more socially acceptable since their isn’t a huge age gap to deal with. Did I mention that Toyosaki Aki is also voicing her? Even though she’s also voicing Nako in Hanasaku Iroha and Young Popo in Anohana, I was surprised that I couldn’t figure it out at first. It goes to show you how versatile her voice ends up being! That or I’m still not that good at pointing out popular seiyuus.
Getting back on topic, it’s so amazing how Manglobe is really doing things differently this time around. After watching how they handled Chihiro’s arc and going off of how the comments about how an unimpressive arc in the manga became an amazing one in the anime, I was pumped to see how the last arc of the season would play out. A cute student teacher who’s idol is a pro wrestler named Jumbo, totally interesting right? But combine that with some mysterious ability to bewitch Keima and you have the beginning of an interesting arc.
I don’t think Keima has been more embarrassed than he was during the end of this week’s episode. Not only are things not even remotely going his way, but I’m really curious about how he’s going to capture a student teacher. Already commenting about how it’s a long and tedious process with little return, it’s hard to see the incentive from Keima’s point of view. Plus, there seems to be some deep and dark secret in Nagase’s past — something serious enough that it created a hole in her heart large enough for a loose soul to enter it.
Even though this may be just the beginning last capture of the season, I hope that it keeps this strong note that it started on. Seeing how Keima can’t end this quickly since he’s been put into the student zone, I’m think I’m going to enjoy watching him try to claw his way out. Just like how Chihiro’s capture shook up the normal capture strategy, I hope that this one manages to do something just as innovative. If I were to make any guesses, it seems that both Keima and Nagase share some common values about how they view reality. And for a guy who hates reality, I’m sure that Nagase’s ideals over reality outlook grabbed his attention.