「神様の特訓」 (Kami-sama no Tokkun)
“God’s Special Training”
After a somewhat feverish start with the arrival of Aki last time, the story changes gears to a more humorous and setup-like tone with the introduction of Hibino’s N University friend, Karahari Kuuko (Sawashiro Miyuki). Founder of the “True Science Club”, Kuuko is a feisty and controlling type of character that we don’t see Miyuki voicing very often, making her a refreshing addition to the cast for that reason alone. I got a good chuckle out of how hypocritical she is, telling people not to point at her and snapping back their finger if they do so when she herself doesn’t hesitate to do so. Other than breaking fingers, what she adds to the story is her inquisitive personality, which should prove problematic for Kyouhei and Utao now that she’s caught a glimpse of Kukuri. Throw in the fact that her father Kyousuke (Kirimoto Takuya) is a detective who’s looking into the recent murders and the incident at Kyouhei’s apartment, and their village’s secrets are at further risk of being exposed to outsiders.
At the moment, it doesn’t seem like a big deal considering that Hibino quickly accepted the existence of Kakashi, but I question whether the same can be said about Kuuko without a fair bit of “resistance”. Regardless, I suspect she’ll be pulled into the loop before long — just not before Kyouhei frantically panics for a good while. I’m actually hoping that Kuuko becomes more central to the story sooner rather than later, simply because she’s aware that Hibino has some feelings toward Kyouhei, and that the latter hasn’t picked up on any of the signs. It didn’t occur to me until now, but Kyouhei and Hibino mark the quick reunion of Okamoto Nobuhiko and rising female seiyuu Kayano Ai as romantic love interests, which we first saw in Yumekui Merry between Yumeji and Isana. I just hope Kyouhei and Hibino make more progress than those two did.
In the meantime, Utao’s been doing an admirable job sparking any potential romantic developments between the two of them, as Kyouhei has used the little sister tactic to pick up girls without even realizing it. Utao is just too adorable to watch, especially when she’s struggling to control Kukuri, so I really don’t see how anyone wouldn’t be charmed by her. I did kind of feel bad for her since Kyouhei’s quick to call her an idiot when she’s clearly very fond of her big brother, so it was nice to see Kyouhei pick up on that fact and pat her on the head for a rescue job well done — at least temporarily. Judging from Kyouhei’s flashbacks, I think it’s pretty obvious that he was much more talented at manipulating Kukuri than he claims, and the real reason he abandoned his role as its Seki was because of a past incident that was likely spurred on by Aki. I gather he didn’t trust himself with that type of power, but it still kind of irks me how he pushed that burden to Utao, even if she and Kukuri seem to be really good friends.
It’ll definitely be interesting to see how Kyouhei protects himself, let alone anyone else (i.e. Hibino) without a Kakashi of his own. Aki is free again as expected, and we have another Seki, Hyuuga Koushirou (Murase Katsuki), dispatched to help out. It shouldn’t be long before we see Hyuuga Mahiru (Hanazawa Kana) as well, who will likely be a third wheel to Kyouhei and Hibino.
* It was just a PlayStation 2 that was broken. It’s okay, they’re expendable nowadays.
The Konami Code is famous… too famous. Ah, the good ‘ol Contra days.