「心のカガミ」 (Kokoro no Kagami)
“Mirror of the Heart”
When there’s a big f–king gun that’s only good for one shot, it’s an absolute tease if it’s never fired. The rational side of me understands Makoto’s hesitation to use it when Ruri’s right next to him, but come on… shoot the Corundum Laser Cannon. With a name like that and an expensive ruby burned in the process, it’s just begging to have its trigger pulled. Makoto should really consider having his Engagement Suit modified so that it has room for a passenger, because that would’ve allowed him to bring Ruri inside and be done with the ancient Ashi housed in a pyramid-like ruins. Instead, the laser cannon was merely a test of tenacity on how long he could hold out for. Kudos to his quick thinking when he decided to cut through the bedrock and have Ruri pass on the ruby to Alma below, but it sure didn’t look like he had much of a plan just prior. Ruri would’ve been killed and our show would’ve been over. The thought of that is enough to get anyone upset, even Makoto himself.
It’s hard to believe this started out as a beach episode, which only consisted of Ageha and Nanami for the most part. There was only a bit of Ruri in a swimsuit and absolutely no Wakana since she was busy collecting rocks (quite a backbreaking hobby if I do say so myself). I wasn’t really hoping for any real fan-service, but they did get my expectations up a little bit when Ruri commented about the perverted look on Alma’s face. That was probably the first tease, followed by the aforementioned BFG right after Alma sensed an Ashi nearby. In actuality, the episode wasn’t really all that bad though. Makoto was on Alma’s case for making sure to protect Ruri at all costs and a flashback was shown about how the Kagami family always serves the Aiba family, explaining why he takes his job so seriously. That death flag-like moment eventually resulted in Makoto being appreciative of Alma’s help, and showing it by saying he’s going to put him through some proper training. I would’ve liked to see something more from the Ashi that was housed in the ruins to presumably harness its powers, but we still had a decent amount of character development from its involvement.
The finish was nice to see, mostly because of the scare that Alma gave Makoto for piercing right through his Engagement Suit and not hitting him, but there wasn’t really a lot else that particularly stood out. We basically had another school life-type setting with an Ashi twist like we did last week. I didn’t mind the change-up because I enjoy seeing Ruri in these scenarios (and in different outfits), but I am happy about seeing more of Night and Yuuji next time. I’m actually hoping to see more of Fei since she’s a Sacred Taker as well. I’ve been curious as to what her transformed form looks like.