「僕と本音と男の尊厳っ！」 (Boku to Honne to Otoko no Songen!)
“Me, Dignity, and a Man’s Dignity!”
What time is it? It’s time to return to what made this show one of the best comedies I’ve ever watched. A little bit of dark humor combined with some chocolate, laced with what I can only assume was alcohol, started off the funniest episode of the season. Who would have thought that a quick game of the Japanese version of BS could turn into a torture session for our male leads?
While Akihisa’s idiocy would have more than enough to carry along a simple card game, I never expected that there would be much, much more waiting for us. Getting completely drunk after eating a single alcohol filled piece of chocolate, Himeji’s dark desires emerged rather quickly. I couldn’t remember why mentioning a bet would upset Himeji, but creating a BBL fantasy in her head probably wasn’t the smartest move. Armed with a bottle of chloroform in one hand and a pink handkerchief in the other, I was ready to fall off my chair as she knocked out Hideyoshi and Tsuchiya, insisting that they were just “tired”. But throw in Shouko and her complete disregard for the situation as long as it gives her an opportunity to be with Yuuji, and we have all the ingredients for a skit full of laughs.
Unfortunately, watching guys get dressed up in a sailor fuku is not the main reason why I watch this show. As I’ve repeatedly said for the past three weeks, I wanted to see some summoning action! When summoning is part of the series’s own title, I was starting to get a bit sad when there was almost no focus on those cute chibi characters. Luckily, I got that and more from the latter half of this episode. Not only were the summons so cute that I impulsively went “aww” without thinking, but it was a nice surprise how instead of just being a lifeless avatar they became the personification of their owner’s thoughts and values.
I’ll admit that I didn’t immediately catch why everyone was freaking out when they started to speak, but this new upgrade to the summoning system turned out to be pretty funny. It probably isn’t a good thing that the summoned beings aren’t following their master’s orders but getting to watch them blurt out their deepest, darkest secrets without hesitation was pure gold. I nearly lost it watching Minami’s summon get all cutesy with Akihisa, trying to confess her love for him every chance she got. While I didn’t find Himeji’s as cute, it might have been from my personal bias for Minami. And don’t even get me started with any of the guy’s avatars — they should have run the second they saw the sparkle in Kudou’s eye.