「すれ違いの（課外）授業」 (Surechigai no (Kagai) Jyugyou)
“(Extracurricular) Activities While Passing Each Other By”
I finally understand how the end of the world will occur. There’s going to be a guy and a girl who don’t communicate properly because one side didn’t take the time to think before they acted. I’m not going to go as far and say that it’s a cliché story idea, because it’s always fun watching the protagonist get his butt kicked around from time to time. However, I wasn’t really enjoying how they handled it this episode. Yes, I get that Taito is dumber than the typical guy and gets so focused on a single thing that he’ll let common sense slip right past him. But it’d be nice to watch him learn from the mistakes that he’s already made.
At the same time, there’s been something that’s been bugging me for a while. Seeing how Taito is stronger than any normal human, with the skills to take out the top fights in Japan, can you imagine how ridiculously overpowered everyone he’s faced so far had to be? The only other logical answer I can think of is that Taito’s composure during battles just becomes so unfocused that he’ll allow his enemies to blow holes through him. I’m hoping it’s the latter since amassing a large amount of skill sounds more feasible than just getting ridiculously strong.
On the other hand, it was a pleasure to watch Gekkou get strapped into the slice-of-life side of things. Watching him constantly put down everyone around him with his infinite amount of insults started to get old, but not until life decided to play a trick on him. I couldn’t tell if he was being oblivious over what he was doing with Mirai, but it definitely looked like he went on date with her. In my opinion, the best part had to be the crane game at the arcade. The second the stuffed animal fell from the crane, I was delighted to see Gekkou’s face full of rage — serves him right for being so damn arrogant all the time.
Even with almost no references to anything in the past five episodes, I think that this has been the best episode thus far. I’m sure that my bias for slice-of-life elements and high school romcoms is butting its head in here, but I think this show flows a lot better when it’s not trying too hard to be serious. If I don’t give myself expectations for certain lackluster protagonists, it’s that much better when they manage to pull off something cool. Plus, it makes it easier to accept the random insertion of characters. The only thing I’m left thinking about is just what is controlling Haruka? Besides having some sort of relationship with the Seraphim, I just want to know why she tears up just thinking about Taito!