「こらえた涙があふれそうなの」 (Koraeta Namida ga Afuresou na no)
“The Held-back Tears are About to Overflow”
Nope, the school counselor isn’t suspicious at all — no more suspicious than if she wore a shirt that says “Hi, I’m Black Gold Saw and I’m Evil” anyway. This episode sure wasn’t subtle about getting that point across on numerous occasions, starting with her mockery of Yomi and continuing on to her insistence on trying to crack Arata after the latter’s love letter was childishly put on display by a spineless guy whom she confessed to. Forget flags; these signs were huge billboards.
Granted, the question still remains on why Saya will take the time to hear students out when she doesn’t really care about their problems. Judging from what happened in the other world, it’s almost as if she wants to be adored and relied upon by helpless individuals — kind of in a self-satisfaction way. A more plausible explanation — based on what she said about how there’s “somebody” out there to shoulder one’s pain — is that she injects feelings of doubt and insecurity within the students in order to use them as “emotional meat shields” for her own heart. If they’re suffering, then she doesn’t have to, sort of like a zero-sum game. If they’re freed from her “grasp”, much like BRS did here by blowing them away, then all the painful emotions that she’s offloaded to the students — to the point that they’re nothing but former shells of themselves — come rushing back to her.
Assuming that’s the case, it would explain why she suddenly teared up and quickly preyed on Arata as a replacement. It would also explain why she teared up uncontrollably again at the end, after BRS didn’t hesitate to lop off Arata’s head in the other world, effectively freeing her with a “scream of death” like Kagari last time. I presume Arata will be feeling a lot better once she comes to, considering how mellow Kagari was afterward, though the preview does make me wonder if the vicious cycle is fated to repeat itself. Whatever the case, that’s my best interpretation on what might be going on in the figurative alternate world, especially since the episode title seems to refer to Saya more than anyone else.
As for Yomi, it looks like she’s headed down the same path as the OVA where she becomes extremely jealous of Yuu. Compared to Saya, Yomi’s inner turmoil is a lot more subtle, but anyone who’s seen the OVA will be quick to pick up on where this will lead. The preview already hints at Deadmaster taking out her “frustration” on BRS, so we might be in store for a gruesome 2v1 next time after this relatively quiet episode on the action front.
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