「ああ、マイダーリンはロクデナシ」 (Aa, Mai Dārin wa Rokudenashi)
“Ah, My Good-For-Nothing Darling”
This week, Ayumu meets a busty, red-headed doujinshi artist by the name of Naegleria Nebiros (Koshimizu Ami), or Nene for short. While I’m generally skeptical about adding characters this late in the season, I have only one thing to say about Nene-san: Ayumu, you had better add her to your harem. Do it, DO IT NOW!!
Ahem. So after a call with Dai-sensei (awww, she finally got out of the bath…though I’m okay with this too), Ayumu gets tipped off that there’s someone on Earth who is a match for Chris – the aforementioned Nene. What I found interesting here was the glimpse we received into the Underworld. Forgive me for having grown up in a very WASPy area (though that’s not going to last for long. Yay demographic shifts!), but when I heard “Underworld,” I assumed it was an unpleasant place to be, something that Sera’s cooking seemed to leed credence to. Yet, now we see it, and the Underworld is beautiful. This, combined with what we’ve seen of Virie – vast rooms with dark foreboding gothic architecture – and the fact that it was Virie that invaded the Underworld, would seem to call into question which side are the bad guys in this little confrontation.
Speaking of, I didn’t even realize there was a confrontation between Virie and the Underworld! Maybe Haruna and the other’s blasé attitude about living together made me forget, but I don’t remember that being mentioned before. Still, more interesting than that was Yuu’s passing mention of the “Megalo System.” This is highly intriguing to me. Masou shoujo fight the megalo, but so do the denizens of the Underworld, as we saw in season one with Yukinori’s tonkotsu ramen soup, and Sera’s & Saras’ violin playing. Yet the megalo pour from the underworld, as we saw at the end of season one. What am I missing here? Could it be that this disaster the King of the Night caused created the Megalo System, filling the Underworld with megalo and turning it into the dark place I had originally imagined? And to what purpose? Well, the two sides seem to be on relatively good terms now, at least from what we’ve seen. Hmmm…
Anyway, back to the episode at hand. One of the two other big things from this episode was the absolute onslaught of deredere Sarasvati was offering up. I had no idea that she could make faces like this, but oh Madoka-sama, I’m glad I found out. I’m not sure what triggered this change, but I can’t say it’s totally out of left field – she has been calling him “my darling” for a while now. Maybe how little she has been seeing him for a while just built up until she decided to do adorable stuff like taking that indirect kiss she wanted. My heart, it can’t take dere of this magnitude!
Then there was the whole doujinshi drawing thing with Nene. First of all, Nene being an big-breasted narcoleptic fujoshi was quite a treat to see, especially since it led to an epic tearful freakout from Haruna, and the obligatory bodily damage for Ayumu that such a thing can only result in. But while I originally thought that Nene was going to be silly and useless, it turns out that she’s quite the sweet girl. Drawing that manga about what would have happened had Seventh Abyss gotten the happy ending they so wanted…that’s a sweet tribute to her old friends.
Two last quick things. No, wait, actually three. One, it seems like Ayumu being late for Saras’ show was a self-inflicted problem. He could have easily asked Nene to go at any time, and he did promise Saras that he’d go to the concert first, so that should have taken precedence. Fortunately, this didn’t end up being a problem with Saras. Two, the thing at the end where Nene and Chris were suddenly out drinking together? O.O This is just further evidence for me Chris-isn’t-really-evil theory. Finally, the objective, analytical storyteller in me wants to say that this episode wasn’t particularly well constructed, with two unrelated storylines – one of them which emerged fairly abruptly just this episode – only clashing because the protagonist inflicted the difficulty on himself. That said, so many interesting things happened, and the feelings of all the characters involved were so earnest that I truly enjoyed this episode quite a lot. I feel like I shouldn’t let them off so easily, but…well, it’s alright. I’ll let it slide this time.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Virie is dark, the Underworld is bright, Saras is deredere, & Nene is busty as hell. Hey, I sorta rhymed! Almost. (sorta) #korezon
- Wow, the King of the Knight used to cut quite the dashing, heroic figure. It’s interesting to see that, since we know exactly how far he fell. It also punctuates how hard it was for Yuu to do what she did at the end of Season one.
- Wow, Anderson-kun really lost his cool when Ayumu asked about Nene. Though seeing how she is, I don’t blame him. Probably he was featured as a character in one of her BL doujinshi at some point. *shudder*
- So Ayumu is the “Dark Lord of Lechery“? You haven’t watched enough anime, Haruna. Not by a long shot.
- Ayumu’s tastes in delusions are starting to worry me. What’s with that backpack, Ayumu -_- On the upside, this week’s mousou Yuu was Hocchan! Always a good thing, at least if you’re trying to convince Divine to tune in :3
- Nene said she was willing, Ayumu. GET HER INTO YOUR HAREM. DO IT. DO IT RIGHT NAO!!
- Wait, Original Yuu draws BL doujinshi too? Do not want!!
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