Well now, this was a somewhat surprising chapter. Last week, I speculated that mysterious girl we saw could potentially be a goddess within Keima – what’s to say that his experiences with Chihiro and the obvious pain it caused him didn’t leave him open to possession? That could potentially have led to some interesting antics involving reverse captures as one of the many female members of the cast attempts to capture Keima. However, this now seems exceedingly unlikely in face of the events that occurred. For some reason, entering the school grounds seems to send Keima to some form of alternative reality – nobody he encounters has any memory of him and, more importantly, Maijima High has become an all-girls school. While there could be a huge variety of explanations for this, the most plausible (and the current popular theory) involves alternate timelines/dimensions. After all, we’re already aware that at some point in the past Maijima High was an all-girls school, so it’s not that much of a stretch to conceive that it could remain so in another reality. This would mean that Keima never attended and none of the girls would recognise him. Makes sense huh?
Of course, the most important questions are ‘how?’ and ‘why?’ How is Keima being transported to this other dimension? And for what purpose? As Keima flees the legions of angry girls in fear of his life (all-girls schools are scary places, seriously!) the dimension appears to collapse around him and we catch another glimpse of the girl whose identity remains shrouded in mystery before he’s sent back to the ‘real world’ and faceplants into the pavement (oh god I hope the PFP is okay). It seems pretty obvious that she’s heavily tied in with whatever is going on (though that was relatively clear from last week’s chapter), and whether she’s directly responsible for the ‘demonic miasma’ Diana observes (why can’t Keima and Elsie see it? This makes it seem more likely that it’s a goddess-related thing) above the school is anyone’s guess right now. Personally I see two options – either she is the source of miasma and the reason Keima keeps getting thrown into this alternative dimension, or she’s unrelated to the miasma and only involved in helping Keima return to the real world. For now, I’m leaning far more towards the former of the two options. I would hedge a guess at her being Demeter as many others have, especially given that this is related to Maijima High and she was originally the patron, but the whole ‘demonic miasma’ thing doesn’t quite resonate right with me… unless that turns out to be an entirely unrelated plot element. For now, I still consider her identity to be up in the air.
This wasn’t the only ‘revelation’ this week either. The ominous triggering of Haqua’s sensor was not a runaway spirit in the end, but an urgent transmission from New Hell revealing that Dokurou Skull was discharged (and disposed of) for treason. I’m positive I won’t be the only one seeing this as a scapegoat – an easy and convenient way to pin all the Vintage-related issues on a single person and ‘tidy’ it up without any problems. I highly doubt that Dokurou Skull was the leader of Vintage, especially given how she helped Haqua during the previous arc. The entire ‘disposed of after resisting’ thing seems like an elaborate cover-up – a way to ensure that she can’t tell anyone what she knows of Vintage now that her betrayal of them has become known. I doubt that we’ve seen the last of Vintage and wouldn’t be surprised to find that some of the higher-ups who passed this judgement could number amongst their allies.
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – Alternate dimensions, legions of angry girls, dark miasma, Tenri, and Haqua. What more could you want? #TWGOK