With this chapter, the identity of the mysterious girl many people pointed out in a spread a few chapters back (the one who we could only see from behind) seems to have been revealed. Our new girl is Shiratori Urara, a rather haughty and self-important maiden who – especially when you take the orb’s reaction into account – is most likely going to be Keima’s next target for capture. I was pretty sure the name ‘Shiratori’ had featured at some point earlier in the manga, and a quick search confirmed that back in chapter 169, while researching the school, the ‘Shiratori Shouzou private residence’ came up in reference to an old photo they discovered. Either that was a complete coincidence, or some nice foreshadowing from Wakaki – hopefully the latter! But a bigger question surrounds her – why doesn’t Keima seem to remember her? Was it just his inattention due to constant gaming at the time (certainly plausible), or has something changed from when he first lived through this period of his life? All signs seem to point to the latter with the news that the school camp has been cancelled, meaning that events are definitely not going to play out quite the same way.
I also wonder what exactly prompted the past to change this much? Is it even really the past rather than some alternative universe? After all, the things Keima has apparently ‘changed’ (saving Dokurou and bringing Elsie into this time period) seem relatively minor and unconnected to both the appearance of Urara and the cancellation of the school camp. Hopefully we’ll be getting some more answers to these questions in the next few chapters – Wakaki certainly seems to have decided to start moving us along quickly again!
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – A new girl and some apparent changes to the timeline. Just what does Wakaki have in store for us? #TWGOK