「はじめてのお化粧」 (Hajimete no Okeshou)
“The First Makeup”
「はじめてのお泊り」 (Hajimete no Otomari)
“The First Sleepover”
I’ve decided to lump my impressions for both these episodes together this week. Although there’s not a lot of overlap, I still feel as though there’s a lot of build up and anticipation for a showdown of sorts. The latest episode points out that there are two clear divisions at the school. You’re either on Takayanagi’s side or you’re on Souda’s and both of them are competing to become the “World Heritage Candidate” (which comes with many benefits yet to be revealed).
Last week’s episode featured what exactly the Souda twins/triplets are capable of. They took down Takayanagi pretty quickly and left him shaking in fear – enough to take down his site and withdraw from the school presidential elections. In his place is a new student named Kisaragi Jean Honoka (Bridcut Sarah Emi) whom is a “judge”. I can’t really put my finger on it, but she doesn’t come off as a trust worthy character either so I’m pretty certain that she has her own agenda up her sleeve. As a “judge” though, she claims that the student council is a neutral party to the “war” that surrounds the school.
Speaking of “neutral” parties, it appears as though the first ever student council president is still kicking around. Murakami Hodaka (Ishida Akira) invites Izumiko to dance for him while caking her face with make-up (not a fan of the look sorry!). Before she does though, Miyuki comes to the rescue! From what exactly? I’m not sure… It bothers me that Miyuki seems to know a lot of insider information that he’s hiding from Izumiko though. I think the audience is meant to feel the same way as Izumiko – a little lost and confused by her surroundings and ignorant to her importance and role. Anyway, I wouldn’t even hesitate to ask Miyuki about what’s going on because I would hate to know that others know more about me than I do. Izumiko is still very passive and introverted to me so it didn’t come as a surprise when the “spirit” within her took over and started claiming that Izumiko will be a “judge”. This confuses me even more because the spirit doesn’t seem to want to come to life and destroy mankind – although it’s not revealed how or why yet.
From what I can understand, there seems to be tension within the school now based on these 3 camps. You’re either with Takayanagi, Mayura or “neither”. In the last case, it seems like Mayura has concluded that Miyuki is against her by hiding secrets and powers from her. She wants to test him and we’ll probably see this come to light next episode. This has got to be one of the bigger twists in the series so far; I was not expecting Mayura to turn on Izumiko or Miyuki since they all seem so chummy and friendly. Guess I assumed wrong since everyone is just watching their backs and testing to waters to see who and what everyone is. I assumed that Mayura and her brothers were always “special” but it seems like the story has really focused on them and their power struggle against Takayanagi.
There’s also a few hints of romance here and there, especially at the end of episode 5. I thought Miyuki would be a typical bad-boy turned good archetype but he hasn’t seemed to change much past episode 2. He’s still a strong male character, but he doesn’t seem right for Izumiko. Their banters aren’t cute and they misunderstand each other more than anything else. I blame both parties for not stating their feelings more clearly – probably more so Izumiko since she does feel a little rejected. Then there’s Mayura and Manatsu who still have better chemistry than I’d probably see in other siblings but that’s always nice to see. Unfortunately Masumi can only see from afar and not join his siblings; which made me glad to see Izumiko join him. I’d like to see where they went that night… but a part of me also thinks she might’ve been really dreaming.
Note:Apologies for the late posts! I’ve been traveling a lot lately and it gets in the way of my schedule – with 2 Wednesday shows. Just a forewarning that next week’s episodes may also be a tad late too so expect it to be posted around Friday.