Yes, excuse me, I’d like to board the Yui ship please.
Compared to last week, I feel the pacing this time around is a lot better, or perhaps the rush is working because this is already supposed to be a hectic conquest and we’re supposed to get a sense of being overwhelmed on Keima’s behalf. Capturing five girls at once can’t be easy, especially when they all remember him and suspect him of having been cheating on them with Kanon the whole time. Still, this is Keima we’re talking about, and though it seems he’s bit off a tad more than he can chew, he’s nevertheless progressing somewhat in his plan to save Kanon.
As always, it’s hugely entertaining to watch the normally cold and somewhat over-the-top Keima change himself into the character each girl needs, or in Yui’s case, to be completely overwhelmed and terrified by her Casanova-ish attitude. If it’s a bit of a ditz Tsukiyo needs, he’ll act the ditz. If it’s someone to play along with Shiori’s storybook romance (which is adorable and haha, she killed him off), he’ll play along with her, and if it’s a music enthusiast for Chihiro, he’ll act interested in instruments. Of course, you can’t expect five simultaneous captures to go smoothly, and even though Keima makes varying levels of progress, he has a lot to do before he can narrow the girls he needs down and successfully rekindle their love for him; without them finding out about each other of course.
Of the five, Ayumi probably poses the greatest challenge, seeing as she’s not yet been alone with Keima long enough (whereas the similarly angry Chihiro has at least spends some time in the music shop with him) to really change her mind about him. On the other hand, Yui is probably the one he has to worry about least, as she’s set out to conquer him instead, and he’s not at all sure how to turn the tables (that and he’s terrified of her, hehe). Tsukiyo, Shiori, and Chihiro are all somewhere in the middle, but is a week really enough to get them all to stop hating his guts? Then there’s the ever unpleasant Nora back from Tenri-hen to stir things up a bit with news that Hell is chasing after the Goddesses. It’s hard not to think that Vintage is involved, which only makes Keima’s job that much more difficult.