「追撃の…魔王魔法少女」 (Tsuigeki no… Maou Mahou Shoujo)
“Magical Devil Girl… In Pursuit”
I don’t even know where to start after watching this amazing episode. You want some ecchi? Here’s some ecchi. You want some heart-melting, hnnnng inducing moments? You got it. You want a new character who pushes our favorite couple forward instead of backwards? HERE YOU GO.
Yuuta is a growing boy! A growing and loving boy.
With the way this episode started off, I think it’s become 100 percent clear that Yuuta clearly knows what he wants. Even if he needs to sugarcoat the idea of a passionate relationship behind a “contract”, there’s no denying that he isn’t some delusional guy. But if you take a second to add in this week’s opening minute to last week’s heartfelt actions, there’s no other way but to see Yuuta as one of the most sincere and passionate guys ever. Sure he may get roped into awkward situations because of his indecisiveness (Mahou Shoujo Yuuta anyone?), but what more could you ask for from a boyfriend who understands how to handle your weaknesses while still helping you move toward a more positive future?
Shichimiya Satone, more commonly known as “Sophia Ring SP Saturn VII”
After her sudden introduction right at the end of last week’s episode, I recall not being too happy about her appearance. Remember, Yuuta and Rikka had basically just reconfirmed their feelings for one another after a slightly awkward date. And after an physically and emotionally exhausting day, it shouldn’t be too hard to see how the appearance of a “new girl” could just become another obstacle for the two to overcome. Add in how Satone randomly challenged Rikka to a battle and Yuuta personally escorting her home and how can you not see the tens of thousands of bad things that could happen.
However, what I failed to take into account was just how mature Satone is. While her chuunibyou levels may exceed even Dekomori’s and her view on reality may be a bit warped, there’s no denying that she’s incredibly good at reading the mood and understands how to control her emotions. Sure she may have taken things a bit far when she penguin-kissed Yuuta, but I don’t judge her for it. If anything, it was an awfully cute way for her to close out the unrequited feelings Yuuta left her with when he suddenly disappeared out of her life.
All that said, it seems she did the complete opposite of what I expected and actually became one of the strongest driving forces behind my favorite couple. Somehow tackling a handful of difficult topics like jealously and lust in a single episode, without her appearance I doubt we’d have ever gotten a scene like this. Thank you Satone-chan<3
KyoAni’s Budget, Side Characters, and the Future
With its never ending budget and talented animators, it’s easy to say that the quality of the show hasn’t slipped at all since its second season debut. From the background characters to the creative chunibyou scenes, it’s nice to see KyoAni in top form.
For the side characters, it’s a little depressing to see Isshiki still getting the short end of the stick. Either getting kicked in the face or tackled straight into a wall, it seems like he won’t be getting more than a few lines anytime soon. Luckily though it seems that Kumin-senpai has been relieved of her duty as bad-joke teller — something which couldn’t have come sooner. Both Dekomori and Nibutani are still getting tons of screen time, so not much of a change there. If anything though, it seems like Nibutani’s loosening up a bit and letting her creative side slip out — something I also approve of!
So after three episodes, is Chu2Koi Ren something you should be/continue watching? OF COURSE. With its romantically focused story combined with that KyoAni magic that makes thing just “work”, I can’t imagine this show getting derailed. So if you aren’t watching, you should really go start.
- Maou Yuuta? HAHAHA. Imagine if Yuuta started talking about economics or the most effective farming strategies. Or potatoes.
- Jealous Rikka is soooo cute. CHOU KAWAII.