「それはそれ、これはこれ」 (Sore wa Sore, Kore wa Kore)
“That’s One Thing, This Is Another”
Two new characters take the spotlight, plus a surprising reveal that keeps the story interesting.
It’s a Fujita Saki Carnival!
Combined with Sakura Trick, this season is giving us a delightful supply of Fujita Saki yuri goodness. Suetsugi Konoha (Fujita Saki) smacked early on of the clingy kouhai who’s in love with her suteki Onee-sama, and she is. Is she breaking clichés? No, but as is usually the case with Mikakunin de Shinkoukei, it’s all about how you use what you’ve got (hur hur hur). Her jealousy was funny, but honestly my favorite part was how Kobeni kept catching her being ridiculous. Did that make Suetsugi feel like a hapless harem protagonist to anyone else? (Also, trope!) Suetsugi base character stats aren’t ground-breaking, but she is funny. The whammy is later.
Hakuya’s Protectiveness & A Shapeshifter’s Hax Powers
For once Hakuya’s overprotectiveness of Kobeni (and Mashiro) came in handy! Or more like, it was finally a little appropriate that he step in, if only because the other two didn’t overhear Suetsugi and newspaper girl Oono Niko (Kakumoto Asuka). Not that I didn’t laugh when he tried to follow Kobeni to the restroom and she rooted him in place with a “Stay!” Best moment of the episode!
Those scenes did was something a little extra, though. Did you notice how Hakuya deleted the pictures even though he didn’t know how to operate the camera? That was more subtle foreshadowing of the hax powers that he and Mashiro possess. It finally really makes sense why Mashiro was able to attend the school without suspicion – or rather, the specific mechanic is being further explained for it, since it was hinted at last episode – and we’re finding out what else they can do. But the best part? When Hakuya said that he could cheat on the test like Mashiro, but he doesn’t because he doesn’t think it’s good to cheat. D’aaawww, Kobeni liked that. Well done Hakuya!
Wait, She’s One Too!?
After last episode, I was beginning to think the pace of reveals has fallen off. And it has, but that doesn’t mean they’re done throwing curveballs at us. Apparently, Suetsugi is a shapeshifter too! In hindsight, it makes sense – she was the only one at school (other than Kobeni, who still has some of Hakuya’s power) who realized that Mashiro is a little girl, and she’s the only one who appears to be able to hold onto this information (as evidenced by how Niko forgot about it, even after Suetsugi pointed it out). I honestly don’t know where (if anywhere) they’ll take this reveal. I don’t think it’ll open up a lot of drama or anything, but it certainly makes Suetsugi more interesting than if she stayed a simple yurilicious kouhai lusting after Benio. From “meh” to “I want to see more of her” in one fel swoop…I approve!
Looking Ahead – Imoutos comforting Imoutos
It sounds like we’ll be getting a little more on the Kobeni and Mashiro dynamic next week. That’s a dynamic that hasn’t been explored enough, so I’m looking forward to seeing what they do. But what about exploring Benio and Hakuya’s relationship? That’s the most ignored relationship in the entire series!
On second thought, better not. Hakuya might end up dead, or reviving another sister with his powers after she tries to murder-suicide him. Kowai…
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Yuri kouhai antics & some paparazzi stalking give way to another reveal. Interesting… #mikakunin 07
- Hakuya, your bright future is disappearing. Though studying with Kobeni, lucky!
- Loved how Benio was looking for imouto qualities in Suetsugi. Too bad she came up short.
- Poor Mashiro. No one realizes she’s getting sekuhara’d, and Suetsugi is actually jealous. Well, except for Kobeni I guess. She knows, but she was already broken by Benio years ago. Sekuhara is bad, folks. No means no.
- The OP and ED singles are ooooooout! YES!
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