「青き月の・・・最終決戦 (ブルームーン・ラグナロク)」 (Aokitsuki no…Saishuu Kessen (Buruumuun Ragunaroku))
“Final Battle of… The Blue Moon (Blue Moon Ragnarok)”
After all of last week’s buildup and watching this episode through to the very end, I feel a little conflicted over the message I think this arc was trying to tell. Then again, my emotions are all kinds of screwed up after watching Kill La Kill and researching One Week Friends — so who knows!
Sophia and The Dark Flame Dragon
A constantly recurring theme throughout this second season (and something that was touched on briefly right as the first season ended) has been the influence that chuunibyou has on all of our beloved characters. Be it trying to figure out how to manage your love life while still being able to banish reality, coming to terms with your chuunibyou and the past you left behind, or even simply trying to figure out whether or not it’s okay to just let your inner chuunibyou fly free — I can’t help but have a stupid smile on my face as I remember facing some of the same trials.
Which is precisely why I felt so damn conflicted with this week’s episode. With Yuuta being as dense as a rock and being too cowardly at first to do anything about it, I thought Kumin-senpai’s words of wisdom about how being in love is like being in a dream was a clever way of giving him some pretty damn good advice about how to handle Sophia (ie: Wake her up, literally.). Add in Nibutani going above and beyond the call of duty (which I’ll get into in a second) to tell Sophia she needs to face her problems instead of going about them in such a roundabout way and I thought we had the perfect setup for Yuuta and Sophia to get the closure that they both desperately needed.
What followed though was something that completely broke my heart. Even as a huge fan of the Yuuta x Rikka pairing and being a complete sucker for their cute relationship, I almost broke down thinking about how Sophia was literally bitch slapped in the face with reality. Not only did she have to watch the man of her dreams literally run straight by her without even a second glance but then to be subjected to a scene like this felt like throwing salt into an open wound. And don’t even get me started about the whole idea that she had to watch another girl figure out Yuuta’s secret when she couldn’t!
All of it wasn’t too sad though, I guess. The whole battle scene that Sophia got against the illusive Dark Flame Dragon and the following gust of wind was a really nice touch from Kyoani to really drive the point home that she and Yuuta got some kind of closure by the end of things. While I’m willing to bet I’m not the only one who saw a glint of love shining through her eyes right at the very end of the episode, I suppose I can be satisfied with what we got.
We all need a Nibutani in our life — with a hint of Kumin-senpai.
I’ve called Nibutani a lot of things this season but Best Friend is what I think describes her best this week. Even with her RBF on display because of how frustrated she was (I personally thought she looked kind of cute), there’s no denying the source of that frustration was from Yuuta and Sophia’s inability to handle Sophia’s one-sided emotions. And if anything, Yuuta was the one being a bit of a jerk about the whole thing! But as frustrated as she was with Sophia and Yuuta’s stupidity, watching her Dekomori-kick Yuuta and dawning her Mori Summer outfit for Sophia was all I needed to understand just how serious she was about trying to help her friends. Nibutani<3
Back when Sophia was first introduced, I never expected her arc to be one of the greatest things I would watch. With my emotions running rampant and feeling bad for everyone involved for different reasons, I don’t think there could have been a better way to close out the season. While that means the finale to the season will probably be something lighthearted or completely irrelevant (Oh god, please no Isshiki episode), I’m still excited to see how things wrap up. See you around the bend!
I totally forgot to talk about it, but I think I got lost in my overflow of emotions for Sophia up there. If there was something that this episode definitely did, it was solidify Yuuta and Rikka’s relationship. With the perfect example of a “I Love You” moment, the whole thing with Yuuta explaining to Rikka that their love transcends silly things like trinkets was it. While a kiss would have been appropriate for the situation, I think both Sophia and I would have completely lost our shit if it happened.
- Oh Dekomori-chan. Y u so kyute.
Full-length images: 17.