「夏休み最後の日です！」 (Natsuyasumi Saigo no Hidesu!)
“The Last Day of Summer Break!”
That’s one more for team deredere, and one less troublesome god.
I complained last week that showing Issei alive in the preview ruined the suspense. And it did—but, credit where credit is due, I didn’t anticipate how Issei would get a 1UP. I totally forgot about Ravel’s present, just as Issei had, and unlike other convenient revivals, this one makes a lot of sense—if Ravel is crushing on Issei (she totally is), she’d want to give him something to keep him safe, and the meeting in recent episodes was her first opportunity in a long time. Only it falling out of his shirt pocket when he was bleeding to death was convenient, and in the grand scheme of things, I can let that slide.
The Fenrir Gambit
Another nice bit of sleight of hand was hiding what Vali and crew were actually after. The fangs of Fenrir can slay gods, and sunder weapons like Thor’s Mjolnir—to say that’s a powerful skill is to underestimate heavily. Fenrir’s brainwashing, along with a new antagonist in Arthur Pendragon (Ishikawa Kaito)—is it just me, or are there more King Arthurs in manga and anime than there are in Western fiction? Probably just me—really ups the power of the main antagonists. That, along with getting to see our heroes put down a chump villain like Loki, was satisfying.
What has me most curious is the curse Loki laid on Issei before he died (or was banished, or whatever happens to gods in this world). I have a feeling that bit of foreshadowing will come back to haunt Issei later on (mark your spoilers, LN readers), and—what’s this? Deredere Koneko-chan? WOOHOO!! *completely forgets what he was talking about*
A Date With Akeno? Issei, DIE!
Speaking of enviable things, die Issei! You don’t need me to tell you why a date with Akeno is enviable, unless you’re a monster. The bad stalkers were funny, of course, but when they got to the love hotel area, and Akeno stayed in otome mode … and Odin shows up. GODSDAMMIT! I will kill you, old man!
The God of [Her] Breasts
This was a situation where Issei was unequivocally right to refuse sex. (Well, it didn’t get that far, but he clearly knew it wasn’t going to help.) So well done, horny shounen! As for the apparent heart-communing dream state that he can induce by touching breasts, that’s fourteen kinds of too convenient for me. Lazy storytelling, which I can only hope was done better in the source. This ability just came out of nowhere, after a silly and more than a little disturbing spirit journey of oppai that probably was foreshadowed better in the source, but I can’t imagine it being any less weird. But no—I won’t harp. The point is made. That was some bullshit right there.
As for what it revealed, it’s both entirely reasonable that young Akeno would blame her father for her mother’s death, in the same way a child might blame a father (or mother) for being absent because of work they’re only doing to support the family. A touch more dramatic, natch, but it lines up. Mostly I’m glad they revisited Akeno’s troubles after she seemingly came to terms with her fallen angel side last episode. She deserves more than that … and probably more than she got, but unlike Issei, we can’t win them all. Bastard.
Looking Ahead – Creeper, Paging Asia. Asia to the Creeper Aisle
Looks like this piece of shit is going to try to NTR Asia away from Issei, and I can’t imagine that’s going to end well. Personally I’ll looking forward to the increasing reintegration of Irina back into the cast, as well as more Rosseweisse. I didn’t realize how much I needed an unlucky-in-love valkyrie in my life.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Ravel’s tears, Loki’s curse, a date w/ Akeno (DIE!), & a new bullshit skill for Issei. That father daughter moment, d’aaww! #haremking s3e5
- Kiba protected Tsubaki again. SHIPPING FURIOUSLY!!
- Of course Grayfia is Millicas’ mother, and thus Sirzechs’ wife. A meido waifu? What a maniac, this Lucifur!
- Hallucinations of conversing with oppai. Issei, that … wow. Maybe you should have taken care of that during your training, if you know what I mean. ‘Cause wow.
- Koneko-chan, you’re not even trying, are you?
- Akeno kissu get-o! Wait—I suppose it was Akeno who got an Issei kiss. Eh, whatever. Issei still needs to die. Bastard.
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