「落第騎士 IV」 (Rakudai Kishi IV)
“The Worst One IV”
It’s the episode we’ve all been waiting for — and it didn’t disappoint. Unless you have no soul and/or can’t accept the OTP, which if that’s the case I have nothing to say.
The Scars of the Past
I’m sure we’ve all experienced that feeling when something from our past manages to trip us up. With the worst typically related to something embarrassing or some sort of epic fail, I’m sure every one of us has something that we’d like to just expel from our minds. In Ikki’s case, it’s probably twice or even three times as bad as any of our worst. Being shunned by his entire family, treated like a failure without an opportunity to demonstrate his skills, and having to face someone who probably has one of the most unfair tactics he’s seen to date? It’s probably a miracle that Ikki was even able to stay on his feet! Luckily, even when his nerves (or maybe it’s better to say his emotional scars) nearly got the best of him, he had one ace up his sleeve — Stella Vermillion.
The One True Pairing
As much as I’d love to write more about how Ikki managed to get revenge on a complete asshat, I’d much rather use this opportunity to highlight what’s probably one of my favorite moments so far this season (a close second behind Hinata’s epic jump at the end of Haikuu S2’s first episode). First, you have to give Stella a huge round of applause for shutting up an entire stadium with an explosion of emotion and heartfelt words of encouragement. Second, you also have to give Ikki the biggest brofist possible for saying what takes some people two whole seasons to even hint at. Skipping all the bullshit, how can you not love the way he expressed his feelings for the girl who saved his life? With one simple phrase and no hesitation stamping out any possible misinterpretations, this might be one of the cutest (and quickest) starts to a relationship, ever (okay, maybe in the past few seasons).
With Shizuku safely out of the romantic picture and Ikki’s first official victory, it looks like we’re finally about to hit our stride when it comes to the story. While it remains to be seen how far the story intends to go with only eight episodes left, I’d say we have a lot to look forward too based off of what the opening is showing us.
In any case, I can’t wait for next week to come since it’ll be the first episode where I can finally say that our favorite couple is doing stuff together instead of using their names individually. Ciao!
- Again, I LOVED Stella’s outburst during the fight. Screech and all.
- Shizuku is such a good younger sister — she knows when to take a step back.
- If only Ikki was 1mm closer, am I right?
- I forgot to touch on it, but Alice was rather well fleshed out this week. Unexpected words of wisdom from a source that should seem obvious.
- I love Iguchi Yuka.