「素顔の少女」 (Sugao no Shoujo)
“The True Face Of The Girl”
This was definitely a Kirin-centric episode.
Rank number one and one of the youngest members in our entire cast, Kirin made a pretty big impact with her debut last week. Toss in her asshat of an uncle who’s totally using her for his own needs, and you have a character with enough talking points to fill up an entire post! Luckily, this week decided to focus on the lighter side of things by giving Kirin a chance to live it up with her knight in shining armor. From walking through campus to joining in on his morning training sessions, she quickly got into the groove of things without too much trouble. That said, I would have appreciated some more information about her dad and just why’s she putting up with so much crap from her uncle, but I suppose that can wait for another time.
However, there was something that was bugging me throughout the entire episode — how in the world was she able to get time away from her uncle? Based off of last week’s impressions, it looks like he’s the type of person who’d be micromanaging every aspect of Kirin’s life. Add in statements about how she’s never walked through certain areas of campus without her uncle and it just feels strange how she’s somehow managed to gain so much freedom. Maybe it’s the cynic inside of me, but the whole thing seems fishy.
There are other characters?
With a majority of the episode focused around Kirin, I liked how the show took some time to bring up some older points we haven’t seen in quite a while. Things like Saya and her amazingly straight-faced deadpan personality to the budding romance between Ayato and Julis, I’m glad all these things weren’t just left to disappear in obscurity.
Allekant and Looking Ahead
As we draw closer and closer to the competition and Allekant finally making their move, it finally feels like the story is moving toward its next climax. While it remains to be seen just how devious of a plan Allekant has for the upcoming festa, it looks like they’ll be letting their tech handle the dirty work as they watch from afar.
In any case, I hope to catch you guys next week when we get to find out just where that giant hole on the bridge leads to. Ciao’