「決意と決闘」 (Ketsui to Ketto)
“Decisions and Duels”
Are you telling me they’re going to use another episode on Kirin? Wahoooo!
Kirin Toudou Redux
After officially meeting Kirin last week, I totally wouldn’t turn down more time for her to shine. Luckily, the spotlight seems to have forgotten to shift and she got another episode focused on her! Leaping straight into action after last week’s cliffhanger, we were treated to an awfully cute Kirin who was strutting some of her “weaknesses” around Ayato. While I use the term weakness really loosely since being unable to swim probably isn’t that big of a problem in Asterisk’s world, it provided a great opportunity for Kirin to latch onto Ayato for a while. Not wanting to stop there though, watching them strip and sit back-to-back nearly naked did catch me off guard — more so because the pair managed to keep their wits about them and keep the whole moment from blowing up in their faces.
On the other hand, we also got to see a more confident Kirin emerge after Ayato gently pushed her toward a new path. Standing up to her uncle and proclaiming she’s more than just a tool for him to use, it felt really satisfying seeing her do it on her own without anyone backing her up. Luckily the repercussions of defying a powerful individual were mitigated by the devilish Claudia and her rather intimidating demeanor. Since the last thing we probably wanted to see was Kirin’s uncle storming off proclaiming he’d get revenge or something along those lines. That and it would have ruined that heartwarming moment when Kirin thanked him for everything he’s done for her.
Unlike other sword wielding protagonist, it looks like Ayato managed to climb the ladder straight to the top pretty quickly! Taking on a newly reformed Kirin and forcing the fight to follow his own pace, we got an exciting battle between the two strongest fighters in the academy. From the fancy swordplay from both fighters to Ayato busting out weapon after weapon as he finished things with an epic flip, the fight was one of the better ones I’ve seen this season.
With Allekant refusing to be forgotten, it looks like they’re just about ready to reveal the ace up their sleeves. While it feels a little cliche, two ridiculously strong mechas (or maybe its body armor?) totally matches the way I picture Allekant in my head. Besides that, it looks like Ayato and Julis might have some formidable competition heading their way of Saya and Kirin end up becoming a duo. While I was hoping that Saya might pick Lester (because who doesn’t like Lester?), I’ll admit Kirin makes more sense when you consider the bigger picture.
In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week where we’ll hopefully get more episodes like this! Ciao!