「新たなる試練 UNBELIEVABLE GAME」 (Aratanaru Shiren UNBELIEVABLE GAME)
“A New Trial – Unbelievable Game”
It’s all about that shipping, in-universe and out.
Shipper On Deck
A harem series often works more smoothly when the lead is actively pursuing a harem, as opposed to when they “just happen” to trip across all the right flags to win every girl’s (or guy’s) hearts. Likewise, a OTP romance like Sousei no Onmyouji works more smoothly when it has a shipper on deck (trope!) to instigate all the romantic hijinks. Enter Arima, AKA pervy underpants guy.
I’m a hopeless romantic at heart, so you better believe I enjoyed this episode. Seeing the two of them blush and bumble about was adorable, as were the (nicely justified) romantic moments and pantsu peeks. (I always thought Benio was silly for wearing a skirt while fighting, but wearing spats is smart—this episode excepted.) It’s certainly a forced way to get them to grow closer insomuch that one of the characters is directly forcing them, but Arima’s actions make sense in the context of his goals, so I really don’t have a problem. Plus, shipping furiously / awwww!
Letting Rokuro In
While in the same vein as my above point, I found it interesting that Benio seems to be letting Rokuro in faster than he’s accepting her. Not that it’s not a mutual evolution, but he’s been wrapped up with his own entrance back into the exorcist world, so it stands to reason that she’s more vulnerable to change when her overall life goal hasn’t been shifting. (She did have to move though, which can be disorienting.) Partially I’m talking about where she seemed to be thinking about how the bath was large enough for both her and Rokuro—shipping intensifies!! But also, she mentioned her older brother and then told Rokuro about him when asked. That’s a level of closeness that she could have rejected, but she didn’t. She’s letting him in.
Also, and this probably goes without saying, but Benio’s brother is hella alive. He’ll probably end up being an antagonist too. I haven’t read ahead, I don’t know that for sure, but I do know storytelling in general and shounen anime in particular. Dead respected character + no body? He’s super alive.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Romance ensues as the perverted chief exorcist pushes Rokuro & Benio together. Physically, ufufu~ #sousei 07
- I like how Benio doesn’t get too mad when Rokuro sees her pantsu, since she recognizes that it’s not his fault (after some initial perturbation—look it up, it’s a real word). Benio is great! Also, pantsu as an important plot element? What is this, To LOVE-Ru?
- What a wonderful way to die.
- Rokuro thinks he’s always honest with his feelings? HAH!
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