「バージョンアップのお知らせ！」 (Baajon Appu no Oshirase!)
Any lingering doubts about last week’s ending were eliminated as Kyuubey 2.0 reveals all.
The Death is Real
Although a slower episode compared to the earlier two, there was no less shock and awe greeting us this week. As expected it did not take long for our remaining magical girls to discover Nemu’s untimely end. While arguably drawn out a little too much here, I doubt anyone’s shocked Fav did not even bother attempting to cover Nemu’s death up. In fact our sadistic little puffball even went so far as to confirm it happened. Probably the bigger surprise, however, is that Cranberry already knew what would happen and refused to tell anyone. The only problem I had with these revelations was their overall impact felt underwhelming. Sister Nana and the group didn’t seem to care regarding Cranberry, and only Koyuki appeared truly affected at the episode’s end. Everyone else just sort of went through the motions (particularly Ruler’s group) without any of the hysteria and shock you would expect from such an announcement. Whether that’s because I’m inured to this type of show already, chopped source material, or just shallow writing I have no idea, but it’s slightly disappointing.
What really has the potential to make up for things, however, is the reveal that this little survival game has built in surprises. The first surprise of course is the administrator announcement that Magical Candy transfer is now possible between the girls (totally coincidental timing of course). And not just voluntary transfers either. As Ruler helpfully described, this means magical girls can basically steal candies from one another. Transfers without the Magical Devices being on also hints towards the possibility of stealing candies from each girl in real life, potentially expanding the competition beyond a simple battle of magical abilities. I thought the death aspect would be enough to get our motley collection here slaughtering one another, but additional incentives can never hurt. All we are really missing now is those Magical Candies bestowing some sort of power on the weekly victor. You know, for science.
Beyond the killing game, one part I’m really digging in this show is the wide array of characters we have. Case in point Ruler and her group. Kano and her ninja introversion will have to move over because Ruler is definitely the true tsundere here. She berates everyone, tries keeping firm control over everything, and yet secretly cares about them all. Hell she went to the trouble to find them all a candy making job after all. Swim Swim surprisingly is Ruler’s main supporter (I definitely pinned her otherwise), whose dead pan expressions and lackadaisical memory are hilarious until the eerie reverence for Ruler comes out. And then there’s Tama who really is everyone’s bitch (literally), resigned to carrying out the dirty tasks unfit for the others. At least the poor puppy dog has something on our Peaky Angel twins who I kind of hope get offed soon, if just to give Tama some reprieve. I think she has deserved it.
Next Time: Let the Battle Commence
Looks like it’s finally time to get the killing game underway as Ruler prepares to take advantage of that candy transferring ability by exterminating Koyuki. Pretty damn clear someone is going to die horribly next week, the only question is who. Although I hope it’s the twins, I can envision Ruler herself being the first casualty from this twisted competition.
The girl from last week’s dream sequence could actually be Swim Swim. Both girls look similar and Swim Swim is supposedly infatuated with princesses. Might also explain some of Swim Swim’s demeanour.
Giggled like mad at the Peaky Angels’ aggregator trolling. Amateurish, superficial, and so much like the typical 12 year old Youtube commenter. Also making a promotional video when, you know, no one can actually see or remember them in magical girl form.