「新キャラを追加しました!」 (Shin Kyara o Tsuikashimashita!)
After Ruler’s sudden death last episode, it seems denouement is the name of the game this time around, with some minor girls being fleshed out and death flags dropped aplenty. The focus on Sister Nana this week in particular intrigued me as I never expected her to be “important” given her minimal attention so far—she always screamed background character for me. Nana nevertheless is this game’s true pacifist, a quixotic cutie wanting an end to the stealing and trying to recruit other magical girls for that reason. Poor girl just cannot get her way though, ignored by the administrators (and laughed at by Fav), rejected by Ripple, and now actively hunted by Cranberry. You’d think she has the death flag fluttering high over her head, but no, that flag is thoroughly planted on her “prince” charming Weiss Winterprison. The androgynous quasi-reverse trap is the tank to Nana’s healer, and very likely Nana’s actual lover too. Never expected such blatant yuri (of all things) in this show, but damn does it set Weiss and Nana up for some real suffering. Considering Weiss protects Nana, I fully expect her to perish spectacularly and leave Nana something to really agonize over. Unlike with Tama, however, I cannot see Nana losing it at the loss of her lover, her personality is too peaceful for that—healers are never the ones who go on rampant killing sprees.
The big surprise of course was the revelations regarding Cranberry. I knew she was off thanks to those flashbacks, but oh boy didn’t expect something this wild. Cranberry is definitely our true baddie, the thrill seeker searching out difficult fights just for the pleasure they give her. The shocking bit is how Fav actually encourages her behaviour, with enough hints dropped suggesting Cranberry survives not by competing for candies, but by offing strong magical girls at the behest of Fav. In particular, Fav wants her to kill Nana because Nana threatens the competition itself. This is a whole new level of perversion on the part of our sadistic puffball (not even Kyuubey found pleasure in killing his girls!) and potentially suggests there’s more than one way to survive this competition—why else break up groups before they coalesce? Although I could only guess what will happen, at least we now know who the girl teased in the first episode was. I think you can predict where this is going.
Complementing the main developments this week is our comedic relief Magicaloid. Got to admit, I found Magicaloid’s talk with Calamity Mary hilarious. Two opportunistic girls (women?) with a love of cold hard cash, and milking idiots of their possessions. Nana especially was gut busting, too gullible for her own good and apparently made out of money. Hilariously ironic how Magicaloid’s scheme fell apart when she actually produced the one thing Nana was after in the first place, although it becomes more devious when Magicaloid revives the strategy using administrator access (which guaranteed she doesn’t have). Humour aside, at least this bit verified the idea about varying candy payments for different levels of deeds. It seems life and death scenarios pay the most candies, which is how Koyuki has managed collecting so damn many every week. Although Mary seems to collect enough candies through this fact, I can see Nana suffering if Mary decides to wiggle in on her “friendship” with Magicaloid too. Before that, however, it’s back to Cranberry next time as our first true magical girl fight arrives. Grab the popcorn and find a seat, the fun starts now.
Really interested to see what Hardgore Alice (love the name) wants with Koyuki. Many are expecting a fight, but I think it’s something else.
Cranberry apparently is the oldest magical girl, which begs the question if she has survived this sort of competition before. That love of fighting had to come from somewhere.
Curious how Swim Swim will factor into things now, considering she’s committed to stealing more candies. More importantly, who will be her target?