「親密度を上げよう!」 (Shinmitsudo o Ageyou)
“Up Your Friendship!”
It seems Mahou Shoujo has finally found its stride. Although no deaths graced our eyes this week, the tension and suspense amped up significantly as the pieces for the first big fight(s) came together. It’s now only a question of when our magical girls decide to end this game.
The obvious conflict being teased is Swim Swim versus Sister Nana, for the sole reason that Swim Swim (again channelling Ruler’s teachings) wants to eliminate the strong threats (i.e. Weiss Winterprison) first. Quite the departure from Cranberry’s reasoning (i.e. Nana’s pacifistic interference), but it certainly makes sense: kill off the strong and the weak are easy pickings. I really have underestimated Swim Swim and her abilities, although it remains to be seen how the girl functions on the defensive—that will be her true test. Whether Swim Swim will eliminate Sister Nana (and/or Weiss) or not next time is anyone’s guess, but both Nana and Weiss are bleeding death flags something fierce at this point. There will be a fight between these two groups, and someone will die.
On the other side we have a potential Kano-Mary showdown, a distinct possibility for no other reason than Mary’s capriciousness and Kano’s detestation of Mary. Couple that with the back story death flag Kano was saddled with this time (along with Top Speed’s continued emphasis on surviving six months) and I could see both easily coming to blows. Why Mary wants to meet Kano, however, is probably the most important reason. Mary’s request came out of nowhere and seemingly has no bearing on what both girls are doing. Personally though I’m betting on it having to do with Hardgore Alice, who definitely is proving to be a serious problem. We know Alice is not invulnerable (or else her bio card would have stated so), but the means to kill her remains unknown. Mary has proven that conventional means of murder have little impact, although I bet the concrete barrel trick would have worked if someone had properly welded the seams shut. The problem with Alice is that her objectives are frustratingly unclear. Alice obviously likes Koyuki (or else she wouldn’t have given Koyuki the rabbit foot), but we don’t know why (plus those freaky head tilts don’t help things). Furthermore Alice joined with Nana easily enough, but why she did is up in the air. I really have no clue what to think of Alice, but I do know she will be important in determining who ends up surviving this competition.
While this episode was mostly buildup, there was a particularly interesting bit story-wise. Mary’s discussion with Fav and her acceptance of Fav’s “job” seemingly indicates that Mary’s history with them goes back a ways too. Mary obviously knows something about what Fav (and Cranberry) are up to, but for whatever reason never joined up with them. Why Mary refused to could explain her isolation from the other girls, her devil-may-care attitude, and potentially serve as the gateway for understanding the true purpose of this twisted competition. We might not know what happens next, but guaranteed it will be bloody. Stay tuned boys and girls, next week is going to be wild.
I don’t recall ever seeing a magical girl series with this many adult aged “girls” before. Even the Peaky Angel twins (who I pinned as egotistical teenagers) are university age! No matter the opinion on Mahou Shoujo’s story, the series deserves credit for a surprisingly diverse cast.
Laughed hard at Fav blaming Magicaloid’s death on a slasher, guess that’s one way of describing it. Also Fav’s remarks stating magical girls can never go insane. Why would you ever doubt the puffball?
Mary might want to be careful if Kano’s back story is any indication of Kano’s fighting prowess.