「ゲリライベント発生中!」 (Gerira Ibento Hassei-chuu!)
“Sudden Event in Session!”
Death may have been foretold at the end of last week, but oh boy were those expectations underwhelming. Two girls offed, a large group of civilians executed sniper-style, and the promise of even more massive carnage next week? Welcome to Mahou Shoujo.
As fully expected, the leading edge of murder this week was found in Swim Swim’s group. Our new Ruler wasted little time in using every tool available to her in eliminating Weiss, from luring Nana and Weiss to her base of operations to tricking Weiss into hesitation. Weiss was probably the most pronounced death of the show so far, her suffering was tangible and agonizingly drawn out. The slowness of Weiss’ final end likely had something to do with it as it gave us time to both realize it and understand the full extent of Swim Swim’s stoic depravity. Swim Swim’s mindset particularly caught me here, as the girl remains glued to Ruler’s teachings to such an extent that Swim Swim chose Weiss as a target because Weiss reminded Swim Swim of Mary. I can safely bet Swim Swim’s subordination to Ruler’s memory will be the literal death of her, she clearly cannot imagine a life/world beyond her role model or determine a personalized form of command (hell, she even pinned Yuno’s death on her inability to fully realize Ruler’s leadership). I’m anticipating some hard decisions for Swim Swim next week.
The bigger surprise though rests in Mary’s sneak attack on Ripple and Top Speed. I did suggest this idea previously, but never as a serious expectation. It’s not all shocking Mary is legitimately crazy (after all, her back story succinctly describes the insanity), but I am surprised she chose Ripple as the target; after all, if you like bullying the weak, why go after our tsundere ninja when the likes of Nana, Top Speed, and even Snow White exist? It’s a funny way of playing Fav’s game, but it certainly gave us the most chaotic scene of the show so far. Mary more so than Cranberry is proving to be the true danger of Mahou Shoujo, she wastes little thought regarding collateral damage and is not above using innocent lives as a mean for her ends. Given this survival game’s underlying (and stubbornly secret) premise, it’s not all that shocking such an individual was selected by Fav to be a magical girl. Personally I cannot see Mary being one of the inevitable deaths next week, but really all it would take is Alice (or even Cranberry) deliberately targeting her for that assumption to turn into a real possibility.
Speaking of future deaths, with Mary now creating the perfect battleground, it seems all the pieces are in place for one hell of a fight next week. Not only will we have Ripple/Top Speed against Mary, but Koyuki and newly allied Alice trying to save the day while Swim Swim, Tama, and a thoroughly broken Peaky Angel twin ambush the converging girls. Also cannot forget about Cranberry, who given her newfound interest in Swim Swim is very likely to upend whatever turn of events awaits us. With only two more deaths to go before we reach eight survivors and everyone coming together, anything is possible at this point.
Must admit I laughed at Yuna getting her head smashed in, cannot say that wasn’t satisfying. Will be interesting too seeing how her twin sister ends up using her sullen rage against the other girls.
Strange how Cranberry is the only magical girl without a real life silhouette in her bio card. Potential hint towards who she really is? You be the judge.