「ルール変更のお知らせ」 (Ruuru Henkou no Oshirase)
“Notice of New Rules”
Well the great rumble in the jungle is finally here, and it certainly lived up to expectations. Not one, not two, but three magical girls offed and more examples provided regarding the sadism of our favourite hated puffball. Regarding deaths, Mary’s was not all that surprising for me, considering we largely expected someone between her and Kano would perish this week. The one irk for me, however, was how underwhelming Mary’s death felt. While the buildup was fantastic (especially Top Speed’s inevitable coming to the rescue), Mary just falling off from a shuriken to the head felt out of place considering the ease which she dealt with them earlier. From my understanding, the light novel also had Mary suffer badly from the falling glass, so this issue probably can be chalked up to artistic liberty. At least we know why Mary went after Kano now (i.e she doesn’t like recalcitrant girls), that part thankfully makes sense.
The big shocker of course was Top Speed’s death, which compared to Mary definitely came out of nowhere. Top Speed certainly has been bleeding death flags, but I never anticipated Swim Swim actually killing her, especially as casually as she did. Like with Mary’s death, Top Speed’s end also felt lacking for me, probably because it was not anticipated (at that moment) and also had no significant buildup beforehand. Nana’s death for example, while also lacking publicity, had more impact because we were privy to her suffering well in advance, and witnessed more than one prolonged moment visualizing her pain. Personally I expected Mary would actually kill Top Speed, so having Swim Swim succinctly function as Top Speed’s executioner likely explains my complaints. Well, that and the fact Top Speed was confirmed pregnant (as if the secret couldn’t be any more obvious), and infanticide is never a pleasant thing. On the plus side though we are going to see one hell of an angry Kano now, that much is guaranteed.
Rounding things off this week is the confirmation of everyone’s expectation that Fav indeed is not stopping the slaughter at eight girls. It’s unfortunate, but now we have to reduce the herd further down to four girls. Why you ask? Because those magical items just so happen to suck too much magic out of the ecosystem. Pretty damn obvious the sadistic puffball did this deliberately, and simply took advantage of Nana’s suicide as an excuse to break news of the plan. Given seven girls remain, it shouldn’t take too long for three more to perish and for us to find out actually, only one girl will end up pulling through this little survival game. Don’t deny, you know that announcement is not far off either. Considering Swim Swim plans on targeting Cranberry too and our remaining Peaky Angel twin has supposedly found an easy victim, it’s anyone’s guess who is next on the slaughter list. Place your bets now boys and girls, the final round beckons near.
Swim Swim’s ability is almost as overpowered as Alice’s. The ability to treat your body as a liquid and flow around/through any material is nothing to scoff at, even if it has some noticeable weaknesses (i.e. electricity). I actually expect Swim Swim will now be one of the survivors.
Our remaining Peaky Angel twin is smarter than she has been given credit for. She damn near nailed Koyuki (who persistently remains ignorant to her situation), and actually switched places with Alice’s bunny. I’m expecting she found out Alice’s weakness too. Almost makes me want to root for her. Almost.
So many people think Top Speed is best girl, but for me it’s Nana. I just might be the sentimental type, but that bubbly face won me over hard 😛