「愛狂しき刃「花酒蕨」」 (Ai kuruoshiki ha, Hanazake Warabi)
“The Love-Crazed Blade, Warabi Hanasaka”
By god we are certainly collecting those stamps aren’t we? Five episodes down, three stamps acquired, and only two Swords remaining outside the Nomura harem orbit. Makes me really curious what happens once we are done playing Boy Scouts here because it surely cannot take the entire season. Right? Honestly I have no idea, but if Busou Shoujo’s progress proves as entertaining as these battles are, I have no complaints. I came here to giggle, not to think.
Warabi’s battle this week certainly retained the entertainment, and not for the obvious reasons. Part of my concern over Busou Shoujo was repetition, particularly with Nomura single-handedly winning all the fights and obtaining all the girls. While still occurring, this episode altered that script by having Rei and Mary largely do the winning. Yeah Nomura out-boxed a boxing bear—Kyoubou certainly has the versatile skillset—but our sword fighting came down to two smitten Swords ignorant to their changing personalities, no black gloves of torsional magic required. Of course it might also help that the ridiculous laughter was kept to a minimum, but I digress. Probably helping as well is the kick I’m getting watching Rei and Mary subtly shift into typical tsundere antics, while the lovable kouhai provide choice comedic relief. Nomura getting slapped? Before it was down to misandry, now it’s the sweet sound of protective love for big sisters—even if (U)Choka and Nono won’t fully admit it. Not as pronounced as the blatant jealousy mini-Char and our French blondie showcased during the victory dance though–Nomura’s hands are for harem touchy touchy only. Slowly but surely the Five Swords are being corrupted from within, and besides Warabi they cannot even see it, I love it.
The interesting bit, however, is what exactly happens now. Sure Warabi has yet to embrace the church of Nomura, but that’ll happen with time. Rather it’s how the fights with the remaining Swords will come about. Satori was downright devilish in her political reading of the Council’s act—Warabi probably kicks herself for declaring the Warabinpics over so fast—and her tacit assistance of Nomura indicates her desires do not necessarily align with the rest. Even Tsukuyo by all appearances likes (hears?) the way this throwdown went, indicating some potential apprehension to further correction. I’m quite curious seeing how this plays out because if this episode was any indication, we may have some imaginative fights upcoming. Money is on Satori though, those batsh*t crazy eyes can only lead to amazing things. So long as Busou Shoujo keeps the funnies a coming, I’m ready for whatever this show cares to throw at me next.
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