「ある「スキャンダル」の覚え書き」 (Aru Sukyandaru no Oboegaki)
“Notes on a Scandal”
There’s no denying Busou Shoujo is stupid as hell. Ridiculous premise, equally ridiculous character cast, and no pretensions about busting out clichés and tropes like a mad man. You would think the whole thing would collapse under its weight, but nope, if anything this show is gaining strength. Yes, I might have enjoyed this episode a little more than usual.
I’ve mentioned it before, but what keeps me entertained every week is the humour. Parts have been hit or miss—like the ridiculous Warabi-certified chuckles—but when it works, it works. Nomura inadvertently forming a harem? Funny sure, but how about we take the idea all the way. Add on top some accentuated Rin/Mary jealousy—blown into overdrive with some late night escapades—and you have yourself a party. It particularly helps Nomura is not meek or ignorant to the situation. He knows Rin and Mary like him in some manner, but simply doesn’t care. Clothing changes and perfume swaps? Only brought up offhand and after the girls give up. Swooning background cast? More annoyance than embarrassing fascination. Besides hilariously showing the limitations of Busou Shoujo’s utopian feminist microcosm, it’s grade A alpha mentality at its finest—at least until the boner denial becomes public knowledge. Don’t even need to mention the potential of that cross-species infatuation.
The fun part, however, is how the story is playing out. I always hoped Busou Shoujo would shake things up, and the show certainly has these past few weeks. The Swords are pretty much fractured at this point, fighting over love interests, revenge, or simple mental insanity. The surprise of course is Warabi playing the arbiter rather than joining the harem as originally expected. Yeah in a way she could like Nomura—bum kissing and all—but I pin her actions more as payback for the tsundere duo fraternizing with the enemy and frisky Satori daring to act alone. I like this change up because by not knowing how the Swords will act post-defeat, the stamp collecting scenario remains interesting and can be drawn out further. Nomura is pretty much guaranteed to
deflower defeat Satori for example—seriously, who would pass up that opportunity—but Warabi’s tagging along means it won’t be as simple (i.e. repetitive) as immediately apparent. Couple that with Satori’s horror squad and some ingenious weapon choices and this show has a lot left to entertain with.
So with another stamp so close to acquisition and only one left outstanding, I dare say we are nearing Busou Shoujo’s endgame. With the season only halfway through it’s looking more and more likely that Nomura and the Five Swords will wrap things up by facing off against the Empress and settling matters once and for all. Well, after figuring out Satori’s role going forward of course. The important questions come first, and nothing could be more important than finding crazy eyes an appropriate position in the Nomura harem hierarchy. Resident yandere maybe? We shall see.