「妖しき刃「眼目さとり」」 (Ayashiki ha, Tamaba Satori)
“The Dubious Sword, Satori Tamaba”
I got to hand it to Busou Shoujo, it’s certainly found its groove of late. The situations have become increasingly ridiculous, but hilariously so. Last time was all about that harem infighting and tsundere torture tactics, but this week? Giving the audience what they really want. I swear the grin never left my face from start to finish, this episode was comedic perfection. Whatever this show is doing it can keep on doing it, because I’ll be damned if I’m not loving every moment.
This week of course the true star was Satori. Not only did she prove as crazy as the foreshadowing suggested, but the girl actually spent the whole half hour naked. I’ll be damned if I haven’t found a new favourite character, and no it’s not because of that wonderfully svelte form—ok, maybe not entirely. Those eyes and voice, the deliciously menacing face, the clinical sociopathy, it’s a character living up to the expectations if I have ever seen one. And don’t even get me started on the hints of tsundere—or is it yandere, unclear at this point—bubbling under the surface. As with the harem tropes, Busou Shoujo abused the naked cliché for everything it was worth here, having Satori distract Nomura in the best manner possible while Nomura admits manliness at times is a difficult burden to bear. The best part though? Nomura also getting into the spirit of things and cold cocks the girl. Twice. Just wait until the tsundere sisters find out about that.
Interestingly, however, Busou Shoujo also upped the intrigue. Satori’s masked blowhard is the obvious curiosity given Warabi’s shock, and we also lack an explanation for Masuko’s assistance with the whole midnight roofie exchange. Surprisingly there’s something else amiss, and it has been brewing for a while by all accounts. Satori certainly could have another scheme under her (nonexistent) belt, but I’m hesitant on that given the girl has basically been won over by the true swordmaster. If she withholds her stamp I’ll be surprised, but with Masuko in possession of the stamp card, who knows? Could be an Empress plot too—god knows she has some—but that’s likely a battle for later after Nomura proves his worth. Plus we also have Tsukuyo’s imminent appearance to deal with, and you can bet she will not like her bathing company. I honestly don’t know what’s coming—unless miss blow darts is actually a Tsukuyo plant—but I can predict Rin and Mary will keep the journey lively. With Nomura actually caring for our pint sized cutie, the harem infighting just acquired a whole new degree of severity. Stick around boys and girls, this party is just getting started.
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