「「愛」が壊れた日」 (Ai, ga kowareta hi)
“The Day Love Died”
Even when arguably tripping over its own feet, Busou Shoujo manages to keep me charmed. No matter how many lacklustre treasure hunts or hilariously rushed backstories we get can dissuade me from this chunk of weekly humour. No, not even the showers, but having a really cute (U)Choka might help in that regard. This show keeps just getting crazier and I keep finding myself wanting more.
Although the Empress’ final appearance has been a given for a while now, I’m still surprised she acted this fast, and under her own will at that. She may be the end boss here, but I seriously pinned Nomura (and the Five Swords) confronting her first. Instead we have the girl going full Terminator on Satori, and potentially Warabi to boot? It seems to me Satori—or Misogi, more on that later—had ulterior motives when
cockteasing judging Nomura’s stamina. Besides seeing how fisticuffs worked against her blade, Satori apparently decided having two playmates was better than one, and chose the Empress as the lucky follow up. How she was even aware the Empress and Nomura knew one another—and that riding cowboy would provoke the impaler—is also unclear, but it’s the logical explanation for why the lovable crazy found herself disemboweled on the school roof. Considering Warabi is also screwed against the Empress, it’s not a question of if but when Nomura now gets involved, because you can be sure the harem duo are the Empress’ next targets of opportunity.
The real shock for me this week though was Satori’s past. Besides the sudden 180 into grimdark, it was incredibly surprising that Satori is not only “not” Satori, but has a sister who is actually Satori. Freud would have a field day with the mental gymnastics going on here, especially regarding how our resident nutcase coopted her sister’s name and “switched” positions with her. It’s actually a pretty intriguing twist given the setup, although rushing through it in half an episode definitely leaves something to be desired. This was the sort of development and atmosphere which—if given the proper time—could have defined Busou Shoujo’s latter half, rather than being a simple stepping stone towards the big fight. Yeah it would still be hard sympathizing with crazy, but a better developed Satori could have easily improved the impact her quick fight with the Empress had. Might just me though, I do like my batsh*t insane characters.
While the rushing was real this episode, there’s no denying the next fight will be amazing. Tsukuyo and Nomura have finally met, and if appearances don’t lie, you can expect some glorious fireworks when they get down to business. Yes Warabi may die and the Empress will continue running unchecked, but sacrifices must be made for betterment of audience entertainment. Stick around boys and girls, Busou Shoujo has entered the home stretch, and I highly doubt it’s going to slow down anytime soon.