「恐ろき刃「因幡月夜」」 (Osoroshiki yaiba, Inaba Tsukiyo)
“The Terrifying Blade, Tsukuyo Inaba”
Oh boy, if you thought last week was something, well you certainly had something coming this time around. Instead of a blind—surprise!—Tsukuyo beat down on harem master Nomura, we got to witness the Amou-nator thoroughly tear through five Swords, a couple of cute lackeys, and one sometimes cuddly bear. Just as I think I’ve got a handle of Busou Shoujo, the show comes roaring back to prove how dumb that thought was. Who knew being wrong could be so satisfying.
Although Tsukuyo was not the star of this episode, I found it hilarious how her secondary role is thoroughly intentional. Our little loli hasn’t been repeatedly shown looking on Nomura just because, she’s actually in charge of watching him for transgressions. God help the harem duo when they discover their unemployment. It’s quite intriguing for me because Tsukuyo would definitely be the final boss if it was not for Amou. She is certified stronger than magic bullet man, drinks from the same martial arts waters as him, and has one hell of a smart brain behind those wicked(ly awesome) eyes. Yeah we have received a lot of talk on fighting abilities before, but Tsukuyo is easily on another level when it comes to that. And if it wasn’t enough, the girl only loses her cool not because of clinical insanity or tsundere outbursts, but because she just wants a friend. I think my heart just grew three sizes. If Nomura doesn’t befriend this little cutie pie when all is said and done, I’m through with him. No amount of alpha personality can overcome refusal to protect that smile.
Before we get into denouements, however, the matter of Amou must first be dealt with. I’m actually surprised just how strong the girl is, she has no real weaknesses—that currently we know of—and thanks to some investment in counters, capable of crushing any determined attacked. Quite fitting too how her skin became scaled this week to reinforce the image. Seeing how Nomura ends up beating her will be incredibly interesting, because nothing except Tsukuyo’s initial attack has affected her and we know how the last Nomura-Amou sparring match ended. Some power up for Nomura’s magic bullet is a likely option—particularly given Tsukuyo’s ridiculous knowledge bank and friendship desires—but a part of me secretly hopes it’s from an upset tummy. Drinking the blood of your enemies sounds cool and all, but trust me people, the stomach is not as forgiving to such stunts. Eh my dreams will probably stay fantasy, but at least we can be sure some more backstory is about to be filled in.
With Amou pretty much the last major fight, all that remains for Busou Shoujo is to put the Empress down and get that last stamp. Given Tsukuyo is as level headed as suspected, I imagine her stamp won’t be too difficult a task considering all Nomura has to do is play nice with the little loli. It’s been a long, difficult road acquiring some manly freedom, but at last the goal line is finally in sight. Will Nomura beat Amou? Will Tsukuyo make a friend? Will Rin and Marie finally decide on who is best girl? Stay tuned to find out.