「胸に残るあの日の「弾丸」」 (Mune ni nokoru ano hi no, Dangan)
“The Magic Bullet I’ll Always Remember”
If there was one thing I learned this week, it’s that Amou is a decent final boss. Well, that and episode-long dialogue is always boring, but eh, cannot have everything. To Busou Shoujo’s credit though the show does know how to slow down at least as it finally answered several questions lurking in the background. It may have been a little tedious getting here, but the results were worth it.
While Amou’s interest in Nomura has been clear for a long time now, we finally learned here why Miss Terminator has such a hard on for the guy: Nomura made her
cold dead heart swoon. Easy to see why, when you take an alpha personality and merge it with a “zero f*cks given” attitude, even the most prideful of women tend to get hooked. Last season’s Masamune easily proved the concept, and our boy Nomura only reinforces the idea here. Having no equal and scaring off the brave left Amou desirous, which made Nomura all the more appealing when he boldly and flirtatiously toyed with her. With that in mind it makes some sense why she blew a fuse—and wrecked a good opportunity—when Nomura removed the chick crack and turned attention to the innocent bystander. It’s your standard story of unrequited love gone awry, although Amou intensifies things by literally killing off the competition. Also that set of lungs on her, who the hell needs steel skin when you can just scream the opponent’s face off?
Unfortunately for Amou, however, Nomura won’t prove easy to put down. Ruined Manga of +5 Defense or not, magic bullet man has the full ensemble of support and encouragement. Rin and Mary of course remain the top tier cheerleaders, but it’s Tsukuyo who once again surprisingly steals the show. Thinking Nomura only saved her because he wants to be friends, it would be cringe-worthy as hell if the girl wasn’t so cute while doing it. Seriously Tsukuyo, stop it, my heart can only take so much. At least she balances things out by giving Nomura the criticism he deserves and enough hints to see the fight through. The interesting part in particular will be how Nomura now defeats Amou. Taking up the sword is still a possibility as many have hypothesized, but something else is probably more likely. Tsukuyo’s mention of Nomura already knowing the means implies another magic bullet of some type is in store, especially when noting Nomura supposedly must allow her to hit him in order to land the killing blow. For once there’s no sure outcome here, making the suspense all the more giddy. Could we actually get an interesting final fight? Just have to wait and see.
With one week and one last battle to wage, Busou Shoujo is set to wrap things up nicely. There may be the matter of Tsukuyo’s stamp to also deal with, but after the cutie pie’s remarks this week, I think Nomura already has that one in the bag. After a desperate struggle against the world, Nomura is finally ready to claim his long desired freedom and tackle the real challenge: figuring out who best girl really is. A man’s work is never complete.