「人間は取引をする唯一の動物である。骨を交換する犬はいない」 (Ningen wa Torihiki o Suru Yuiitsu no Doubutsudearu. Hone o Koukan Suru Inu wa Inai)
“Man is an Animal that Makes Bargains: No Other Animal Does This – No Dog Exchanges Bones with Another”
Once again, Stilts decides to drop another show on my lap =P Thanks buddy. But it’s okay, we all get busy and we all know that certain shows deserve some coverage so here I am! I wasn’t expecting much from Youzitsu when I first read the preview; I’m pretty sure I even read it wrong because I was expecting some supernatural/fantasy elements to it. Now, it seems more like Grisaia no Kajitsu or some toned down version of Ansatsu Kyoushitsu where you have a classroom full of kids and not all is as it seems. The only thing left would be to see what’s up with the protagonist and what makes him special.
Building up to the surprise at the end of episode 3, there’s been a lot of subtle (or not so subtle) hints that Kikyou is
not right in the head one crazy motherf*cker! First of all, she tries too hard. Or rather, the anime is pushing her good-girl image on us too often. Kikyou is always shown in the best light possible. She’s helping the old lady, helping her classmates, wants to be friends with everyone – there’s no way that someone is that perfect! And it turns out that she’s not. She has a dark, evil, crazy side! As Kiyotaka points out, I’m not very sure which “side” of her personality is the “real” one but anime girls these days are just getting more and more yandere (is this what people like in girls?). I remember back in the day, School Days and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai were some prominent examples of how girls can be nuts but now, they’re everywhere – Mirai Nikki, Deadman Wonderland and Danganronpa are some examples. I wouldn’t mind it so much if there was a reason for Kikyou suffering from multi-personality disorder (e.g. bad break-up, orphan, family history etc.) but there’s no evidence of that yet so I’m left to think that she’s just crazy for the sake of it. Hopefully they’ll breakdown her character a bit more later on to explain why she is the way she is. Plus, I don’t see how forcing Kiyotaka to touch Kikyou’s breast s going to incriminate him. Speaking from a female’s POV, I’m pretty sure underneath all those layers of clothes, no one can tell that you were touched.
Asides from that bomb at the end, the rest of the episode was a continuation of how well the D Class performed after their midterms. They all passed! And it’s revealed that it was a result of Kiyotaka “buying” the previous years’ exams from another senior student in Class D. The most interesting reveal (as the title of the episode says) is that the these “points” can be used to be exchanged for anything in the school – grades; exams; and even services. The catch is that the D Class doesn’t even have any points left after their first month (except for Suzune and Kiyotaka) so their spendings are limited. Luckily, the few students in the class that do have points have been spending it to save everyone else and although I don’t necessarily think they deserve it, I love how the main characters have big hearts. Now that we know the mechanics of how the points and bribing system works, we’ll see how else the class is going to earn their spots as Class C or simply how they’re going to earn some more points to begin with. It’s still a tough uphill climb.
Given that this is a classroom anime, I am horrible with names and faces with THIS many characters. You’ll have to forgive me if I don’t introduce someone because I can’t remember them much. Two new students are spotted talking about the midterm results of the classes. They are Katsuragi Kouhei (Hino Satoshi) and Sakayanagi Alice (Hidaka Rina), both in Class A. Given that they’re so far ahead of Class D I don’t see why they’d be concerned but maybe we’ll see more of them later on along with Suzune’s brother.
Full-length images: 32.