「拒絶する女たち拒絶する女たち」 (Kyozetsu-suru Onna-tachi)
Well, that was nuts. I think we knew Midari was insane, but not the orgasm all over the table at the thought of being murdered variety. No matter the questionability of some of Kakegurui’s gambling setups, there’s no denying the show does its best when taking the insanity to its limit. The only unknown is how far the show can keep this carnival of crazy going.
While Midari’s shameless depravity was the spectacle this week, the real intrigue for me lay in the dichotomy of mindsets between masochist and cutie pie. I’m surprised it took me this long to realize, but Midari is correct, Yumeko is a schemer at heart. Our miss crazy doesn’t get off on thought of victory and its winnings like nearly all her previous opponents, she instead enjoys the process of winning. For Yumeko it’s about the plotting a path in the face of unfair odds and beating her opponent at their own game. This is why Midari’s cheating infuriates her because it takes away any satisfaction garnered from winning the game—what’s the point of being handed victory on a silver platter? Yumeko in effect seeks the “perfect” game, where everything in the end comes down to pure, unaltered chance between players. No surprise then she found a smidgen of happiness in a coin toss with Suzui. In the end for Yumeko, it’s all about the game.
Where this mentality becomes important is in regards to the Student Council, specifically Kirari. The president is clearly in a league of her own when it comes to evil—eyeballs and all—but in a way she is similar to everyone else. Kirari wants to see her little microcosm of social Darwinism work, and for this she needs an obedient staff. Cue to poaching of people like Midari and Mary who break all preconceptions Kirari had regarding the fate of “lesser” beings. Anyone who breaks Kirari’s world is seemingly brought on board to better perfect the system, ensuring President’s entertainment is not cut short. At least until Yumeko turned up and screwed with things. Yumeko may not care about the results of her gambles, but they definitely impact others. Mary is the obvious example (and part of the reason for Mary’s notable change in mindset), but there’s also Suzui and, of all people, Midari. Remember that proclamation of Yumeko as her new
dominatrix god? Yeah that will come roaring back later when Kirari tries using her promise to Midari as leverage against Yumeko. Considering how quickly Yumeko is making inroads into the Student Council psyche, it won’t be long before another member takes a swipe/stab/hefty bet at the gambling monster, if just to keep the other, equally deadly monster off their backs.
Considering the Midari games are played out though, the only question left for Kakegurui now is what comes next? After seeing just how far you can take masochism, it’s difficult imagining what could be done to top it, but you can be sure there’s something. After all there’s a lot of time left and quite a few characters yet to make Yumeko’s charming acquaintance.