「後継者と転校生」 (Koukei-sha to tenkouse)
“The Successor and the Transfer Student”
Four weeks in and you know what MSS has been missing? More suffering? Ok, besides everyone’s favourite magical girl pastime. Cute little mascot that inevitably ruins the lives of all our cutie pie participants? Oh now we’re talking. No magical girl show would be complete without the ridiculous stuffed bringer of doom, and MSS has finally filled in that missing piece with the lovable (in the way only a mother can) and distinctively human Nana and some more story tidbits that further this mystery tale of Armageddon fast approaching. It was mostly a buildup week for the events to come later, but whatever MSS has planned, well, it’s going to be crazy.
As was expected from the teaser at the end of last week, Sarina (with that glorious tooth of cuteness) is our new magical girl, although not in the way most likely expected. It seems Rina’s
phallic stick-driven appetite for all form of magical powers wasn’t entirely about making a home away from the coming storm; if Nana is to be believed, the website administration has a use for all those tools they’re handing out like candy and initially chose Rina as the ideal collection agent. With Sarina now selected to complete the task though, this reveal raises some interesting questions (once again) as to the real purpose of these magical girls. If assumingly none are meant to keep their magical sticks, why even hand them out in the first place? Are they to gather energy or some other resource metric the administration needs? Is it a way to eliminate through mass free for all candidates capable of stopping the Tempest? Or is it simply just to watch the world burn? All are viable options at this stage, although given the proclivity of magical girl series to go for energy collection über alles (Kyuubey says hi), I’m firmly betting on the first option. Considering magical girls here lose a portion of their lives through every use of their power, I wouldn’t be surprised if that life force is what the site administration is after. Not like it would be the first time sacrifices powered some hair-brained scheme.
How this all gets revealed too is likely going to come down to Sarina and the newly minted (but no less crazy) transfer student Nijimi. Our blue haired schizophrenic’s immediate role is easy to guess—i.e. killing off the only currently useful source of Tempest knowledge—but Sarina is the real wild card. Yeah she’s out for blood against Aya and Tsuyuno (which means magical girl bloodshed before too long), but after taking care of revenge? That’s where things get interesting. Given Sarina has apparently learned something important about the Tempest, it’s likely she’ll become the new point girl for dissecting the whole magical girl operation, especially after confronting the givers of the scar. You know, because evil speeches in the middle of fighting never get old. Whether Sarina will actually kill off Aya or Tsuyuno is up in the air, although considering Tsuyuno is looking a little worse for wear, I wouldn’t be surprised if our fake Homura does kick the bucket before too long. Got to keep that suffering train rolling somehow after all, particularly with Aya starting to enjoy herself for once—to the chagrin of one loving brother.
One way or another, you can bet the cutie breaking fun and games here haven’t even hit full stride.