「乙女心は複雑です」 (Otome Kokoro wa Fukuzatsu desu)
“A Girl’s Heart is Complicated”
In some ways, the fact that Issei hasn’t banged everyone in his harem works. I mean, not really. For a boy as horny as him, it takes a leap of faith. But at least we’re given reason to have that faith, to make that leap. There are character reasons, deep-seated self-esteem issues that give reason to why he hasn’t engaged in the monster with two backs, but like—nine backs? At least?
Sometimes, though, it defies all reason. He’s so damn dense that, even though he realizes that he’s about to have his first time, he doesn’t realize that the worst thing he could do is keep calling Rias “Buchou.” Just call her Rias! Just call her her name! Or literally anything else that’s mildly affectionate! Dammit, Issei! In many ways he works, because slight reason is given to his unwillingness to have sex with the women who would be very much down to sexy times him, because giving any reason whatsoever is so unusual in harem anime that the mere effort is appreciated. But it’s still a huge stretch even by that lax standard sometimes. Rias shoulda tossed aside her misgivings and banged him in that sauna. Which is to say, really Issei should get his head out of his ass and pick up what she’s putting down! It’s not Rias’ responsibility to smack some sense into the boy! But I’m losing faith in that even being possible, so I’m going for second best. Just fuck him, Rias. Bang the confidence issues right out of him. It’s going to be a long and torturous road otherwise, so just get it over with imo.
There are other things that happened in this episode. The press conference was pretty funny. All the Rating Games stuff happened (I’ve never cared about the context of those, and the build up is mostly boring. Only the action reveals character). The stuff with Ravel’s mother was plenty funny too—Ravel is so in the harem, and both her and her family and all of the Gremory Family knows it—but it all really comes down to Issei and Rias’s relationship. When he repeats the same mistake at the end, and everyone calls him the worst—I mean, yeah. If this series weren’t so solidly in its
cups tropes, he would be at risk of losing his harem right there, and a great deal of respect from his friends to boot. There’s a level of dense beyond which all love dissolves, and he’s testing those limits.
Honestly I just really feel with Rias. She shouldn’t have to explain every last damn thing to him, though neither is she being entirely clear, natch. It’s not fair. What I’m most happy about is that the others call Issei out on his shit, and are forcing him to try to figure it out for himself. Good on them! Let this be a teachable moment. The woman (women, in this case) you love want to be special, just as you want to be special to her (them), Issei. Right? So treat them like that, dammit! I hope someone punches some sense into him, even if it needs to be Sairaorg. Which is a pretty hefty punch, so maybe figure it out before then you fool.
- To be clear: I’m not ticked off by this episode or anything. Any emotions expressed are a direct result of what the episode was trying to elicit, and also the drinks I had earlier. Don’t judge.
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