Truthfully I never expected to be back blogging SnS this week, but when you mix alcohol, birthdays, and some utterly hilarious restaurant orders well you wind up with crazy Pancakes decision making. It’s not like SnS is particularly bad in any way mind you, but sometimes you need that extra little shove to take the plunge and I dare say this episode did the trick—among other things, cocktails not included. Don’t deny, you know you’re happy finding out where Satsuki puts all that cake too.
As discussed last week, one of the big concerns I’ve had for SnS of late is its choice of direction. The harem-esque drama angle has been competing hard for attention with SnS’s main story, and while the threat still remains for a paint by number love quagmire, it seems the show has found a decent balance in favour of mystery. It’s now reasonable to assume for example that Asahi is still alive and kicking in some capacity thanks to those visions she had, and that’s before including those red crystal shards in her possession which all but scream “assemble them all and return to normal.” Then there’s the recurring issue of someone (or a specific group) deliberately spreading information on Asahi’s comings and goings, with the result being every big shot making increasingly bold attempts to put the optimistic cutie under their control. Considering Asahi’s supposed abilities this matter is arguably the most important at the moment because it’s unclear what these different groups stand to gain by using her. In-game advantage? Sure that’s already known, but how does this relate to Re’Union’s supposed function of selecting people for real world rewards? Knowing the answer will likely go a long way to explaining Asahi’s predicament given the latter is almost assuredly the reason for the former.
Getting to the answer, however, may prove to be SnS’s slog as it seems it’s time to deal with the issue that is Takanori. Say what you will about Satsuki’s impossible crush and her annoying childhood friend inability to actually make a play (seriously Satsuki, use those breasts—they’re a choice weapon!), but our bespectacled clever boy is downright aggravating, between his chronic NTR state of mind and poorly hidden stalking. Simply gleaning rumours from informants? Please, you know this guy is watching Asahi himself, after all he’s already shown a proclivity to showing up unexpectedly from nowhere. I imagine Haruto will succeed in putting Takanori in his place (because
Gary Stu lead male protagonist powers), but there’s always the chance Takanori may actually prevail over gleaming golden sword swings, unless something/-one else interferes with the mano a mano showdown. Just remember two members of Subaru are missing from the picture, wouldn’t be that farfetched seeing one choose this moment to make their triumphant return and keep that Asahi love triangle on full boil.
Best hold onto your horses boys and girls, SnS appears ready to start ratcheting up the pressure.