「渦巻く陰謀 獅竜 、共闘」 (Uzumaku inbou)
Well I guess now is when the pedal starts hitting the metal. With the central mystery well established and the love triangles blooming in all their melodramatic glory, SnS has apparently decided to throw some suspense into that bubbling mix by invoking the tried and true methods of tragic betrayals and distressed damsels. We’re still no closer to figuring out several key questions dancing around in plain sight (Elicia I’m looking at you), but hey, it’s epic showdown time—what more could you possibly need?
While arguably annoying how Takanori and Haruto wound up pulling a draw in their “fight” (not like it would end any other way mind you), the hilarious white knighting between both easily made up the difference. I’m not sure whether it’s experience, but committing to staying with a girl 24/7 because
obsession love and smiles? Yeah it doesn’t work like that, especially when those good chivalric Takanori intentions runs hard counter to what Asahi is after. Not to say Haruto is much better of course with his well vocalized commitment to protecting the smile (and admittedly it’s a pretty cute smile), but I give him some kudos for at least not outright kidnapping the love of his life—as you know that can obviously be easily explained away! If Satsuki is determined to get with the hero of the moment she better get a move on it, because when it turns out Asahi actually likes Nozomi over the boys and prefers the more pure, wholesome love life, Haruto isn’t going to be in any mental state for a while to indulge in new romantic interests. Don’t deny, you know you want the yuri ending too.
Further movement on these romantic developments though will likely take a backseat to the more immediate issue of Asahi herself. Quite a few interesting tidbits were dropped regarding her this week, from Asahi’s current state of physical existence being unknown to everyone shown so far (if Takanori’s talk can be believed) to Asahi’s Sense ability confirmed being what everyone is after (suggesting the potential to separate the ability from the user), and even certain guilds supposedly having direct communication to the upper echelons of Re’Union’s corporate overseers. As these points reinforce previous learning it could be that, as discussed last time, Asahi’s Sense and the promise of real world rewards are nothing more than bait to get Re’Union players into helping find a way to wake her up, but another option is Asahi’s Sense being the true goal. Predicting the future is quite useful after all, doubly so if you found a way to make it work in real life. Could it be the true purpose of Asahi’s current state is to find a way to awaken Senses outside of the game? Anyone’s guess at this point, but the nagging issue of one girl helping Haruto try and protect Asahi at all costs (among other weird oddities) certainly suggests something sinister and nefarious at work.