「消えた少女」 (Kieta shoujo)
“The Girl Who Disappeared”
At this stage I’m going to be mighty disappointed when SnS inevitably ends in a few weeks. Not because of any impressive, ground breaking storytelling mind you (unless we want to talk about the cake), but because the damn thing is going to leave far more questions than there are answers. Whether the curse of light novel adaptations or not (and it is), SnS has now gone from one mystery to three—and we haven’t even saved Asahi yet.
I’m sure most realize after the events last week that Nozomi hasn’t suddenly turned traitor (even while upping her ranking in the Subaru best girl competition), but seriously, no way is she legitimately evil, not with that personality. Nozomi’s shift this week I bet is firmly down to our two new and important Gnosis members, who by actually having names (and not dying in one go) implies we are finally looking at the real threat to Asahi and Subaru. After all, it’s not hard to guess what that magical snake bite is all about, and how a similar thing might have originally affected Nozomi beforehand. The interesting curiosity (at least from a story standpoint) is now whether dark Nozomi supplants Asahi for current damsel in distress, because while Asahi may be SnS’s main girl, clown boy and fake Medea clearly have a use for the dark haired cutie pie beyond simply antagonizing long-time friends. Considering the power of Nozomi’s Sense I could easily see that being as useful in real life as Asahi’s predictive abilities.
Speaking of real life too, it seems we won’t be too far removed from finding out how those Senses operate in it. As the weirdness happening to our oblivious dunderheads and best girl shows, someone (read: Gnosis) has either finally figured out how to use those
deus ex machinae magical abilities in real life, or has grown worried about Asahi getting away and decided to reveal their trump card in an effort to retain her. This development (for either aforementioned reason) I honestly never saw coming, for while operating Senses in real life was always going to happen at some point in SnS, it always seemed something for when Asahi’s rescue was already in motion—you know, for shock and awe. Having it appear now? Anyone’s guess just what the hell is going to happen next. With two girls in need of rescue while our good girl guy time fights against game and real world both, SnS could very well be gearing up for the first big twist of the series.
Or, you know, simply setting up for some more spicy relationship drama, but I don’t think anyone would complain too much seeing Satsuki given another chance at success.