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Akanesasu Shoujo – 11

「優等生 ~You~」 (Yuutousei: You)
“You, the Honor Student”

Following up from last week’s cliffhanger, Akanesasu Shoujo aims to challenge the development that the girls have undergone now Clutters are starting to infiltrate their own fragment. As the world is placed at risk, the stakes are high as the girls are split apart with Yuu trying to go for the Hail Mary to save Asuka before she assimilates into the Twilight and the rest of the girls facing off against the Clutter version of Kitta-sensei, who is trying to convince the girls that their growth was all for naught.

While Asuka and Yuu are facing off against the Emissary of Twilight (aka Young Asuka), the rest of the Radio Club’s members are caught up in a fight against an overpowered version of Kitta-sensei. His arguments against the girls are particularly weak as he just handwaves the progress they made. It’s astounding how his shrugging worked for a split-second as his arguments boiled down to acting as if they’re dumb enough to unlearn the development they made during all these episodes.

Chloe isn’t afraid of making friends, but, “eh, I guess you still kinda like being alone”. Mila is strong, but, “eh, it’s still a man’s world”. Nana made the initiative to forgive her father and reject an arranged marriage, but, “eh, you’ll still be reliant on other men”. I get that they wanted to give them some tension or drama about their emotions possibly wavering when faced with opposition, but it was an absurd way for the villain to make the protagonists question their confidence by just reiterating what they had to face. Of course, the girls would think Clutter Kitta’s ideas were nonsense because those ideas were exactly what they fought against. It’d be like fixing your tire only for someone to come up and say, “Sure your tire is fixed, but you drove over a nail so that means you really don’t care about your tires, do you?” You did have a flat tire, but the problem has been resolved. You cared enough about your tire to get it patched up. It’s a done deal.

A similar issue comes from Asuka when her Emissary form wants her to assimilate with the Twilight. All things considered, Asuka’s bargaining attempt to join her if she stopped trying to take over the town would never work out in Asuka’s favor because the Emissary was always going to want to absorb other worlds. But that doesn’t stop Asuka from taking the bait under the assumption that the Emissary would magically be behind the idea of not getting to absorb Asuka’s home fragment. It might be something the Emissary might have to consider with this episode’s cliffhanger, but with Seriousuka wedged within the Twilight, the Emissary was never in the bargaining spirit that Asuka seemed to keep pressing her about.

The strongest aspect of this episode was how far Yuu came from her original self. While the rest of the girls had developed within fragments tailored towards their own personalities, Yuu had to confront her own feelings in the real world and address why she feels so strongly about wanting Asuka to open up to her. In the process, Ero Yuu and her recollection of her experiences with Asuka drove her to confess to Asuka and ultimately awaken her Twilight self as she saves Asuka from the Emissary. It was a pleasant surprise to see both how passionate Yuu was regarding her own feelings for Asuka as well as the reciprocation that Asuka gives towards Yuu’s emotions. The ship setting sail for Asuka and Yuu was exciting, but in the show’s goofiness, Akanesasu Shoujo is still a fun show to continue following, and it’ll be interesting to see the rest of it through to the end now that Asuka might end up joining the Emissary.

December 10, 2018 at 3:55 pm
7 comments »
  • December 10, 2018 at 9:34 pmAnon

    I need to know, did Asuka and Yuu just kissed in this episode?
    When they’re falling down we see them approaching and their face are really closed, that’s why I wondered.
    Anyway as always a beautiful episode. And I just love the Twilight self of Yuu, she is just amazing
    Looking Forward for the last episode.

  • December 11, 2018 at 8:45 amHenrietta Brix

    https://randomc.net/image/Akanesasu%20Shoujo/Akanesasu%20Shoujo%20-%2011%20-%20Large%2032.jpg

    THe power of yuri shall save us all.

    I’ve been meaning to ask this since the show started but can AS be considered to be in the mahou shoujo genre as well?

    We got girls and they transform to wield magic

    • December 12, 2018 at 12:22 pmFede 5000

      Is there an anime that keeps a couple of lesbians who refer as if they were good friends? Seriously if you are so urgent because your laws and society in general is still as retrograde as ever.

  • December 11, 2018 at 11:52 amEnan84

    https://randomc.net/image/Akanesasu%20Shoujo/Akanesasu%20Shoujo%20-%2011%20-%20Large%2015.jpg

    I liked the girls fighting regression. It’s much more interesting than unlocking yet another power level

  • December 12, 2018 at 9:42 amMatroid

    IMO, this one is the most underrated series of the season. Take this episode for example. It asks some hard questions in real life. I think most animes nowadays lack “serious moments” like that.

  • December 12, 2018 at 10:09 amHalfDemonInuyasha

    https://randomc.net/image/Akanesasu%20Shoujo/Akanesasu%20Shoujo%20-%2011%20-%20Large%2005.jpg

    One of the other biggest questions is just WHAT is EroYuu’s role in all of this? What is her Fragment? Is it also gone? Why is she so hooked on THIS Fragment’s group / Asuka?

    At first, they made it seem like she might be an enemy who originated from Seriouska’s Fragment, but now that’s not the case. And similar to Seriouska, she conveniently seems to always end up where this Fragment’s group goes.

  • December 13, 2018 at 11:56 amregid

    So they save Asuka transformation for last.
    Kinda feel deja vu..

    I hope it will be elegant and pretty

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