“Preparing to Conquer the Steel Lady”
「鋼人攻略戦準備」 (Haganejin kouryakusen junbi)
We don’t really learn anything new – which is frustrating the mystery fan inside of me. I’d been hoping for less of a slow trickle. Kotoko reaffirms that they’ll have to manufacture logical fiction in the form of a counter-rumour to defeat Steel Lady Nanase. And she outright voices her suspicions that Kuro’s cousin, Rikka, is involved with this incident. At least we were treated to some endearing moments between Kotoko and Kuro. Casting aside his usual stoicism, Kuro hand-feeds Kotoko some chocolate and gently strokes her head when she begins to over-exert herself. In this way, we can see that he truly does care for her.
So here’s the golden question. Previously, it’s been mentioned that Kuro’s cousin died. However, as viewers, we can indeed see that she was alive and well in the previous episode – sequestered in a room surrounded by Steel Lady Nanase items. Assuming she was also a part of their grandmother’s cruel experiments, it wouldn’t be a stretch to conjecture that she gained some kind of weird supernatural ability too that might have allowed her to cheat death. But perhaps there’s something wrong with the way it manifested, leaving her in this twisted condition. And if she’s exactly Kuro’s type of girl, there’s going to be a lot of baggage to unpack when they get around to confronting her.
Anyway, because the plot was kind of thin this week, that’s pretty much everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading this post and catch you next week to see how they continue hatching a plot to overcome Steel Lady Nanase!