「教会雷撃」 (Kyoukai Raigeki)
“Storm the Church”
Well I’m sure this is one ending in progress few didn’t see coming. Delusions of grandeur? Big giant monsters? Diablo doing what he does best? All there and then some. Probably didn’t see pint sized goddesses make the most of bodily functions coming of course, but then again it just isn’t a proper conclusion without a surprise or three.
Although Diablo gets top marks this week for yet another plan which fails its way to success (someone forgot who the real god here is apparently), the real winner for me has to be Horn. I’m on record for loving this bunny girl, but damn, stop hitting me where it hurts. Seriously. Whether or not it’s down to Horn’s VA and that adorable tomboy-esque voice (and to be honest, it mostly is), her bubbly and ever so slightly naïve expressions and actions are a nice match for Rem’s pure tsundere-isms, Shera’s blatant vivaciousness, and Rose’s newly engrained sense of smug superiority. Whipping out the slave-lite collar at the first hint of failure might be a bit bothersome given what Babylon is capable of – what, cannot simply cut a finger and donate some proper blood to the sparkling gyaru goddess? – but we all know how Diablo will treat that in practice. Never underestimate the power of moxie, especially when surrounded by girls.
Speaking of moxie, no real shocker in how things have turned out. The church looking to usurp God by utilizing a more down to earth god? Just another day in fantasyland, albeit I had my bets on tamed dragon over eldritch monstrosity. At least Diablo makes up for such surprises with his improv theatrics which not only meet the weekly confidence building requirements (he’ll get over the embarrassment eventually), but also fill out the irony requirements courtesy of not filling in Lumachina on such matters beforehand. Yes, embracing the inner demon lord can help grease the gears, but Diablo will have to realize at some point that not all bluffs will work, especially when they require the participation of those without a twisted bone in their body. While Vishos might save on him making the hard decisions here, at some point Diablo will be confronted with a harsh dilemma and have to make a difficult choice no amount of demon lording will get him out of.
Won’t happen next week of course, but you never know what foreshadowing this season’s finale might bring.