「うたかたの爪痕」 (Utakata no Tsumeato)
Never once thought Engage Kiss would be joining the illustrious company of non-hentai series showing off sexy times – but here we are, there Ayano goes, and obviously only half the pairing remembers the finer details. Had no idea what this week would entail, but I dare say I’m liking how this story is progressing. And not only for the visuals at hand. Mostly.
Considering how Ayano’s understanding of Shuu’s condition and determination has played out, having her decide to jump his bones and go for broke is only shocking in how quickly it transpired. We knew full well the girl still loved (and loves) the guy after all, but even for the tempered development (lack of misunderstandings for the win!) having Ayano take the initiative was never seemingly in the cards. It does, however, reinforce just how complex her relationship with Kisara is, because taking Shuu for a ride was as much done for Ayano’s sake as it was to effectively put Kisara in her place. Little demon girl might have Shuu right now, but no guarantee that’ll hold into the future, and definitely no guarantee Shuu will even come to like Ayano beyond her living weapon status. Thus no surprise Kisara let jealousy get the better of her and chose to take Shuu’s most recent memory as payment for the latest demon takedown. Kisara may profess her satisfaction in a fake relationship, yet deep down everyone knows that’s a lie.
As for actual plot progression, we also weren’t without as the details come out and the stakes are set. Much as known earlier on, Shuu’s sister is most definitely alive in some capacity, and similarly his family’s demise wasn’t some freak happenstance. Bayron City’s material claim to fame? Simply the catalyst for all the fun with demons the city is currently experiencing and the reason the demonic presence is never officially announced. The interesting bit here is how Kisara factors into this premise and just where Shuu met her and contracted with her: it was obviously before leaving Ayano’s company (and her), but was it sheer luck of the draw, or through a middleman as every demon has been shown to date? And if it was a middleman, exactly who – because it sure as hell wasn’t the one he and everyone else is currently chasing after.
Best be sure a twist or three are yet to reveal themselves in this show, since if there’s ever a constant in these sorts of stories it’s someone turning out not to be entirely who you expect. And considering one recently introduced cop is oh so suddenly trying his hardest to help Shuu discover the truth, I know where my bets on the matter now lie.