「 告白」 (Kokuhaku)
Alto finds himself in hot soup for Episode 07 of Kinsou no Vermeil as he’s confronted by the Student Council President Elena about his connection to Vermeil. But while he only now finds himself to be cornered by some of the scarier people in the academy, there are far more people after his head than he realizes as high-ranking Platinum Squares have their sights set on him.
I can feel the plot trying to move as far away from Lilia as possible, which is sad because she brings a lot to the table, especially with her lack of concern for Vermeil’s heritage. While Alto and Vermeil have been weary about anyone at the academy knowing their secret, Lilia is still more concerned about whether she and Alto are doing anything weird together than whether it’d be advantageous to expose her and bring her closer to Alto.
It would’ve been an easy trap for Lilia to lay, but it’s nice to see that she isn’t trying to become an adversarial character towards Vermeil altogether or see Alto’s ambition as something that can be sidestepped in favor of potential getting in his pants. It was pretty neat on Lilia’s behalf that her main takeaway from the aftermath of Professor Obsidian’s rampage was making sure that Alto and Vermeil weren’t blaming themselves for the horrors they had to endure.
KISS ME WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED
Speaking of healing, this was mostly a healing episode as Alto and Vermeil are as interested in clearing things up as they are in snogging. Almost as if to apologize for leaving the last episode on such a chaotic note, this episode was heavily invested in having Alto and Vermeil both reconcile and make out with each other.
It was pretty hilarious to see how ballsy the two had gotten ever since Alto silently confessed to her. It’s one thing for Vermeil to test the waters to see if Alto could kiss her of his own volition at the moment, but the two of them made an Olympic sport out of testing the waters when they started kissing in the hallways. It did take some convincing on Vermeil’s part and it was in a hidden alcove, but it was still humorous to see them automatically jump into PDA now that they’ve cleared the air and patched things up.
BACK TO SCHOOL
Sadly, the episode wasn’t all kissing and cuddling as Alto gets stuck between a rock and a hard place with the Student Council. As Elena seeks answers for Obsidian’s rampage and Kohakumiya’s presence, she sees blood in the water now that Alto has recovered and his connection with Vermeil is restored.
There wasn’t any way around not letting it slip that Vermeil was a demon, but this only gets them within the crosshairs of the Student Council. It seems like a trap at first, but it feels like they’d be the only adversarial characters who aren’t intending on killing him immediately, so it’d be the best bet they have to follow Elena around.
I say this because it looks like the Platinum Squares don’t have the same charitable feel to them. Especially not Iolite, who not only has his own intentions for Alto but also has connections to Kohakumiya, the one responsible for attacking Elena. His assistant Helio doesn’t look like she intends to make peace with Elena or Alto. The Student Council is definitely in the business of using Alto and holding a gun to his head, but it might just be the safest route for Alto for the time being.