「姉妹盃に注ぐ血 赤バットの凶行」 (Shimai Sakazuki ni Sosogu Chi Aka Batto no Kyoukou)
“Blood in a Sisterly Troth and the Menace of the Red Bat”
Akiba Maid Sensou pulls out its highest stakes yet when the Manami the Crimson Supernova returns from prison to see that a Creatureland cafe wiped out Wuv Wuv Moonbeam in her absence. While her rage propels her to start a war with both Ton Tokoton and Creatureland, it begs to question if a Creatureland girl and a Akiba Bang Bang girl could ever become sisters.
Seniority is a crazy thing. Manami just shows up as a washed-up relic of her time to assume control over Akiba Bang Bang in its entirety, as if they just saved the seat for her this whole time. Even the maids at Maidalien aren’t interested in her turf war nonsense until she starts accosting and attacking the other maids for not going all in on her idea.
It doesn’t help that her grand plan to have all of the cafes in Akiba Bang Bang target Ton Tokoton and other Creatureland cafes wound up bringing out all the spies to leak their plans to Nagomi and the police. The cops might be in the pockets of most of the maid organizations, but it was enough to rattle Manami into begging for blood. She comes off as more of a foolish, disorganized, despotic figure than someone who’s willing to throw away more of her maids’ lives to satisfy a revenge plot.
THIS IS THY SHEATHE
I feel bad for all of the Nerura distrust and slander I’ve done so far because she was a real trooper who took her bond with Nagomi to heart. I was really touched when Nerura went as far as to take part in the sisterhood ceremony with Nagomi. It had a very intimate feel that made it all the more personal for Nagomi to be invested in her new sister’s safety.
I also appreciated that Nagomi made it clear that their bond would never be abused to take advantage of Nerura’s connections to Akiba Bang Bang. Much of the show wants to tackle Nagomi’s descent into violence, but I think that Nagomi showing a backbone and wishing to protect Nerura from being used by Ton Tokoton is where I feel she developed into a stronger character.
Where she went from being meek and scared of confrontation to outwardly defying her fellow maids because Nerura’s warmth was truly what kept her heart protected this whole time while her co-workers kept throwing her into one dangerous situation after another. While I have no doubt in my mind that the Manager set them up for this to escalate with the sisterhood idea, I believe at the very least Nagomi standing up for herself is a more valuable lesson for her to take away than the necessity to take up arms for her cafe’s merry band of burn-outs.
And one last applause to Nerura for having the guts to betray Akiba Bang Bang for both her and Nagomi’s sake. Not only did her devotion to Nagomi push her to let her know about Manami’s plot, but propelled her to outright challenge Manami to a fight to the death if it meant adhering to her own moral code.
In turn, it’ll be scary to see what Nerura’s death does to Nagomi. If all of the talk about Nagomi having to confront her fear of violence to prevent her loved ones from dying was all build-up towards having to confront her sister being murdered, she’ll likely have a more vengeful takeaway from all of this. Where Nerura’s demise would be the one thing to radicalize Nagomi into wanting to demolish the entirety of Akiba Bang Bang in her sister’s memory. But when Nerura’s dying words urge Nagomi to stay herself, will she be able to respect that wish or will she go against her own moral code for revenge?
ANNOUNCEMENT: This upcoming Thursday, I will be away on break. That means I wouldn’t be writing articles for Akiba Maid Sensou and Urusei Yatsura next week on the 17th. They might be posted by another author, but if they aren’t, I’ll have a double post set up for the week after.