Everyone is eating and Zakuro says she will try milk finally, and she thinks it is too sweet. Riken is being thanked by Kushimatsu, but did receive reduced pay. Zakuro is upset, but Riken tells her it is okay. Lt. Hanadate suddenly arrives, and discusses a romance game called Kokkuri is becoming popular. He states that a spirit appears when it is performed. Everyone decides to perform the game themselves. After beginning, a spirit does appear. Zakuro says it is not a spirit, but a visualization of human emotions. They target Kei first, and Zakuro gets upset. She tries to stop the spirit, but is knocked down. It suddenly escapes, and their attempt to defeat it fails. They suddenly hear a voice and it leaves. They are all in a meeting about it when Lt. Hanadate comes back. Amaryouju says two people need to fall in love, and it will go away. Everyone goes out separate as usual, but Lt. Hanadate joins Zakuro and Kei. They find the Kokkuri and it has gotten bigger. Kei begins to speak, but Zakuro stops him. Lt. Hanadate says it instead, and Zakuro confirms. Kokkuri leaves, but Kei is upset. Everyone still is teasing Zakuro about who she likes, but Kei is still bothered by it all. We then see the Black Widow with someone who is obviously Lt. Hanadate.
This episode tried to push the romance between the characters, but really amounted to no progression at all. Besides the revelation that Lt. Hanadate is not one of the good guys, which was no shocker to me, everything else felt more like filler. It’s the first episode to really falter, so I hope they get back on track with the next one.
Tsukasa has a hold on Junichi and tells him not to talk. He pushes her off and manages to touch her breast. She forces him to come with her to a temple. He tells her all he saw was some memos and a schedule, and she is embarrassed. He acts if she puts on an act, and she makes him not tell anyone. He asks what she had scribbled, but she just leaves him with a threat instead. Junichi is about to tell Umehara about Tsukasa, but she suddenly shows up. Afterward he admits he wanted to see if anyone would believe him. She punishes him with a lot of work. It has gotten late, and Junichi finds Tsukasa outside painting over artwork. She tells Junichi there is no reason to be close to her, but he says it is fun to do everything together. The next day he finds out she passed out from working too hard. He runs into Yukari, and she takes him to see her. She freaks out when she sees Junichi there. She calls him weird, and he upsets her by talking about her sister. She thanks him as he leaves. The next day, Tsukasa is back at school. Morishima and Tsukahara ask Tsukasa the limits for the Miss Santa contest, and every time Junichi begins to think perverted thoughts, Tsukasa steps on his foot. Junichi hears Tsukasa yell and runs to help her, and finds out a dog peed on her. He carries her to the water faucets. Back at home, Tsukasa is thinking about Junichi.
I knew something was up at the end of the last episode, and it seems Tsukasa puts on an act for everyone of being perfect. Junichi has found out she isn’t, and yet still is there for her. I would love to know what she wrote that she thought he saw. I also want to know more about her strained relationship with her sister. Could this be the best arc yet? It sure seems to be shaping up that way.
Part 1 – For Whom The Bell Tolls
It’s Christmas time and Rito and Mikan are having a party. Rito is out looking for Yami, and runs into Haruna, who declines. Mikan reminisces about a past Christmas with Rito. Mikan is working hard because it is the first party with a lot of people. Yami distrusts Rito asking, but comes when he tells her it would make Mikan happy. Lala manages to bring home Mikan and Rito’s parents as well, and even Haruna makes it. We see everyone having a fun time.
Rito wakes up with panties on his head and Momo in his bedroom. Lala left early and Peke is recharging. Mom gives him a “recharger”, but something goes wrong. Rito was digitized into Peke. Momo brings him to Lala, and Rito has trouble changing her clothes. We find out Rito is doing this to protect Momo, yet Momo is getting turned on by it. Rito gets too turned on and begins smoking, and in turn changes Lala’s outfit, along with all their classmates. Rito eventually passes out, and Momo comes in and saves him. She apologizes to him, and admits she is becoming attracted to him.
Run greets Rito and asks him to be her boyfriend for a day, because she lied to someone about having one. He reluctantly agrees, and she takes him to meet Kyouko. Rito talks about Lala, and Run notices how happy he is. Suddenly the principal arrives and chases them. Run drops a bomb to fend him off, but manages to strip them of clothes. Rito gets them some clothes, and Run apologizes to Kyouko. Kyouko says it is okay because Rito is kind and understanding. Rito brings Lala to help repair their clothes.
I loved the first part of the episode, as it was without fan-service and more about family, friends and having people close around you at Christmas. The second part was hilarious, and I liked seeing Momo getting some more screen time this time around. The third part was good, but not really as funny as I had hoped.
Elsie once again made a cake for Keima, but it explodes. The next morning at school he gets angry at Elsie. He tells her to go to the library and learn about this world. She goes to library and begins to study. She is impressed by the simplest thing, and ends up being very loud. She ends up going to the librarian for help, and meets Shiori who seems to ignore her. Elsie ends up startling her, and asks Elsie to come back after school. Elsie’s detector goes off revealing she is the next target. Elsie brings Keima back, and Shiori has gotten all 458 books on fire engines. Keima praises the index system, but Shiori wants to tell him it was all from memory. Instead she just goes back to her desk and reads more. The next day Shiori arrives to the library, and we get to realize her love for books. Elsie asks how Keima will talk to her, and he says he must listen to her inner voice. When Elsie points out that only works in games, Keima deems it impossible and walks off. She is reluctantly packing books away for disposal, when Keima and Elsie walk in. As she tries to reach for a book, Keima comes and helps her. She begins to get nervous, and keeps thinking too much. She thanks him awkwardly.
Shiori is adorable! I laughed so hard when Keima deemed it impossible and walked off after realizing inner voices don’t work in real life. This seems like it will be an interesting and funny target for Keima. I imagine it will have plenty of awkward moments also.