January 15th, 2014.
Love, Change, and Cthulhu.
Aiming for post-episode notes, and as little during-notes as possible, got a test tomorrow. Be strong! Living together, but new girl is going to come, the past and the future collide, let’s see what happens :3
- Nibutani translating Dekomori to normal-speech is cute, “I’m forming adventure logs for my fallen comrades” > “She’s assembling lesson notes for classmates who weren’t at school.” – They’re on the same wavelength!
- Dekomori table-flip and then ignoring reality, well, as a master chuuni-sufferer, she sure knows a thing or two about ignoring reality. Look how the older girls are smug!
- Cooking Rikka with hat, claw-gloves and an apron saying “Baddie”, too cute for me :3
- Yes, it’s not politically correct, but I can’t help but smile and feel warmth when Yuuta spanks Rikka – it actually feels like a friendly act. Also, she spent ~270k yen, which is roughly $2,500. Girl’s out of control.
- Nibutani – “She hadn’t changed a bit in the past year”, continuing her lack of ability to notice change, and where it originates. Also, “So, how do you feel about Rikka?” – you’d think he’d have an easy time answering it, considering they’re “together” – but it doesn’t work that way, and Nibutani is just going off of “romance”.
- Second season, 6 months together, they hadn’t even gotten to the hand-holding stage. Welp, there goes my “We’ll see a couple together!” expectations ;) Though at least they accepted and admitted their feelings, which is something.
- Amusingly enough, I called the first screenshot after Yuuta admits they don’t even hold hands “Say it again, you bastard”, which follows very nicely to how Nibutani looks after he does in fact say it again…
- So many great gif moments, the excitement over confessing, running around the table… all episode long.
- Rikka side-stepping to end up near Yuuta. Cuuuute.
- “This is R’lyeh”, “Miskatonic university”, these are references to H.P. Lovecraft’s The Cthulhu Mythos, for those who don’t know. “Ia! Ia! Cthulhu Fhtagn!” *Ahem!* Please forgive me.
- Rikka going “Mwahaha!” as she commands the dolphin. We need the ability to make gifs with sounds,pronto.
- The Special Coin – It’s special because it’s lost its place in the real word, amongst its kind – and then Yuuta says it can still be useful, except in one place, which saddens Rikka. Rikka had been an outcast for so long, that she glorifies being an outcast. Heck, “outcast” is a negative word, but look at “Exceptional”, “Out of the ordinary” and “Freaky” – technically they’re all the same thing, it’s just an issue of connotation. One could be exceptionally bad, one could be freakishly popular… The point is, it’s so very Rikka, and this is very Yuuta, rehabilitating her.
- Awww, my heart nearly broke in a good way here – “But I don’t know what being lovers means. Thinking about it makes my head confused.” – Rikka had consumed a large amount of media, obviously, but she’s going to find out for her own, on her own, what being in love means. Well, together with Yuuta. And that’s so very charming.
- Awwww. This is melting me, melting me! And then Rikka breaks the ice by referring to her own raised death-flag ;)
- “I think that Rikka still needs to be Rikka.” – D’oh, that’s the girl you chose to be your girlfriend, and even if she changes, and no, she did change, she still needs to remain Rikka.
- Yes, even without knowing of the new girl, hearing Nibutani speak of an “interloper” just before a new girl appears, following the same act as Rikka did last season, is more than enough of a tell :P
Special “Images Existed So I’ve been Forced to Write Them!” Notes:
- Look how smug stupid Nibutani looks when talking of love! Baka!
- Yeah, get a lot of them.
- She can’t do anything :<
- Vacuum-man, you so cool!
- Say it again, I dare you, I double-dare you.
- Everyone loves Rikka. Peace out.
- Best couple.
- You should’ve hugged her Yuuta, we saw you wanted to.
Post Episode Notes:
This episode actually had a couple of nice things about it, but first, poor Isshiki is truly relegated to being a non-entry. He must have lost in some popularity polls ;-)
The issue of change continues to be very present in this show, and we see that Rikka is as always very conflicted about it – It’s not even an issue of whether she wants to change or not, she just doesn’t know what to do about reality, so she hides, and makes slow progress. Her being happy when Yuuta initiates change isn’t due to some “Girls want the guys to inititate stuff” but because then she doesn’t have to risk anything by offering something, and perhaps being turned down, being left behind, and hurting, again.
Nibutani is again clueless. She prides herself a master of “love”, but she is a master of love as much as Rikka is a master of dark magics. In other words, she’s just reprising her “Mori Summer – Priestess of Love!” role. She’s consumed too much media which rots her brain. Note to the unwary, it could happen to you too, if you’re not careful! Quick, spread salt around and try to summon Nyarlathotep or Yog-Sothoth! :P
Yuuta wants change, but is scared of it, he’s just a poor boy. But what he really wants is to be together with Rikka, and Rikka to be happy. He won’t pressure her needlessly.
The coin story was a perfect moment in the episode, with Rikka championing being unique via being ostracized, and Yuuta telling her you don’t have to be completely alone. So they will find their own way, together, rather than follow some script, and that’s a great attitude.
P.S. Yes, my brain hates me.