I love ponytails.
Ahh, I want Kae to pull on my cheeks~
I hate to say this, but I actually enjoyed this episode. It was good. But by ‘good’ I do only mean relatively to the other episodes (particularly the fiasco that was last week’s) and only in the sense that it was interesting. Ponytail Chika also helped a lot. I didn’t even know it was something I wanted until it happened.
Haruta was Haruta, as usual. I’ve slowly come to accept him now, it’d be beating a dead horse to repeatedly talk about how insufferable he is at this point. I also get the feeling that this is how Chika feels about him, as his long-time childhood friend. In retrospect, it does feel like a stretch to establish a link between a voyeur and the class president moving her seat around multiple times, but the way the seats were arranged made it a little more plausible. That, and the fact that the president was a real qt. So many nice character designs are being wasted on this sub-par show. At least they’re not having all the girls fall over Haruta though, I’ll give them that. As for Asmodeus being a girl, I have to admit it never crossed my mind until the possibility was brought up – the fact that they were lewd pictures
(is it bad that I wanted to see some) automatically made me assume it was a guy, on top of the fact that the name ‘Asmodeus’ implies the motive was lust. But of course, it being a girl is a very real option – they could be lesbian, but motives which come to mind now include humiliation, jealousy or revenge. Especially because the president was a qt. I was also content with how they never ended up revealing Asmodeus’s identity in the end – it wasn’t ultimately all that relevant, because the real focus of the episode was Sakai-sensei and how he was willing to go to great lengths to protect his former students.
It did come at the expense of his current students, as Asmodeus was left at large – I guess it’s a balancing exercise, really. Should gorilla have prioritised his current class and called out Asmodeus on her blackmail no matter the consequences, and at the expense of Ogawara? Or was it the right choice to cover for Ogawara and allow her to finally get started with her teaching career after all the trouble she ran into in the past? What I really didn’t understand was why the tattoo was such a big deal – I can understand it not being appropriate for a teacher, and it might also be an issue that it’s a female teacher with a tattoo given Japan’s cultural norms. But it’s not like it was clearly visible – it was on her back, she was in the process of removing it and most of all, Asmodeus had wrongfully and covertly taken a picture of it even though she had it covered up. Sakai-sensei reacted as if that picture’s existence was going to hurt Ogawara more than Asmodeus – are tattoos really that much of a taboo? Is it the whole yakuza connotation? Everyone in that room seemed to immediately understand when Ogawara revealed that she had a tattoo, and I was just confused. Oh well. This was definitely a better episode than obscure, ‘deep’ metaphors about forest children and bears, so I’ll take what I can get.
Finally, as for Haruta’s tactful question, the answer is yes. Yes it does, okay?
Especially if it’s ponytail Chika. Or the twins.