Let’s go over what happened in the episode quickly so that I can get into my general opinion. It doesn’t take Iwai very long to find Kiri. Luckily, we got to avoid the rape moment on Kiri’s end. While under the spell, he tried to strangle Iwai. Although, the tears still gave it that very intense feel. Even after she tried her best to reason with him, Iwai could not get through to Kiri. Although, she did slow him down. Then, we get a pretty interesting twist. Remember how I said that Romeo was the author? Well, I was wrong. It seems that the president and vice president have swapped roles. Ruka is the author and Romeo is the instead. They turned this into femdom and I am not reading too much into things. I know that they didn’t actually spend that much time on it, but it felt like half of the episode was dedicated to Ruka talking about how she wants to dominate men.Things got kind of graphic when Romeo was licking her feet. Gross stuff. The fight that ensued falls under three parts. The first part was mental torture. Ruka tried to breakdown Iwai from a mental standpoint by calling her a monster, but that didn’t work. She had to resort to making Kiri cut her hair which actually got to Iwai. That didn’t really go well for Ruka because Kiri snaps out of the hypnotism to start part two of the fight. The next part shall be called cutting shit up. The few guys that are still under Ruka’s control fight Kiri, but mindless drones can’t fight an author. Kiri takes them down and gets into an interesting fight with Romeo. Nothing big. Mostly a fight where Kiri has to resort to cutting the guy’s cheek because minor cuts don’t affect a masochist. The third stage is all about judgement. I want to take wild guess here and say that we will be seeing a lot of Seigi. The guy showed up and tried to put Kiri in the noose, but he was interrupted by his instead and the younger Byouinzaka. The fight and the stargazing at the very end have got me thinking.
Current Opinion of the Show:
I am still not happy. I actually think that they really toned down the sexual aspect of the series in this episode. Having said that, I just want to point out that the femdom speech is about as tame as this series will probably get. The bad thing is that the nonsexual stuff really pissed me off in this episode. I am not the biggest fan of turning a series like this into a pity party. After the fight, they tried to play the sympathy card. Not only did Iwai extend a hand to Ruka and Romeo, but we got a back story that did a bad job of being sad. “I didn’t get to be the princess in the play back in elementary school” That is the worst super villain origin story that I have heard in a while. I just couldn’t take that seriously. You want to be dominant because you couldn’t be the princess? That is stupid. I am not demanding a ruthless environment, but could we not look at the murderers with rose-colored glasses? Romeo still genuinely loves Ruka. Congratulations on the happy ending. Also, could we not have the judge and jury stopped so easily? You don’t have to kill off Kiri, but your instead yelling at you through two electronic devices is a crappy weakness. Next, I would like to make a law against having a character call out to their loved one. Snapping someone out of something through your voice or tears is so cliché that quality writing can’t save it. The last thing that I had a problem with was the starlit dancing. I know that they are supposed to be building a romance, but I thought the dancing was completely out-of-place. Unless I am missing some sort of context for it. In which case, I would like it if someone told me about it. Did I like anything about this episode? Sure I did. They toned down the sex and amplified the action. Well, we got some action at least. You can’t have a murder game unless people actually die. We missed out on a murder, but got a pretty gruesome cutting of the cheek. That made me cringe. Overall, I just think that this series needs to find its identity. Be a sympathetic tale, be a romantic comedy, be a sexual murder game. Pick one because the odd mix that we are getting isn’t really doing it for me. Oh well, I just hope that we don’t jump back into hentai.