This week’s episode was all over the place…but in a good way. Yasuna and Sonyas relatively normal activities (Making mochitsuki, playing New Year’s games, flying kites) are interspersed with an eclectic series of skits, some of which apparently parody classic Japanese folk tales (we’re not which ones, exactly).
These presented as Yasuna’s “first New Years dreams”, even though you can only have one “first.” There’s also a boxing dream and a zombie dream. Yasuna, Sonya, and Agiri (and the extra girl) play various roles, but pretty much maintain the same personalities throughout. The use of diverse art styles are a nice touch.
Mato is still trapped inside Black Rock Shooter, and Saya’s attempt to use Black Gold Saw to reach her fails. Yuu decides she’ll give it a try, communicating with Black Rock Shooter via her counterpart, Strength. But in the middle of their battle, Strength talks. As it turns out, Koutari Yuu switched places with Strength just before Strength was killed, so that Yuu could escape reality. Mato also realizes she has been running away by never opening up to people. When it’s announced Mato is missing, Yomi stops forgetting her, and Dead Master starts to awaken…
With just one episode left to wrap things up, this week set out to explain a little more about what the heck’s going on with this alternate world where girls kick each others asses literally. It turns out the world was created by those girls, as a physical means for their pain to be expressed. Their counterparts are supposed to lack emotions, and fight each other purely by instinct, fueled by the suffering of the girls in reality (we had no idea Japanese schoolgirls had it so tough). We kinda figured this was what was going down, but the reiteration was comforting.
We were treated to more deliciously over-the-top battle sequences in which Black Rock Shooter and Yuu bounce off each other and deliver sick bullet rain and some creative chiropractic. When Yuu, who it turns out is the bad-ass version (Strength is in the real world, which explains a few things) suddenly opens her mouth and speaks, it’s pretty surprising, as no one in the otherworld had yet spoken. In any case, Mato is in a bad way; still unable to escape Black Rock Shooter. It looks like it will be all up to Yomi to bust her out of there.