Eba tells Haruto about how she met Kyousuke in school and how he supported her when she had no one else to lean on. When she returned to Tokyo, she learned that he only had one year to live, so she decided to support him by being his girlfriend. When Haruto asks Asuka what to do, she tells him he can’t hide his true feelings for Eba from Kyousuke and still consider him a friend. Haruto visits Kyousuke and Eba in the hospital and declares war; Kyousuke accepts, and Haruto starts fighting to get Eba back.
Color us relieved that despite Eba’s desire to keep her romance with Haruto a secret, Haruto came out and told Kyousuke the truth as soon as he could. Asuka’s advice may threaten any chance she had with Haruto, but it also happens to be spot on. To our minds, it’s more of a betrayal for Haruto to hide his feelings for Eba than to be upfront and honest with Kyousuke about wanting to win her back. Kyousuke is happy Haruto did so, and even feels a bit guilty for stealing Eba in the first place. It takes guts to tell a friend on his deathbed that he’s in the way of your happiness, but that’s exactly what Haruto does.
Doing to might make him a HUGE cad, but it’s actually kind of exhilarating having such a selfish, contemptible asshole as the main character (He’s a bit like Yagami Light without the Death Note). And burying everything in would only make him hate Kyousuke with time. Haruto is looking out for Haruto. The problem is, we just don’t see any good reason for Eba to leave Kyousuke for him anytime soon, especially considering how obligated she feels to repay Kyousuke for the support he gave her in the past (plus the asshole part). But as slim as Haruto’s chances are of ever winning her back are, they’re still infinitely higher than they’d be if he’d never made the attempt. You can’t win if you don’t play.
Rating:7 (Very Good)
- Just one: Holy Crap, Eba’s sister Rin is an abusive bitch!
With only one goddess left to release and two girls who may be her host, Keima must conquer both Takahara Ayumi and Kosaka Chihiro, but he’s grown incredibly weak and ill, and Haqua is not around. Nora’s “buddy” Asama Ryo arrives. Keima devises a “sick visit event”, baiting Ayumi into coming over. She carries him to bed and brings him water, but then Chihiro unexpectedly arrives, and Ryo lets her in.
Chihiro gives him medicine and plays a song she wrote on her guitar, all while Ayumi is hidden under Keima’s covers. Before Chihiro leaves, she confesses to Keima. He decides she’ll be the first girl to conquer, but before he can call her, Ayumi calls her, saying she heard about her liking Keima, and will cheer her on. Because she’d just told Keima, Chihiro suspects Ayumi was at his house.
If we remember correctly, the presence of the goddesses within the girls has restored their memories of falling in love with Keima. But with only one goddess left and both Ayumi and Chihiro obviously in love with him, one of them must have fallen in love with him despite not hosting Mercurius, or having any memory of Keima’s initial conquest of her. Keima has no way of knowing who it is, so he has to court both and hope its the first girl he re-conquers.
It would be easier if it was Chihiro. While his improvisation in this week’s epic Surprise Double Sick Visit Event raise both the girls’ affection for him, everything starts to go downhill with Ayumi once she realizes her classmate, bandmate, and close friend Chihiro loves the same guy she does. And she defers to her, like the good friend she is, even though Chihiro might well do the same for Ayumi if she knew she loved Keima too. In any case, Keima’s job has gotten much tougher.
Rating: 8 (Great)
- The one thing Keima was trying to avoid the entire episode was triggering a love triangle, but that’s exactly what he now has.
- Ayumi was certainly a trooper, hiding under the hot bed so close to Keima.
- It was actually a good move to bunch both Ayumi and Chihiro in the same arc; not only does their closeness to one another make things more complicated for Keima, but neither are what we would call the most interesting girls in the show, so combining them has spared us separate arcs.
- That said, we also liked Chihiro’s song. We love us some musician girls.
- It seems a bit odd that Keima has fallen so ill with just one goddess left, even though he showed no signs of fatigue before. Is another power behind this?
- For the record, we think everything would have gone according to Keima’s plan had Haqua been there to help. Where the heck was she?