Assault Lily Bouquet 10, naturally, deals with the aftermath of Yuri’s death. Yep, she’s actually dead, but on the other hand, we got Misuzu’s ghost popping up at the grave, so who knows? … I wondered who that girl was who Yuyu always talks to at home … Anyway, there’s a big search for Riri’s clover-leaf hair dec, which came off during the last battle. Maybe it would cheer her up after her time in the brig turning bitter over her inability to save Yuri. Or maybe the show just wanted some light-hearted scenes of the girls making goofballs of themselves to ease the mood. In the end there was a bit of well-meaning and forgiven deception on Kaede’s part, though why she hid it from the others I can’t figure out. Elsewhere the school boss, Moyu, and other SC girls tell us the obvious: the Huge was using a weapon that the late Mizusu last used. Why is this a surprise? Well, if it’s connected to her appearance in the graveyard then we’re back to the idea that Yuri’s not actually dead, either.
Gochuumon wa Usagi Desuka Bloom 9 is a better-than-average one, both parts. First, Rize changes to a more mature look for after graduation, and the girls all think she’s her older sister, Roze, come to visit. Rize decides to play along and others help her with her backstory …
It plays out the way you’d expect, especially after “Roze” whips her gun out at the store manager, but it gives everyone a chance to act weird.
Same with the second bit, where Chiya is nominated for student council president and everyone helps her write speeches. And she’s back to naming her dishes, not to mention the different school government offices. This one shifts into a more emotional and sentimental mode, but the show can’t be all cute girls being weird. You gotta balance the weirdness with the sentimentality for the show to have its full effect.
Majo no Tabitabi 11, like that earlier episode, feels like a finale but I understand there’s one more to go. As for 11, it could have been a two-parter. A lot goes on. We have Elaina and Saya switching bodies, the return of the Curio Company, and a big reunion between teachers and apprentices, but it’s wrapped up in 24 minutes. I expected more from the Curio people, especially the boss, so it was a shame that they once again prove themselves more inept than threatening, although Saya’s innocent glide through the back streets had me worried. The love drug issue was also fixed too easily. What we got instead was a look at some people’s base desires for others (Dogs and cats living together–mass hysteria!) and further clues as to who Nike really was, though Elaina doesn’t seem to want to put the pieces together. And why should she? She states quite clearly that she’s happy with things as they are, with her traveling around.
We figured our “heroes” of 100-Man 11 would surpass the map problem in the snowstorm somehow, but who was going to persevere and complete the heroic deed? I was surprised, but shouldn’t have been, that Yuka was the hero this time. She really hasn’t too many moments of her own yet; it was time for her to rise up and confront the sort of challenge her magical girl heroes (a flashback to her favorite childhood anime which started the episode and confused me a little, especially since it went on too long) faced. After all, she wasn’t dead or dying, just huddled in a little cave feeling sorry for herself. The over-long intro paid dividends, though, as the magical girls, and also her otome game heartthrob, lead her forward. On she went, bravely, when … a completely new character shows up, puts Yuka on her giant cat and rushes her to victory … What was THAT?
Heroic rescue aside, this new girl opens up a lot of questions. She asks Yuka if she’s a player, knows what the fourth stage is, and says she herself is NOT a player, but a magic user. Too bad the show leaves her after that. I’m sure the team would have had a lot of questions for her. Instead, we get Yuka’s question to Half-head, and we learn sort of what we expected. The people in this fantasy world are just as real as the heroes are, more real, in fact. The heroes are the virtual ones here. This of course is a shock to Yuusuke, who had been killing people thinking they were the virtual ones. I figured this would happen after he abandoned those orphaned, mewling monster babies last episode thinking they were virtual. I have a question about Half-head’s explanation, though. Well, no, I don’t. When trying to phrase it I realized my question would be to that woman: how many other “heroes” has she met in this world? Why are THEY here? For the same reason as our guys? Did they see the same vision that Yuusuke did? … I could go on and on.