The Queen has come to lift us up (by our ties)! With anger and drama until the end! Who could ever doubt? We have faith! The long awaited (and my most anticipated, personally) Tsukasa arc is upon us, and after a fairly average first part of the episode comes DAT ENDING. It seems that the Amagami team has saved the best for the first and last arcs with Haruka and now the possibly yandere Tsukasa. Good times ahead!
Definitely saved some of the animation budget for last too.
In contrast to the fast forward in the Rihoko arc, the episode opens with an extended flashback to the year before. Haruka was apparently the reigning beauty contest champion, which seems to explain her moment of reprising the costume back in the Kaoru arc. Junichi is pretty upset but fortunately has Umehara show up and show himself to be the good friend that he is. Tsukasa also has a less than uplifting time that Christmas as she watches all the couples and says to herself that next year, for certain, she’ll find someone. Skip forward a year and Tsukasa once again volunteers, but now Junichi as well suddenly steps up to help. The newest Junichi had a lot of sighing and feeling depressed about Christmas, but like Junichi mk I, I’d rather have a slightly emo iteration instead of the fairly bland ones from the middle three arcs. And I liked how Junichi mk VI kind of had a surge of determination starting with Umehara’s boast and continuing on with volunteering. Contrast that to Junichi mk I who just generally seemed to be in a funk and took an opportunity that came to him instead of actively seeking one out.
She is the champion! Of the world!
Good man! The Mobile Infantry Founder’s Festival Committee made me the man I am today!
The two start working together and Tsukasa seems impressed that Junichi would volunteer since no one else even bothered. She even takes him to the supply closet with the door that only opens when you push down on the handle from the outside. Where accidentally closing it would trap the two of them in together. Oh yes. And trapped they become until Miya and Sae show up looking for more animal costumes. The whole play thing just makes me think of Miya and Sae and Sae and Hiro from Hidamari Sketch, especially since Sae looks a fair bit like Hiro. When the two committee volunteers walk home we get the first clear signs of Ayatsuji’s dark side when she runs into her older sister. Yukari seems nice enough, but Tsukasa is showing some more Haman face when she sees her and then makes an excuse to leave her and Junichi. Maybe she’s angry about Yukari stealing Junichi’s attention? (Not that I’d blame him, heh.) Or maybe it’s part of a larger younger sister complex, feeling like no matter what she does her sister can always swoop in and get all the glory/attention/the guy.
Welcome to Tsukasa’s den of love. No, you can’t escape (her love!).
Watch your back Yukari, she knows where you sleep.
Junichi finds out that Tsukasa is even covering extra swim lessons for students like Kaoru who’ve skipped out on them. And as he goes to find her to ask questions about how to do committee work, there’s another trademark Haruka scene theft. Haruka is creeping around the edges of the pool to peep on the other girls when Junichi runs into her. You have to wonder about her without Junichi mk I around, though Hibiki tries her best to keep tabs on her. Back in the classroom Junichi finds a notebook and starts flipping through it looking for the name of the owner. Just then Tsukasa notices something missing and is so alarmed that she runs back to the room still in her swimsuit. It turns out that the book was Tsukasa’s
mirai nikki Death Note schedule book, complete with intricately planned out activities. Yandere mode: ON. When Junichi replies that he did see a bit of it, his fate is sealed. With a speed and accuracy reminiscent of Alphard, in an instant she’s holding Junichi by his tie and her shoulder poised to leverage him for a slam throw to the ground. HELL YEAH! This arc is going to be sweet! I thought Tsukasa seemed the most interesting back when the series was announced, but I had no idea! She also has quite the ED sequence in terms of visuals and lyrics, though the singing is pretty terrible unfortunately.
Pool Haruka is watching you stretch.
Tsukasa is a Newtype? I hope there are as many schemes and (romance equivalent of) deaths as Zeta Gundam!
Amagami, how did you know all my weaknesses?