(If you’re reading this ghostlightning, I did just make a SEED reference. Your haterade brought it out in me!) Continuing on from the cliffhanger ending last week the second Tsukasa arc episode changes the tone a bit. While it’s probably a more sustainable way to run an arc, it did feel a little weird seeing Tsukasa go from throat-hold to confused tsun tsun like that. So the trajectory of this arc (heh) is now a bit up in the air (multi-pun!) for next week to decide.
I personally can’t get enough of Tsukasa’s Haman face.
A slip of the hand onto Tsukasa’s chest was what broke the ice, and at the shrine where she talked to Junichi later was where the pace changed. I’m of two minds on this. On the one hand we had some high drama and sinister vibes going on before and I was really liking that. Though I suppose it could be hard to keep that level of tension going and still be a light romance series, not to mention how Amagami was never that heavy with the drama. In any case we’ve now got something a little more low key as Tsukasa is shown to be fallible in misunderstanding what Junichi wrote but still works him like a dog and is generally controlling in a non-tie-grabbing manner now. Her moment of fake tears over Junichi touching her chest to get him to repeat the Tsukasa Loyalty Oath was priceless. Though left out of this was what Tsukasa wrote that had her so concerned about Junichi reading. That could be a source of future drama when it inevitably resurfaces.
You will cooperate with the stateTsukasa for the good of the Tsukasa and your own survival. Cooperation will be rewarded. Resistance will be punished. You will cooperate with the Tsukasa…
Like the ending to Ookami Kakushi…
“What do you think you’re doing Junichi?” Now do your best Chinese gangster “hhhhhuuuuuhhhhhh?”
Now that Junichi’s a subordinate member of the Founder’s Festival Revolutionary Command Council his action reflect back on his master. And thus another layer of control is introduced. But in keeping with the less serious tone of this episode, a lot of this becomes mostly normal school interactions between a controlling, perception-conscious Tsukasa and the new Junichi mark VI who just seems to enjoy being around Tsukasa. She’s even been warming to him a bit, not flipping out too hard when he comes to visit her when she’s sick. The more relaxed pace of this episode generally and the visit specifically have been differentiating Junichi mk VI from the others. This Junichi seems more willing to take things in stride and even enjoy playing a back-and-forth game between Tsukasa’s assertiveness and his easygoing manner. Though I do suspect that Tsukasa might come to see this as deceit if word of Junichi and Umehara’s ‘contest’ to have a girlfriend first. Not that the two guys really meant it as it was spur-of-the-moment and meant to cheer up a broken hearted Junichi. But if Umehara or Kaoru run their mouth about it even jokingly, Junichi might not even know what hit him. But for the moment things are looking up when Junichi carries Tsukasa after a stray dog pees on her shoe. Why that requires a carry I don’t know, but it was an excuse for some skinship.
Ah Kaoru, I kinda miss your arc. Just wish it was executed a bit better.
Why yes, Tsukasa will perform the marriage ceremony for you and Haruka at the Founder’s Festival.
The final element of this episode is the increased presence of Yukari. Tsukasa’s sister certainly isn’t the brightest bulb in the box, but at least she seems nice. She’d probably get along well with Haruka given their shared love of dogs too. But in this it still remains to be seen what sort of role she plays in Tsukasa’s life. Her younger sister obviously doesn’t seem to care for her much, but she is shown taking care of things around the house. Perhaps this is another case of Anime Parents Syndrome since we have yet to see either of Tsukasa’s parents. It could be that Yukari holds the house together but for whatever reason Tsukasa resents her for it, or is just too spoiled to appreciate it. Yeah, having a sister like Yukari might be embarrassing at times, but she certainly could have done worse. If I had to guess I’d say that it’s not some complicated trauma or complex or anything, and that it’s just Tsukasa being immature about having an airhead for a sister. I like Tsukasa, but she does seem more than a bit shallow oftentimes.
Maybe she’s just tsundere for her onee-sama?