Whatever the Amagami writers are on lately is a hell of a drug.
With the arc now 3/4 of the way to completion, things took a turn for the surreal this week as some sort of hallucinogenic agent appears to have been released at a local amusement park. Authorities remain tight-lipped about whether this was an intentional terrorist attack by the disgruntled Movement for the Restoration of Plot in Amagami (MRPA) or an accidental chemical spill. But while the cause remains under investigation, the effects were clear: Both J4 and Ai experienced an intense bout of logic deprivation and reality mismatch leading to several flags being activated for unknown reasons.
- In preparation for her planned arc transition, Rihoko has been observed conducting culinary research and meeting with Miya and Sae to seek their assistance. While we already know that Rihoko has quite a sweet tooth, we now have confirmation that she is a childhood friend of at least Miya, if not both of the Tachibana siblings. This could indicate a second childhood friend, a surprise in this post Kaoru-arc world. Also of note was that Miya appeared to be fielding an advanced version of the Otogi Ginko, GmbH ‘Neko Neko Nakuru’ personal defense system. This new system appears both smaller and without the need for a cable-link to its power source, indicating an advanced level of engineering. The image may be that of a dog with an eyepatch, indicating possible use of transferred Dogisian technology.
CCTV image capturing the Rihoko-Miya-Sae meeting and new model NNK.
- Conveniently supplied with free tickets, J4 and Ai proceeded to a newly opened amusement park for a date. The rides were mostly uneventful, but the haunted house was the site of the aforementioned incident. Utilizing two of the animatronic mummies, large quantities of an as yet undetermined hallucinogenic agent were introduced into the environs causing intense hallucinations and ‘Plot Nonsense Syndrome.’ J4 reported seeing a Kaoru X Keiko OTP, a very young Ayatsuji Tsukasa, and then appeared to view Ai as a bowl of miso ramen. (This miso ramen appears unconnected to that shared by J1 and Haruka.) This led to the first of three flags being triggered as Junichi attempted to eat ramen-Ai.
- The second flag incident occurred at the playground where the two originally met when Ai pressured J4 to ride the swings together. After swinging for a time and including the obligatory and overused “you looked up my skirt, didn’t you?” line, Ai leaned forwards to kiss J4. Reports also indicate the presence of low quality innuendo utilizing the swing chains. Romantic effect was negligible.
Flag scene #2.
- The third flag incident was at the pool when Ai appeared upset when team leader Hibiki didn’t choose her for a spot in the upcoming tournament. Running from Hibiki, she went past J4 before diving into the pool. Despite the fact that she had nowhere to run to in the enclosed pool area, J4 inexplicably jumped into the pool fully clothed to catch up with her. Such actions appear in line with the increasing decline in logic in regards to J4′s actions, and the arc as a whole.
The pace of flag events increased dramatically in the past episode.
While it’s not yet certain if the writers were in a Purple Haze or perhaps using cocaine as of late, the mummy’s tomb haunted house scene was beyond bizarre. I suppose you could give them credit for being creative in introducing their fanservice, but it really ran into the nonsensical. What the hell did I just watch? When I complained about the Kaoru arc bellybutton kiss coming out of nowhere, I obviously had no idea exactly how out-of-nowhere this show was going to get. While that scene was the peak WTF moment, the last flag moment was also on pretty shaky ground. Credit where credit is due, the one on the swings wasn’t so bad, even though there really hasn’t been too great of a foundation built for why exactly Ai likes Junichi. But it had a fair level of believability to it, which is more than can be said for the other two. The last one worked as a vehicle for expressing Ai’s distress about not making the tournament roster, though Junichi jumping in the pool and going after her was another break with the required suspension of disbelief. I wish I had more to say, but more often than not this episode just left me asking “what the hell did I just watch?”
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