Yep, it’s a school trip episode.
What They Say:
I, Ex-Middle Two Syndrome sufferer (“Chuunibyou”) AKA Yota Togashi and current MTS sufferer Rikka Takanashi, have happily exchanged the vows of truth (we’re going out), and I am enjoying life IRL to the fullest… Or at least, I should be. Yes, I really should be. If it wasn’t for the game-changing appearance of my best friend from my previous middle school, super powerful MTS sufferer Sophia Ring SP Saturn VII AKA Satone Shichimiya! What in the world should I do now?! And thus, the battle of The Devil VS The Evil Eye begins!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
So now all of our main characters have gotten their own episodes, even if some may have been combined. If there’s something big to be done with Satone and the hints that have been dropped in the more substantial parts of this season, it will surely still be a few episodes before that’s really dealt with. What to do now then? Touching a little more on the main romance is certainly a good option, and as luck would have it the current timing lends itself to a staple of high school romantic comedies: the school trip episode.
Yuta introduces the event as possibly the biggest in high school, and if we’re using anime as our basis, that’s certainly proven to be true time and time again. Above all else, it’s an opportunity for romantic development, and the entire class seems to suddenly shift its collective focus from making small talk in the background to trying to get Yuta and Rikka to act like two people in a romantic relationship at all. Needless to say Shinka is a major proponent of this as she always has been and sure enough, most of the episode is spent on the two being painfully shy over the minutest of interactions with their respective “lover” or dealing with the prying classmates trying to see something exciting and get a good scoop.
As a small subplot, the boys doing what high school boys must do when their female counterparts are bathing is included to keep the classic tropes intact, and as usual this show does it better than many. It’s obviously not the kind of show in which this would succeed or we’d get any real fanservice, and while it’s not necessarily wrong for some shows to work with it differently, I’m glad that this one keeps things pure (it’s only appropriate considering how ridiculously innocent the one relationship is) and even abuses the perpetrators fittingly. Isshiki’s saga of failures continues, and the briefness with which his scenes are delivered keeps that gag from getting remotely stale.
The group left behind due to not being in the same year collectively realizes how boring life is without those three, and while there’s nothing remarkable to come from their scenes alone, watching as Dekomori suffers in boredom is an amusing contrast.
But even if it’s not the most exciting overall and seems unlikely to last beyond this episode, this is still a school trip in a romantic comedy, and that means there’s some definite development. Considering the show and characters we’re talking about, it’s not surprising that it’s the tiniest of baby steps any reasonable person, in or outside of their universe, would assume would’ve happened almost immediately after the “contract” was formed rather than these many months later, but after all this time, it’s still a big deal, and it’s almost overwhelmingly adorable.
The school trip episode is here, and that means there has to be some romantic development. Yuta and especially Rikka are about as shy as is humanly possible, so as any viewer surely knows by now, that doesn’t come easy, but after an episode full of determined pushes, they finally move closer, if only by the smallest measurable increment. But it’s still measurable, and it leaves a definite impact, even if any sense of cynicism must be thrown out the window to properly digest it. For those who can fully appreciate it, though, it’s certainly progress for these characters, and you might just want to seek out a dental examination after viewing.
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