While the start of this show stimulated my brain, the recent episodes have stimulated somewhere else.
If that first sentence wasn’t blunt enough, I’m disappointed to say that the darkness has hidden in a cave for now. Much like how Yuuji is constantly asking for where the danger is, viewers like me are left cold as we go from one panty shot to the next. Suddenly any hint of tension or creepy artifice has been ignored in favor of something cute or erotic. There’s no question that the academy is eccentric, but it’s no longer suspicious or threatening. As such, it doesn’t demand nearly as much attention as it did before.
Granted, I think in some ways that was an intentional change. Rather than distance the audience, it seems like these episodes were meant to slowly accept the eccentricity of it all. And to be honest, it works because of Yuuji’s deadpan routine and how everyone’s eccentric traits are portrayed in either cute, funny, or erotic way. Michiru fighting a kitten with her twin tails? Sachi’s obsession for building shark pouches for others? Makina imitating Yuuji like a lost pet? Where’s the threat in any of that? All of this is adorable, and Yuuji’s lack of competence in social situations make them funny and awkward.
If anything, the more aggressive girls end up being hot and/or hilarious thanks to Yuuji’s competence with dealing with attacks. Yumiko’s persistent attempts at killing Yuuji seem like actions of a crazed androphobic, but the fact that he effortlessly dodges/blocks every slash makes the dispute pitiful on her end. Much like how a puppy tries nibbling on your finger with baby teeth, her persistence at trying to cause harm despite being humiliated over and over is straight-up comical. Meanwhile, Amane’s bold invitations for a relationship would be impossible to ignore if it weren’t for Yuuji. They definitely made a point about Amane being a horny onee-san, having her masturbate on his bed after sniffing his shirt. This is a piece of fruit that’s ready for picking, but how Yuuji casually backs away from it has me laughing. Plus it only encourages Amane to keep trying, one step at a time.
Ultimately the lack of actual plot elements in these episodes gives me considerably less material to write about. The intrigue seems to have been shoved to the side at this point in favor of what we’re used to in these Visual Novels. However, the fact that they’ve calmed down our protagonist to a certain extent makes him vulnerable to whatever dangers can come. And when such dangers finally strike, I’ll be there to point it out.