Rotating oversize dildo extraordinaire. Am I the only one who saw through this?
Well, to be really fair, I don’t think anyone ever expects Yumeko to lose. That’s fine. We are, however, expecting some more dramatic defeats. Like fingers getting cut off or people jumping to their dooms out of a huge rotating dildo-shaped tower. I look for that type of stuff. Not that I want anyone to die – it’s just anticlimactic knowing that they won’t when they tell you that they will. It becomes more about how they will eventually escape that fate rather than the threat of the fate itself. I briefly mentioned this in the previous review from a slightly different point of view, but it is, essentially, the same thing; I care very little about the outcome of the game because I know what it’s gonna be. And the game itself… sigh.
So from now on, let’s forever assume that the stakes on those gambles are really low. It’s just another insignificant bet, really. Students lose their fingernails, go through mental breakdowns, become slaves for other students but, meh, it’s okay, they’re gonna recover; we know they’re gonna recover. Does this alter your enjoyment of the show? What do you watch the show for? I’m not sure. I do know that I prefer a Battle Royale though. There needs to be loss in order for achievements to be appreciated.
What we are watching right now is a blatant display of wits and skill (and MONEY) from the Alpha students – basically just Yumeko and Kirari. They are the best. They cannot and will not lose; they are exceptionally perceptive and everyone else is just a minor contestant compared to them. We know they are the top gamblers in the school. We know that what will eventually happen is an ultimate battle between the two. Their path towards that though is becoming increasingly slow and banal. Their gambles are not exciting, the pace is slowing down, and the games are more absurd. Maybe for some this is a good thing, but I see it as a lack of constructive content. Compared to the previous season, it feels to me as though Yumeko is kind of bored.
Either way, let’s just take a brief break from all the moaning so I can announce to all of you that yes, I actually managed to figure out the trick in the tower since the previous episode at the very first moment the stone wall appeared behind the main door. In fact, I thought it was so self explanatory; I thought the reason why the door had not been used was because there would be too many turns until it went back to its place, or is it? I wasn’t counting. My point is that I’m definitely not a genius, how could have Sayaka missed this? It’s like stealing candy from a baby.
Speaking of candy, I must say the best part of the episode was the fact that we got a clearer declaration of the fact that Kirari and Sayaka are lovers. I just wish they didn’t have to explain it through Sayaka’s servitude.
We have two episodes left. I don’t suppose they’re planning to finish the elections arc on this season so I’m guessing we’ll be getting another one. FAB.
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Winter 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast