No, no, KyoAni!!! Guys do NOT go to the toilet together!!! That’s the kind of things only girls do!!!
(Yes, you may commence flaming me now for my chauvinistic/stereotypical/unenlightened/barbaric/whatever words.)
You know, I was planning to be critical about the repetition of the "Tomoyo combo" gag this week. I was going to comment that the joke was starting to get stale, how the "Lambda Driver" effects were masking the fact that Tomoyo was basically doing the same actions over and over, and how I hope KyoAni would mix things up a little next time by having our kung-fu girl do a "poke-juggle-juggle-Deadly Move-Dream Cancel-Leader Deadly Move" combo, so that at least we have something new to see.
Of course, as can be seen in this scene, KyoAni made the preemptive strike by mixing things up, having Tomoya participate in a combo-chain. It’s not a "poke-juggle-juggle-Deadly Move-Dream Cancel-Leader Deadly Move" combo, but it’ll do for now, and instead of getting to hear me say something even slightly critical, I’m afraid you guys will have to sit through another week of my "KyoAni fanboying". Too bad, I guess.
What I was not expecting, was a revelation to hit so soon. But I have to say that this is brilliant storytelling; using comedy to soften up the audience, and then hitting them with the revelation when they are least expecting it, thus magnifying the overall impact. It is what KEY stories have always been able to do so well, and even knowing that this is the style I should be expecting, I still fell for it.
That said, indications point to Fuuko as being the "ghost of the girl in the accident" mentioned in earlier episodes, and by all accounts, her likely scenario seems pretty close to a certain Tsukimiya-san’s. I am fairly surprised that KyoAni has decided to go into the serious stuff so early though; then again, they don’t have the luxury of time like they had with Kanon (2006).
A significant number of Kagikko have tagged Fuuko’s route as being one of the more emotionally wrenching routes in the game, so I certainly am waiting to see what is it about her story that has captured the hearts of so many. Will next episode reveal the details? I don’t know, but I’ll be waiting to find out.
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