A great episode this time, with a nice balance of character development, humour and fanservice….
Hina Ichigo, Souseiseki, Suisuiseki and Nori are making biscuits, while Shinku lazes in front of the TV. After being taunted by Suisuiseki, Shinku gets made and starts to try making cookies as well, but she’s not so good at it (^_^) ;;;. While nearby, Kanaria is on another of her attempts to get the gang’s Roza Mystica’s and decides to go for it, when Shinku opens the door and invites her in to try their cookies instead.
Kanaria accepts the offer to come in, but doesn’t dare to eat or drink anything for the fear they might’ve put something strange into it and take the chance to get her Roza Mystica. Meanwhile, Jun-kun gets bitchslapped by Shinku when he comments about Shinku’s strangely shaped cookies. Kanaria soon gets force-fed the cookies by Suisuiseki and this angers her, making her storm off while saying she’ll defeat than all.
Souseiseki catches up on Kanaria on the roof and questions her if she’s serious about the Alice Game. Kanaria replies so, and Souseiseki warns her that the Alice Game will cause someone to disappear forever. Irritated, Kanaria flies off and returns home to her mistress, Micchan. Remembering Souseiseki’s warnings, Kanaria asks Mit-chan how would she feel if she were to stop moving but before she can finish her sentence, Mit-chan goes into total shock and hugs Kanaria, saying that she can’t imagine life without her…. This strengthens Kanaria’s resolve.
The next day, Tomoe and Jun are walking home when they pass by Enju, when the shopkeeper invites them in to witness the mysterious dollmaker winding up his newest doll. While back home, it is an idylic day for Shinku and gang, when suddenly they’re disturbed by Kanaria, who’s serious this time.
Kanaria wreaks total havoc on Jun’s house with her weapon, a violin. Souseiseki, Suisuiseki and Hina Ichigo try to fight back, but fail until when Kanaria almost finishes them off, Shinku steps in and defeats Kanaria easily. Kanaria expects the worse, but only gets Shinku’s slap and ordered to clean up the mess. Everyone is visibly surprised by Shinku’s actions.
After Kanaria’s done, Shinku offers her a cup of tea and asks her why she’s so serious about this. Kanaria replies that it’s for her master, who wants to meet and play with them. That said, Shinku replies that the problem is solved. The whole gang follows Kanaria back to her master’s place and Micchan goes omega kandouteki on seeing them (^_^);;;.
They play dress-up and Micchan takes their photos in solo and in groups. After that, the gang returns to Jun’s place….:
– Souseiseki : Shinku…
– Shinku : Hm?
– Souseiseki : Why didn’t you fight?
– Shinku : There wasn’t a need for fighting.
– Souseiseki : But.. Kanaria came for the Alice Game..
– Shinku : Sou ne..
– Souseiseki : But… you still…
– Shinku : Do you wish to fight?
– Souseiseki : I…. if it’s my destiny…
– Shinku : I don’t want to lose anything anymore, that’s why, I’m not going to fight anymore….
– Souseiseki : Shinku…..
Souseiseki then returns over to her place, wondering about her conversation with Shinku, when suddenly the mirror she came from glows and Father can be seen in it, Souseiseki tries to follow in……
Seems like my predictions for this episode came true, with the character development, humour and twist at the end, all predicted correctly :). One thing I didn’t really expect was the all fanservice with Micchan dressing them all up nicely, I really hope they go for more photo sessions with Micchan in later episodes.
That said, the tone of the show is starting to darken, starting with Suigintou’s ressurection back in episode 6 and now with Kanaria seriously attacking the gang. Speaking of that, her powers seem to be quite powerful as well, but Shinku remains the most adept of them all in fights, easily defeating her.
This episode was also quite Shinku-centric, as we see her changed a lot from the haughty yet humourously naïve lady she was in the first season, to a more humble and somewhat aloof earlier in the season, and to now, with Suigintou’s ressurection, a more determined one as well. Souseiseki also gets a fair share of airtime, as even with her reluctance to play the Alice Game, she’ll still fight, if she has to.
It’s also good to see that Kanaria’s issues are somewhat resolved. I find it quite sweet she’s in the Alice Game not to become Alice, but to survive on for her mistress, who’s really very much in love (more like obssesed) with her. Hopefully, she’ll be joining their side as well.
Finally, with the twist in the end of the episode, where Father makes an appearence finally, based on the episode preview, he seems to want to use Souseiseki and Jun as well for some kind of plan. The preview mentions that both Jun and Souseiseki and missing. The title of the next episode is “Puppenmacher” which I think means “Puppet Maker”, probably involving the Enju doll shop.