Plenty of blood was shed in this ongoing fourth round, yet there was a well-deserved tender moment thrown in to ease the tension before it struck back again.
I will give “Mother Clarissa” credit for one thing, her nudity is not as traumatizing as the late, great Mae Young’s was. Maybe she’s 40 something and not in her 60’s. The point of this scene and the one Jelly Juggy was in was that, as I mentioned last week, Chamaka’s seen as the greatest threat and both had built game plans specifically to combat the Samoan.
Sae Mercer didn’t count on Chamaka’s backup plan against her glare. She’s willing to “hurt herself” in order to break the seal, even if it means giving her opponents winning hands. Jelly Juggy got an 11200 point Ron because of it.
During the break period, we get the first legit flashback of the episode (The Anti-Chamaka game plan segments don’t count.). We learn the Mother Clarissa was a new transfer teacher and that Drowzy, Chilly and Sae were the only members back then before Miss Sketcher and Sister Toyone joined the team later on. And as everyone can see, Sae inherited the Soul Lens from Mother Clarissa. The lens mainly serves to amplify The Merciless One’s Sadistic Seal.
It took a while but we finally got a potential pairing from The Toyone Family. Sae and Shiro. Sae was talking about the usual “How important the team is” and “I want this time to last forever” while Shiro did her best impression of a lazy, supportive yuri tsundere.
Starting off the second round, Sae faced the problem Juggy had when combating Chamaka, Nodoka was not cooperating. She played her own game, which was not something either Juggy or especially Sae could afford.
A bit more explanation thanks to Miss AJ. Nodoka’s fighting style is technological, meaning she plays most games as if she’s playing online mahjong. This was an initial weakness until she received training to develop a new style combining parts of online and offline combat. Her greatest asset is her immunity to “area of effect” abilities and mind games. Special abilities that rely on psychological warfare have no effect no Nodoka. Her main weakness are fighting styles that have vague explanations, like Saki’s.