While the episode formula changed a bit in the last arc one thing remained the same, Part 1 was the setup and Part 2 was where things got real. The only difference is this last arc is a 3-parter but Part 2 once more has plenty to talk about.
Note: Postponing my episode 10 episodic was a bad idea.
Let’s go over the main points of episode 10. As we recall T. Asuka sacrificed herself fighting the “king” and entrusted OG Asuka to OG Yu. OG Asuka tried her hardest to go back to T. Asuka’s fragment but was stopped when Yu-Two gave her T. Asuka’s pendant, saying she was swallowed by Twilight.
Asuka stopped coming to school for a while and everyone thought she was struck with grief or depression. She surprised them with a sudden return but Yu noticed her acting strangely. It brought memories of that time after Kyo-chan disappeared. A few days after it happened Yu went to cheer her up but she talked about wanting to take over her dad’s miso business instead of becoming a Chikuwa Master. It felt like Asuka was pushing away the grief by focusing on something else. She was doing the same thing in the present by focusing on hunting Clutters in hopes of luring out the king.
When asked about her strange behavior Asuka changed the subject again by talking about Twlight Takumi, which was a valid concern but she was still using him as an excuse. Nana told her he was okay with OG Takumi’s parents and Asuka suggested they throw a welcoming party. All went well until Asuka told him to make a wish to the Almighty Chikuwa. He wished for T.Asuka to come back and take him home because he felt guilty living OG Takumi’s life as a Link.
Nana knew a storm was coming and escorted Takumi back to the folks. What followed was an argument between a realist and and an optimist. It started with Yu scolding Asuka for giving Takumi false hope.
Asuka: What’s wrong with that?
Yu: You heard what Yu-Two said.
Asuka: We WILL see T. Asuka again.
Yu: You lied to him because you wanted to assure yourself she’d return.
Asuka: Maybe. Actually, you’ve seen me as an immature, irresponsible kid since that day ten years ago. You see me as someone who lives in denial and prefers living life without putting in the extra effort when it matters.
Yu: No! What I meant is you never tell us how you really feel.
Asuka: I always have.
Yu: I never once thought you spoke from the heart.
Asuka: I see…
After Asuka walked off and hearing what just happened Nana was like “Yu. Asuka is someone who doesn’t respond well to ‘grounded’ scoldings. The best way to get to her is basically “Keep it simple”.
Mia then asked Yu what had happened to Kyo-chan. On that day he wanted to go home but Asuka felt like playing a little longer. She turned away for a second and that was the last time she saw him. No one blamed her but she blamed herself. Every day for an entire year she went to the park in hopes of THAT DAY being when he’d return. This will make more sense in episode 11 but the fact Yu knew about the park visits meant she saw her there every day that year. Everyone agreed to go look for Asuka.
Asuka saw a silhouette of Kyo-chan and followed “him” to the sea shore. There she saw the King of Twilight but was surprised when it was revealed to be another Asuka, the Emissary of Twilight.
Let’s start off by summing up OG Asuka and Dark Asuka’s conversation. Dark Asuka came from a Fragment where she’d lost all hope after her Kyo-chan disappeared. She was approached by the Twilight and it was like “Join us and you will never ever have to feel pain, sorrow or grief again.” Basically Dark Asuka was what would happen if Asuka gave up in her search for Kyo-chan. It was also revealed that the main target of the Twilight was OG Asuka because, like Dark Asuka, she too had the potential to become one with the Twilight. OG Asuka initially refused and tried fighting Dark Asuka but she was like “Even if you somehow defeat me it will not stop the Twilight from consuming your world”. She considered the offer when Dark Asuka said the Twilight would spare OG World for a while longer. OG Asuka then threw an ultimatum: Restore T. Asuka and her Fragment. Dark Asuka then talked about the Kyo-chan thing I mentioned and offered the counter deal of her also being relieved of sadness and grief like she was. We’ll get back to this conversation in a bit.
Before we get to the main event let’s go over what happened to the above three. They split up to fight the Clutter while Yu searched for Asuka. The Clutter took control of a familiar teacher who was nervous about proposing to his girlfriend. More on that in a bit. Anyway Sensei Clutter took advantage of the “Henshin Rule” and captured the trio. What’s the “Henshin Rule”? Put simply, magical girl (and boy) transformation sequences that seem like they’re 15-30+ seconds are actually less than a second in real time. Unfortunately that doesn’t include the “It’s Morphin’ Time” call.
While captured Sensei Clutter took advantage of the girls by twisting their resolve and turning it into hopeless futures. For example Nana’s resolve was she’d make her own decisions and not marry a guy “because that’s what’s expected of her from society”. Sensei Clutter was like “You only said that because you didn’t want to become dependent on a man like your mother. Eventually you’ll become even more dependent on them than her.” The three questioned their resolve…for about two minutes before realizing Sensei Clutter was talking crap. They made their own destiny and had no reason to follow whatever society expected of them or how jaded adults expected them to live their lives.
Reclaiming their will to fight they made quick work of Sensei Clutter, belittling him by saying “You talk about how we should live our lives when you don’t have the balls to propose to your girlfriend.”
NOW WE FINALLY GET TO WHAT EVERYONE WANTS ME TO TALK ABOUT!
Yu had no luck finding Asuka and looked like she was giving up when Best Girl showed up and was like “Giving up already? You’re an embarrassment to Yus everywhere.”
OG Yu: I don’t have time to argue with you…Wait…Do you know where Asuka is?
Yu-Two: Nope…But I do have a pretty good hunch. Asuka was the Twilight’s main target. They took out T. Asuka and her fragment because it was the last border to reaching the OG World and capturing Asuka.
OG Yu: How do you know about that?
Yu-Two: Again just a hunch. BUT I have a Master’s Degree on Asukaology.
OG Yu:…Unlike me.
Yu-Two: Having said that, only YOU can save OG Asuka. Here. Take my Morpher. If you don’t save Asuka, I’m coming for you.
OG Yu: You got it!
Yu-Two: (I hope you won’t suffer like I did…)
We now return to OG Asuka and Dark Asuka’s conversation.
Asuka was about to enter the Twilight Zone when Yu screamed at the top of her lungs: DON’T GO WITH HER ASUKA! YOU WANT SIMPLE! I’LL GIVE YOU SIMPLE! I LOVE YOU MORE THAN ANYONE IN THIS WORLD!
So. Someone complained that the Asukas took away her character development arc last time. Well, everything from Yu-Two’s quest to find her Asuka (Which I think was a way to revive her than find where she’d disappeared to.), her questioning her “honor student” behavior thanks to Yu-Two and most importantly finding the courage to confess her love. Like Asuka Yu’s character development was split into several parts.
Ever since Yu-Two’s official debut I said I wanted to see at least one Yu and one Asuka get together. Looks like it’s the main duo. I hope all other Yus in love with their Asukas will also be blessed provided the finale is a good one.
Not gonna go over our heroines’ rematch against Twilight Hydra. Just know it was awesome.
Chloe: There’s still one more enemy to take down.
Dark Asuka: I am an Asuka yet you want to defeat me?
Yu: You may be an Asuka but you’re not (MY) our Asuka!
Dark Asuka: Rrrrr. Very well. Come get some bitches.
Asuka noticed the small sign of emotion inside her dark loli counterpart and was like “If I come with you then you’ll leave my world alone right? Alrighty then. Let’s go”. I suspect she has a plan.
G-View most likely coming next week.