Clever move. Delay what we hoped to see for another time and instead focus on Rika’s parent issues.
It was Rika’s birthday but she wasn’t particularly happy. Before leaving mom handed her some BDay cash but what she really wanted was for mom to tell her about dad. Mom was like “He’s a scumbag who left us. What else do you need to know?” to which Rika said “He left you”.
Ai transitioned back to school but thanks to her renewed confidence the bullies didn’t bother her as much. Plus she had her three brahs to back her up. Same went for Rika.
Rika took the opportunity to rant about her mom refusing to tell the truth about dad along with her drunk fits of rage and all around sloppy lifestyle. Momoe suggested she not be too harsh on her.
However, it was Neiru again applying Occam’s Razor that ticked her off. Rika accused her of not knowing how she felt, which hit her hard. The group split in two. Neiru asked Momoe if she didn’t fit in the world of women because she was always direct/spoke her honest thoughts. Momoe said it’s who she was and she need not be ashamed. She asked about her parents but it looks like they either died early on in her life or she and her sister were adopted.
Ai ran after Rika as the “Single-Mother Girls” had a serious talk. Rika feared she’d become like her mother at the rate she’s going but Ai assured her she wouldn’t. She asked Ai about her dad to which Ai said despite the divorce she got to visit him once a month. Rika envied her. Ai said she’d meet him one day but Rika desperately wanted to meet him ASAP.
Hard to watch scene. We know Rika cuts herself but seeing her almost do it again on screen was painful.
Next is the hatchling and the Wonder Killer, some kind of scumbag priest who used nonsensical mumbo jumbo along with donations to make the hatchling and her family “save” themselves through suicide. No ladies and gentlemen. Believers know a better life awaits after death to those who live good lives (No need to delve deeper into that here) but that’s the thing. Suicide is a sin. Killing yourself before you die of natural causes isn’t the right way to Heaven. The hatchling, who also cut herself, dropped Rika’s guard, causing her to consider being “set free” like she was.
That’s when we got to see Rika’s animal buddy, Mannen. It’s a turtle. Rika remembered she imprinted on her, making her realize she had a chance to show she wouldn’t make the same mistakes as her mom and care for her turtle. They destroyed the Wonder Killer with style. The misled hatchling questioned Rika’s integrity to which she replied “Yeah. I’m weak but that’s why I have to become stronger”.
She had backup now after all. Pretty good Rika episode.