I don’t have a hook for this one. Let’s just get right to it.
We joined Sorawo in the bathroom washing up but when she looked in the mirror without her glasses she caught a faint glimpse of “herself” with long hair. Remember, Akari mentioned last time Sorawo looked like Satsuki. This would be brought up again later. Before she had a chance to think about it the phone rang.
Toriko invited her out for a BBQ dinner along with Kozakura and Akari. The latter had Sorawo scratching her head. Once again she’s protective of her one and only spot by Toriko’s side. She was like “Why didn’t she call me?” and Toriko replied “She did but you never picked up.”. Sorawo remembered she hardly answered the phone. Then for some reason she brought up the soldiers at Kisaragi Station because Kozakura was on her way. Sorawo knew Toriko wanted to rescue them. Toriko thought Sorawo said there’s no way back there but she thought about Lady Hasshaku’s hat being a potential portal back there but before she could elaborate Akari called.
Long creepy call summarized, Akari couldn’t find the restaurant, thought she saw our heroines in front of her, couldn’t hear the real heroines shouting “That’s not us!” and hung up to follow them. Left with no other option they went to look for her.
We learned that there was more than one elevator to Otherside. As they got into the elevator Kozakura rushed over for some sweet BBQ…until changing her tune once the two revealed where they’re really heading. During her delightful rambling the important remarked, seen up there, was asked. Remember this for later.
This remark told me it’s a while before everyone got together for BBQ.
About where our heroines ended up this time. It’s a location called in-between, which, as it’s called, was between “our world” and “Otherside”. It’s like a big labyrinth with lots of creepy imagery here and there such as a a jump scare mirror, the creepy dolls or the eyeless photos. Dunno what they all mean but I assume they signified something. Not sure what but they’re there for a reason. Eventually they caught up to Akari who, either in a trance or not, followed a long haired woman who she thought looked like Sorawo. In the Post-ED chibi skit we learned Sorawo decided not to let her hair grow, hence why I think this episode was set a while after the last one.
The monster this time was a cameo by Cloud of Darkness. It was too strong to shoot at so our heroines fled. Kozakura even considered sacrificing herself for the team. More on this in a bit. The girls got to the elevator but the cloud gave them a false sense of security before pouncing on them.
Sorawo was the first to get up after that. What awaited her behind the elevator though may as well have been the Netherrealm. Sorawo was like “Screw that terrifying lady and Hellscape I’m getting us outta here!”
We ended the episode with another cute moment as Toriko pointed out how not only Sorawo changed by caring more about others but Kozakura cared too deep down.