I have a feeling this episode popped some eyes.
Embrace your sexiness Neiru. Best part of the episode for me.
Before we get to Momoe let’s go over the confrontation with the Slendermen as quickly as the episode did. Neiru knew the Slendermen were in cahoots with the Assistant. They founded Japan Plati and had their brains hooked up somewhere, projecting their consciousness as Slenderman looking weirdos in Silent Egg Zone. Before they could interrogate them Ai and Rika were distracted by Neiru’s sexier hairstyle and the bigger surprise of Momoe asked out on a date with a “guy”.
This was Momoe during the date.
Momoe when she told the others how it went.
Momoe sulking afterward with her animal buddy Panic. Momoe had a pen pal. “He” asked her out. However, “he” thought Momoe was a guy, ruining her chances of entering a relationship, something she yearned for. Was “he” gay or a girl in disguise? Who knows? It wasn’t as important as the hatchling she’d meet.
This is Kaoru. He’s a boy in a girl’s body. He’s transgender. Pretty cool guy. Kaoru, like many other hatchlings Momoe encountered, flirted with her. Still sour over her date she didn’t care whether Kaoru-kun thought she’s a girl or not. More on that later in my hypothesis.
Panic’s true form.
There is something this Wonder Killer’s appearance but for the sake of my sanity and yours let’s not go there. Same goes for what he did to Kaoru-kun to make him take his life. Let’s just say the bastard deserved to be destroyed. He somehow came off worse than previous Wonder Killers despite their similar crimes.
I described this pic as Momoe embracing her femininity but it’s more like she accepted she’s a girl inside and out and didn’t care what others thought, or something like that. This came after Kaoru-kun never gave up his manhood no matter how forceful his Wonder Killer was. Momoe crushing him was excellent.
Kaoru-kun hoped in the next life he could protect Momoe but Momoe said some girls don’t need protecting. He was like “fair enough but promise to wait till I find you next time so we can hook up”.
Here are my Momoe theories:
1: Momoe was looking for someone who accepted her for being a girl. Haruka saying she didn’t care if she was a girl or boy wasn’t enough for her or something like that. She needed to be recognized as a girl.
Update: Someone reminded me she reacted that way to Haruka because she didn’t expect her to be so assertive. I remember that part.
2: Momoe’s bi but leans more toward boys.
3: Momoe’s straight.
I am unsure because we still don’t really know why she wore boyish clothes. Maybe because so many girls hit on her she went “screw it” and dressed like a boy despite it hurting her inside? Maybe it’s because her father left them and the Counselor was the closest male role model she had? I dunno. Will they answer the remaining questions in the last few episodes or connect it with the climax? I dunno.
The important part came afterward. At Haruka’s “grave” Momoe was surprised to find a curtain, revealing a restored Haruka. She vanished but a strange girl confirmed she’s revived, or so she claimed.
Pyramid Head’s creepier imouto here basically said Momoe had to pay a price for reviving Haruka, her own life. She also mentioned a possible mastermind named Frill. Panic tried to protect her but Pyramid Imouto was like “Eh. I’ll take this crocodile’s life instead. Here, have some meat. Heard it tastes like chicken”. #Trauma.
The other thing that happened continued the Ai and Counselor thing. Long story short Ai may have had feelings for him after all but she’s shut down as soon as he revealed the painting he drew was of her mother. Dejected she remembered her main goal and demanded he tell her if he knew what happened to Koito. Best we can hope is deep down she does have feelings for Koito.
Like with Gekidol this show is currently in “make or break” territory. You can have lots of cool and heavy hitting stuff but like a great wrestling match if the finish is a dud then it’ll feel like I wasted my time. Sure, het fans have nothing to worry, the show remains great, but do I look like I came here for het? I run a yuri blog. That’s why people come here. Otherwise I would have given this show a Yuri Quickie at best once it’s over. Only a few episodes left so no point turning back now. Wasn’t planning to anyway but my patience is being tested. The Momoe stuff was interesting but there are still some unanswered questions. Hopefully they get answered without the need to dig deep to find said answers.