Wow, you suck, buddy.
Ryota learns that the witches must take a pill everyday or their organs will literally melt. Unfortunately, Neko clumsily manages to burn not only her house down, but the ten remaining pills in her possession. All hope is not lost, however, as our heroes are determined to infiltrate some pill factory in order to acquire the medicine that our witches so desperately need. Thanks to her powers, however, Kana sees a future in which Neko will die at the hands of Saori, some evil witch under the bad guys’ control. Neko intends to sacrifice her life so that Ryota can find those pills and save her friends’ lives, but c’mon, no anime protagonist would ever allow his precious childhood friend to die! That’s right, this Neko is the same as Ryota’s Kuroneko. But before the two of them can have an actual reunion, it appears as though Saori has sliced Neko in half…
• So… Neko shows up to class one day covered in bandages, but the anime never even bothers to tell us how she got injured. Okay? What is even the point then? And no, I don’t think it has anything to do with what we find out later about the witches, which is that these girls begin to bleed if they don’t take some pill every 30 hours. After all, Neko says it herself that they heal up instantly after taking the pill.
• Speaking of said pills, yes, the witches will die if they don’t take them. Obviously, you can’t get these pills at your local pharmacy, so these girls will run out of them eventually. Unless, of course, our hero can somehow infiltrate a government base and steal a bunch of pills, but that would be silly, wouldn’t it? I like how Neko says a witch’s skin will split if she goes more than 30 hours without the medicine, but her face is still anime babe smooth.
• This screenshot is prime material for a tasteless joke:
• Neko: “Somehow, I feel like I really wanted to go a long time ago…” It’s the same girl from his childhood. Not only that, she doesn’t seem like much of a liar either, so the only remaining option is memory loss.
• We only have five days to live! So feed us caeki! Ugh.
• All of a sudden, a fire breaks out. It’s a little weird to me how Neko is oblivious to the fire until Ryota points it out to her.
• Yes, in the middle of a fire, let’s have the gothic lolita accuse Ryota of trying to cop a feel. ‘Cause it’s not like she has anything bigger to worry about or anything.
• I like how Kana starts bleeding from the mouth as soon as the characters find out that the remaining ten pills have been lost in the fire. Well, that’s convenient.
• Out of nowhere, Ryota goes, “All we have to do is take some pills from Dresden Pharmaceutical’s Takayama factory?” How does he even know this Dresden place even have the pills, you ask? Because not only did he memorize the pill’s identification code, he somehow knew that the ‘DR’ in the code stands for Dresden. Some high schooler just knows this. Yep. Not only that, he knows that the ‘G’ in the code stands for the Takayama factory! No, no, we got a perfectly good explanation: “It was written in a book about drugs I read one time.” Yeah, as a high schooler, I read books about drugs. All the time, in fact. What of it?
• Also, Ryota’s special power is his photographic memory. He then says, “But thanks to that, I can’t even forget things I’d like to. It’s rough.” Neko bizarrely replies, “That’s nothing at all. It’s so much sadder to forget things you want to remember.” First, I didn’t realize this was a competition to see who had it worst. Second, how can you want to remember what you’ve already forgotten? But yeah, this Neko is the same Neko.
• Ryota: “There’s no info about those pills.” Naw, really? Are you sure you just didn’t search for “pills that prevent magical witches from melting” hard enough?
• So to get pass the factory’s security, they’ll have to rely on another witch. Oh yeah, this witch just happens to be a brilliant hacker. Literally, her magical ability is bypassing encryption.
• All of a sudden, Kana gets a vision of Neko dying, buuuuuut it’s censored. Nothing to see, folks. Cartoon violence is just too dirty to show on TV.
• Oh look, the villains noticed that someone’s been searching for those exact pills. What I’m actually shocked by, however, is that our heroes had searched for the pills behind “numerous anonymous, oversea proxies.” No, really, I’m not even joking. I’m pleasantly surprised that the characters actually do something smart for once.
• But y’see, the bad guys have an even badder witch under their control. And this badass witch with glow-in-the-dark eyes will exterminate our heroes with extreme prejudice.
• Welp, even witches are ranked. And Saori is AA, just one step below the highest! I’m surprised the highest rank isn’t ‘S’ though.
• So there are three buttons on the back of a witch’s neck, and pressing one of them will cause the witch to die. Wouldn’t it be rather easy to inadvertently hit any of these button since they’re on the back of your neck? Anyway, another button temporarily disables the witch’s magical powers and then the third button? Magic! Actually, the witches have never been told what would happen if you press it other than that they’ll meet a fate worse than death.
• So Kazumi, the witch that can hack, is also out of pills as well. So, uh, was she just going to sit there and die had Neko never contacted her? Seems that way.
Unless, of course, our hero can somehow infiltrate a government base and steal a bunch of pills, but that would be silly, wouldn’t it?
Well, here we are. I like how the factory doesn’t have any security guards to patrol its grounds, especially at night. Nope, they just depend solely on a system that can apparently be hacked from the outside. Basically, why can you even access the security system from the internet?
• This seems like such a half-baked plan. Even if they get pass the security, I’m sure it’s a large factory. How would Ryota even know where to look? And since the bad guys know that a witch (at the very least) is coming to get the pills, why wouldn’t they assign someone to actually guard the pills as opposed to sending a witch to hunt for our heroes?
• On the one hand, Saori has to slice away Neko’s top in order to reveal those three moles to Ryota. The ending wouldn’t really work if our hero doesn’t think he’s lost his precious childhood friend all over again. On the other hand, however, the anime milks the hell out of it. Not literally, thankfully.
• Case in point, let’s zoom in on that boob so we can get a closer look. Ryota then begins to cry tears of joy. Right. Rocking hard music begins to play as he’s more determined than ever to save Neko! Jesus Christ.
• Aaaaand she dies. Or did she…?
• It’s the third episode so of course not. We’ll just have to wait a week before her apparent death is hand-waved away.
This episode cuts down on all the comic hijinks, so it’s… eh, decent. It still has a little too much infodumping for me, though, but after last week’s episode, there’s nowhere to go but up.