I was actually hoping that Ranmaru was the new God of Misfortune. Turns out she’s just Ichiko’s human girl friend for this series.
I have to say, I didn’t quite like this episode. Not because of the typical parental issues that Ranmaru introduced, which hints of Ichiko’s own experiences, but by how Ichiko is still one annoying bitch.
Now I guess there’s nothing new with this. She IS a bitch but for some reason, her passing the blame on Ranmaru and winning her matches against her left a bad aftertaste. Maybe I’m just annoyed with the fact that unlike Keita who is capable of confronting her head-on and “not losing”, Ranmaru confronted Sakura Ichiko and lost. Momiji aside, I was hoping for Ranmaru to be someone like Ichicko’s equal. An individual that has the ability to go against Ichiko’s luck.
I’m not hoping for her to win every exchange with Ichiko but I was expecting her to be triumphant when it comes to ideals. Take for instance, Ichiko’s clash with Keita. While it’s clear that Ichiko would always win with her points and logic, that feeling of recognizing that she “lost” something provides a satisfying feeling that “hey, our protagonist isn’t that almighty despite her luck.”
Then again, Ranmaru did manage to land a blow against Ichiko by defending her father but for me, it still feels weak. Ah damn, I really don’t get it myself but this episode is fucking annoying!