This week is an obligatory beach episode and everyone is invited including Satone and Kuzuha. Everyone is hired to work at Kumin's aunt's beach-side restaurant and with the combination of Kuzuha's cooking, Shinka's charisma and Dekomori and Satone's chuunibyou X waitress performance, the business is a success. When Toka stops by things get hilarious when she brings along her teacher's daughter; Cento who happens to be a big fan of samurai dramas. Seven year old Cento challenges Rikka to a match which can only be classified as the most adorable fight KyoAni has ever produced. Sadly, Rikka loses in an embarrassing way as it becomes clearer and clearer that she is losing her powers.
That night, Rikka attempts to get advice from Satone to figure out how she can hold onto her chuunibyou and keep her feelings for Yuuta but Satone gives her an ultimatum instead. Give up the power of the Tyrant's Eye for love or give up love for the power of the Tyrant's Eye. The following morning, Rikka and Satone duel in order to force Rikka to choose between chuunibyou or Yuuta. Rikka confirms that she can balance the power of the Tyrant's Eye and the Contract of Lovers easily leading to her chuunibyou evolving and her feelings for Yuuta being solidified. On the train ride home, Satone contemplates how the presence might be if she had pursued Yuuta as a romantic interest back in middle school. This event ends up bringing back a lot of emotions including Satone's romantic interest in Yuuta.
Back on tract and it is good. I'll start with the comedic scenes before getting into the serious matter. Nice bodies, nice bodies everywhere. I'm still working on an original character for my DeviantART page and proportions have always been a bit of a hurdle for me so I would like to thank KyoAni for giving a lot of material to work with. Yet again, Dekomori X Shinka never gets old and adding Cento into the equation is perfect. She may only be seven but her love for samurai dramas makes her a force to be reckoned with both inside and outside the world of chuunibyou.
It's nice having Toka back even if it was for one episode and what better way to bring her back than with a seven year old samurai in training. I'm somewhat disappointed in myself for falling for Toka's joke about Cento being her daughter. She looks a lot like her so I could see it happening and what better aunt to have for a budding samurai than Rikka the holder of the Tyrant's Eye? I know I'm going full moeblob lover here but can you really blame me? Anyway, it looks like Toka was well aware of what was going after hearing about Yuuta's and Satone's history together. Will she ever interfere in the near future; I can't say but she'll certainly have some choice words for Yuuta if she ever receives a call from Rikka about the situation.
Now then, onto the drama which is bound to get more dramatic after this episode. Even though Rikka has finally reassured herself that she can keep her chuunibyou and still love Yuuta without conflict, there is now another obstacle preparing itself. Just like I said during the school field trip episode, there was a possibility that Satone could fall in love with Yuuta all over again and sure enough it happened. The bigger problem isn't the budding love triangle but the sense of betrayal that will certainly present itself. Satone has been trying to act as a friend and adviser to Rikka but if she actually attempts to go after Yuuta, she could destroy the friendship she built with Rikka.
Unlike with Satone, who abandoned love for chuunibyou, Rikka's adventure in the world of delusions has an underlying meaning to it. In pursuit of the Dark Flame Dragon which I presume to be the source of Yuuta's alter ego (Dark Flame Master), Rikka hopes to have Yuuta come back to the world of delusions so they could live happily ever after. On the other hand Rikka fears joining Yuuta in the real world and abandoning the safe haven of her own delusions but this is just my own visualization of the situation. What's the meaning behind the Dark Flame Dragon is another question that I hope to see answered soon.