When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace: Episode 4 – “Capricious Lady”

When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace focuses on the five members of Senko High School’s Literary Club. Jurai Ando has a case of “chunibyo” (eighth grade syndrome), Tomoyo Kanzaki is bemused by Jurai’s antics, Hatoko Kurshikawa is a polite girl who takes Jurai’s antics seriously, Sayumi Takanashi is the club’s president, and Chifuyu Himeki is the niece of the advisor who hangs out with the club. One day, Jurai is pulling one of his antics and claiming that his arm’s hurt due to possessing a superpower. They’re all surprised when light suddenly manifests from Jurai’s hand and spreads across the Literary Club’s room. Six months later, they discover that student council president Mirei Kudo has also mysteriously acquired powers.

The focus of Episode Four is on Chifuyu. She and her best friend, Kuki, are fighting because Kuki believes that Chifuyu shouldn’t be hanging out with high school students. Chifuyu made a promise not to reveal her secret about having powers to anyone, so this complicates the issue and it appears that the two of them aren’t going to be friends anymore. Jurai takes it upon himself to try to help the two elementary-aged girls patch up their friendship.

While this was a serious topic, the episode still managed to try to include some humor to lighten things up a bit. For me, at least, I didn’t find most of the humor to be that funny. Because of this, I didn’t enjoy this episode as much as I might have otherwise.

I also had one issue with the animation in this episode. In a scene where Chifuyu comes to Jurai’s bedroom by using her power and finding him in just his boxers, the animation for Jurai (and in some respects, for Chifuyu) looked rough and didn’t have as much detail as is normally seen in the series. And when Chifuyu sends Jurai to her house with her power while he’s still in just his boxers, there was much more use of exaggeration in the animation when he sees Kuki and is embarrassed. I found this distinct change in animation to be rather jarring and bringing too much attention to itself, especially when the rest of the episode looked normal. I don’t know if the director had been going for some kind of effect here. If that was the idea, then I don’t think it worked as well as it could have.

In the end, this wasn’t one of the better episodes of When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace that I’ve seen up to this point. With the first episode, the series seemed to be building up some kind of overarching story, and Episode Three seemed like it might have been trying to build on that overarching story. Also, the title doesn’t seem to be fitting the show up to this point. Where are the supernatural battles? The characters have these supernatural abilities, but they’re not being focused on or used that much by the end of Episode Four.

I’m almost afraid that this is going to end up going the way of Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara, a series that had established an interesting premise, but the overarching story was pretty much ignored until right near the end, which caused the overarching story to go in bizarre directions and made the final episodes feel rushed. But I hope I’m wrong about this, I really do.

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