When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace: Episode 6 – “Vice Penalty”

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.

Episode Six focuses on developing Sayumi as a character. And since she is the focus of the episode, there’s an overall more serious tone than we’ve seen up to this point. For the episodes that focus on developing a particular character, the tone of the episode seems to match up with the character’s personality.

This episode includes a mixture of flashbacks that feature Sayumi and Jurai and events taking place in the present time. Admittedly, this mixture was a little confusing at first. However, by the time the last flashback of the episode appears, I understood how the flashbacks were helping to complement the events and dialogue taking place in the current time.

Episode Six also introduces the audience to Sayumi’s younger sister, Maiya. Maiya is the complete opposite of her sister. Maiya is loud and energetic, while Sayumi is quiet and serious. In some respects, I found Maiya to be kind of annoying.

Between talking with Maiya and Sayumi, Jurai learns about what Sayumi was like back in middle school and why she acts the way that she does. The backstory that was provided works for the character that Sayumi has been established to be up to this point.

And we also see the student council president in this episode! She’s featured in the credits animation, but it seems as if we hardly ever see her. At this point, I don’t understand why she’s being treated like a major character in the credits when she seems to have such a minor role overall. Perhaps her role in the story will become bigger in the second half?

While there weren’t any true supernatural battles in this episode, at least the characters’ powers played more of a role in the story and were mentioned a lot. At least the supernatural part of the concept was finally touched on again after being almost all but missing the past episode or two.

So far, we’ve had episodes focusing on Tomoyo, Sayumi, and Chifuyu. From the scenes shown in the preview for Episode Seven, it looks like it might be the episode that focuses on Hatoko. If that’s the case, then I hope the overarching story that was hinted at back in Episode One will finally start playing itself out for the remaining four episodes of the series.

At this point, it appears that When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace is starting to go in the same direction that Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara ended up going in its storytelling. The main difference between the two series is the fact that When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace has characters that the audience can actually care for because they’ve been developed as characters, rather than simply being character types. Also, When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace doesn’t find itself relying on gags that wear thin very quickly due to being overused. At least I’m enjoying the characters and their interactions with each other, which helps to make this much less of a disappointment than Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara had been.

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