When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace: Episode 7 – “Juggernaut On”

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 Seven focuses on Hatoko and her relationship with Jurai. Through flashbacks, we see that the two of them have been friends since they were kids. Also, we see that Jurai has been trying to recommend manga and light novels to her for a few years, but that she just couldn’t understand them or get into them.

Jurai is trying to help Tomoyo with her light novel writing, but has to keep evading Hatoko’s questions when she asks what the two of them are talking about in order to keep Tomoyo’s secret. She becomes so frustrated that the usually sweet and docile Hatoko just snaps. In her rant, she lets loose on how she doesn’t understand anything that Jurai is talking about, tells him to quit quoting people and things he’s only read about briefly on the internet, and asks him to explain things to her in his own words in a way that she can understand.

Wow. Just wow. I knew that she was being portrayed as not truly understanding what Jurai talks about, but I had no idea that she had these feelings and had been keeping them bottled up inside. And from what we saw earlier in the series, it isn’t surprising that Jurai’s inability to tell Hatoko about what he’s doing with Tomoyo was what ultimately triggered this blow up. It’s been pretty obvious that Hatoko has feelings for Jurai, so she’d feel threatened by him spending time with Tomoyo and not being told what they’re doing.

Hatoko runs off, and she manages to end up in a town she’s unfamiliar with. While she’s there, she runs into Tomoyo’s brother, who listens to what she has to say and tries to give her advice. But he does something near the end that seems to confirm my suspicions that Tomoyo’s brother appears to be related to this whole supernatural power situation. And we also see there are others who join him, so it appears there’s a group of them involved with something.

I’m hoping that now that we’ve had character episodes for the girls in the Literature Club and we’ve seen something that appears to finally be moving the overarching story forward, that the remaining episodes will focus on the overarching story. I’m also hoping that we’ll finally get to learn what exactly caused these characters to get their supernatural powers in the first place.

In this episode, I did notice one instance where the animation wasn’t quite as strong as we usually see in this series. Unfortunately, it was in a scene that, to me, was a rather important one. When Tomoyo is trying to knock some sense into Jurai as they’re looking for Hatoko, Tomoyo was drawn in such a way where there wasn’t as much detail or definition to her, so this made her look kind of flat. To me, this kind of weakened this particular scene, because I found myself focused too much on how wrong Tomoyo was looking instead of what was going on in the scene.

While it’s been good to get the main female characters developed, I’m glad to see that it finally appears that the overarching story will be moving along. I just hope that the writers aren’t forced to rush the overarching story in order to get it to fit in the remaining five episodes of the series.

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