When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace: Episode 11 – “Cupid Error”

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.

Like with Episode 10, Episode 11 takes place over summer vacation with Jurai spending time with two of the girls over the course of it. The main difference here is that instead of going to Sealand two times, he goes to the beach with one of the girls and then he goes to a festival with the other one.

Roughly the first half of the episode focuses on Jurai being on a beach trip that his family takes with Hatoko’s every summer. Hatoko reads a teen girl magazine with a “Love Manual for Summer at the Beach” and tries to follow what it tells her to do. As can be expected from a series like this, these actions don’t get Jurai to notice her any more then he already does. But when they have a talk later, Jurai tells Hatoko that having her by his side has saved him and that he thinks of her as more than just a friend. Hatoko takes this to mean that he’s interested in her romantically, but I personally don’t think that’s what he had intended. But during this conversation, Hatoko says she’s done some mean things to Tomoyo.

During the rest of the episode, Jurai spends time with Tomoyo at a festival. After spending time together at the game and food stalls, he takes her somewhere away from the crowd so they can talk. But instead of being a love confession like Tomoyo thinks, Jurai asks her about what Hatoko did to her. Tomoyo reassures him that what Hatoko did wasn’t that bad and that it’s something that’s between the two girls and shouldn’t involve him. She also admits to Jurai that she had failed the second round of the contest. During the fireworks, Tomoyo has a flashback of the times she’s spent with Jurai, and she finally admits to herself that she’s in love with him.

At the beginning of the episode, we get to see Tomoyo have a dream that confirms what I had already figured out: Tomoyo was the girl Jurai met in junior high that inspired him to become a chuuinbyou when she was out and about in a disguise. From Tomoyo’s reaction in an earlier episode, it was obvious that this was her, so this really wasn’t as big of a “reveal” as it could have been.

Right at the very end of the episode, Mirei (the student council president) finally plays an important role. She receives an unexpected visitor, summons the Literary Club to their club room over summer vacation, and then starts attacking them. From what’s seen in the preview for Episode 12, it appears that it will focus on a battle with the Literary Club members, Mirei, and Tomoyo’s brother’s group. The preview also clearly states that Episode 12 is the final episode of When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace.

At this point, I’m really not expecting any real resolution to the series, especially in regards to the harem angle. I understand that the light novel series this is based on is still ongoing so a true resolution isn’t going to be possible, but I’m afraid I’m going to be left unsatisfied with how the series concludes. I’ll know for sure when I see Episode 12 next week.

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