Yes, very late post, but who cares…this episode of TWGOK concludes the Nakagawa Kanon arc, and boy did they end it with a bang. I know of the complains some had for this episode but i’ll address those later. The beginning throws us back 2 years into the past into flashback mode when Kanon remembers a moment with her old group Citron.
So they explain why she suddenly disappeared last episode. Im sure many famous people go through this as well, just moments before the big stage Kanon starts to doubt herself and because of the loose spirit in her she once again enters “stealth” mode because of her depression. I mentioned many times before how this entire arc seems more like Kanon was the one trying to hunt Keima because seriously…he didn’t really do much himself this arc. So while everyone is searching for her, Kanon has her own plans too.
I actually did facepalm at Elsie when she revealed that she could’ve just used her soul sensor to find Kanon instead of spending hours trying to look for her. I agree with Keima’s comment on her this time, poor Elsie can be retardedly cute sometimes. Once Kanon is found, Keima finally proceeds to his final attack (or the first on this arc possibly). At this point however it really doesn’t take much to conquer Kanon, or maybe its Kanon that is about to conquer Keima?
As much as most of the things up to this point was mostly Kanon doing all the work to “capture” Keima; its at the most crucial moment that Keima finally puts his game on full force.
Keima finally puts his magic at work and with the help of 10,000 people this time, he finally convinces Kanon to keep looking forward and perform. Ahhh capture God! it sure took you long enough to arrive this time around! I also have to comment that as cheesy as it may sound sometimes Keima really does have some really good lines in this series…
This is yet another thing that makes this conquest different, Keima clearly confesses to both Ayumi and Mio before but this time around not once does he make any kind of love confession to Kanon. What is Kanon’s reply to this? well…
With a new lose soul in custody (I freaking LOVE when Elsie says that line) and Kanon finally revitalized, she show must go on. I may have already commented on the pretty fantastic job that Toyama Nao has done voicing Kanon here, but honestly her first ballad in the concert (I believe its called Love Call) was just pure, greatness. Whoever can sing such great songs deserves to get some recognition in the future and I hope she gets many more roles later on. Also you will never have a cute idol sing a love ballad that is secretly dedicated to you (sad_frog.jpg).
Needless to say the rest of the episode (including the ending credits) was dedicated to just Kanon singing her single “Happy Crescent” which to my surprise was shown in full (I NEED THE SINGLE!). It was pretty amusing as well seeing Elsie questioning Keima if his opinions on real idols has changed now, only for him to deny it very tsundere style but comment that Kanon is no longer an idol, but a star!
After the credits roll, we see Kanon thank everyone (specially her old group) and the episode ends. However there are a few peculiar things about the end of this capture that need to be pointed out. First of all, for both Ayumi and Mio were announced that they lost their memories at the end of the conquest, in this case not once is it ever mentioned that Kanon has forgotten Keima or any of what has happened. Im sure that we are suppose to imply it happened by now but we dont even get to see any epilogue interaction between the 2 like in the previous arcs so some doubts are left.
There was also some complaints with the episode (mostly by manga readers) about the pacing. While I cannot really see things from their point of view since I’ve yet to start reading the manga, I cannot disagree with their complaints on this episode since they are perfectly valid points and who knows I prob would’ve been one of them if I had. It is true they stretched this arc into 3 episodes when it could’ve been done in 2. The main reason obviously being the fact that they wanted to expose and market Kanon’s songs for later profit, and theres nothing wrong with that technically…but to be completely honest I really REALLY liked all of Kanon’s songs so even if the last 10 minutes of the episode was only them playing the songs to buy time….I didnt mind it 1 bit and I would prob watch it again \o/
As much as some people were annoyed with her entire attention whoring problem, I just cannot help but love this character (then again I also love Kirino, haters gonna hate) and I hope the next captures to come feature characters just as good as her.
Episode 7 Rating – 5 shinning stars (out of 5)