The seventh episode of Demi-chan wa Kataritai has some focus on Sakie and succubi in general, though it’s not the kind of focus we expected.
The preview we got for this episode was somewhat misleading because the scene with Sakie wearing a school uniform lasted no more than five seconds. Instead, we got a general discussion on succubi and some stuff about the series’ world.
A police officer named Ugaki comes to visit the school after learning that there are four demis there. He is part of a special police division responsible for monitoring demis in the country. There aren’t many demi-related issues nowadays, but before the government and society opened up to these different beings, things weren’t so nice for them. Even though things have changed now, there are still problems, though most are related to succubi.
For example, if a succubus gets molested on a train, it’s hard to tell whether the girl used her succubus charms on purpose for some fun or if it truly was an accident. To find out, the demi monitoring division has to keep tabs on every succubus they can to make sure no one is causing a ruckus in public places.
We learn something about succubi in general here too. As is obvious, there are succubi who go all out with their powers and do what they’re known for. At the same time, there are succubi who stay clear of people and live in secluded places so as to not cause any problems. But then there are the rare species among succubi, like Sakie, who try to become functional members of society and blend in without letting their succubus side hold them back.
There is also this kid named Kurtz who was unaffected by Sakie’s succubus charms as nothing happened to him when he grabs her hand. He is a possible incubus (the male version of a succubus) since there’s really no other explanation other than him being gay because as Ugaki explains, you have to be homosexual to be unaffected by a succubus.
Ugaki also tells Sakie that Takahashi was most definitely affected by her succubusness unlike she believes. This gives Sakie a rather conflicting feeling. On the one hand, Takahashi being affected by her succubus aphrodisiac makes him ineligible to be a possible husband. But on the other hand, him getting excited by her aphrodisiacs gets her excited too.
This episode has been a downer as compared to what we’ve been seeing in this show up until now. We would have appreciated more focus on Sakie akin to what the other demis have been getting. They could have done quite a lot with her given her succubus nature but apparently they didn’t. The little focus on succubi in general was nice, but that wasn’t quite enough. It has already been clear previously that they’re taking the safer path with regards to each character, so one could say that this much was expected. But it nevertheless disappoints us since this is a considerable drop in quality.
It’s not that things didn’t turn out the way we wanted, it’s that we’re seven episodes in and this was probably the best chance to give Sakie some proper highlighting. And now she’s probably never going to get the focus she needs.
The focus on the show’s world was a nice touch. They talked about things generally while giving slight focus to Sakie. But the lack of proper Sakie time still irks us.
Yuuki’s character is changing quite a lot. She didn’t get any big focus here, but the little scenes she got show that she’s making a big change in herself.
While this entry of Demi-chan wa Kataritai disappointed us, it did try to redeem itself with the spotlight it gave to its world. This episode marked the show’s departure from character-centered episodes. Let’s see what it has in store for us now.
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