For an episode that confirmed nothing and went nowhere, I sort of enjoyed it.
As if teenaged Isana wasn’t cute enough, loli Isana takes a jab at current Yui to steal the cutest crown.
Basically, Yumeji himself provides the calm before the storm as he gets Engi’s help to try to keep Isana safe from Moetree’s incoming attack. I believe this was also the first episode we got to see inside Isana’s room (predictably girly) and the first time we’ve actually seen her painting – narwhals of course, they are the unicorns of the sea. Actually, I think it was porpoises. While Yumeji is off getting Engi’s help he leaves Merry behind to keep a watch on Isana. Smart boy.
There’s not much in terms of action, this episode, so we get a fair amount of character background. Including a snapshot into the formerly genki, but now utterly lifeless Chizuru. Standard happy family background until one day she learns of her parent’s dual-suicide because of mounting family debts, which sets off a depression spiral for Chizuru. Afraid that everything she touches or becomes close to turns to ash.
So when a dream demon named Lestion holds Chizuru at gunpoint to become his vessel so he can take revenge on Moetree, Chizuru gladly obliges, having nothing to live for anyway. However, her affinity for Isana is now challenging her disconnection with the rest of the world. And although she seems to have no intentions on going back on her deal with Lestion, she’s also not standing by idly waiting for Isana to die.
A sort of non sequitor was seeing the budding "romance" between Saki and Taketeru, hinted upon back in the beach episode. We learn a bit about Taketeru’s cute little sister’s sad background, and how he ever started writing those weird haikus. On one hand, I enjoy this subplot, partly because it seems completely disconnected to the main story, and it’s nice to see the side characters fill out. On the other hand, the problem is it just seems like they’re filling time with their scenes. Unless Taketeru is secretly Elcreth’s vessel…
Which brings us to Elcreth, as we get our first extended look at this Sauron-wannabe. In his conversations with ClownEye, it seems he’s aware that Moetree’s in town and causing some carnage, but if he’s aware of her secret secession plans, he’s not letting on. The problem with Elcreth is that, so far, he’s just evil for evil’s sake. Why does he want to be in reality and see dreams? Because he didn’t have them in his world. Pretty paper thin. At least Moetree has some sinister doublecrossing in her plans. And John Doe has… his army of cat nurses. Elcreth though is just Bowser at the end of Super Mario World. Just get your own damn princess dude!
At the end of the episode, Chizuru warns Yumeji of Isana’s imminent fate and reveals that she’s a vessel as well.
Which brings me to my final and most important observation, both Isana and Chizuru have the same slash markings that their megane had back in episode 4. Which was different from the total black color the little cat hatted girl had in episode 3. Merry disposed of Chris Everfresh without it seeming to have any negative effects on their megane friend – my understanding, because they hadn’t actually "consummated" their relationship yet. It seems Chizuru hasn’t done the deed either, and we know Isana hasn’t done the deed. So why is intervening now a problem? I’m pretty sure somebody totally farked a major plotpoint here, because the Isana situation shouldn’t be as risky as they’re making it out to be.