Some people just can't handle change and get far too attached to things.
What They Say:
The library has decided to dispose of a number of books to prepare for the new media room. Shiori can't bear the thought of her precious books being thrown away, so she sets up a barricade and holes herself up in the library. The members of the library committee pay no heed to Shiori's silent protests and prepare to storm the library and dispose of the books as planned. Shiori begins to falter in the face of adversity, when Keima suddenly appears before her. Has he come to save her, or perhaps...
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The World God Only Knows has certainly swung from one extreme to the other, going from the loud and outgoing Kanon to the shy and quiet Shiori. Keima's attempts at getting into her head, having played many librarian type characters in his games before, went fairly well and he got some clues on how to worm his way in further so he can deal with her. Unfortunately, she's gone around the deep end a little bit because of issues within the library where a number of books are being thrown away in order to make space for a new digital media room. Being as in love with the printed book as she is, Shiori decides her only course of action is to barricade herself in. After a trip to the convenience store of course for supplies.
Shiori's love affair with books goes back a long way, something we see through a minor flashback to when she was much younger, but it's not something that means much of anything to the other members of the library committee. They're intent on getting on with things and do their best to break through the barricade that she's created. Amusingly, the only one that actually gets through is Keima. Keima's support isn't all that much, at least it seems like that at first, as when he gets in there he just sits by her side while playing his games. Her introverted nature keeps her off balance during it since she doesn't know how to deal with someone like him. Amusingly, the two are more alike in some ways than she can realize, but she internalizes things very heavily because of her insecurity, something that Keima doesn't have.
In the end, everything comes down to having Shiori actually talk about things with Keima, though he still manages to do it in such an off-putting and pretty much rude way. Having all her emotional issues rise to the surface, combined with the beauty of what a loose soul can do, leads to one of the most impressive visual scenes of the series as the books come floating, tumbling and flying from their shelves around her. Sometimes all that internalizing can work out well though as she starts to race through all her feelings even more and leads to the eventually dealing with the loose soul that has been making her situation even worse. It's a really fantastic moment in terms of visuals and basic emotions, since Shiori comes across so honestly and pure, that it's able to rise above the basics of things to be something more.
Shiori gains many points for reading Ergo Proxy while hunkering down in the library. The slower and quieter storyline for the series has worked well as it's been able to bring across its charms in a rather engaging way, a way that the Kanon arc wasn't able to do for me. This episode spends a lot of time with either Shiori's thoughts or with Keima sitting quietly beside her, so it's up to Shiori to really carry things. And she manages to do just that as we see her sometimes chaotic thought processes and the way she's had issues since being a little girl. When this series shines, it does so beautifully and this is one of those times.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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