The two sides of Kasuga are at war within her and the Lost Soul is taking serious advantage of it.
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Following the events of the first episode, we see more of how Keima handles helping Kasuga with her Lost Soul problem. Getting her into cute and frilly clothes is certainly an amusing yet expected choice and it's something that really gets to Kasuga since she feels so unnatural in these kinds of clothes. On the plus side, wearing them and the feelings she has does allow her Lost Soul to surface a little bit, enough so that Kasuga actually is able to see her other self and to try and beat it down, to no avail. It's not a date to be certain, but watching these two go through the shopping district to their favorite stores is fun to watch as their personalities are very much apparent.
As they move along, it's a good bit of fun when certain things intersect. There's some games that combine with martial arts that draws her eye and neither of them have any interest in the movie that they see, as Kasuga rails against the weak characters and Keima just plays his game. Elsie of course is heavily connected to it and is a puddle of tears throughout it. But no matter what they do, they can't get rid of the Lost Soul and Keima's talking about giving up, something that Kasuga can't bring herself to do since she desperately wants to get rid of it. Bringing their time together to a proper sunset in the park kind of date, where they actually have to lick an ice cream cone together at Kasuga's suggestion, is one of the reasons I really like this show when it gets down to it. It builds up a great atmosphere and challenges the characters to step outside of their comfort zones in order to face the challenge.
The internal struggle that Kasuga goes through, amplified by the Lost Soul, is a well done one overall for what it is. With the Lost Soul trying to make her out to be more of a woman than she is, and Kasuga interested in just being strong which she believes is something that a typical woman can't be, Keima has to get them to be on the same page in the end to try and get them to figure out how to deal with the situation. There's some really cute moments mixed into this, especially with Kasuga as a child, but seeing them both so focused and serious when it comes to Keima, working together to deal with him, gives it a nice twist. We haven't seen this kind of incident happen all that much in the series yet and Kasuga's certainly stubborn enough for it to feel like the right character to do it with.
While the opening episode of this season didn't exactly win me over handily, I did enjoy it and getting back into this situation and cast of characters. With this episode, things feel a bit more cemented and right than they did towards the end of the first season which I felt strayed too much with uninteresting and annoying characters. Kasuga's not a real winner overall, but there's enough to the situation to make it fun to watch her and Keima go through trying to free her from the Lost Soul. Both of the characters come across well and the atmosphere is spot on, especially in the second half, to give us a story that clicks pretty well overall. In some ways, this show looks and acts better than it should considering the premise, but it's all good fun here that largely left me with a smile throughout it.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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