Sadly, this episode doesn’t bring much to the table, which is ironic considering what a prominent role food played.
Both Sadao and Emi receive ingestible gifts. The prior gets food courtesy of Suzuno Kamazuki, a young girl that Sadao had met in a brief scene last episode. She introduces herself as their neighbor and offers a box of noodles as a gesture of good will. She’s rather pleasant and manages to become friendly with all three men living in the apartment.
This, not surprisingly sets off red flags for Emi, who is still tailing Sadao, thinking that he’s up to something.
Even she notes that the fact that Sadao just seems to be living peacefully is a good thing, but she doesn’t want to drop her guard. In either case, if something should happen, she is sent a gift of her own. Emeralda sends Emi a box of drinks that boost her divine abilities. Emeralda also warns that people from her church are still looking for Olba and may also seek her out as well.
Really, though, the focus of the episode is more mundane. It turns out that Suzano has feelings for Sadao, though she also comes to the conclusion that Sadao and Emi are a couple. When Emi warns her away, she seems to take it in fairly good stride, though she also prepares a rather luxurious lunch box for him as another gift.
This sets Chiho off when she sees the box during a shared shift at work. The contents in the top layer of the box seem harmless enough, but the heart shaped cake in the bottom layer really sets her off, prompting her to call Emi.
Emi has her own issues as she is attacked while patronizing a convenience store. Ever the hero, she pushes the clerk out of the way to ensure his safety and draws the attacker outside. While she has access to her abilities, she finds that this attacker is capable of negating them. It’s a problem, though she still holds her own fairly well. Still, it was nice to see the clerk come back and offer what little assistance he could by pelting the attacker with fruit.
As noted, this episode falls flat. It doesn’t drive the plot forward all that much, though the scenes that do are genuinely intriguing. Even the humor was missing. There were some good bits here and there, but nothing too memorable. It looks like Emi falling down the stairs is going to become a running gag. It’s an odd contrast to her capabilities in combat, though that is likely the joke.
Being the official halfway point of the show, it was a letdown, but on the other side, you could argue that this will be the point where things will really start to pick up, so we’ll just have to see.