|Sherlock Holems the Lady Catcher||2 out of 2 users found this review helpful.|
Keima Katsuragi is The Capturing god as in he can capture the hearts of any girl he wishes, BUT only in video games, dating sims to be exact. In real life, he is an outcast destined to be separate from the crowd because of his own high expectations of the “fairer” sex. In fact this attitude combined with the opening scene where he tells his teacher to wait until he reaches a save point when playing his “PFP” in class makes him come across as a complete prick.
So one day after school when he is on clean up duty he receives an email asking him to help in capturing a girl, this being a normal occurrence he says yes and then there is a pink lightning bolt/explosion. Elsea de Lute Irma appears and tells him that he has to help her capture escaped spirits from hell that have taken place in the hearts of girls. To do this he must make them fall in love with him and kiss them and if he doesn’t both of their heads will explode due to Battle Royale styled collars.
She points out that the first spirit is trapped in Keima’s classmate and athlete Ayumi Takahara who is training in anticipation for the school athletics meet. Keima obviously fearing for his head starts to “work” on Ayumi. The day before the meet where Ayumi sprains her ankle, BUT SHE HASN’T! Keima realised that Ayumi was scared about the athletics meet because of the high expectations placed upon her and faked an injury. Keima reassures her that she will be okay and they kiss giving Elsea the time to capture the spirit in a giant jar. We learn that Ayumi won her race but forgot all about the events with Keima. As a last twist Elsea joins the school under the guise of Keima’s sister because if she didn’t the show would have to end.
The character of Keima Katsuragi is strange; he goes from a jackass that we really don’t like to a more likeable one by the end of the episode. In the last confrontation with Ayumi he begins to show a Sherlock Holmes style of perception, where he was able to notice small details that really makes him more interesting than the asshole from the start.
Ayumi Takahara goes on a great story path, starting off as the jovial and brash character until mid episode where we begin to notice that she has fears of her own that get fixed by the end. It is this story-arc that really drives the episode and hopefully the show will be able to keep up this feel. Sadly Elsea de Lute Irma feels like she only exists to start the plot she doesn’t do much other than sit to the side so I hope future episodes will actually use her.