A shift from drama
… or so I’d like to say. This episode was fairly interesting; politics in school is a really intriguing concept; although it’s integral to the series, it’s not shown too much outside of storyline development. As to the election, I really don’t see Oojima winning. Chances are, he’ll end up supporting, or uniting with Shinonome; they both want to end discrimination against financial aid students [Shinonome wants a scholarship program, rather than an “indentured servanthood”; her role as a main side character, and her prominence as a candidate coerces me to believe this]. The only ambivalent point would be the cutting of spending for clubs; I’m sure he’ll convince her to ameliorate her view on it [probably through some anecdote on how time spent with friends is priceless].
On the topic of winners, Chisato’s probably going to win the heroine race. She’s been so heavily integral to the series thus far and she hasn’t had her “own arc” yet [a lot of the side characters have had their arcs; after their arcs, they’re phased out of the central action]. Even in the other arcs, Chisato’s presence was rather flagrant; chances are, her arc’s coming up soon. As to the content of her arc, it probably revolves around her, Oojima, and Daiki. The enigma of the Daiki is rather apparent; enough detail is given about him to insinuate the situation, but nothing solidifies it. We could assume that Chisato and Oojima were incredibly close with Daiki; we could take one of two routes after assuming this. We could assume that they formed a “trio” as childhood friends [establishing that the event occurred when they were kids]. Or we could assume that it’s a more recent event [since in every flashback, Chisato’s in her teenage form]. Regardless of the chronology, he had to have been integral to their lives, and I’m assuming there was a bit of guilt with it too [trauma’s trauma, but if flashbacks are this frequent, I’d assume a lingering guilt — the chocolate bar tribute would be indicative of this].
The preview for the next episode shows Oojima intact [he’s walking]; we could assume that the car stopped on its way to impact. Brushing that aside, the developments with Chisato may seem a bit forced or rushed. I can’t exactly say that it is; her situation is understandable, perhaps, if she was phased out during every other side-character arc, then these would be trifling developments. But, the attenuated darker mood, along with the constant shifts to Chisato foreshadowed quite a bit of this. Her being a focus even in the side arcs postulated her integral position in the storyline, and her constant jealous, and melancholic attitude justifies the cathartic outbreaks. Nevertheless, it’s a matter of how they pull off her arc; Daiki’s been alluded to since the beginning episodes, his existence can’t be a mediocre one.
A visual novel adaptation is almost always going to be a harem-isque adaptation. It’s not a matter of possibility, it almost always is. In a visual novel, each heroine has their own routes, and you take one; in an adaptation, it’s difficult to animate each arc [sentimentally at least] without insinuating a harem-centric romance. Amagami SS ameliorated this inherent difficulty in adaptation with their take on alternate dimensions; Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate doesn’t appear to be a generic harem adaptation, but the mood’s still there. Nevertheless, it’s still enjoyable.