New arc, new mysteries.
There’s surprisingly still a multitude of enigmas left in Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate; this episode insinuates a trance reminiscent of magic. That’s not exactly an optimal development, magic wasn’t insinuated at, or implicated in the previous episodes; but, there’s not a lot of factors that could result in a lapse of consciousness [there is the possibility of drugs, but that introduces the mechanic of an enigmatic, potent drug].
Chisato and Oojima’s relationship was developed in this episode. I can’t quite say that I loved the reasons behind it; most people expect a “larger” reason than a promise to act like a substitute. I’m imagining for their romance to be amended and made official after Chisato realizes that Oojima is not a replacement [similar to a certain arc in LB!]. One could argue that her “depending” on him essentially makes the entire romance purely symbiotic, a means to an end — but, regardless of the envision that Chisato set for Oojima, feelings are feelings. They spent time together, and they talked; the subject of the past wasn’t exactly a frequent element, it required a catalyst. Their relationship is as present as it ever will be, but, Oojima’s probably assuming that Chisato only sees him as her cathartic medium.
We’re also entering Morishita’s arc. As we’ve seen, she’s one of the few “main” heroines that have not been selected as a potential romance. It’s a bit surprising that she does play an integral role in the series; I kinda assumed that her role was akin to the roles of blue/orange hair — fodder for fan service. It’s fairly obvious given the structure that Oojima and Chisato’s romance will not resolve until after, or towards the end of Morishita’s arc, which should revolves around the presented enigmas.
It was a decent episode, not a lot of “meaningful” developments. The reactions felt a bit forced, it was brusque and sudden. The previous episodes managed to create a flowing, albeit not perfect drama. This episode was anomalous in that sense.