The student council arc may be over, but Iroha’s involvement in the plot certainly isn’t.
On the surface, things seem to have returned to normal in the Service Club: Yukino sits quietly in her seat, entertaining Yui’s endless chatter, while Hikigaya sits silently at the other end of the table. From Hikigaya’s own comments, though, we can easily discern that everything is not alright, especially with the end of the previous episode. This is pretty well alluded to in the tension between Hikigaya and Yukino. On the other hand, things may finally be progressing between Hikigaya and Yui (however slowly), as the two end up walking to the Service Club together, which is certainly not in Hikigaya’s character.
In any event, the focus on the Service Club is fairly minimal in this episode (although Hikigaya’s actions seem to be largely motivated by the Club, and quite possibly Yukino specifically). Remember how I mentioned that Iroha’s involvement in the plot wasn’t over? Apparently, she has been roped into planning an event with another school’s student council, and she wants to enlist the Service Club to help her because she has absolutely no clue what she is doing. Hikigaya instead takes the task upon himself, while making it appear to Yui and Yukino that he rejected the job altogether. Thus starts another crazy adventure for our beloved social misfit.
If you end up feeling confused when the student council meetings actually start do not worry, because you are not alone. The other school’s council president offers a bunch of fancy sounding ideas, but nothing constructive is actually being said. To make matters worse, Kaori (Hikigaya’s middle school crush) is also on the other school’s council, which means Hikigaya will get to spend even more time around her. Ultimately, the plot doesn’t progress very much, other than to show Iroha and her council getting laden with a bunch of work, but that’s more than likely the point. This show rarely has one shot episodes, so we likely won’t see what the point of all of this was until the next episode. If the point of this episode is to create intrigue and make the viewer ask questions, then it does so very well, and it plants that seed of curiosity that makes coming back for more a desirable option.
A Christian Perspective:
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. – Ephesians 5:6
Seriously, is this not a great verse to apply to the other school’s student council president? Throughout the entirety of their meetings, he throws out sentences and phrases that sound constructive and intelligent, but that are ultimately meaningless and fruitless. Hikigaya eventually catches on to this and tries to “speak their language”, but it backfires on him. At the end, it just seems as though Iroha and her council have been laden with a bunch of work, and that Iroha’s fellow council members are thoroughly annoyed with her. It’s true that we don’t know the true motives of the other school yet, but it is fairly evident that nothing is actually being accomplished in these meetings. Essentially, the other student council is good for nothing besides blowing hot air.
During our Christian walks, we will inevitably meet people like this. Whether it’s a prosperity preacher who wants to convince you that Jesus died so you can have a Corvette, or whether it’s someone less obvious who subtly twists Scripture to make it sound like you also need to do x, y, or z in addition to faith in Jesus for salvation, the result is the same: someone who sounds like they know what they’re talking about, but their words are empty because they don’t convey truth. They will lead us astray down unknown paths.
Spiritual Content: None
Language: 1 “h*ck”
Alcohol/Drug Use: None