The show was about to reach its breaking point. Soon it will come to a point of no return, of eternal misery for certain viewers to relish and say “Glad it ain’t me” while others who are still around gaze upon the darkness with curious chills running down their spines.
After the sanity shattering events of the previous episode we were in a flashback of sorts before the final moments of said episode. The “DEED” had exhausted Satou as she rested on Shio’s lap. Shio worried about Satou leaving her too but was relieved when she felt her breathing. Wanting to take care of her for once Shio set out to cook a special curry for her and do some cleaning.
While this was happening we got glimpses of the one missing flashback. As we saw on multiple occasions Shio’s mother had unknowingly hooked up with a demon. From her infancy all the way to her per-adolescence Shio had witnessed the demon abusing her mom verbally and physically. She also noticed her, let’s call it “Sanity Jar”, shattering bit by bit. After escaping the pocket hell dimension thanks to Asahi the two lived in hiding. Mom became paranoid. So much so that Shio opening the front door by herself enraged her to the point of blaming Shio for their misfortune. The pocket hell’s miasma had infected her during their time in there but it scared her that even after leaving there was still poison inside her. Shio’s comforting could do little to ease the pain.
Shio was worried mom’s “Sanity Jar” was about to shatter completely so she convinced her mom to go outside together. She spotted a jar behind a store window…but didn’t look both ways. She lived a secluded life so no time for traffic safety education.
Suffice to say that was the last straw…
Back in the present remembering these painful memories helped Shio fully realize that, like her beloved, she too was broken an in danger of shattering her “Sanity Jar”. That’s when Satou woke up. To Shio’s shock (but not the viewer) Satou talked about going to live together somewhere far away. Shio cherished their “castle” and tried convincing her to stay but Satou was like “Darling. Our castle won’t last much longer. Don’t worry. I’ll protect you”.
Secretly Satou was like “All you have to do is smile, be adorable and love me. That’s all. I’ll take care of everything else”. Unfortunately for her Shio noticed and was like “Are you saying I’m just a plushie to you?”
Shio pushed her away and ran off to another room. Satou was like “What? She pushed me? Just her ‘plushie’? What’s going on?” Her Sanity Meter was dropping as she pleaded with her to come out.
It didn’t work. In fact, she rejected her. The Meter went beyond critical, shattering her “Jar”. For the first time in a long time Satou felt helpless.
We return to the flashback of when our heroines first met. Satou found the abandoned Shio. Satou asked if what she felt for her mom was love. Shio responded that it felt like the only reason she wanted her mom’s “Jar” not to break was so she could be safe. Shio thought she was being selfish and concluded that it’s for the best her mom abandoned her. That’s when she noticed Satou’s “Jar” intact and offered her some “sweetness”. And so their love story began.
Shio opened the door and was like “That’s how I felt. Left out. I don’t want to be your plushie. I want to be your partner. I want to face the darkness with you. Whatever evil there was out there I want to face it with you” Satou’s “Jar” was repaired and her love for Shio grew immensely. She finally opened up about all that she had done as Shio calmly accepted it all, prepared to die together with her if need be,
Shio’s eyes were cleared. She had found the happiness she had sought and was prepared to face the scary world together with her fiancee. However…there was still one smudge of darkness left to face…and it most likely would be their greatest challenge of all…