To be honest, I have very mixed feelings upon reading this chapter.
On the one hand, we are once again fresh witness to the foolishness of Hibino Fumi which, while undeniably funny, is too funny to be taken seriously. On the other hand, Fumi has definitely carried on her newest ambition to be a lifesaver and has taken steps to achieve it. This is a stark contrast to Nagi, who has brought her dream of becoming a mangaka to a complete halt ever since the end of Comiket. What sort of light is Fumi putting Nagi under by actively pursuing a dream that is, without a doubt, absolutely ridiculous?
The thing is, it can be argued whether Fumi has a single idea of what a lifesaver is. She doesn’t seem to be inspired by Ikusa, who has been doing all the necessary works of saving people by himself. Instead, she prefers to delegate the tasks to a robot, and she is actually counting on the robot to save her own self. What kind of “lifesaver” do you call this?
Still, I acknowledge her determination to achieve her goal, despite in a very unorthodox way. Once again, while some people are much better with talking about their ambitions, Fumi is the one who takes actions. If anything, I think Fumi is again showing some qualities which are essential for a Student Council President.
Anyway, when it comes to robot, we have to consult our robot expert in the series: Makimura. Somewhat unexpectedly, we see her walking down the street with Eight. Apparently Eight’s existence is no longer a secret to the general public, but more amusing to me than this is the fact that Eight is still staying with Makimura after their ship did a Titanic not so long ago. Sometimes the link between people (well…) would remain even if there is no more romantic feelings.
In fact, Eight is doing a lot better than other robots that Makimura makes. We can even say that Eight is being treated very, very well. Not only does he have a name, he also has not yet been destroyed just like the others. And we must also see the fact that when compared to some of the other robots, Eight actually looks better. Honestly, those fat “guys” in their underwear are so disgusting that even Fumi sees that they are bad. I guess even Android #19 looks better than these “guys”.
Luckily we still have a pretty-looking robot (although not at the same level as Android #18) which has a number “5” on her arm. Yet instead of being named “Five”, she has no name and Fumi decides to call her “Ell”, which is in fact “L”. The irony here is that while Fumi has been looking for a robot that could save her, Ell is a robot that Fumi has to save from the very beginning of their “relationship”. Fumi has to claim Ell before she gets destroyed by Makimura, and apparently Fumi has to feed this robot because she can eat – a lot.
A part of me is actually glad that Fumi doesn’t really get what she wants, because an amazing life-saving robot would not do any good to her personal growth – on the contrary, it would make her an even worse person. Now Fumi gets a robot which is even more hopeless than her. If she learns to take some responsibility and take good care of Ell, it could be the first step for Fumi to become a true life-saver.
Which means that Makimura might have given Fumi a training dummy – by accident.