A day in the life of Vignette.
(Spoilers in this review)
Before the OP plays, we get to see how Gabriel and Vignette spend their time when they have a day off. Vigne cooks herself a delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner, spends some time in the park, and takes out the trash on time. Gabriel lazes about playing video games and eats some instant ramen. Unfortunately, their stipends (from Hell and Heaven, respectively) are shrinking because Vigne isn’t living like a demon and Gabriel isn’t living like an angel.
So the first half of the episode shows Vigne being sad over how she sucks at being evil. Raphiel makes a silly pun and gets her into a bear costume – which is cute, but doesn’t really help things. She ends up going to the coffee shop where Gabriel supposedly works part-time (does she still do that?) and ends up brainstorming evil deeds with the shopmaster, who claims to have been a rebel in the past. That ain’t foolin’ anyone but Vigne, shopmaster.
As a result, we get to find out that Vigne is really bad at doing evil deeds, just like Satania. In an attempt to dress slovenly, Vigne keeps her cardigan unbuttoned, ties her ribbon loosely, and wears baggy socks like the ones Misaka Mikoto wear (no response from Gabriel). Vigne “sabotages” Gabriel’s pen and keep the tip out (no cares given by Gabriel). Vigne even tries to ditch class by not taking notes (weird look given by Gabriel).
At least Satania ends up acknowledging her clothing sense, which really cheers up Vigne. However, all of her work at being “evil” is to no avail since Vigne finds out the amount of money she receives every week remains the same.
The second half of the episode starts off with Gabriel asking Vigne for money. I guess Gabriel is feeling the lack of funds like Vigne, too. Vigne not only shoots down Gab’s request, but she also scolds Gabriel for being late. The very next day, however, Vigne comes down with a cold. The poor girl starts trying to count Cerebi in an attempt to sleep, but it doesn’t quite work out (she can’t remember that humans typically count sheep).
Satania and Raphiel visit Vigne, who’s thankful until the two girls reveal that they just want to play games with Vigne. After throwing them out, Vigne tries to sleep again by counting…Gabriels.
Vigne ends up waking up after imagining the huge pile-up of Gabriels. And to her surprise, she sees Gabriel there. Who let Gabriel in? Also, Gabriel totally doodled on Vigne’s face with a marker.
The episode ends with Vigne first feeling thankful that Gabriel was worried enough to come by and give Vigne a copy of the homework… only to feel irritated that Gabriel gave her both Vigne’s copy and her copy so Vigne can do the homework for the both of them. After throwing Gabriel out, Vigne finds out that Gabriel spent some of her small funds purchasing some comfort food (udon is comfort food to me, okay) ingredients for Vigne. Gabriel, master of sending mixed signals, strikes again.
The ED got replaced by Vignette counting Gabriels. It’s rather unexpected and humorous.
Thoughts on this episode:
- The little costume Gabriel bought for her character cost 20,000 G. I hope it’s not a 1 G = 1 yen kind of deal because that means she just spent 200 USD on some pixels.
- I know Esamac has pointed out that the translator for Gabriel DropOut opts for more liberal translations before, but I have to say they’re pretty amusing. “Through the Dark Lord. Amen.” If you want to have a clearer idea of what the characters are actually saying, however, you should check out his posts here and here.
- For you Pokémon fans, Vignette dressed up as Ursaring… Actually, it’s a bit off, isn’t it? Sorry.
- Vignette’s diary is very girly. I guess. Strawberries are kind of the go-to image for feminine girls, it seems.
- So that’s why there are little Cerebi running around in the OP…
- RAPHIEL BOUGHT VIGNE A MUSK MELON. Those can cost up to 10,000 yen or 100 USD. Vigne, you should have been more tolerant of them.
- …So Raphiel can afford to spend that much money on some get-well fruit like that, huh? I wonder if she gets more money than Gabriel does.