So lets talk about details in this chapter. You have been warned this is a long post!
1) There’s literally no set-up. Tamura really excels at cramming a lot of information into his chapters, and this was no exception. We’re thrown into the chapter from Furuichi’s perspective right from page one. This is great because not only do we understand Furuichi getting caught off-guard, the readers are equally caught off guard. It happened so soon, but that’s what makes Himekawa’s motives all the more ambiguous.
2) It’s night time. Night is a great mood changer. Everything feels more serious, more desperate, more honest, more intimate. Consider this: Oga fought Toujo and destroyed the school at night. Hecadoth stabbed Hilda and almost killed Oga at night time too. Later on, Oga storms Akumano Academy and rescues Hilda — all in the course of one night. The climax of the Okinawa arc? Happened at night. When Oga fights at night, it’s usually a game changer. What does this say about this arc? Hopefully, we’ll find out soon.
3) The ranks of friendship compared to the ranks of power. I don’t know if I ever mentioned it, but this arc is literally all about hierarchy. And I love how especially with Takamiya, this is all the Angels ever talk about. Why is Himekawa no. 3? Does the number indicate how loyal you are, or how useful you are? Top Hat admits that even though he’s been with Takamiya the longest, he is still just an observer. Masky on the other hand is bitter about not being viewed as useful anymore. Its a good contrast to Furuichi, who is not only Oga’s partner, but also Oga’s friend.
4) Takamiya is a plot-twist by literally existing. Last chapter, right after we get a good look at him, Oga storms the Angels’ hangout in an attempt to get Himekawa back. It’s seriously unexpect, but it provides Himekawa with the opportunity to suggest kidnapping Furuichi. In this chapter, Takamiya’s brief cameo quickly leads to Furuichi gaining a second wind and using the tissues in order to fight. In fact, I’d say that if it weren’t for Takamiya, Furuichi might not have connected things together. This enhances Takamiya’s personality a lot.
5) Last but not least, the cliffhanger. The chapter throws a good curveball on what might happen next chapter. Not only has Furuichi decided to use the poisonous tissues to fight Takamiya’s Angels, but Hecadoth wants information from them as well! On top of that, Furuichi is already in poor shape. And Is Himekawa aware of who he’s really dealing with? Will Oga and Furuichi take out the entire Fallen Angels squad in one night, or does Takamiya have something else up his sleeve? Damnit, I really can’t wait for next week now.