Yes they do… but they are FIGHT fights. When I said “hard to explain in words,” I meant there was nooo physical action. It was all a thought process, an idea. Kotarou wasn’t running around slashing at stuff, he was trying to think of an outcome that didn’t end with a loss.
The battle will have ended in the blink of an eye, but a lot happened in Kotarou’s head and body to make this happen.
I’m not trying to say the pacing is good. Using a plot point to excuse rushed writing isn’t okay at all. I’m just saying there is a valid reason for why it suddenly jumped ahead really quickly~
I don’t think there was any indication of Kotarou and Sakura talking though… Sakura would go straight into violence or trickery, and it’d end up stalling the story.
Akane is a very composed person It’s okay to assume she could shrug off the resemblance for a while. I think she’d be the first one to investigate “Pochi” though~ Ahaha~
As for Sakura realizing the truth of the world, I don’t remember exactly where it was mentioned… So much happened late moon/early Terra @.@ It was probably during the Moon route. She discovered it when she was sending Kotarou to the moon, but denied it because it was messing with all her Holy Woman memories. That impacted the Terra route. Similar to how Moon Sakuya’s death impacted all the other Sakuya’s.
Check Midou’s utterances of his past during Chihaya’s route too He describes an event very similar to the one Kotarou and Luis caused~