Because not breaking the fence is more important than chasing after the thing that just tried to kill you
|Surprise! It’s Miyu blogging this week hehe, I’m glad to be back ♡ Kyokai no Kanata is the show I look forward to every week for my dose of moe moe and pretty artwork, so I’m really happy to be blogging it along with Kyo, Hoshi and Highway! Now, time for some moe action!|
So, like I (and possibly many of you!) have guessed, Akihito (I’m just really tempted to call him Akkey now) and Mirai both have pretty grim backstories, from the numerous flashbacks we’ve gotten this episode. They were really short and vague, but what it seems like at this point in time is that both of them have had the common experience of “killing” somebody. Mirai had confessed prettily shakily that she killed someone with her very hands, but I’m guessing that it had to do with something like someone really close to her turning youmu somehow, and her being forced to perform a mercy kill. That would also explain the fear she has against killing youmu despite her clan’s high status, as well as how she had hesitated those seconds before stabbing the bandage youmu. And because of this, she’s condemned herself to a life of loneliness and solidarity so as to not risk hurting anybody else around her.
Aki, on the other hand, seems to be reluctant to spill his past. They’re dropping us hints here and there, with how Mitsuki was talking about how Aki is under her “supervision” – which implies that he’s done something really horrible in the past (even if he hadn’t meant to do it, seeing as to his horrified expression). If it wasn’t for his immortality, I think, Aki would most likely be killed by Mitsuki’s clan by now. Knowing Kyoani, we might get a lovely picture of two characters, both broken in their own ways coming together and helping each other to overcome their past, which could be really sweet (like in chu2koi) if done well.
I also think it’s kind of sad that everyone has the kind of passive-aggressive attitude towards Aki. We got introduced to Mitsuki’s brother (and 3rd member of their lonely Literary Club lol) this episode, and the cool dude he is (ok, if we ignore his waist fetish for Aki – it’s like they’re willing us fujoshis to ship them together), he has that awfully distant attitude towards Aki too. That incident that happened in Aki’s past must have played a big part in everyone being unwilling to trust him full-heartedly. On the surface it seems as if everyone is quite friendly to him, but they still give him warnings and watch him – because even if they wanted to deal with the problem, Aki is immortal and he can’t be killed.
It’s only episode two, but I think we’ve just been introduced to the Last Boss of this show. If Aki’s mother’s message to him didn’t serve as anything more than comedic relief, it did foreshadow the upcoming battle between our characters and Hollow Shadow. It really reminds me of Madoka and Walpurgis Night, with the whole impending-doom atmosphere. Of course, the fact that Hollow Shadow has already killed lots of other spirit warriors isn’t going to stop our main characters when the time comes, and I just hope that the story wouldn’t turn as horribly depressing as Madoka did. Hollow Shadow probably isn’t going to be expecting an immortal (who knows what more could be up Aki’s sleeve), the last-surviving member of a powerful clan and a whole bunch of other spirit warriors. It’ll be fun watching everybody (despite all their disagreements and ways of life) banding together in an attempt to save the world, especially if Kyoani manages to add something new and refreshing to this cheesy penultimate-enemy boss kind of plot.
I like how we can see the relationship between Aki and Mirai slowly developing! I’m sure that with time, Aki will be able to bring down her walls (and perhaps she, his) and that she will grow to be able to love and be close to the people around her again. I cannot emphasize how much I love the art for this show, Mirai’s messy hair and nerd glasses will be the death of me one day and Aki really makes me want to hug and pat him. Although people have been criticising Mirai for being your typical clumsy, moe female lead, I don’t think she’s gotten to the point where she’s become annoying because she’s certainly not useless. As seen from the fighting scenes this episode, she’s actually pretty good at her job as a spirit warrior and if only she could overcome her fear against killing youmu, I’m sure she’ll be a huge asset in upcoming battles. We’re also getting to know more characters, like humanoid youmu who are actually assisting them, so I think that’s really cool too – Mirai needs to learn that not all youmu are bad either, and that there is so much more to the spirit world that she has tried to avoid all this while. Next week, a different writer will be covering the show so look forward to that!! Can you guess who it’ll be? ^A^
Maji 1000%– oh wait wrong show