In this episode, Sakura gives Jason a tough competition. Oh boy.
It’s funny how an anime series is a ripoff of my name. I’m not talking about the full title rather the twitter hashtag for it. Yep, it’s #kyo_kai and damn I want some royalty for it! Please explain this to me, KyoAni… Jokes aside, how could I pass up this opportunity to blog, when there’s possibility of blood, gore and murder, sandwich wrapped in high-quality moe and SoL? Nay sirs and madams. So, I’m joining the tag aniblogging for this series on Metanorn and continuing from where Miyu left off to delve into this wondrously supernatural series brimming with promise.
Oh hey there, neighbouring Totoro…
Mirai is so precious. It has been a while that a KyoAni female lead hasn’t pissed me off. Yet. I mean, just look at her. Everything she does is cute and even if she fights against most of the things that might be good for her life, she still has a personality and a presence. It’s not just her megane but damn, she is going to be the next sensation in all those cosplay competitions! Instead of all that cuteness, she has a dark past and no one can blame her for pushing Akihito away, repeatedly. Though, she’s not going to be successful as we already saw this episode. It has become a glaring fact that Mirai has been a mental shut-in for a while, not by choice rather due to her blood manipulation ability, coupled with the events that followed the previous Hollow Shadow appearance. Bonding is serious business and childhood friendship is something no one can top. The reason Yui left a giant scar in her life because even after helping her so much, Mirai was unable to repay the favour. Also, I can bet that Sakura is Yui’s sister and the three played together when they were little. If you watch the OP closely, you will find a lightbeam-kun over a photo that Mirai is holding and my bet about the third girl is all on Sakura. Yep, there is a lot of unfinished business in between these two.
Still, whatever the situation and however much Mirai keeps on insisting that she is different from Akihito, it’s not going to help. Sure, Akihito is your kid on the block with a likable and quirky personality. But did you see his classmates bro-fisting him left, right and center? Nope. He sits in a remote club room, giving vibes of the Literature Club from Hyouka and do you think Houtarou was famous? Sure, he hit it off with the fangirls but in his world, he was treated like an average Joe or even simply weird, somewhat similar to Onoda from Yowamushi Pedal over his otakuism. He’s not the class president and only knows a limited number of people, who are ALL related to youmu. Not surprising because he’s half-youmu himself and seems to share a similar dark past similar to Mirai. My bets are on the fact that the Nase family are his guardians and he came in contact with Ai and Ayaka while dealing in the mystery business. We have found out about Mirai’s story this episode and I’m sure we will find his in the next.
Things don’t look so good with him being possessed by the Hollow Shadow though. As explained, youmu are born from human emotions, hatred, envy and everything that they run away from. It’s going to be one heck of a fight next episode seeing everyone pitching in with protective wards and joining hands in fighting all-sized youmu in heat along with the mysterious phenomenon of Hollow Shadow. This upcoming doom was a good setting for introducing the full cast this episode with all Nase siblings (from sisconny and slightly bi Hiro’omi, tsundere Mitsuki to the kuudere older sister Izumi), duo of cute as a button Ai and mature Ayaka, milfy Ninomiya-sensei, shifty Miroku (dude looks more like a spy than a harmless observer), and the murderous Sakura. It seems our main couple will be battling more than just a murderous youmu and an old friends next episode. Let’s hope for some awesome action and reveals yar!
In a Ted voice, “Kids, money speaks louder than words.”
Service for the boys (¬‿¬)
The newest member of Meganebuuuuuuu~
If KyoAni keeps on diversifying as of recent times, I will definitely become their long-term fan. It’s not like I hate moe or anything but if a series is JUST about moe, I’ll not touch with a ten foot pole. There needs to be some plot and likable characters for me to stick around and Kyoukai no Kanata has all of them and more. From almost flawless animation to a great pacing makes this series highly entertaining. I also like them taking pains to show character development, plot progress and leave enough hints for the watchers to figure out some of the mysteries. Of course, this is not a thriller so I don’t expect Hannibal Lecter storming in our screens anytime soon yet, I hope we will be coming across many types of youmu rather than lizard-kun and streamer-chan. Hollow Shadow seems like a big boss but from the length of this series, I am sure there is more in store for us.
Aside from good progress, I love the characters. All of them! It’s a miracle how I don’t hate anyone yet. The main characters are not insufferable with mommy/daddy issues and actually likable. I might be biased due to the megane like Akihito over the adorable minx but still; not to mention, even after being blond I like Akihito, who I have to brofist due to that microwave unruliness, hasn’t it happened to the best of us? Also, damn boy, this Hiro’omi is one weird motherfoshing son of a gun. His armpit-warmth seeking fingers
yuck are as twisted as his siscon tendencies but even after all that, I can’t dislike him. Oh yeah, I like the weird ones so this should not be a surprise. As well, I’m highly interested in Mitsuki dropping hints around Akihito for feelings towards him, which might actually be genuine or just her tough-sister act along with Sakura who should have a multi-layered personality than her deadpan expression hints. As per my above theory with her being Yui’s sister, making the trio a close-knit group while growing up, it would be a while Sakura could deal with Mirai’s betrayal in her point of view. Also, the Hollow Shadow might actually end up having lasting effects on Akihito and Mirai as they seem to be in the thick of things in the preview. In the end, I’m just glad to say that I’m really looking forward to the next one, which of course will be blogged by another mysterious Metanorie.
This is not going to be the last time Mirai stabs Akihito. Don’t think so.