If you weren’t shipping them before, I’m pretty sure you’re thinking about it now…~
You know who’s a babe? Hiromi, sister complex and all. *cough* Anyway, following after the lovely Miyu and Kyokai, it is now my turn to blog this great series. I have to admit that I was nervous about blogging this week’s episode after that intense preview last week. I’m usually known to bail out when something gets crazy dramatic, but luckily I stuck around since it wasn’t as intense as I thought it was going to be (not that that’s a bad thing). Now let’s get into one of the more serious, and visually appealing, episodes of the series so far.~
Wickedly awesome, yet scary, youmus
You ever find yourself admiring the villian in a show? Well for me, despite how terrifying these youmu would be in real life, I have to admit they looked pretty…awesome. The Hallow Shadow’s ability to make a labyrinth from peoples’ memories was quite interesting, and I loved the look of the chaotic labyrinth. Akihito was scarily awesome as well with a pretty badass transformation. From the preview I expected that Akihito’s transformation was due to the Hallow Shadow, but instead it was his awakened youmu instincts, which I didn’t expect to happen at all. I simply thought the extent of his youmu powers was just being immortal. What was really surprising though was that despite being a half-youmu, he was incredibly powerful in his awakened youmu state. Even just being immortal seems pretty powerful to me, so is there something special about his youmu father? Because I would assume that being half would make someone less powerful than a full-blooded youmu.
Speaking of Akihito, he and Mirai make a strange, dangerous, and even sweet pair that fit and work well together. Personally I like characters with sad, tragic, or dark secret-type of back stories coming together. It’s kind of nice, you know? And they way Akihito was so adamant about taking care of her was nice as well. I guess it’s because he feels that they are both similar in that they are hiding strong, monstrous, dangerous powers that at some point have harmed those closest to them and given them the feeling that they are not meant to be with others because of this power, as well as the feeling that should not be happy because of what they harbor inside of them. I’m also guessing he’s felt what Kuriyama’s felt in the past, and now he’s trying to help her to not feel the same way. But, guessing from that last scene at the restaurant, he still has some of those same feelings lingering in him.
At first when I heard I’d be blogging this week’s episode, I was thinking of complaining about how slow the show had been getting, but then the next thing I knew, shit got serious this episode and now I regret having those thoughts at all. Anyway, there was a lot of great action this episode. The animation is of course everything I wanted and more, and I’m already hoping KyoAni does more action-y shows now. Overall the episode felt like a turning point for the series, where now the majority of our characters have been introduced, their personalities established, the main characters’ pasts somewhat revealed to us, and now we have this mysterious plan to stall the Society of Spirit World Warriros for whatever reason. We’re finally getting past all this introductory shenanigans and possibly going more in-depth with the characters and establishing a different story alongside our main characters’ stories. This thing with the Society is certainly interesting; I mean, why are they trying to stall them? What does hiding the fact that Kuriyami actually killed the Hallow Shadow and saving the stone elsewhere do for them? Another thing I’m curious about is Sakura, who just as quickly disappeared as she had appeared. Is she truly out for revenge on Mirai, or is there something more? So many questions, still so little answers, and maybe just a little bit of over-speculation for me. Either way I’m undoubtedly hooked and I can’t wait for more.~
Judging from the preview, things have seemed to calm down in the aftermath of defeating the Hallow Shadow. It also looks as though Mitsuki is going to have a talk with Mirai about the events that unfolded, and maybe even talk about what happened in the past and about her relationship with Akihito. At least, that’s what I’m hoping. Anyway, a new episode means a new blogger, so stay tuned! Until next time then~