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Oh hello there! Yes, this week it’s my week for Kyokai no Kanata, after the able analysis of Miyu, Kyo, and hoshi! So after the big battle last week, what did we get this week?
Life as a Spirit Warrior
Don’t judge her, a girl’s gotta eat…
To be sure, I’m glad I had this week’s episode, rather than last week’s episode. I enjoyed the aftermath of the battle, and the character development that went along with it, a lot more than the fight itself. Seeing Mirai actually trying to be someone who isn’t all alone was a nice change, and I also thought it was pretty nice that Akihito took a back seat to the rest of the characters this episode.
Are they changing into the Megane-bu? (I think we all hope not)
So Mirai is joining the Literary club on the strength of there being a gardening book on the shelves? Seems like an odd reason, but I’d imagine that we’ll find out more what the reason behind her interest in that particular book is. And for once, Hiromi is actually in the club room, to be taken by Mirai’s appearance with glasses. Personally, I’ve always thought that Mirai’s glasses are the wrong choice for her – too big, too red, and if they match any part of her personality (besides disheveledness) it’s something we really haven’t seen. Kind of funny that they described her nose as “begging for glasses” when hers always seem to be trying to escape.
Don’t judge her, a girl’s.. oh wait, this was a youmu exorcism
A New Pair
Called on the carpet
It’s somewhat unexpected for me that Mitsuki and Mirai would start to become friends. They’re obvious rivals for whatever affections Akihito has, although it’s pretty evident that Mitsuki has already lost that ‘contest’. Mitsuki is also just a generally prickly person, it seems, so for her to reach out to Mirai, even in the limited way that she is, is rather surprising. Something that occurs to me is that perhaps it’s to do with Mirai’s run-in with Izumi that gets her a little bit of sympathy from Mitsuki. That and being hard up for money, after her Spirit Warrior License is suspended for a month.
And it’s almost as if Mitsuki isn’t sure about it either, feeling ‘alone’ and reminding Mirai of that when Mirai admits that she’s been feeling more included. This is something that Mitsuki’s had drilled into her head for years, primarily by Izumi: A Spirit Warrior will always be alone. And the separation between ‘alone’ and ‘together’ is something highlighted in this episode, with the summer light festival coming up. It’s always been something that Mitsuki has avoided, and Nino even says that it feels like it’s really for couples (so she’s happy when she gets a last minute date to go, and crushed when she gets stood up). But both Mirai and Mitsuki are fighting that ‘alone’ feeling, and end up going to the festival, while getting Hiroomi to drag Akihito there, against his protestations, because Mirai has learned that if you’re going to be alone, it’s better to be alone together.
Being alone together
Bonus Nude Shots!
I really liked this more ‘life’ based episode, and actually really appreciated the focus on Mirai and Mitsuki, rather than Akihito. The message of loneliness is something that has been passed around, and while it’s too much to really hope that Mirai is going to be the catalyst that changes all of that, it certainly seemed to provoke a bit of a divide in the Nase family. The epilogue scene from this week in particular seemed to be full of menace from Izumi to Mirai, and combines with the one last week, where Izumi made off with the shard from the Hollow Shadow in secret to really set up some possible ulterior motives on her part.
I’d been having some reservations about this show, because it seemed like it wasn’t really coming together. Thematically, I didn’t really get anything out of the first four episodes, beside “Akihito likes Mirai” and “Mirai is a weirdo”. And there was so much being set up for the battle with the Hollow Shadow that they didn’t really do anything with the characters, which is what *I* think is KyoAni’s strong point. To me, the action works best as dessert, a little something extra to make the series sweeter. And this episode seemed to finally realize that, with much more focus on the characters and where they are and where they’re going. So yeah, I’m definitely glad I was reviewing this one, not last one.