A memory from happier times
Hello again, and sorry for the late post on Kyoukai no Kanata, but this and that and this happened, and I only found out Sunday I was writing the post. So here we go with Cloudy Grey.
The Weapon and Sakura
This episode was entirely focused on Sakura Inami, the younger sister of Yui, the friend that Mirai killed in her past. And the entire point of Sakura’s existence is revenge, vengeance for the death of her sister. The only thing we don’t really learn about the whole thing is more details about Yui’s death, like why were a couple of inexperienced kid spirit warriors going after the Hollow Shadow.
But the odd thing about Sakura is that she is not a spirit warrior. In fact, she has no talent for it at all, and never has. But she does have a fancy weapon, given to her by some guy she met. A weapon that just happens to absorb the youmu stones that she kills… as well as sucking her life force. It even injures Akihito when he picks it up and uses it.
Mirai makes a good decision to go settle things with Sakura, rather than living in fear / waiting for her to make a move. And the fight they have is pretty one-sided, with Sakura being merely a weapon stand. And when she realizes there’s no way she can win, that same weapon turns on her, precipitating a save from Mirai. The real takeaway from the episode was Sakura going from someone consumed solely by the revenge for her sister to someone who is reclaiming her own life.
Sakura is overmatched by her own weapon
If this episode review seems a bit thin, well, the episode seemed a bit thin. From the redemption of someone who could be a semi-major character, there really was almost no impact at all. Sure there was some interesting information, such as the provider of that strange weapon (the ‘observer’ from before) and Sakura’s motivations, but ultimately, the episode lived up to its name: Cloudy Grey. Not sparkling, not shining, pretty grey and, honestly, not that important. It really felt like the side story it may have been, and some cute “fuyukaidesu!” from Mirai isn’t really going to save an episode like this. Even the sisconning and megane-gazing seems to be getting kind of old at this point.
Would it have been better to just behead her?