Is this emblematic of Kyoukai no Kanata?
Hello and welcome to Kyoukai no Kanata again. We’re sorry to have missed last week, but everyone’s run into quite the busyness, so I’m back for this double-episode post!
Nino has some fun
It’s Youmu-Stompin’ Time! It was fun to watch the land-rush style onslaught of the Spirit Warriors, taking advantage of the effect that The Calm has on the youmu, mainly making them much weaker. So it’s fancy fighting time, with Nino and Izumi showing everyone else how it’s done. That also means it’s a dangerous time for the youmu that have integrated more into everyday life, like Ai and Ayako, and especially Akihito. So everyone’s supposed to take it easy and stay inside. And of course that doesn’t happen.
Demons are sleepy
I don’t know if we can really blame Akihito for what happens, tho. This show is really just a mishmash of individual plots, and we’re not getting much in the way of reasons why there are any of them. And personally, I find that offputting. Most offputting is Fujima, who just seems to do whatever he wants, and we never get a reason for anything. He wants that weapon to get a bunch of youmu stones, he wants to get Akihito, he wants to drink juice boxes. Why? Maybe someone else knows, but I sure don’t have a clue.
Beyond the Boundary
Abuse of trust
We actually do get a bit of a clue as to what Izumi’s plan is, when Hiroomi breaks into the library to read Izumi’s notes about the existence of a two-part youmu, which is supposedly super powerful and can destroy the world. And of course she thinks it’s Akihito. So taking the opportunity of The Calm to remove Akihito’s immortality, she’s somehow gotten Mirai to take the initiative to take out Akihito. Of course, there were some shenanigans on Izumi’s part, putting the human part of Akihito into frozen stasis in order to unbalance him and allow his youmu side to take over (where it should have gotten weaker because of the calm).
I don’t really get Mirai’s motivation for going after Akihito so seemingly unreservedly. I could understand maybe if she happened to come across him and fought, that she’d fight all out and possibly win. But hunting him down just seems weird and not really in line with what characterization we’ve had from Mirai so far. Maybe I read too much into the possible romance between Mirai and Akihito, but it just seems like she should have more trouble going after him from her own thoughts. Especially since Hiroomi is so much on the other side. It seems we’ve had a big switch from pragmatic Hiroomi and emotional Mirai to a swap of their thoughts. And we don’t really have much of a reason why. If we had just had one or the other, that might be ok, if they tried to give more reasons why, but as it is, everyone’s just an enigma.
Saving cute kittens with two tails is a good motivation
If I’m being honest, Kyoukai no Kanata is probably the least interested in the story I’ve been on any anime I’ve blogged, and that’s a weird place for me. It just feels so flat, and oddly, it feels like it’s been contrived to get to even that flatness, like there’s almost nothing there at all. Mirai still feels like she’s just a device for deus ex machina, being whatever the writers need her to be to resolve the situation. She just doesn’t feel like a genuine character. And the people who do feel like genuine characters to me – Ayaka, Mitsuki, Nino – just don’t seem to do anything important. I mean, Ayaka has a big fight with Fujima to keep him from getting Akihito, she’s apparently defeated, and then let’s have a big fight between Izumi and Fujima with no lead in at all, just Izumi shows up to save Ayaka and then just forget about Akihito? Because Mirai just ran in and found him and then Ayaka shows back up! And doesn’t Izumi want to get rid of Akihito anyway? Or does she need to have her patsy, Mirai kill him because then she’ll nab the youmu stone just like she did with the Hollow Shadow? It just feels all out of order, and nothing matters, because we’re just gonna move on to the next thing anyway.