[rakugo voice] see? your flame is about to go out…
Don’t do shrooms, kids. Just fight giant, demonic ones at night on top of a mountain.
The previous episode was so good it might have well been the penultimate offering for this entire arc. I wasn’t sure if they’d be able to maintain this level of intensity for longer, but it looks like we’re getting at least 3 balls to the walls episodes of insanity! THREE! Colour me impressed, because it takes a lot of content to fill up that much air time with plot twists, drama, and huge “final boss fights.” This episode splits between the face-off of two different villains, and both are very distinct in what kind of shounen action experience they provide.
Todo is the mastermind behind all this, so he’s there for all the smirks and smarmy remarks necessary to give you someone to really hate. It’s particularly satisfying to see him interact with Yukio, who is dangerously close to following the same path. All he needs is the right push. Thankfully, Todo’s words weren’t enough to push him over the edge. The side of him that hates Rin still exists though, waiting to potentially tip the scale.
Sibling rivalry aside, Todo finds a new fascination in Yukio when he witnesses his awakening to previously hidden (or emotionally suppressed) demonic powers. The rest of the Myoda clan doesn’t seem to notice, so only Todo knows this secret. I’m actually hoping Todo survives in any way he can, as a puddle of mud if he has to, just so he can reappear at the right moment to mess with Yukio again. Now that he has such a juicy secret, it would be perfect for him to try and use that to his advantage. With all the stigma Rin faces for being the son of Satan, things would be horrible if anyone found out Yukio has similar powers…which he likely has no control over yet. It’s a disaster waiting to happen, and it makes me excited for the future arcs. Secrets don’t remain secrets for very long in shows like this, after all.
Anyways, going back to Todo, I liked that his fight was half martial arts, half elemental trickery. The latter added some nice strategy into the mix (something I could never expect from Rin, as all his fights just involve frantic sword slashing and screaming). It was a nice change of pace from watching everyone flail sticks around and slowly get covered by a mass of spores…who aren’t as good at witty banter or being cocky.
Love the red and blue flames against the dull background for this fight
The second villain of this arc is the titular Impure King…who winds up actually being a giant monster, like I expected in the beginning. I kind of liked the idea of the final boss just being this nigh unstoppable force of nature: an ever-growing fungus without a lick of inner reflection. It was a spooky concept to wrap my head around. This ruins that, but at least it provides some nice drama, and a very different type of action from the previous fight. The scale of this fight is much larger, and the zoomed out camera shots do an excellent job at showing just how dwarfed Rin and Bon look in comparison to this huge beast.
The furry tail is OUT! (also the sword but whatever)
It’s a nearly impossible mission, but they seem to be managing. Rin finally drew the sword after Bon declared his undying love (yeah, pretty sure that’s how it went). The pure power of bromance allowed Rin to set the entire Impure King on fire, which seemed almost like a OHKO. …But it’s not over yet. I feel like we’re being spoiled with all these lengthy fights, it’s so great!
We still have to resolve two big fights with these aforementioned villains. One is a quick little devil with a sharp wit and the other is a slow-moving goliath. The fight rages on! (Let’s not forget that Kamiki is still writhing around covered in spores here too so that’s yet another fight that needs to be won)
Attack on Titan s2 so soon?