OP2: 「being」 by KOTOKO
Yay! Finally the new OP! It’s pretty much what I had hoped for/expected from KOTOKO. I like the song about as much as I like all of KOTOKO’s song, which is a lot as long as I don’t actually have to see her singing (*recalls the Re-sublimity PV*). The OP sequence shows some new characters (Kamshin, the bad guys), and includes a sequence of Shana fighting Shudonai. Good stuff.
During pool class during the summer, both Shana and Kazumi think about past events and their relationship with Yuuji. Elsewhere, a hooded boy uses a special monocle to survey the city. Meanwhile, the trinity of the Ball Masque – Shudonai, Bel Peol, and Hecate – meet to discuss Yuuji and their plan for immortality. The next day, Yuuji is out training with Alastor and comes across people setting up for the Osprey Festival. He remembers going with both his parents when he was young and then thinks about taking Shana. She isn’t with him because, unbeknownst to him, she wanted to learn from Chigusa how to make a boxed lunch. Shana doesn’t want to lose to Kazumi in this department, but her first attempt at an omelet ends up pretty bad. When Shana blames her own lack of training, Chigusa tells her that making it with love is what’s important. Chigusa then tells Shana about the festival and suggests that she go with Yuuji.
Kazumi also saw the people preparing for the festival and wants to ask Yuuji. Her chance comes when she catches him coming out of a convenience store with a boxed lunch, even though she had already made him one. But she overcomes that and gathers enough courage to invite him. Ike later sees the two coming to school, with Kazumi happy because Yuuji accepted her invitation. Already in class, Shana watches as Tanaka turns down Ogata’s invitation to go to the festival because he has stuff to do. His partner Satou has actually been sick and is paid a visit by Margery. After checking up on him, she falls asleep in a chair. Margery wakes up later after feeling the presence of the new Flame Haze. She notices that Satou is gone – he’s talking with Tanaka about how he’s decided to follow Margery. Tanaka pledges to do the same.
Walking along the street, Kazumi is approached by the hooded boy who introduces himself as Khamsin and is carrying a bracelet that introduces itself as Behemoth. Khamsin tells Kazumi the truth about the world and shows her the monocle that can detect torches. Having learned about the Guze no Tomogara and torches, Kazumi fears for her own family, but Khamsin tells her that they’re safe. Of course, the next person that she asks about is Yuuji. That night, Yuuji is training with Shana when Margery shows up to tell them about the new Flame Haze and the return of the Ball Masque. Because of them, Alastor and Shana urge Yuuji to leave the city. Yuuji considers to leaving the city with Shana. Meanwhile the Ball Masque have brought forth a new ally (with a high pitched voice) – the Professor. And in the desert somewhere, Wilhelmina detects the activity of the Ball Masque and decides to head there after finishing her current work.
Well, they came back into the present with a little recap, which I guess is acceptable since we’ve been away from the story for several episodes now. The Shana vs. Kazumi rivalry is heating up and the Osprey Festival is going to be a pretty big battlefield in that regard. I didn’t think Yuuji would accept Kazumi’s invitation, and Shana’s going to be heartbroken when she finds out. Especially since Chigusa had her all excited about surprising Yuuji with her yukata.
Plenty of new characters this time, including Khamsin and Behemoth. He’s a lot shorter than I pictured him to be lol. And now that Kazumi knows about the Guze no Tomogara and Torches, it’s a whole new ballgame. But it seems like everyone (Yuuji, Shana, and Satou and Tanaka if Margery also goes) is set to go on the move, away from the city because of the threat of the Ball Masque. Wilhelmina’s also going to get involved, but probably not for a while yet. They do a good job of introducing everything, just like the episode title implies. Next week, we get to see Shana and Kazumi in their yukata!