It’s the end of summer, and Yuuji and his friends are back in school. However, Yuuji gets a feeling of déjà vu when he has a conversation with Ike about cram school and about going to check out some CDs. He then notices that there are sakura petals everywhere, so he confirms with Ike that it’s September, but he doesn’t specifically ask why there are sakura petals floating around at this time of the year and just accepts it. To Yuuji, everyone seems normal, including Shana who was escorted to school by Wilhelmina and is happy to see him. He recalls that she had said something to him shortly after activating her Tenpa Jousai ability in their last major battle on the Seireiden, but he can’t remember exactly what Shana had said. Strangely, their English teacher yells at Shana during class for not having her notebook or textbook, and she goes through the same speech she made back when he yelled at her in the first semester. Yuuji notices this, and right as he’s thinking that these things are all the same as before, the world changes into that familiar shade of red.
To Yuuji’s surprise though, it is Friagne who shows up, and he claims that this is the first time he’s met Alastor. Confused as to why everything is proceeding just like before, Yuuji suddenly gets a vision of an item that has a lot of bells attached to it and that of a girl smiling. Before he can think too much about it though, Yuuji gets attacked by Marianne, but the doll then gets stabbed by Shana. Friagne eventually leaves, but Yuuji becomes even more worried when Shana appears to ignore what he’s saying about Friagne’s appearance being strange. Knowing that something is going on now, he asks Ike again after school what month it is and points out that it’s weird for sakura trees to be blooming in September. Ike only stares blankly back at Yuuji for a moment before randomly saying the line about his parents and his allowance as he walks away. Even Wilhelmina seems affected by this, and a trip to see Margery ends in Yuuji going around in circles, unable to reach Satou’s house. Back at home, Yuuji thinks about the situation and realizes that Shana should have noticed something. Thinking about it a different way, Yuuji considers how it might not be just him who understands the situation, but rather that the situation has developed to where it’s just him.
When giant plant roots sprout out all around the city to announce the arrival of Sorath and Tyrael, Yuuji heads out to the bridge to find them taking Shana’s sword. Acting on his hunches, Yuuji tries to save Shana, but she doesn’t say anything to him. This confirms Yuuji’s suspicions because he doesn’t know what she would say at a time like this. He’s figured out that nothing happens here that he doesn’t know about, he can’t go to places that he doesn’t know, and people can’t tell him things that he doesn’t know. In other words, this is a world that he created – a dream. Sorath cuts Yuuji at the same moment that he says this, and this entire world soon disappears. Waking up, Yuuji finds himself in the middle of a battle in the real world, with Shana nearby. Alastor is surprised to hear that Yuuji feel asleep because he had only closed his eyes for a few seconds. When Shana kicks him out of the way of the enemy fire and then yells at him, Yuuji is relieved to see that she is indeed the real Shana. Turning to face their female opponent, Shana chides her for showing up with such a weak power, but the Tomogara reveals that she had something she wanted to accomplish.
The Tomogara’s attacks are ineffective against Shana, but the strange thing is that even as Shana cuts her in half, she continues giggling. Afterwards, Shana remarks that this is the first time she’s seen a Tomogara with such a small existence. Yuuji meanwhile thinks that she had a mysterious power, but he can no longer remember what happened in his dream. The two then continue on to school, and along the way, Yuuji asks Shana what she said to him back on the Seireiden. This gets Shana really embarrassed, and she claims not to remember very well, eventually telling him to shut up in her classic fashion. At school, the two get united with their friends, and Shana isn’t too happy to see that Kazumi has brought lunch for Yuuji. Unbeknownst to them though, the Tomogara is still around and giggling.
ED: 「triangle」 by 川田まみ (Kawada Mami)
Watch the ED!: Mirror 1, Mirror 2
I was a little hesitant to hear that Kawada Mami would be singing both the opening and ending songs, but they turned out different enough, and both are pretty good (they’re going to be released on the same album at the end of this month). I also hadn’t realized that the song used in all the commercials was the beginning of the OP (not that it made any difference).
I was a bit surprised, to say the least, that we started off with a bunch of scenes from the first season. Actually, when I went back and compared with episodes of the first season to see if some of those lines were indeed exactly the same (they are), I noticed that they had gone to the trouble of re-dubbing them (I also noticed that Kugimiya Rie’s English got worse). The fact that they both reanimated it and re-dubbed it makes me shy away from calling this recap in any way, especially since the whole dream thing appears to be a power of this new enemy. Speaking of which, the animation quality seems like it’s better than the first season, though a lot of that may have to do with this being in HD now that it’s airing on MBS.
In any case, this was a decent start, and with luck, things will only get better from hereon out. Yuuji’s forgetting about Shana’s confession and her not wanting to say it again sets their relationship back a few steps, but hopefully that won’t last the entire series. It certainly makes Kazumi more of a contender again, though I still really can’t imagine anything happening between her and Yuuji. If the OP is any indicator, then maybe Ike will step up to fill the void. Next week’s episode looks like it has Kazumi being held hostage,