「遠来の客」 (Enrai no Kyaku)
Episode at a Glance:
After feigning panic about the Daya, Kotarou comments on how the remaining Banten scroll is the most troublesome and how they’ll snatch everything from Hattori once he’s gathered them all. Meanwhile, Kumohira, Kouichi, and Raimei discuss how Miharu won’t return to Banten. At the same time, Kouichi explains how he’s an immortal being created by a previous Shinrabanshou host, much like Shijima, whose true form is Shiratama. He adds that he’s been in search of the current host so that he can be released from his endless existence, much like he tried ten years ago. Only knowing himself as Aizawa Kouichi now, he says he’s waiting for the revival of the Shinrabanshou and has also considered delivering the Banten Engetsurin to Miharu. After reiterating how Kumohira is firm in his resolve of preventing the Shinrabanshou from being used, Kouichi tries to demonstrate his immortality by letting himself fall off a cliff, but is caught by Kumohira and Raimei.
At the Kairoushuu’s surface world headquarters, Miharu hands over the Daya to Hattori, causing everyone else to set their sights on the Engetsurin. However, Miharu is more concerned about the research being done for Yoite’s sake, which Hattori claims will be taken care of as part of mankind’s evolution. While not taken in by his words, Miharu later finds out from Raikou that Hattori was the one that saved Yoite from long ago. Miharu then checks up on Yoite, where Kazuho teases him about how the Shinrabanshou powers might even save a Kira user, and questions what Yoite is wishing for after learning the forbidden technique. At another clinic around the same time, Raikou is checking up on Gau. Yoite then wakes up, so Miharu tells him how Kumohira probably won’t hand over the Engetsurin and how he may not be able to make him disappear even if they do get it. Unbeknownst to both of them, Hattori has given an order to Yukimi to retrieve the last scroll before Miharu can control his powers.
Elsewhere, Kouichi and Raimei managed to drag Kumohira onboard a ferry, where he apologize to Kouichi for getting him killed. As atonement, Kouichi inquires about what happened ten years ago, implying that Kumohira knew about the Shinrabanshou’s revival in Miharu long before anyone else, and was affected by its powers in a way he can’t talk about. Hearing this, Kumohira questions what Kouichi’s after and why he’s trying to dissolve his resolution. Kouichi simply reiterates his desire to use the Shinrabanshou to die though, but adds that he also wants the Shinrabanshou to be sealed away so that a monster like him is never created again. Realizing that this is contradictory, Kouichi tells Kumohira that what he does from here on is dependent on him. Meanwhile, the two of them are unaware that Raimei is trying to/has contacted Miharu.
On the Shinkansen, Miharu and Yoite decide to see if they can get ahold of the Banten scroll through Hana even though she’s a surface world person. During this time, Yukimi is informed that Miharu and Yoite are gone by his sister, who also wonders if he’ll be okay getting the Engetsurin on his own. As for Kumohira and the others, they’ve disembarked from their ferry and Raimei has gone home first. At Kumohira’s house, Hana overhears some noises outside thinking it’s Thobari, but welcome in Miharu and Yoite instead. She then offers them food, thinking they’re waiting for Kumohira’s return, which causes Yoite to wonder what Miharu has in mind. Being as direct as possible, Miharu asks Hana if she’s heard of the Engetsurin, but she claims she hasn’t. Yoite doubts her claim though since she lives with Kumohira, but Hana explains that they have an implicit rule in their house not to talk about those things. Yoite then questions why she met with them then, but she says it’s simply because guests are important to her, and it’s sad if no one comes by to visit.
While Hana is cutting into a dessert, Yoite is reminded of a traumatic past with his step mother and runs outside. Smelling his scarf, Miharu is reminded of his own mother in a more pleasant memory. The doorbell then rings, so Hana gets the door, only to find that it’s Yukimi and not Thobari.
「決壊の時」 (Kekkai no Toki)
“Moment of Breakdown”
New ending theme this week, by a female duo known as Anam & Maki. Can’t say I’ve heard heard any of their songs before, but I really like the strings and acoustics to this song. Compared to ELISA’s HIKARI (which I really liked), this is a lot more mellow and laid back. My only concern right now is the ending sequence itself, especially the part on the green field, which is undoubtedly going to have the yaoi sensitive viewers heading for the hills. Personally though, until I see anything remotely sexual in nature between Miharu and Yoite, it’s male yuujou (友情, friendship) in my books.
Regarding the episode itself, we’re back into the thick of things with Kotarou and Hattori now, and despite the Fuuma leader’s initial outburst at Juuji regarding the Daya, it’s clear now that letting all the kinjutsusho fall into the Kairoushuu’s hands first is part of his plan. This was hinted at several times in the past already though, so I guess we all saw it coming. Kouichi revealing that he’s an immortal created by a previous Shinrabanshou was in accordance to what I expected, but I hadn’t skimmed that far ahead in the manga to know that he’s helping Miharu awaken his powers so that he can die. (Now is it just me, or is the trend amongst immortals these days the desire to die?) As some readers may know, I purposely refrain from making manga/anime comparisons; however, there was a particular scene I made reference to last time regarding Kurookano Shijima’s true identity, so I guess it’s only appropriate to discuss it here. For those unfamiliar with the manga completely, her true identity was hinted at in this episode, but not explicitly spelt out for us. In the manga, there was a followup scene after Shijima left Alya Academy where she reverted back to Shiratama, Miharu’s cat, and discussed things with Kouichi, including how they were both created by the Shinrabanshou. In short though, the anime adaptation didn’t change anything, but chose to make the revelation far more brief.
As for the location of Banten’s Engetsurin kinjutsusho, I was a bit surprised (and somehow not surprised at the same time) that Kumohira had been carrying it with him all along. Given how the Engetsurin is the last forbidden scroll/book that the Kairoushuu is missing, I’m starting to wonder what Hattori has planned for Miharu. Sure he has discussed causing an evolution amongst mankind in the past, but I’ll credit the Kairoushuu leader with as much roundabout meaning to his words as Kotarou. Hattori has also told Yukimi to gather the last scroll before Miharu can control his powers too, so I only foresee his plans as something he knows Miharu won’t want to be a part of willingly.
Finally, I’m glad to see Hana again as I’ve wondered how much of a role she’d play in the series, but at the same time, I’m starting to suspect she’ll become a “surface world” victim of the Nabari world struggles. Having a good-hearted bystander inadvertently killed is always a good way of getting some drastic character development (looking at Kumohira here), so while I can see it happening, I hope it doesn’t simply because I don’t want to see Hana killed off. As for Yoite, it seems like he has a troubled past with his step mother wanting him to die, which may explain why he wants Miharu to erase his existence (i.e. he’s led a horrible life). There’s still a lot we don’t know about Yoite’s past though, but I have a feeling that this will be the start of his back story.
– Rokujou Miharu (六条 壬晴) / Kugimiya Rie (釘宮 理恵)
– Yoite (宵風) / Saiga Mitsuki (斎賀 みつき)
– Kumohira Thobari Durandal (雲平・帷・デュランダル) / Namikawa Daisuke (浪川 大輔)
– Aizawa Kouichi (相澤 虹一) / Hino Satoshi (日野 聡)
– Shimizu Raimei (清水 雷鳴) / Fujimura Ayumi (藤村 歩)
– Yukimi Kazuhiko (雪見 和彦) / Tsuda Kenjirou (津田 健次郎)
– Hattori Toujuurou (服部 柊十郎) / Nakata Jouji (中田 譲治)
– Ichiki (一季) / Amano Yuri (天野 由梨)
– Shimizu Raikou (清水 雷光) / Suwabe Junichi (諏訪部 順一)
– Amatatsu Kazuho (天立 和穂) / Kano Yui (鹿野 優以)
– Fuuma Kotarou (風魔 小太郎) / Okiayu Ryoutarou (置鮎 龍太郎)
– Minami Juuji (南 十字) / Koyama Kimiko (こやま きみこ)
– Seki Hanabusa (関 英) / Mitsuishi Kotono (三石 琴乃)
– Katou Sourou (加藤 候) / Kakihara Tetsuya (柿原 徹也)
– Rokujou Asahi (六条 旭日) / Okamoto Maya (岡本 麻弥)
– Yoite’s step mother (宵風の義母) / Kouda Naoko (幸田 直子)
– Baby (幼児) / Shitara Mami (設楽 麻美)
– Mother (母親) / Seto Saori (世戸 さおり)