「呼ぶ声」 (Yobu Koe)
“Voice that Calls Out”
Episode at a Glance:
With Kumohira bearing all responsiblity and taking a sudden leave from school, Raimei expresses how helpless she feels and wonders what Miharu will do now. Strolling through the city, Yoite is frustrated that Miharu doesn’t know where Kumohira might go, which makes Miharu think that his teacher probably regrets pledging to him. Elsewhere at a hall where Hattori is about to give a speech, Yukimi apologizes to the Kairoushuu leader about Kumohira’s sudden disappearance, prompting him to ask if Yoite got involved. While Hattori accepts his lie that he didn’t, he orders the retrieval of the Engetsurin and questions whether he should’ve left Yoite in his care. On a similar insinuating note, Ichiki adds that being influenced by children will get an adult corrupted.
Meanwhile, Miharu has brought Yoite back to the medical treatment center, where Kazuho explains his ever degrading condition, which includes chronic pneumonia, degredation of respiratory organs, malnutrition, and degradation of regenerative abilities. Realizing that Yoite’s just been taking the heart medication, she claims that she can only try to slow down the rate that the Kira is consuming him. Wondering what even keeps Yoite going at this point, Kazuho is surprised to hear Miharu worry about the lack of progress in the hijutsu research. She easily figures it’s for Yoite’s sake though, but tells Miharu that they won’t make it in time. Awakened from his nightmare about his parents wishing he had died, Yoite leaves his room and overhears Kazuho telling Miharu that he only has a month to live.
In another room, Raikou is visiting Gau, who Kazuho believes should’ve regained consciousness by now. On his way out, Raikou runs into Yoite and expresses how it’s unusual that Miharu’s not with him. Stating that he’s envious of how they met in the Nabari world, Raikou adds that they’re unlike him and Gau, who he feels won’t wake up because he blames him. Hearing his depressed train of thought, Yoite angrily tells Raikou that he should save him if he can and suggests using Daya. Despite having decided that he’d do anything to save Gau, Raikou says using the Daya is forbidden and doing so would only hurt Gau emotionally, so Yoite tells him he’s better off killing Gau himself then. After receiving a slap in the face and accusations that he hates everything about the world, Yoite tells Raikou he doesn’t have anything important in this world and lives only for a desire. He then offers to kill Gau for him, so he knocks Raikou out with his Kira before entering Gau’s room and using it on him as well.
Reminded of how he only has a month to live, Yoite then wanders out of the medical center, leaving behind a mess for Kazuho to clean up. Walking through the streets, Yoite recalls surviving from a fall that the news suspected was a suicide attempt, and quietly asks to be erased. During this time, Miharu is frantically searching for him, feeling how selfish Yoite’s acting when he had already promised to help him. After seeing a dead cat being cried over by a kitten in the alley, Miharu recalls how Yoite said he didn’t want to die and hurries along. Back at the center, Raikou wakes up and finds that Gau has as well, which the doctor suspects might be because of the Kira. Unable to find Yoite, Miharu tries pleading to the Shinrabanshou for help, but soon discovers a trail of blood that leads him to him.
In an erractic state haunted by his nightmares, Yoite exclaims how everything is mistaken: how there’s no one named “Sora”, how he was here before he knew it, how there was no home, and how he had no name for sixteen years. While Yoite feels like a make-believe character to everyone, Miharu reassures him that he exists here and now. In tears, Yoite asks Miharu to save him and make him disappear as if he never existed to begin with. Hearing this, Miharu says that he understands and it’s what he promised to do to begin with, but thinks to himself how he doesn’t want Yoite to disappear.
「死神の横顔」 (Shinigami no Yokogao)
“Profile of a Death God”
This was a surprisingly touching episode, as the scene at the end between Miharu and Yoite tugged on my emotional strings a fair bit. (Much more than expected anyway.) While it didn’t at first, I got absorbed into the whole thought of Yoite being on his death bed with only a month to live and constantly haunted about a fall/suicide attempt that his father and step-mother wished he died from. His erratic voice about not wanting to die and wanting to disappear instead echoed the culmination of the Yoite-themed plot we’ve seen thus far. The flashbacks in particular helped emphasize this, as did the foreshadowing of a dead cat and seeing how his body is decaying from head to toe, which continue to remind me of how much emphasis is placed on character development and plot rather than action in this series. i.e. A very nice change from your typical shounen ninja shows.
In addition, the scene between Raikou and Yoite arguing on differing standpoints of what should be done about Gau felt like a very fragile conservation that was just bound to erupt (which it did). While Yoite’s “use any means to save him or you may as well kill him” philosophy didn’t quite sit well with Raikou, he didn’t seem intent on killing Gau even after saying he would, so I’m glad to see Yoite show everyone that there’s more to him than a mere death god. Given how the theme of the series lately seems to be “struggles”, I’m finding the ending song a lot more suited, especially when I hear it start playing after a scene like this.
– 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)
– 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)
– Ichiki (一季) / Amano Yuri (天野 由梨)
– Yoite’s step mother (宵風の義母) / Kouda Naoko (幸田 直子)
– Yoite’s father (宵風の父) / Koyatsu Hisanori (小谷津 央典)
– Nurse (看護士) / Subeo Kana (須部和 佳奈)
– Nurse (看護士) / Sakuma Kumi (佐久間 紅美)