「帰らぬ日々白き明日」 (Kaeranu Hibi Shiroki Ashita)
“A Daily Lifestyle He Can’t Return To and An Unknown Future”
There were probably a few more tears than needed from Yuki this time around, but I’m still okay with the male emotional angst given the backstory to his character. As this first mini arc of sorts has shown, Yuki’s extremely sensitive nature is the character trait that establishes his need to confide in Zess (a.k.a. Luka Crosszeria), which is a relationship that will undoubtedly be a mainstay over the course of the series. Quite frankly, I don’t really care to see two guys expressing profound emotional attachment for one another, but I don’t particularly mind because their past life together is clearly a key part of the story. Most of all, I’m just grateful we don’t have BL undertones here for no apparent reason other than to satisfy fangirls who have that sort of fetish.
As for how Yuki’s run-in with Uzuki played out, I thought it was pretty tactless for the Duras possessing his classmate to blab about how there are different ranks within their demon species, ranging from the lowly Nidatorehi, the slightly more superior Mid-Villains, and the mighty Opasts. Granted, that was probably more directed towards the viewer to fill us in on the details, but I always find villains look needlessly dumb when they spell everything out for the good guys. In any case, the big revelations this time around turned out to be the awakening of some of Yuki’s abilities and Zess being a member of a Duras lineage seen as traitors.
The latter doesn’t really come as any surprise to me having checked out the manga while writing the Spring 2010 Preview, but the former I’ve been rather curious about since I never read that far. With the ability to heal others by taking on some of their pain, Yuki’s powers seem to go beyond merely physical wounds and can heal the hearts and minds of individuals as well. It just kind of sucks how he has to suffer in the process, which we’ve already gotten a glimpse of before when he uncontrollably sensed the negative feelings and emotions emanating from others. At the same time, the self-inflicting damage Yuki’s ability causes is befitting of his soft-spoken, want-to-feel-needed personality.
In terms of overall plot, I’d say it’s fairly clear that Kanata is indeed Reiga now, so the big question mark is what the deal is with Takashiro, his book, and his beef with Reiga. Action-wise, I thought Tsukumo and Luka’s combination attack was pretty cool, so I’m looking forward to seeing upcoming battles against more powerful Duras where Tooko’s involved too. With this somewhat slow Uzuki sub arc concluded and Yuki off to Tokyo, I may not have to wait too long either as it looks like things are going to start picking up right away.