「新たな出逢い」 (Arata na Deai)
“A New Encounter”
While this episode was primarily focused on setting up the next arc of the story, it did introduce us to two new characters — Renjou Hotsuma (Ono Daisuke) and Usui Shuusei (Miyano Mamoru). As another Zweilt Guardian duo just like Tooko and Tsukumo, hearing Ono Daisuke and Miyano Mamoru exude a type of closeness that transcends gender is slightly unsettling because I know the two of them can make it even more serious if need be. However, excluding the preview gag, so far they’ve only come off close as Dextera and Sinistra of Kiddy Grade or Torch and Shade of KIDDY GiRL-AND in terms of their partnership. The more notable part of their introduction is that Hotsuma seems to have some sort of a grudge against Yuki from his previous female past life.
In additional to getting that point across, the story’s clearly revealed that the members of the Giou clan do have some sort of reincarnation thing going on, which to me means I need to start treating any potential feelings characters have towards one another as a genderless love. At the same time, I can’t help but feel that the whole Yuki x Luka male relationship will become more prominent now that some of Yuki’s former memories are starting to resurface. Talk about having a gender identity crisis! Similarly, I wonder if Tooko and Tsukumo were lovers instead of siblings in their past lives, which would likely mean we’re in store for more than BL. I kid, but this is why if there is some form of reincarnation in this world, it’s probably best that past life memories don’t move on with you. Evidently, that doesn’t change Luka’s opinion on the matter, but I like how he clearly tells Takashiro he still doesn’t trust him even though he plans to protect Yuki. Quite honestly, I don’t trust Takashiro all that much either and whatever Giou secrets he may be hiding, so it’s nice to see that there’s some animosity within the group to make things more interesting.
Aside from that, this episode did depict how the upper echelons of the police turn over Duras-related incidents to the Giou clan to handle, which means that Yuki’s new friends can probably be trusted outside of any personal vendetta Takashiro may have with Reiga. On a completely separate note, I’m really digging the whole Tooko twin tails look, even when she’s super deformed. It always helps to have Inoue Marina bringing out all her cuteness too.