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「儚く強く尊いもの」 (Hakanaku Tsuyoku Tattoi Mono)
“An Ephemeral, Strong, and Precious Thing”

While the cliffhanger last week with the sudden arrival of Reiga was a good one, I couldn’t fathom the possibility that they’d kill off Tsukumo this early in the series if at all, so I wasn’t too surprised to see him saved with the help of Yuki’s God’s Light. Still, what did surprise me was how well Tooko held up emotionally to the idea that her brother wouldn’t make it, even when Luka gave her an opportunity to let it all out. I don’t doubt that she cried a bit there, but Yuki’s tears were the ones we actually got to see after he exhausted himself healing Tsukumo all night. Admittedly, it still jostles me a bit inside to see him weep such emotionally troubled tears upon learning the harsh reality of the ongoing battle with the Duras. I already find overly emotional females a bit of a handful whether it comes to real life or anime, so I can’t say I’m too good at handling the male equivalent of that.

That said, there’s evidently an audience for these moments, so they’re not something I find too distracting when they further Yuki’s character development at the same time. The realization that he’s been pretty naive since joining the Giou family did cause him to take action after all. In turn, his decision to bring Hotsuma along to save Shuusei is slowly changing his opinion about him. The same goes for Takashiro, whom I was a bit surprised to see reluctantly agree to Yuki’s plan to walk right into Ashley’s trap. Albeit a bit cliché, I gather the point they’re trying to stress is how Yuki’s kindness has a way of affecting everyone around him for the better. As that continues to become a recurring theme of sorts in this series, I’m actually more curious about why Reiga continues to approach Yuki as Kanata to try and coax him into coming with him. My original hunch was that Yuki’s powers are too pure to be harnessed against his will, making Reiga resort to trying to deceive him, but that’s not founded on anything that’s been shown thus far.

Whatever the case, his attempts have clearly failed all this time, so I get the feeling that he’s finally sick of using this roundabout approach. For now, it’ll be interesting to see if his patience has truly worn thin in the upcoming episodes, since Takashiro’s pulling out his own book in preparation for a confrontation with him. There’s still Ashley to deal with first though, which judging by the preview is going to be quite a “hairful” for Hotsuma alone. Luckily, Luka’s just around the corner after taking care of all her puppets by getting them drunk with power off his blood, so it looks like we’ll finally get to see a serious Opast-level battle for the very first time. After all the Mid-Villains and other small fry up until now, I’m looking forward to seeing how that plays out.



June 21, 2010 at 8:33 pm
  • June 21, 2010 at 8:37 pmSPIRAL

    First comment.
    lol I don’t even watch this series… is it worth it to catch up during the summer season since the new series are looking pretty meh.

    • June 22, 2010 at 1:02 pmakani

      It’s worth it if you don’t mind some BL overtones and Yuki’s voice. UraBoku has been quite a good story so far, with excellent art too.

      I actually think the concept of love transcending time and gender is quite touching. Others might not, for some reason.

  • June 21, 2010 at 9:01 pmAlec

    sigh…. Reiga is a complete noob…why not just go for the head…why bother using some sort of spell that wont even disfigure part of the body…. wel they need bishies to look like bishies afterall xD… xD

    though im aware that he would never die… but if tsukumo ever died, i might have started liking the series

  • June 21, 2010 at 10:07 pmRei

    OMG Tsukumo isn’t dead, yay! No excuse to not throw in the towel for this series now xD

  • June 22, 2010 at 2:06 amLee

    You know… I’m surprised no one’s commented on Luka’s behaviour towards Touko. I’m not implying anything romantic, but it really surprised me, he just silently stood and waited while she was crying.

    I rarely like female characters, but I like Touko-chan, even though she’s a gentle girl, she’s not really whiny or a crybaby.
    I hope she becoems friends with Luka or something.

    • June 22, 2010 at 3:05 amc

      I think Touko has somesort of a crush on Luka in the manga, but it doesn’t really develop into anything romantic. They are kind of friends though. :D (This isn’t that huge to be a spoiler but, yknow, just in case.)

      • June 22, 2010 at 10:06 amLee

        Yeah, I know, I’ve read the first 5 volumes in Japanese. I ship Touko/Tsukumo as well, but just wanted to see some normal romance there, not BL… but oh well, I’m sure Luka would definitely say no to her.

    • July 21, 2010 at 6:24 pmOru

      It seems that Touko had a boyfriend in her previous life that resembled Luka. That´s why she has a crush on him in the manga. it was a girl who saw the raws who told me:D
      Anyway i like it!!!;D
      Tsukumooooooo, he is the best^.^

  • June 22, 2010 at 3:43 amahelo

    is that guy rape i see on the last pic? =))))
    i was planning on watching this but…

    • June 22, 2010 at 12:59 pmakani

      It’s really not. Shuusei was kidnapped, tortured, and possibly killed by Ashley.

  • June 22, 2010 at 10:17 amhaitechan

    Yay! Tsukumo made it! *happy dance*. It was kinda obvious but seems Shuusei didn’t made it. Wonder how Reiga/Kanata is going to make his next move. Maybe as a necromancer he’s going to use Shuusei? That would be a nice turn of events, a bit predictable but interesting to see.

    I don’t mind the shonen-ai hints, in fact I was happy with Hotsuma being incredible tsundere when Yuki noticed he was carring the cross he gave him XD. But was nice to see an straight pairing hinted, in terms on how Luka responded to Touko-chan. I really thought he was just going to leave her alone. That was really sweet of him.