「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.