「夢から覚めずに」 (Yume Kara Samezuni)
“Not Waking from a Dream”
So hold on, remember when Merry destroyed a couple demons way back in the early episodics, and their vessels continued about their days? I’m not sure why I didn’t think of this last week, but did J.C. Staff just contradict the main plotline with their own original material? Or at least, create some poorly thought out suspense?
Besides completely undermining the entire episode, since the whole thing relied on the suspense that Isana “can’t” be saved, it was still well done. Three characters get their histories developed, Isana, Chizuru, and Akiyanagi, except that the last one was extremely.. what’s the word.. polarizing? All of a sudden, bishie Akiyanagi has a sick imouto (which is sadly a cliche), except that she didn’t die. It’s interesting I guess, and has made it increasingly obvious how hard Saki has the hots for him, but the whole scene screams suspicious for the poem writing blondie.
Tragic pasts are a cheap shot in giving characters reasons from the norm to be doing whatever it is they’re doing, basically creating a blank sheet for the writer to work with, and in this case, literally an empty character. The classic, “I was once emotionless, but now I feel for someone” takes the role here, and Chizuru is left ambiguous to whether or not she will help. That is, IF MERRY COULDN’T JUST SLAP THE DEMONS IN THE FIRST PLACE. I’m also not entirely convinced with Elcres’ reason for taking over reality because they can’t have ..dreams.. Intentional irony? Seriously, a better reason would be no reason at all. Someone needs to make up their mind whether or not dream demons ARE dreams themselves, and if not, explain why the hell they embody their vessel’s dreams (which contradicts the fact that Merry can kill them without affecting said vessel). The obvious answer here is that, Merry has the special power that only she can destroy dream demons without affecting the vessel, but that seems like such an obvious answer that if it were true, it’d be incredibly stupid that the characters haven’t realized it at this point.
Developing Chizuru’s demon as a rival for Mysteltainn makes a nice dynamic along with the protection of Isana by Yumeji and Merry, so the original material isn’t shabby in that area. But you know what I was most impressed with this episode? The fire used in Elcres’ scenes. I think they just implanted actual fire into the animation, but the transition looks flawless. Focusing on Isana was easy points with me, since she’s the best childhood friend you could have (and he lives with her damn!), and was all sorts of nut busting cuteness this ep. The inevitable fight will actually occur next episode, which is way earlier than I expected. The finale and how they’re going to end everything is the only thing left to surprise, so here’s to that.