You know, it might have been a good idea if all this information about Mistletainn was given last episode, perhaps somehow during the battle, a little flashback here and there. Maybe then when Mistletainn retreats, it wouldn’t look like she had ADD.
Given Lestion’s explanation of Mistletainn’s creation, that being a human’s negative emotions are accumulated during the day and shoved off into the dream world at night, there’s [finally?] some sort of link between everything dream demon, and everything human. Though this does flesh out her character a bit, she’s still as flat as Index on a good day. So she’s a product of human hate. Is that all she is? Does she have even a single aspect of her that’s relatable? No, she just kills because thats what the writer wants her to do, so she can be the antagonist that the story didn’t really need. Lestion is a bit better, but he’s pretty much the same washboard. Is that all that can be expected of filler characters? No, just J.C. Staff ones (lol, sorry, just had to).
Like Mistletainn’s “origins,” I can’t help but roll my eyes at every single development the show throws at me, and the ammo required of Lestion’s gun was no different. How convenient is it that the one thing the gun needs to shoot is the exact thing the show spent 12 episodes trying to avoid? It’s a problem for the sake of a problem (blame the writers), and the fact that it kills the shooter afterwards takes the icing on the cake. I can see that the latter problem might enable Merry to show off her powers of sending demons back, but needing someone to die for the gun to shoot feels way too much of a cheap plot device to drive conflict.
With regards to curiosity, there is some to be had, considering the whole cast was pummeled by Mistletainn once again (if you haven’t noticed, this episode was pretty much a repeat of the last), gravely injuring Engi in the process. “Just as planned” rang in my head, as Engi might serve as the final death required to complete Lestion’s gun, but judging from the responses of the other characters, I realized it wasn’t actually on purpose (I laughed at this point). So with nothing else to do, Yumeji steps up as the cliffhanger. Will he pull off the typical shounen cliche of suddenly powering up in the face of danger? Probably not. The final episode comes next week, and despite everything that’s been said, the ending could still go anywhere it wants to. Hey, maybe John Doe will show up. That’d be nice. Considering the studio though, I doubt I’ll be too surprised.