「兄と弟」 (Ani to Otōto)
I’m surprised the sibling conflict was resolved so quickly, but I’m not entirely convinced of the reasoning they settled upon. Yukio’s issues are revealed to go way back further than just Shirou’s death, and because of a “Spirit Wound” received from Rin, had to be taken in to learn exorcism. Yukio would grow to dislike Rin due to the danger he gives Shirou, and that obviously hit the peak when he finally died for Rin. His hatred makes sense, although flawed since you can’t blame Rin for being born the way he is. Rin’s retort is that, they’re brothers, so at the very least, they shouldn’t fight each other. I’m okay with all this so far, but then the main compromise here is that they share the same reason for becoming an Exorcist, and that’s to become stronger. But wait, didn’t Rin clearly state that he wanted to become an Exorcist to kick Satan’s ass? Apparently it’s not revenge, but merely coincidence that he wants to kick Satan’s ass for an arbitrary reason, so he must get stronger to do so. Hmm… yeah, kind of iffy.
So who wins the award for most useful protagonist in a relative short amount of time due to an uncanny ability to wield and properly sheath a katana? I’m not even going to answer that. Overall, not much to comment on this week. The Exorcist system with the school was a bit cool, but no supporting cast was introduced. I feel like Rin and Yukio’s relationship is pretty much closed and done after only one episode, but it’s not like FMA had the brothers fighting all the time. The episode was obviously building up to the explosion of brotherly angst, and the scene was great. It was badass and emotional like the episodes before it, but the iffy explanation of the reasoning was a damper. Rin was also pretty damn obnoxious with his insistent yelling. If there’s something I missed, by all means, change my mind about it, but it’s not like it was a dealbreaker for the series. Next episode seems like an isolated story with a Hanazawa character. Always up for some Hanazawa.