「因縁の渦」 (Innen no Uzu)
“Spiral of Fate”
Is it just me or does every series get instantly better when a Hanazawa Kana-voiced character is added to the mix? I could get used to hearing her in clingy roles too, especially when it’s opposite Hibino, who seems completely disinterested in our male lead. “Kyouhei-sama” has a nice playful ring to it too — at least when Hyuuga Mahiru says it. She gives new meaning to the “Girl Meets God” series tagline too. I figure that’s supposed to be in reference to Utao and Kukuri or possibly even Hibino/Kyouhei, but there sure isn’t too much exciting stuff happening relationship-wise between those pairings. It’s one thing for Hibino to give Kyouhei some time alone with Moyako, but it’s another story when she gives way to Utao too. Even after six months living under the same roof with Hibino, Kyouhei probably still would’ve gotten shot down if he confessed. Utao’s reaction says it all about that.
If this episode was any indication, it looks like I’m better off entrusting my hopes in Aki. Paired with the promiscuous Kuuko, it’s somewhat refreshing to see the girl take the initiative on top. Granted, it only works as well as it does because Aki doesn’t seem to give a damn about her, nor her attempts to seduce him for that matter. A quick glance at those two and a look back at Kyouhei and Hibino make me feel like I’m watching the show from the wrong perspective. The whole antihero character type works for me, and may get better if Moyako sees what’s going on behind closed doors. I get the feeling that our Utsuwashi heir still has some lingering feelings for Aki, even though he’s killed a bunch of people. After all, it’s not too hard to see Aki in a different light after the flashbacks.
As for Utao and Kirio, their subplot wrapped up with a whimper (for the time being anyway). It’s good for Utao, but does leave me at a bit of a loss on what to make of Kirio. On the surface, he’s quickly resigned to being a victim of the Hyuuga family, so I’m wondering if they’re going to leave it at that. I wouldn’t mind if that were the case, seeing as Koushirou’s been an awesome brotherly figure to him. If anyone’s going to be a true antagonist in this series, it’s probably going to be Hyuuga Sahei. Mahiru, I’m not entirely sure what to make of yet, other than the fact that she’s infatuated with Kyouhei, Kakashi or not. The preview hints at the possibility that she has some issues of her own though.
Production-wise, there sure were a lot of interesting top-down and bottom-up camera angles in this episode. They were so prominent to me that I considered it an intentional stylistic touch. It got to the point that almost every other scene seemed to have a shot like that. They didn’t look bad or anything though, so this is merely an observation on my part. In any case, more Mahiru next time. Now there’s something worth looking at from every possible angle.