「彩飄が呼ぶもの」 (Kaze ga Yobumono)
“What the Wind Brings”
While I loved the beginning of the episode, I could have done without the ending.
That said I’m so happy to see that someone in this anime has the ability to drop the formalities and just scream what’s on their mind. After episodes of each side planning their perfect plan to either begin or prevent the creation of Xanadu, things started to grow a little stale as mountains of dialogue just kept piling up. And when the fight between Shana and Yuuji began, I never expected that Shana would finally breakdown and let her feelings come rushing out. In all honesty, as I listened to her question Yuuji, calling him an idiot, and trying to throw anything she had (including her first) near her at him reminded me of that innocent charm she has — that same charm which drew me to this show and is keeping my around.
However, the same can’t be said about the rest of the episode. Not only was I unimpressed but I was left even more confused than when the episode started. For starters, after all the commotion in the comments about Pheles, I was hoping she’d have a more important role than just yanking Johan out of the Reiji Maigo. But to make things worse, Johan’s overall attitude toward the whole situation and the way he was belittling Yuuji and his sacrifices started to piss me off. I understand that Pheles and Johan could care less about the entire world possibly being destroyed but their appearance only helped reiterate how much I don’t like either of them.
But the icing on the cake of ridiculousness had to be the Volkswagen Bus that came from the ocean. While it became clear just who attacked the three tomogara from episodes ago, I never thought their purpose was to simply provide a get-away vehicle. The thing is I didn’t particularly enjoy how goofy things were getting after that bus appeared. Kazumi being grabbed by a giant hand and then driving off into the night sky? What kind of nonsense is this?! Be it a ploy at trying to ease the tension or break up the monotony, I was really disappointed how out of place the whole thing felt.
At this point, I hope that the story starts to get its head out of its ass. Seeing how Shakugan no Shana has had years to tell its story, I hope that next week’s preview is an indication of things going back on track.