「払暁乙女」 (Futsugyou Otome)
It’s Monday (and Walpurgis Night), which means – Yuuko time!
Finally, the plot is moving on (this takes place after the first episode) and our team is now on a summer holiday camp for some paranormal investigation. But first – swimming! I don’t think I’ve ever done so many full-lengths for one episode before (although, I’m nowhere near the Guilty Crown finale).
This episode was really good, filled with things to appreciate. There were some good romantic moments (some of them involving some skinny dipping), mysteries going on (is this the same shadow I saw last week?), and a lot of comedy – the three things that make this show so brilliant! Oh, and I forgot to mention – there are some fancy treats too.
While my love for Yuuko remains immeasurable, I’ve grown very fond of Kirie over this episode. When I first saw her, I expected her to be quite the opposite of what she was this week. I’m still trying to figure out why Kirie is so cold towards Yuuko now that she knows that Yuuko isn’t evil. Could it be that she is scared of her? Or maybe she’s just jealous… Teiichi sure is a lucky boy, having three amazing girls liking him (one of them telling him to touch her) – all because of his sixth sense. So take notes, having a sixth sense attracts girls!
Moving on to the mysteries of the week – we have Yuuko knocking on doors, and also “the rock of curses” – a rock on which, names can be carved, and having one’s name carved on it means death. The latter turned out to be a trigger for Yuuko’s childishness (long live immature people), causing her to pull a prank on Teiichi by writing his name with a marker on the rock – a cruel, but certainly amusing prank.
I loved the sweet and romantic moments between Teiichi and Yuuko in this episode, especially the scenes where they were running towards the rock from rooftop to rooftop. The animation was top-notch and really beautiful. I don’t know if it’s just me but this feels a lot like a SHAFT production, but I guess that’s because the director for this show – Oonuma Shin – has worked on SHAFT projects before.
With the smaller mysteries being solved, the big mystery – the shadow lurking around Kirie – remains unsolved. I can’t really make any assumptions based on the silhouette, but I’m pretty sure it isn’t Yuuko; however, I think it’s possible that this dark presence might be related to her.
Alright, with that being said, I’m looking forward to next Monday!
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