「忘却乙女」 (Boukyaku Otome)
I finally got what I wanted – some serious plot development, and I must say, this was much better than I’d expected! And I’m very glad to see that nothing happened to Kirie.
I’d considered that the shadow could be a part of Yuuko but I was still surprised to see that I was right. The concept of ridding oneself of negative emotions isn’t something new in media, but I still find it interesting. I know it’s common to have split personality in these situations, but having that other personality as a separate being – I don’t think I’ve seen that in anime recently.
We now know that Yuuko was related to a plague that occurred sixty years ago, but the cause of death is still unknown. The beautiful Yuuko said that she’d probably been sacrificed, and she assumed it wasn’t against her will. The beautiful Yuuko has pushed away all negativity onto her other “ugly” half, an action which caused her to be able to love people. But loving gives birth to jealousy…
It surprised me a little when Yuuko couldn’t accept being jealous and pushed Teiichi down the stairs. If she loved him enough to become jealous, why did she push him down? Is being perfectly clean from negative emotions, or “pure”, more important than love? Is it better to be a perfect being without weaknesses rather than having a possibility to find happiness? These are just some of my questions.
Being unable to face reality and running away from it – isn’t that “ugly” too in a way? I wonder if this might lead to Yuuko merging with her shadow in future episodes. Although, it looked like she already merged with it near the ending. But I’m not sure if the two beings became one; it looks more like the dark Yuuko took over, because pushing Teiichi down is nothing Yuuko would do. If the dark Yuuko took over, my questions in the paragraph above don’t need answers, but if she willingly let it take over so she could rid herself of this “weakness”, then my questions remain.
Having no memories of Teiichi left, I wonder how this will unravel. I don’t know if Yuuko forgot Kirie or not, I assume she still remembers her because she wasn’t as happy over the fact that someone could see her as she was during her first meeting with Teiichi. And there were no signs of the dark Yuuko at the end. And speaking of ending – the ending sequence is different this week. There was no Yuuko in it, and the beginning and ending of the sequence featured some scenes with Teiichi that are part of the anime episode itself rather than the ending sequence. But I told my dear Encoder-chan – who is the best – to keep these parts because of the song.
With that being said, I’m looking forward to see how this story will move on from now. It has definitely become much more interesting than I thought it’d be.
Note 1: Unfortunately, my source for the 1080p isn’t out yet, so I’m using 720p
Note 2: Thank you Enc-chan for the ending sequence video, you’re the best!
Note 3: Don’t watch the ending video unless you’ve seen this episode. It contains major spoilers.
Note 4: Please, use the spoiler tags!
ed: 「カランドリエ」 (Calendrier) by Okui Aki
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