「もう一つの鍵」 (Mo Hitotsu no Kagi )
If there’s one thing this episode really made me think about, it’s those times where life makes it so you just end up seeing the same person over and over again through the course of the day. In this case of course, we’re dealing with the mysterious Kuroki Rei as the person who keeps appearing no matter where you look, and Akane as the gal who keeps bumping into her. All in all though, it’s not unexpected considering how our other heroines have met up in the previous episodes, but dang, it sure went from “I see you from time to time” to “WHOA YOU’RE EVERYWHERE” in a hurry—not that that’s a bad thing, as more
Homura Rei is definitely a better thing.
Still though, Rei’s similarity to Homura from Madoka Magica is exceptionally striking, and it looks quite obvious that they’ve borrowed from her archetype/story/personality a bit for her character. Like I mentioned above though, it’s something I don’t quite mind… though I do wonder how things are going to work out in the span of the half a season we have left.
Either way, the whole bit about how Fate chose to end Kuroki’s world following what the crow claims to be a Manifestor Engine meltdown throws a slightly interesting wrench into everything. On one hand, it explains why she’s doing what she is (how bout that attempted infiltration?)… and on another, seems to insinuate that she isn’t originally from this timeline… or at least from Akane’s world as we know it. One does wonder however if the crow isn’t just some Alone in and of itself and if the whole meltdown wasn’t actually something caused by an Alone succeeding in attacking the Engine—which would potentially Rei the reason why it happened in the first place. Would be some crazy circular logic if it was the case, but it seems like it’s more likely that she’s been told a false truth more than anything at the moment.
Overall, just a pretty straight forward episode for the most part. It was admittedly nice that it didn’t feel anywhere near as rushed as the previous few episodes however, but I do wonder whether or not it’ll stay along this pace for the remainder if its run.
ED4: 「ありふれたしあわせ」 (Arifureta Shiawase) by 内田真礼 (Uchida Maaya)