「ゴーラ学園II」 (Goura Gakuen II)
“Goran Academy II”
「その発祥の地墓の看守」 (Sono Hasshou no Chibo no Kanshu)
“The Birthplace of Grave Keepers”
Sorry about not posting episode 8, but to be honest, there wasn’t really much to talk about concerning what happened. The kids escape, all with their special powers, everyone is happy, and that’s it. Sure, we got some character development with some of the characters such as Tanya and , but it all felt so detached from the overarching story that there’s really not much to discuss other than what was on the screen. Perhaps the most important information we received was the power of wishes in this world, but even that fact is only lightly expanded upon in the arc. Overall, the Academy arc was a big letdown, as it contributed almost nothing to the development of the plot or Ai’s own evolving perceptions of the world.
Thankfully episode 9 gets back onto that track, though it still does have a slow start to it. The key discovery in this episode is as the title implies–the nature of gravekeepers. While the exact nature of gravekeepers and how they come about still hasn’t been clarified, we can at least confirm that they are the only new beings coming to populate this world at quite an alarming rate. It is interesting though how gravekeepers can have anomalies within their ranks–Ai’s mother and Scar are prime examples of defying the normal behavior of a Gravekeeper–though why these anomalies exist is up to speculation. Is it because they are beings that have returned from the afterlife to help people find their rest? Certain evidence such as Hana’s desire to make her own heaven on earth and Scar’s motherly attitude seem to indicate this, but without an episode to clarify these issues, we have to keep guessing.
The next arc looks to be interesting thanks to the information we received in this transitional episode. Other than the focus on Scar’s relieved duties as a Gravekeeper, we also begin to explore the new dynamics between Ai, our perfect sharpshooter Alis, and his ghostly companion Dee. I’m not quite sure why Ai was so willing to join Alis on his quest to save the world by destroying it, since she herself said it was contrary to the ideas that her own mother held, but hopefully they clear up this apparent contradiction. This new team-up between Alis and Ai does cause a strain in Dee’s tolerance of the two, as the show made her jealousy of the two clear. Though she did depart the two out of a perceived inability to handle their teamwork, the preview does indicate she’ll return back in the next arc, which will strangely return back to the location that we just came back from. Kaminai continues to pile on more fantasy elements that don’t seem to connect with one another, such as the last arc, but again, here’s to hoping that this new element–the existence of a hidden world–will prove to provide some much needed answers to the fantasy that already exists.