「ムーンライトパープル」 (Muunrito Paapuru)
Three episodes later and this anime has not let me down. The first episode was a great introduction, but the episodes that followed are even more amazing and it builds up this world which youmu exist in. As the story goes on, the audience learns more about this world and how it functions – who the top clans, the “authority” that watches over you and the differences in youmu. I’m amazed at the fantasy elements that bring this story together, but even more so, I’m impressed that it’s been able to keep my attention without confusing me. The anime is fairly straightforward for a fantasy and it’s not so complex that it’s filled with jargon; instead, a lot of things are shown through actions rather than words. Definitely a great pick to be adapted into an anime since a lot of what happens is captured on screen.
I’d like to think that Kyoukai no Kanata divides up its story very well into two parts. You have your everyday slice-of-life atmosphere in the first half, before getting hit in the second half with the action and youmu. Although I’d love to see more action and fighting, I think the slice-of-life moments build up the anticipation for the fight. There were some new characters introduced – Fijimu Miroku (Masaya Matsukaze) and Nase Izumi (Ayako Kawasumi) and their meeting is so casually thrown in that I don’t feel bombarded with too much information at once. Izumi is actually the eldest daughter in the family (Mitsuki and Hiroomi’s elder sister) and likely the strongest of the siblings. It’s quite interesting to see that the Spirit World Warriors are actually watched and not just sent out there to destroy youmu. As Miroku was suggesting, youmu exist because people do and it’s simply a circle of life that happens because of the nature of youmu. That’s a very clean cut way to explain the phenomena that exists.
Nase Hiroomi (Suzuki Tatsuhisa) was brought in last episode, but I couldn’t gauge much from his character other than the fact that he likes to grope Akihito from behind. He’s quite a strong Warrior himself to defend the city against Hollow Shadow, but also a brother with a sister-complex. I took this quite literally but hey! I’m not judging. He appears to be a bit of a loner like his sister, loitering around by himself, but he does find comfort by being a part of the Literary Club (sometimes) with Akihito. I never took Akihito’s obsession with glasses quite as seriously until today; I guess I won’t take his confession to Mirai so lightheartedly then. It’s not an fetish that I have with them girls and boys, but I actually liked how he envisioned Mitsuki in glasses. I’d like to see if this leads to any potential third-wheeling, but by the looks of things, Mirai is the obvious choice (if it even goes there…).
So the murder mystery turns out… not to be such a difficult case at all. I was expecting this to be dragged out at least another 2 episodes, but it’s so clearly laid out by Mitsuki. It doesn’t take two brains to figure out that Mirai murdered her only friend growing up, and she feels incredible guilty for doing so because Inami Yui (Sayuri Yahagi) was possessed. Obviously the guilt is eating up Mirai and she feels that by destroying the Hollow Shadow, it gives her some form of revenge or at least helps extinguish the grief that she’s been feeling. Although I can empathize with Mirai, I think she does act very irrationally at times and that’s where Akihito comes in. He’s the perfect person to balance out her feelings and smack some sense into her – or you know, save her life. I’m not quite sure what happened between Sakura and Mirai in those moments on the cliff, but it seems like they’ve entered an alternative universe or a dream-like place. Next week’s episode seems to be all about Akihito and the battle against Hollow Shadow. Luckily Akihito is immortal and I’m very certain that this is how his “powers” come in handy.
TL;DR – @RCCherrie: I’m liking all this action so far. The story is pacing fairly well and all the characters are likable without being annoying. Didn’t think that Mirai’s murder was going to be so straight forward. Hoping there was story to it, like a better motive.