「凪黄金」 (Nagi Oogon)
The Calm is here… Something wicked this way comes…
But rather than something wicked, the calm actually makes youmu more vulnerable and all the Spirit Warriors go hunting. Although weaker in comparison, it looks like the youmu are more aggressive (like the one that reminds me of a titan) which isn’t good news for Akihito. In fact, Akihito appears to lose consciousness on the train ride home and somehow makes his way into Ayaka’s home/shop. There’s a bit of a disconnect there, but I think the idea is that someone found him and brought him to Ayaka where Mirai and Mitsuki were. Even though there’s likely going to be a strong focus on Akihito next episode, this week was all about building up his significance. Why is Izumi protecting him and is he the “secret weapon” that the Nise family has been hiding? His role in the past few episodes have been so muted that I don’t really feel how important Akihito is in the story. Someone pointed out that his role as a main character has been overshadowed by Mirai’s awesomeness so it’ll take a while before I get the hang of seeing him play a more serious part.
Now what caught me off guard was not necessarily all the plot developments that took place, but rather the random scenes featuring Sakura and Mirai. You know, the one after they visit the convenience store and Sakura gives Mirai a nice pep talk. This episode seems to push the idea that Mirai might actually like Akihito and by like, I mean, “like like“. I hate saying the word “like” because it doesn’t feel powerful enough to explain the phenomena that’s between “having a crush” and “love”. For now, I’ll just say that Mirai is developing feelings for Akihito and it’s a relief to realize that it’s not going to be dragged on and on… but at the same time, it feels rather forced and random. Don’t get me wrong, I think the couple does have chemistry to some extent and it’s fun to watch them interact and fit so well together. It just feels underdeveloped and the romance aspect of the show could’ve been pushed back to say – after The Calm. Or it should’ve been hinted at more during the first half of the cour. Either way, I’m sitting on the fence between, “Yay! Romance!” and “What the…where did that come from?” Also, as I initially suggested last week, Sakura doesn’t really have a role anymore and that’s a shame. Wasted potential for a great character.
This is the part of the post that I wish I had a separate section just for random comments because there are so many incoherent thoughts that I just want to point out:
- That “Onii-chan!” cry from Mitsuki has got to be one of the best hands down. Normally I cringe when harems or rom/coms feature girls saying that but my dear god, that just made me love Mitsuki even more.
- Is it just me, or does Ayaka resemble a certain Pokemon? So she doesn’t breathe fire, but she’s just as graceful looking (and kick a**).
- I hate antagonists that are created just for the sake of having conflict – kind of like having bad guys that are bad for the sake of being bad. I like motives and history and knowing that something else is powering them besides money and greed. Miroku doesn’t come off as the most interesting villain and I wish they would just kill him off and get to the juicy stuff about the Nise family.
- I love the whole damsel in distress scene and I love Hiroomi even more after this. It’s a shame that they’ve put him on the back burner for so long that he’s almost like a secondary character now rather than primary one. He can provide a lot of depth and complexity to the show if they’d only showcase his knowledge more than his sister complex.
- A little surprised to hear that Yui’s family tried to kill Mirai after the death of Yui. Not sure how that went down, but I guess it explains why Sakura came back to try and “finish the job”. Perhaps Izumi actually murdered the rest of Sakura and Yui’s family to defend Mirai? In which case… what does Izumi have up her sleeves?
During the second half of this series, you can really see some cracks in the plot and where there are cracks, there might be craters later. I’m a little nervous that there might be pacing issues and some more added originality to the series that doesn’t fit. There are a lot of questions and potentially a lot of disappointed fans out there if Kyoukai no Kanata doesn’t tie this together properly. For one, I wish they would spend more time developing the Nise family and Akihito in other ways rather than through comedic scenes. Conversations amongst characters can reveal a lot more about them than seeing their fetishes or seeing them in action. That’s just a personal reference that I have towards storytelling though.
TL;DR – @RCCherrie: So much is happening I can’t keep up! But this is good, I love mysteries. Omg did Mitsuki just say onii-chan?! kiyaaaa ~ #kyo_kai