「白の世界」 (Shiro no Sekai)
So first thing’s first, I’ll admit that I was thoroughly impressed by how this episode turned out. Some people may disagree, but I’ll explain why I enjoyed it more than the previous 2 weeks. It’s possible that the past 2 weeks have lowered my expectations for Kyoukai no Kanata considerably. This past arc has been confusing and there was a lot happening at once that left everyone up in the air. This week devoted an entire episode (or just half) to explain to the audience why these things happened and what transpired in between each episode of the series so far. It follows around Mirai and what brought her to this town in the first place. The show dropped hints here and there about Mirai’s relationship with Izumi, but it was never solidified until now. In fact, I actually forgot a lot of the “meetings” that they had until this episode refreshed my memory. It was a nice “Oooooohh… I get it now” type of moment and it makes the story come full circle. Now I realize that a lot of people could have seen it coming, but as a viewer who doesn’t try and predict everything, it honestly makes the revelation more impactful. This is one of those series that I could marathon in an afternoon and I would probably find it a lot more enjoyable because I don’t really have time to think about it, you just watch one episode after the next and it doesn’t give you time to nitpick at all its imperfections. Looking back now, the show still isn’t perfect, but this episode partially makes up for it because it ties a lot of loose ends together.
I also love the method that they chose to tell this story. I’m a huge fan of flashbacks and like I said last week, I would’ve liked it if they showed the story from one or two people’s perspectives rather than a 3rd person’s POV jumping everywhere. This episode was all about Mirai and Izumi (and Akihito) and I thought it explained a lot, but it also didn’t slow the story down. There’s still plot advancements happening with Mirai’s internal struggle and then there’s the explanation piece that ties together Akihito’s encounter with Mirai. It wasn’t an accident that they met and hey, for those that kept wondering why Mirai was stabbing Akihito all the time, that too is addressed. There were so many pieces floating around and even situations that I wrote off as “just because“, were considered when retelling Mirai’s story. I don’t want to say that it’s brilliant, but I do love a story that’s tied together well. You might say that it’s a cheap way to tie everything off because the director or writer left a lot of loose ends, but I’d like to think that they were cleverly placed foreshadowed events that led to this moment. This doesn’t excuse the fact that the previous few episodes were poorly executed, but at least this shows that they were leading up to something.
Now the question is, where is it headed? Our final arc looks like it’s all about saving Mirai after she’s absorbed the KnK youmu. Now that the KnK has been removed from Akihito, doesn’t that make him a regular human? There was also that clever kiss that just attached itself with Mirai’s goodbye to Akihito. If I had more of an emotional attachment to Mirai, I would’ve probably shed a tear, but it was too brief and sudden. There’s one thing that I still don’t think the show delivers on – attachment to characters. I much prefer the Nase siblings to our main protagonists, but that might be because of personal preferences to certain females archetypes. Anyway, I’m not so much worried about the technicalities of the show like how they’re going to save Mirai, or where she went… I think I’m more concerned about how they deliver the ending and whether they tell it right. No more abrupt changes in scenes and no more random cuts in hopes to provide explanations later. Let’s just get to the chase and hope that the show ends on a good note. It’s nice to see some slice-of-life moments in the midst of all this drama, but I honestly think that that time could be used much more wisely.
TL;DR – @RCCherrie:Well that explains a lot… I liked the way that flashback happened ^^ the subtle hints were there but it tied together wonderfully #kyo_kai