「黒の世界」 (Kuro no Sekai)
That ending was beautiful. I am a huge fangirl when it comes to insert songs; especially at the end when the viewer is just suckered in because the first half was so mediocre and you’re not expecting much. Then that brilliant transition from conversation to action really brings back to life the excitement of rescuing Mirai. I won’t lie – I re-watched that ending piece at least three/four times to fully appreciate every frame and image that came up. The timing of the song and actions were just so perfectly aligned too. I’m speaking particularly to the floor cracks and when Akihito flies through the air. It’s just a beautiful sequence to watch that incorporates both music and visual effects to make you fully appreciate what’s going on. And a lot is going on. Akihito finds Mirai in the “White World” after remerging with his youmu-self and catches her after she stabs herself. What a romantic reunion between our protagonists.
Except, my major compliant is that, it wasn’t that romantic. In fact, I don’t really feel the chemistry at all between Mirai and Akihito. Personally speaking, I don’t care too much about Mirai and I don’t share Akihito’s affections towards her (but she’s cute in glasses!). That doesn’t mean that I wish that she’d stay in the “White World” or die, but I wish there was a part of me that was more anxious about her situation. It’s a pretty dire situation to be trapped within this other dimension (with other people trying to kill you), but this episode didn’t really make me believe anything bad was truly going to happen. The fact that I just know Akihito’s going to go and rescue her one way or another, ruins the urgency that I have to keep watching. Thankfully the last 3 minutes made up for that. Without it though, it was sort of inevitable Akihito was going to save Mirai; there was just no sense of distance between the two that really makes their reunion special.
Now we finally get a glimpse at Akihito’s very young and enthusiastic mother, who’s quite a character on her own. She actually reminds me a lot of other notable mothers in KyoAni anime which have mother figures that act… not their age. It’s not a bad thing, but sometimes I find characters like Kanbara Yayoi (Konno Hiromi) to be too over exaggerated and unnecessary. What role does she play exactly? How did she get so wise and all-knowing? But I think the most interesting question would be who Akihito’s father is. I don’t expect this type of question will be answered within the season’s final episode, but it’s good food for thought. At this point in the game, Yayoi feels like a plug character to just fill in the gaps of the existing story. She’s wasted potential of an undeveloped character because I think her story could be very interesting and add a lot of value to the overarching battle between youmu and Warriors. Unfortunately, I don’t think we’re going to get that level of depth here.
Next week will be our season finale! I can’t believe that this show is only 12 episodes long, that’s ridiculous! The story honestly could’ve been handled a lot better in terms of storytelling or pacing, but overall, I think they’re going to try and wrap it up rather well. It’s going to be a happy ending after all folks and that’s pretty much walking the line of predictability. I don’t expect many major surprises in this finale.
TL;DR – @RCCherrie: That ending to #kyo_kai blew my mind! The last 2 mins almost makes up for the first 18 mins… That did absolutely nothing for me =S
Note: I mentioned this in my Samurai Flamenco posts, but my laptop has recently decided to crash all my applications. This means I have no access to Photoshop or anything else really. I’m trying not to make it sound like an excuse, but my posts will be delayed as a result. Please be patient with me as I struggle to deal with this very stressful time of the year. Divine has been kind enough to help me with my images until I get this sorted out. Thanks to him and everyone else for understanding! =)