「剣士殺し II」 (Kenshi Koroshi II)
“Sword Eater II”
While I may have been a little critical of Ayase last week, this week felt like a complete 180 in the correct direction.
Betrayal? I think not!
Like I said last week, the next few episodes would be pretty crucial for what direction the series as a whole would be going since the notion of SILVER LINK doing something crazy with its adaptation was always a possibility. Luckily, it looks like we’re not straying too far from the original and we were given what I thought was the second best episode thus far in the series. Second best because come on, nothing will ever beat Ikki and Stella’s confession, am I right?
When it comes to dirty tactics, Ayase’s successful attempt to blow Ikki’s Itto Shura before their big battle is probably one of the craftiest things I’ve seen in a long time. Preying on Ikki’s blind kindness and forcing him to go all out in order to save them from plummeting to their deaths, I was blown away with how simple yet underhanded her plan was. Simple enough that there were enough holes in it for plenty of things to go horrifically wrong but just so underhanded against someone like Ikki that Ayase had enough confidence to do what she did precisely because she knew Ikki would do whatever was needed to save her life. Man, just thinking about the implications of her plan makes me shiver a little!
That said, it’s tough to fault her since she’s seen firsthand what kind of power Ikki packs and if we’re being honest, what do you really do against someone like that? Toss in that her head is a little screwed up because of some pretty traumatic events (ie: losing everything precious to her) and you can start to see why desperation would take over. Thankfully, Ikki is the embodiment of capturing negative emotions and transforming them into something positive. Something that I think made the ending of the episode feel that much sweeter, since I’m sure we all knew what Ikki was going to go into the fight with his all, even if it meant letting Ayase get her way right until the very end.
With Ayase finally integrated into the group and any bad blood behind everyone, things are looking pretty solid for our group. However, it looks like Ikki and friends have another bad guy waiting for them — the Sword Eater. While I doubt Ikki will have any compassionate words for him, I’m sure it’ll be fun to watch the inevitable fight between the two. Seeing how Ayase has personally asked Ikki to save her though, maybe we’ll get to see a different side of Ikki this time around. In any case, I’ll catch you guys here next week!