「交錯する悲劇 TRAGEDY COMES WITH SMILE」 (Kousaku Suru Higeki TRAGEDY COMES WITH SMILE)
“Intertwining Tragedies – Tragedy Comes With Smile”
Through trials, their commitment grows.
The Truth of the Hinatsuki Tragedy
There’s no arguing that Sousei no Onmyouji is a by-the-books shounen story. That’s not necessarily bad, the formula works, but it’s hewing to it reliably. That means it’s no surprise that I and several commenters anticipated where this was going—Yuto is alive, he’s a villain, Rokuro did kill the other Hinatsuki kids but there was a reason for it beyond “Rokuro went crazy,” etc. But, well . . . good. These tried-and-true tropes are used for a reason, and the writers did a good job of making Yuto despicable and menacing. I would have loved a new take on the old formula, but Sousei no Onmyouji need not bow to my wishes. It was still enjoyable, and I’m excited about where the story will go moving forward.
As usual, it all comes down to the characters of, and the relationship between, Rokuro and Benio. I’m glad the misunderstanding didn’t last for long, and Benio—well. I must admit to some trepidation, because it felt like the story was sidelining her in favor of Rokuro when her nii-sama showed up and completely ignored her. Then he laid the emotional smack down on her, which was one of the moment which made Yuto seem the most vile. That’s when I realized that she’s not being sidelined at all—she’s just going to have to use every bit of her power, determination, and grit to force her older brother to respect her as an exorcist, and damn do I want to see that! Unlike Rokuro, who has a special power, she’s just gotta get better at all the classic stuff than any other exorcist. I love characters like that.
The glowing moment of this episode was undoubtedly the last scene, where Benio apologized to Rokuro and they vowed to get stronger together. The relationship between them has deepened, and they understand each other in a way that neither of them ever understood Yuto. Unlike in some other stories, their relationship really makes sense. I can’t wait to see how much they grow.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The truth of the Hinatsuki Tragedy is revealed, the villain appears, and Rokuro & Benio grow closer still #sousei 09
- I appreciate the relative simplicity of Sousei no Onmyouji’s magic system. Talismans do magic, so when Yuto does it without a talisman, we didn’t even need Seigen to tell us it’s important. Then Rokuro does it, and his arm starts laughing. That’s probably not a good sign.
- Rokuro and Yuto have the classic red oni/blue oni (trope!) setup. It’s probably not a coincidence that Benio’s hair is purple.
- Another great moment: when Benio stops Rokuro. She might have broken down for a minute, but she quickly realized who was worth acting for. She’s a tough gal.
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