「たとえ未来が見えなくても -moonlit sorcery-」 (Tatoemirai ga Menakutemo -moonlit sorcery-)
“Even if the Future Can’t be Seen -moonlit sorcery-“
Hands down this was the sadest episode of the series yet.
Boy, was I not ready for this week’s episode. Seeing how we’ve been lead to believe that Ctholly is actually doing okay and will experience some sort of huge change once the “soul” in her body finishes its hostile takeover, who would have thought the show runners would have been conniving enough to toss that all aside and literally start axe kicking my heart right from the get go? A tactic so effective in ripping the feels from my chest that I clearly remember having to pause multiple times before the first half finished to clear my eyes up so that I could keep watching.
If I were to point out the moment things really clicked though, I think it was the moment Ithea revealed to us that the girl we know as Ithea isn’t the original. Besides answering the question of what happens to Ctholly if everything goes terribly and the soul inside of her takes over, there was this huge sense of dread as my mind connected the dots of what awaits Ctholly. Throw in that stupidly effective piano and humming track that comes on when you know things are about to get real and I’d like you to tell me how in the world you’d manage to fight off all those emotions instead of just letting it all out. But as if that wasn’t enough, you had Ctholly trying her best to fight back the tears as she pushed forward trying to do everything she could to ignore the terrible and unfair future waiting for her. Be it watching over the young ones or putting up laundry, every single action had such a weight behind it that you could genuinely feel the sadness behind every single act. A sadness that never managed to go away even by the time the episode came to a close.
Honestly, I don’t think I can go on anymore before I start making myself get all worked up again. In terms of the story things moved barely an inch, but when it comes to my emotional investment to the show and its characters, I don’t think I have anything left to give it. Overall, I would give this episode a definite thumbs up even though all it did was set things up for a spectacular finish no matter where the story decides to take things.
In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week where I’ll hopefully have some more tears to shed. Also, I know the post might be a little on the emotional side, but I don’t think there’ s a viewer out there who could deny that this was just an episode completely full of feels.