「妖眼幻視行 前編」 (妖眼 Genshikou Zenpen)
“Spectral Eyes, Phantom Vision, Part 1”
Michella enters the stage, as does one other.
This episode was killer, even though it lacks many of the Kekkai Sensen hallmarks, most specifically its riotous sense of humor. This is an undeniably tense, harrowing take on the world of Hellsalem’s Lot, where Leo is stripped of the power of his friends, with only himself to depend on—and his sister Michella Watch (Mizuki Nana), finally in the flesh, to protect. She may know, or at least suspect the monster walking at her back, but she can’t do anything about it. It’s up to Leo. And Leo feels woefully unprepared for the task.
To be clear, I’m not enjoying this just because it’s gotten serious. That ain’t (necessarily) my jam. I enjoy the goofy Kekkai Sensen as well. I enjoyed this episode because it’s going in fresh directions, asking interesting questions, and threatening to upset the status quo. It’s something new, rather than treading water as we have been for a while. And the menace level is off the charts, which makes for compelling viewing indeed.
It does make sense why they couldn’t use this to undergird a season-long serious plotline, because this is going to move fast, it needs to move fast, and there’s no other way it could go. There’s only Leonardo to face it, and the danger is already here, and had they even tried to build this antagonist up ahead of time it would have ruined the horrifying surprise. So it makes sense, though they could have done it in addition to something else. But I’ll talk more about that junk in the final impressions next week.
For this episode, I loved Black showing up again, and how everyone just wanted to see Leonardo’s sister, especially K.K., who rose even higher on my Best Characters list for being a irreparable afternoon soap opera junkie. She’s got personality for days, I tells ya! I was also really impressed with the end battle, not for the flashy moves, but because I couldn’t think up an alternative for Leo either, and as soon as he input the Blood Breed’s name, it left us with a cliffhanger that just makes you go guuuuuuh. Trying to keep up this tone for too long would erode what makes Kekkai Sensen so unique, but this might be one of the best pivots to a super-dramatic last two episodes I’ve seen in ages. For that, at least, it has my respect. We’ll find out next week if it can finish out strong.
- Here’s what I wrote in my notes about Toby McLachlan: “If this weren’t a story, I’d say he seems great. Since it is, and it’s this story, I assume he’s a demon.” Next note: “THERE IT IS JEEZ.” Called it!
- White . . .
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