Kyoukai no Kanata Episode 4 Review

“Do I look like a normal person to you?”

Kyoukai no Kanata Ep 4 (41)

Rating: 5/5 intensely excited clouds Crop_55 CuriousClouds Transparent

Kyoukai no Kanata Ep 4 (48)So since Akihito has come back to save Mirai, they both end up being trapped inside the Hollow Shadow which has created a labyrinth from their memories. Remember that girl who was trying to kill Mirai last episode? She’s the sister of Mirai’s childhood friend whom she killed. After a pretty epic battle climax, we find out something new about the blood magic of the Kuriyama Clan. Her blood is actually corrosive and will actually suck the life out of living things.

After the Hollow Shadow takes over Akihito’s body after being weakened by the first battle, Akihito does prompt Mirai to stab him so that she can destroy the youmu within his immortal body. The problem is, when Akihito’s youmu half takes over and it takes at least three Spirit Warriors to keep him at bay. Luckily, Mirai’s powers are so incredibly powerful; she can actually withstand the spirit magic negating powers that Akihito possesses and pulls him back from the darkness. This becomes almost a bit of a turning point for the two because Mirai finally understands why Akihito was trying so hard to reach out to her.

Seems like both Mirai and Akihito are oddballs in the story, making the big-shot organizations intensely concerned with the two. I foresee a “to-eliminate or not-eliminate but use as weapon of warfare against enemies” conflict within the unfolding plot. Very good KyotoAni, you’ve managed to keep us pretty interested and entertained… I have to say that Kyoukai no Kanata is one example of anime that deserve the three episode review before potentially striking out. A bit of a teaser after the credits shows Izumi (one of the spirit hunters), presenting the ore left behind by the Hollow Shadow to some mysterious figure though Mirai believes that she has the youmu ore left behind.

Kyoukai no Kanata Ep 4 (11)Since the two main protagonists are almost alienated from the mainstream events and system of the spirit world, you get the feeling that almost ALL the other characters know what’s going on except for them. I’d like to see a bit more screen time with the other characters so that I’ll start remembering their names but seeing as how the series has started out so far, I wouldn’t mind having the plot entirely centered around Mirai and Akihito as long as they keep up the engaging interactions. I find almost no filler so far in any of the dialogue – unless it serves some form of comic relief, which is pretty important in the show to contrast the dark supernatural battle scenes. As well, I’m really impressed with KyotoAni’s style of action choreography, as I’ve mentioned before; coupled with slow-mo animation and some dramatic camera angles make for some pretty epic fight scenes. But on a more practical note, have you guys noticed how Mirai’s glasses seem to defy gravity and keep in place on her face despite all the sword-fighting, flipping and diving she does? Perhaps contacts would be a wiser choice? But that might kill the whole megane-bishoujo thing that keeps Akihito around LOL

Anyway, I  hope you guys enjoyed this episode of Kyoukai no Kanata as much as I did. Can’t wait to see what the next part of the story holds for our heroes 😉

– Cloudy

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