Hey guys, today I am so excited to be sharing the latest episode of Kyoukai no Kanata with you all. Remember when it all started out with a classic high school setting and a clumsy moe-blob? Well, it gets good. Really good. And the level of action and emotional trauma doesn’t full hit you until episode 9 because of how happy-go-lucky things seem in the beginning. Needless to say, the writers were definitely building up the good times and the classic plot devices we expect from KyotoAni just so they could totally rip out our hearts in episode 9 q____q””
I almost cried at the end. I almost did. And that doesn’t happen for me often in anime. It takes a really good world with a kickass story and a set of characters that I’ve become deeply empathetic with and attached to before the tears flow at those dramatic scenes.
This episode takes place in the middle of “The Calm” or “The Lull” depending on how your fan-subbers have translated the dialogue (shout-out to fan-subbers – you guys rock). While Mitsuki and Hiromi are busy slaying a rank A youmu on their end, the Spirit Warrior Association is sticking their hands in the Nase family’s business… or is it the other way around? As we remember from the previous episode, Izumi defended Akihito when Miroku arrived to detain him. However, she seems to be the cause of Akihito’s unstable physical condition which has pushed Izumi back into the ambiguous intentions category. Despite all the dark parts of the story, the producers always inject just a little bit of comedy, this time playing on Akihito’s megane obsession throughout the show.
Having been manipulated by Izumi into killing Akihito, Mirai has decided to really go through with it. She also knows that during “The Calm,” she’s the only one strong enough to do it and she feels, in a way, that this is her curse. Befriending Akihito has given her some semblance of normality and I think that it’s precisely of her feelings for him and the fact that she recognizes how powerful and destructive he could be, that she decides to kill him. The burdens she carries as a descendant from her bloodline are really heavy and I’m amazed at how she can go about her normal life the way she is.
Mitsuki’s pretty left out of the loop when it comes to high up family matters and Hiromi seems powerless to really do anything. I think he may have planned on explaining things to Mirai but when Akihito attacked her, it was too late. I have to say that the moment Mirai takes off her glasses in the rain to charge full throttle at Akihito to deal the killing move is one of the most emotionally charged and heart wrenching moments I’ve witnessed in anime. Part of this is also due to Risa Taneda’s spectacular voice acting. If you haven’t already noticed, she also voiced another heroine named Yukina Himeragi from another show being aired this season called Strike the Blood. Other than the fact that they both initially attempt to kill their protagonist counter-parts, they’re pretty darn different people. Another big factor that makes the ending of this episode so striking is the fact that the battle is pretty much depicted in a sepia haze i in contrast to Mirai and Akihito’s flashbacks where past events are usually depicted in black and white, the memories are actually in vivid colour. You wouldn’t notice this on the initial watch but having picked it up, the contrast just smacks you in the face.
From what we can discern from the previews, Akihito has indeed died but since there are thirteen episodes, I’m really curious as to what’s going to happen because Izumi apparently rounds up all the characters and Hiromi’s discovered something about the youmu that is “beyond the boundary.” And hullo, there are four more episodes! I’ll seriously be sad if Akihito’s actually truly died because he was really one of the main characters of the show! Seems like KyotoAni’s put themselves into check but definitely not checkmate. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for us next week.
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- Kyoukai no Kanata Episode 8 Review (littlecloudcuriosity.com)