Okay, given I haven’t gone back for season 2 of The Silver Guardian and a few other shows, you would have to wonder why midway through the season I would pick up season 2 of this, particularly given I did not recommend this show in my overall review of it. The simple answer is that by the end of season 1 I really loved Tanmoku and Keika and I wanted to see them get a happily ever after. So Season 2 coming out made my heart did a little leap of joy and despite the early and terrible comedy of this episode (reminiscent of the start of season 1 which was pretty terrible), by the end of the episode I was very much happy with the return to this story.
Tanmoku is as inscrutable as ever and you have to wonder why he doesn’t communicate with Keika more clearly. A lot of the issues these two encounter would be solved just by a few extra words of explanation but I guess that is true of a lot of shows. Besides, the moment at the end of this episode where Tanmoku invites Keika into his soul is just glorious. Seriously, need more of those moments.
We also got to see Keika’s magical girl like transformation sequence which is all kinds of hilarious no matter how you look at it.
And the one thing this episode nailed was that despite being a reintroduction to a series and bringing back characters just so we knew who they were, it had its own story to make it feel like a worthwhile episode. Keika encounters a young yokai in the forest and tries to protect him with suitably devastating results really.
So yes, very happy to see this show return and looking forward to more of it. That said, unless you were one of the very few that ended up weirdly enjoying season 1, this isn’t exactly a show that I’m going to recommend. It isn’t exactly quality despite my genuine enjoyment found in watching it.
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