The fragmented nature of this show continued this week with Yukio and Todo kind of finishing their fight (though Todo seems pretty unkillable at this point so not really sure if they are really done or not) and then Rin finally did something with his sword. This show is always at its best when we have the characters mid-action so the episode this week was actually kind of satisfying though still lacked any of the spectacle from season 1. Rin gaining some control was nice but the believe-in-yourself message just feel at odds with the overall tone of this show (though there is nothing new given it has been a persistent theme throughout). But, having not read the manga, my real question is what is the next episode going to focus on. There’s at least a half-dozen loose ends that could be dealt with but it doesn’t really have time for all of them given next week is meant to be the last episode. So either we’re hitting wait for the sequel territory or worse, read the manga.
After week’s of slow pacing and lots of sitting around talking, all of the main groups are now running around the mountains in an effort to contain the impure king (who’s eyes are apparently parts of the heart that got cut in two – did they not think through whether they were eyes or not when they started this story?). Anyway, we get a touching father-son reunion (and of course, father isn’t already dead from blood loss and the demon that got eaten has also recovered because its a phoenix – no plot armour here).
Other than that we’ve got Yukio who mid-fight saw some sort of weird light through the trees and went solo to investigate it rather than taking any assistance and now he’s seriously getting beaten down (physically and emotionally). I’m pretty certain we’re about to see all the clunky foreshadowing and warnings Yukio has been given this season come to light and that might even be interesting. At least Yukio might develop a personality other than serious and brooding.
We continue letter reading and see how Fujimoto is awesome (always) and somehow ended up with the sword and a friend. We also learn the secret of the Myodo (which isn’t that secret or hard to figure out really) but we do learn why the head priest always seems like a complete ass. Kind of what happens when you make deals with demons who want paranoia, secrets and lies as their meal. That aside, the impure king has been released but that almost felt like a side story given the events immediately following it so now I’m not sure if we’re supposed to care about the king being revived or if its the other guy who we’re supposed to be concerned about. Either way, Rin and friends are still just sitting around so not a lot happening there. It kind of feels we are finally over the set up now and maybe we can get moving but all and all this has been a very slow start to a show that is technically supposed to be an action.
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