On an unconfirmed report brought to you by Impz in T.H.A.T anime blog, we have received insider news from J.C Staff that many viewers have complained about the lack of funny Mai faces in the past two to three episodes. As viewers are reportedly annoyed at the generally normal mode of the main heroine, J.C. Staff decided to provide the first ever “Face fanservice” to the viewers who have painstakingly petitioned for their goal.
The result is the above screenshot which satisfied the angry mob of Mai fanboys and fangirls.
We had Mai in a dream sequence, seeing the purple ghost fire consuming the spirits. As she observed the gruesome cannabilsing, a bright light brought her to a normal room, with interesting books that Naru would love. She then picked up an expired bus card, only to realize that it was Sakuachi’s room. Mai started to tear as she was unable to save his spirit from being engulfed. The voice of Naru then came as she woke up, feeling all dizzy as everyone was gathered at the sick bay. Mai was questioned why she was traveling alone at night, as she re-accounted grabbing the tape from the biology classroom.
They also talked about the child spirits and Masako said she could not detect them. Bou-san then said how his teachings of the mantra should have came into play but Mai was too nervous to do that. With that, Naru ordered everyone to go to work as Ayako stayed to accompany Mai as she went into yet the realm of the spirit dream. She then noticed firstly the shrine for the fox spirit, and “dream Naru” appearing once again, as he pointed out the purple embroyo that was starting to wake up after consuming enough souls. Mai then noticed that John and Yasuhara were going toward the purple ghost as she rushed off to warn them in the real world.
Mai then warned Ayako as Ayako left to inform the two of their danger. Before Ayako left, she taught Mai the second step of the chant told by Bou-san. As Ayako left, an apparition appeared at the second bed (remember previous episode) as Mai started on her chant told by Bou-san and Ayako.. However, the blue apparition shoved her aside as the room started to get cold and the ground totally collapsed, leaving Mai trapped. She then heard the sound of rats running around but she knew that it was the footsteps of the children. Naru then appeared as he attempted to save Mai but the whole roof collapsed, as we went into another dream-like sequence.
The voice of Ayako woke Mai up as she formed Naru on top of her, blocking her from the collapsed roof. As they were treated for their minor injuries, Mai talked about the purple embryo that she had seen and that it was starting to develop, as both Naru and Mai said it was soon when no one would be able to deal with it anymore. The next day, they received information that the principal told them to stop and that they were the ones who triggered the escalation. Mai tried to persuade Naru and said about the engulfing of spirits and leaving just the strongest behind.
Naru’s face turned pale as he realized about a very traditional China way of cursing someone. It used to be a method where they buried a whole bunch of worms in a barrel and after a few months, they opened the barrel with the strongest worm remaining. They will then use that worm to curse and bring fortune in return for human to a cursed recipient. The host had to continue to supply lives on a constant rate for the worm. However, if the worm did not have the chance to consume lives, even the host will be killed eventually. The fortunes would be thrown in the streets in wait for another victim.
Mai then said that it was similar to what was happening in the school, where the spirits were consuming each other. Bou-san then talked about the last spirit trying to bind up and consuming a person in the school, just like how this curse was conducted. Naru said about how all the hosts of this curse were the students and he could not do anything, leaving Mai in shock. However. Naru continued as he asked Lin if he could. Lin said he never seen it before, but it was similar like any other curse, with two ways to avoid it, either to transfer the master to someone else or to care for it.
As Naru went over to discuss with the principal, the others were thinking how to fix the situation. Bou-san and Ayako were doing their arguments while Mai talked that the Kokkuri in the school was strange because they had a man in the center instead of a shrine and there was a circle of ghost/demon around it. Lin interjected, asking Mai to repeat what she said as he confirmed the verse used in the Kokkuri. Yasuhara also said that he seen it once and they had to bury it in a shrine once the summon paper was used. Mai remembered about the dream and asked if there was a fox spirit statue there and Yasuhara was surprised Mai knew.
They then rushed over to the shrine, only to see two girls about to bury the paper. Lin then examined it, saying that it was in fact a curse to kill someone. Back at the headquarters, he explained that the curse charm when placed in a crossroad will cause someone to go crazy and when buried, to kill. It was a good thing that it was only amateurs doing it because Lin could kill someone just with that paper. As he elaborated, he said that when the inter-consumption of the spirits ended with the strongest left, the person who would die was the name in the man drawn in the middle: The disciplinary master.
I got tricked. There was little Masako except for the little face that Masako had when she was treating Naru. No fun.
SOMEONE LIED TO ME!
To start off with yet another rant, this post is actually the second post I have done for this episode as the first post happily deleted somehow after a really unfortunate incident, where I have actually written close to the start of thoughts. That also meant that the summary happily disappeared for me just when I am about to post my thoughts. Needless to say, I went bonkers with it. If I was not that happy and patient today, I will have given up immediately.
Ok, onwards to the actual plot itself, I found the object of curse to be highly intelligent. Only one with a high intelligent will use the curiosity of the students as a way to exploit and kill the disciplinary master. Honestly, I disliked the disciplinary master quite a bit, but to die for that dislike is a bit too much. Whoever tried to kill the master is also selfishly putting all his other classmates in danger of being consumed when the spirit requires more sacrifices.
I was actually shocked this time because Mai actually caused the spirit in the sick bay to diffuse and counteract her actions. It is clear that she is not at all an experienced user in the demon arts to get rid of spirits, but you can tell that there is some spiritual energy in the strokes when she does what Ayako told her to. I think even the spirit sensed her powers, which is why it tried to attack her before anything else. That said, I cannot wait to see Mai in a powerful manner to get rid of some spirits and show how great she is, not only as a person with latent ESP, but someone who can kick serious ass!
Talking about Ayako, other than the common cat fight between her and Bou-san on the discussion of getting away the spirits at the closing of this episode, I actually have a better impression of her when she is the first one to be around for Mai. She also stayed back, taking care of Mai very well, very unlike the vixen that she often is. I mean, the only impression I have of Ayako is a witch that does absolutely nothing, is one that always has a stinky mouth and can do absolutely nothing, aka a total bum. However, I do like to see more of that soft side of her showing, because it does make her look much better.
Lin is impressive. I can really tell that he’s a very capable person and it starts to dawn on me once again about Naru. I have said this before and I will repeat it again. Naru does not seem to have much spiritual powers compared to any of our ghost hunters, and the fact that he seems more like a knowledgeable person makes him a very mysterious person. I personally think now that the Naru in the dream is the manifestation of Mai’s power subconsciously to see what she wanted to see in a dream for knowledge, rather than Naru projecting the dream to her. It is actually logical since Mai does not have the control yet of her ESP and we do know who she likes, hence it is logical for someone who she likes (and in the way she likes him to be) to give advice in that form as the manifestation.
So, it’s back to the question. Who is the one who actually started all this? I think that the episode is veering us to the summation of the solution but I honestly am still interested who introduced it. If it is merely a game that did not target anyone in particular, it is of no consequence. The fact that the disciplinary master is targeted meant that someone has a deep hatred of him. Who can that person be?
Yasuhara as a wild guess?
Yet, I have no evidence to say it is him. What says you?