admit defeat. think they can be a decent pair, comparable to Masako and Naru. That’s all I can say. The expression of Mai, as well as the smile on Naru, just makes it work. This episode is the concluding arc for the curse of the school.
Will everyone die?
We had the disciplinary master (DM, because I refuse to call that bastard’s name) dissing them and asking them to leave, only for Naru to tell him that he was the one that the Kokkuri was attempting to kill. He reacted with shock, as Lin explained how his name was written in an ancient language and the age of the DM (53) was written in Kanji. Lin actually asked if Naru understood it but Naru said he did not really know Kanji well, with Naru explaining that such a charm could only be created by someone who knew what he was doing.
The DM immediately accused Sakuachi to be the victim as he asked why he would be cursed. Yasuhara said that it was because the teacher symbolized what the school was all about: treating students like dogs and punishing those that did not conform to their ideals. We then saw a flashback of DM tearing apart Sakuachi’s occult book, telling him to read his textbooks since those occult books were a waste of time.
Naru said that the person who cursed DM would not be able to reverse it as Naru asked Lin if there was any solution. Lin said the only way would be to return the curse onto the people who had cursed him. If they were to allow the spirits to consume each other, the only fate waiting for DM would be a totally gruesome death as Naru said that he could not watch a man die without doing anything. The DM started laughing cynically, saying that he should not need to die. Naru then added that the person who set the curse was dead but it was not him but the unknowing student population who actually made the curse.
Hence, by attempting to reverse back the curse, the whole student population might be sacrificed but Naru proposed in theory that with the curse spread among the whole student population, the damage would be much less. Mai immediately was enraged, saying that the students did not know that they were cursing with it but Naru said it did not remove the fact that they were the ones to do it. Mai said she hated Naru but Naru remained non-committal, simply asking Lin to be prepared. Mai rushed out of the room, as she knew that Naru was right but it was still too painful since the students were not the ones who did it knowingly. She wanted to stop them but Lin’s car had left the building.
At night, Mai tried to get rid of the spirits herself but nearly got herself killed by the swarms of spirits appearing. In the nick of time, Bou-san rescued her out as he screamed at her for her reckless action as she was nearly killed if he had not been on time. She apologized as she regretted making everyone worry because of her. The next day, Masako could not sense anyone at all in the school as they saw all the students gathering at the hall.
Lin was preparing his ritual for transferring the energies as Mai once again tried to stop Lin. Naru told her to stop, saying that it would distract Lin and saying all the stupid things. Mai continued her tirade, saying that all the students were in the hall, not knowing what would become of them but Naru dragged her out, leaving Lin alone.
As they got out, Mai said what would be achieved if all the students were killed, calling Naru a murderer. She continued that Naru did not care who died as long as he solved the issue while Bou-san dragged her away under Naru’s orders as Naru re-entered the room where Lin was preparing. As they went to a staircase to wait, Bou-san told Mai that Naru had never failed them in any situation and then told her to trust him that he would do everything possible to protect the students. Bou-san then assured Mai that he was also worried for Yasuhara, as a teary Mai accepted it.
The ritual was over as Naru and the rest came out, with Mai rushing over to the hall where the students were. We only saw a huge amount of voodoo dolls that were broken with the names of all the students in the school. Naru instructed everyone to check for the dolls that were broken and give a phone call to the people with unbroken dolls to make sure that they had never played Kokkuri. Mai came out, seeing Naru as she asked why he could not do a doll just for DM. Naru said 600 dolls would be able to sustain the curse compared to a single doll, and he did not want to tell them because Lin was not sure if he could succeed.
Naru apologized to Mai for all the horrible things he said, as he acknowledged that Mai was a very caring person who always thought of others. Mai started to blush, saying that Naru always stole the good stuff since she was intending to apologize first. Without saying anything, Naru simply smiled, leaving her in deep shock. At the end, Mai thought whether Sakuachi was glad or disappointed that the curse did not transpire but hoped that it was the former. They met up with Yasuhara, with Bou-san asking if he was scared. Yasuhara was not worried that he would die since he trusted himself and he was way too young and good to die, leaving Mai and Bou-san in a stoned mode. They then laughed happily, with the arc ending with a good conclusion.
Now, the first big issue was like the lack of trust between Mai and Naru. I am personally not surprised at Mai’s reaction, even though Naru had proven himself to be a person that often chose the best option he had. A normal person, with the impending statement that Naru and Lin were about to transfer the curse to the students, would have taught that he was risking the damage on the students themselves. That is why I think that Mai had the perfect right to be angry with Naru, even though she is the only person who has voiced it out.
The others probably trusted Naru’s judgment in this issue, due to their professional approach to him after working so long together. However, Mai does not have that clear conviction of Naru’s skills unlike the others. The fact that this alternative does exist and not told by Lin or Naru makes it easy to misunderstand. I mean, even if you are not sure whether it will succeed or not, it will not kill to tell them that it was a difficult process and it might not work. Seriously, Naru do need to learn a pretty simple thing known as “explaining what you are going to do before doing it to clear misunderstandings”.
Sigh, Naru. I know you are a man of many mysteries, but try not to make us think that you are a cold-blooded murderer at the middle of this episode. It’s really bad.
Back to the start of the episode, I found this fact very interesting. Naru said he was not good with Kanji, which I thought should be a standard language for Japanese students. Correct me if I am wrong, but the indications seem to show that Naru is perhaps not educated in a Japanese school, since the communication mode is predominately Japanese (once again, I am speculating) and it will make no sense for a Japanese student to not even know basic numbers and how to read “age”. Does that mean that Naru only recently came to Japan and that he was not local?
What makes of his name then, which is distinctively Japanese and his prior knowledge of Masako in one of the earlier episodes? It really makes Naru even more interesting than he is, and Naru does not seem to have technically lied in all situations. When the DM asked Naru about his school, he did not answer it but avoided it of sorts, as though he did not want to answer it. He could jolly well say something but he kept quiet. Maybe I am inferring way too much here but it is really intriguing.
The next thing is the Mai and Naru moment as captured above in the first screenshot. I thought that the smile is a really good answer to Mai, and I bet Mai’s heart stopped for just that moment when Naru simply smiled while the gentle wind blew through his hair. What a way to attract our heroine’s attention.
To add off, this is a question that I am always curious about. What are the facts that we know about Naru? We have some discussions pertaining to the manga in animesuki but how about the anime only data?
Here’s a few to start off.
1. Naru might have PK powers.
2. He does not study in Japan.
I cannot think of any more for now so provide me with the information. Cheers! and this episode is great.