Spoilers: Everyone is dead again in this episode. EVERYONE. EVERYONE!!!!
Continuing from the last episode, Kagura is about to be slashed by Yomi before a flashback brought us back to a scene three years ago. Kagura’s parents were killed by a spirit in an exorcism, and she was sent to Yomi’s family. Kagura’s family is the head family, and Yomi is bestowed as her caretaker. At Yomi’s house, Kagura seemed to be particularly quiet. Yomi asked if Kagura has anything to bring from her own house, and Kagura said her only possession was her mother’s photograph.
Yomi tried to make Kagura comfortable and asked if there was anything she wanted to do. Kagura requested to go to the dojo. She started on practicing alone, and Yomi asked if Kagura wants to spar. Yomi was able to dispatch her easily. Kagura unexpectedly blamed herself very badly, stating that she would be dead if this was a real life situation. It was clear that Kagura’s parents gave her a lot of pressure during her training.
Yomi decided to make Kagura relax by playing a game. The bet was to eat century egg, something Kagura hated. This bonded the two girls closer. Just when the sisters are communicating well, Yomi was suddenly called up for a mission. On another day, Yomi asked what Kagura wanted to eat. Kagura wanted to eat cream croquette. Despite the difficulty of preparing the food, Yomi agreed. However, they were interrupted by yet another phone call and Yomi told Kagura to wait.
This reminded Kagura of how her mother told her to be a good girl and wait whenever they went out for missions. Overwhelmed by emotions, Kagura started to cry from the rememberance of her mother’s deathly fate. Sympathizing with Kagura, Yomi decided to bring Kagura to her job. Yomi introduced Kagura to everyone, and Kouji Iwahata taught Kagura how to use a spirit sword. At the site, Yomi demonstrated her job to eliminate a sealed spirit. Iwahata explained Nue, the lion spirit that was summoned from Yomi’s sword. On the aftermath, Yomi’s father screamed at Yomi for her negligence and exposing Kagura to unnecessary danger. Kagura apologized after that, but Yomi simply smiled stating that she was used to it.
Yomi said that from now then, she will be Kagura’s elder sister. She also explained that she was not the real daughter of her current father. Her father died after being slain by a spirit. Nonetheless, her foster father gave her the hereditary sword which represented his love for Yomi. We also see a quick snapshot of a wolf summoning. In school, Kagura received a phone call from Yomi, but had to lie to the teacher that she was visiting her sick mother. Kagura is officially in the information squad.
I was really wondering how they are going to move forward with a plot where all the main characters are likely to be dead. Rather unexpectedly, they decide to use In medias res to approach the show. This can work really terribly, but the classic movie case of Memento should give you some indication of the film style. This is a creative style that has been popular throughout the ages, and I enjoy the sudden confusion it brings to the viewer.
It’s a good change to the pace of the story, which is generally neck breaking and crazy with the number of fallen bodies for the first two episodes. It is aimed to sensationalize, and it did its job as the third episode lays out the fundamental history between the two main female protagonists. I was expecting them to use the second episode to slow down the pace, but the shock is pleasant so that this change of pace feels more tolerable for the viewer. I think I will go insane if they went on a third round of killing everyone.
Yomi has been absolutely stunning in this episode, and I am growing to be captivated by this lady. Of course, the main question that is going through my head is her evil being in the future. What caused such a fine and dainty lady to change so drastically. I am going to put my neck out to say that it has something to do with that wolf spirit that is summoned. Since spirits often invoke a lot of power and requires tons of powerful restraint to keep it docile, I think that Yomi might have suffered a defeat by such a spirit and was possessed by them to become like this.
Kagura still was not able to impress me whatsoever. Her character is really bland by any standard, and she is the type of character I dislike the most because it epitomizes the type of girl in a shounen show: mentally weak, dependent on others and yielding. Can we stop having such lame stereotypes for a girl? Please tell me I am wrong and that this perception is way off the mark. I do not want such a girl to be spoiled by shounen stereotypes.
Some might notice that the animation gets a bit lazy at times. This is expected since the first episode has been absolutely stunning. Most of the character designs and animation continue to be top notch during close ups, but it is the distant shots that show you the fuzzy character features. Try to look at the characters when they are faraway. Their features become somewhat unbalanced. Maybe it is just my eyes.
As a parting question: What do you think caused Yomi to change to that evil spirit in the future? If you have manga spoilers, please do not spoil the non-manga readers (that includes me!)