I’m so happy. I think we’ve just experienced the best episode of this adaptation thus far. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted. Did they change the director or something? I’m not quite ready to forgive Silver Link just yet, especially when two episodes still remain, but they’ve proven that they aren’t just eternally retarded and are actually capable of making something of themselves. I mean, I can still nitpick if I’m asked to. I’m very jealous of the Shizuku match in Rakudai, for one. But all the important scenes were there – there was sufficient foreshadowing with Kyouya and Kiseki, and not everything was revealed. There was a good balance between fanservice and plot development. And it was the first episode that didn’t feel rushed. All hail our adorable cthulhu semen demon, the Kiseki-chan who does her best!
I’m not claiming any credit for that stitch, even though I usually do produce them myself – with all her tears flying around it’s way beyond my capabilities to stitch that together. I think Silver Link did pretty well with this full-frontal shot, especially as it had a similar light novel illustration as a reference – it’s a faithful depiction, so I was happy with this. As you might have guessed by now, I’m a big Kiseki fan. For those who have read the novels, I still like her even after the events of Volume 9. I think she’s just super adorable and cuddly. It’s good that they’ve retained the cute Xs in her eyes, but they could have been a lot bigger than they are, as I could only see them in close-ups. And Anzai Chika, whose most famous role is probably Chaika, was a wonderful choice for Kiseki. Shocking truth! I could hear hints of her Chaika voice creeping in to some of her lines, and I was internally screaming. I actually have a feeling that someone at Silver Link also likes Kiseki, because they put a hell of a lot of effort into her date outfits. Whoever they are, they have patrician taste.
Not all of the shocking truth has been revealed yet, but if you’re thinking that this series got fucking dark all of a sudden, you can blame the useless filler episode from last week. And by extension, those faggots at Silver Link. Kiseki has the body of an all-consuming demon, Hyakki Yakou. As Sougetsu said, anything the mass of meat touches becomes a part of her body she can control, and like that she’s at risk of devouring the entire world. So what Inquisition have done is to use her as an experimental guinea pig – because she can’t die, they kill her over and over on a daily basis in different ways. It’s basically extended torture, and Takeru has no idea.
Sougetsu claims it’s to reduce the chance that Hyakki will go berserk, but really, to him she also represents an easy platform for all sorts of unethical experiments. He looks like he’s enjoying the fuck out of himself, at least. In the episode, she was injected with poison many times the lethal dosage, but she’s also been crushed to death and beheaded before. The issue is that Hyakki Yakou responds to Kiseki’s deepest wishes. For now, her mind and body are still separate, but this still remains a problem. A great example is how Kiseki ended up breaking out from the contraindicated prison in the first place. If you hadn’t already realized, she loves onii-chan a little too much. It’s not completely her fault – Takeru was the only person she’s ever really spoken to in her entire life, and during all her torture sessions she’s used him as a method of enduring the pain and keeping her sanity. Now, her rational mind knows that Takeru does not love Ouka, and Takeru said so himself. But somewhere in her heart, deep down, she was scared that he’d be taken away by her. Hyakki responded to her fear that onii-chan might be taken away, and went berserk as a result.
Kiseki is an actual demon, a proper eldritch abomination – all that stuff about Overflow Complex that Ikaruga mentioned was a lie so that the newer members of the platoon wouldn’t be surprised by the truth. Kiseki has nothing to do with magic. We’ve got a lot of airing time for a nice long backstory next week, but remember that the Kusanagi clan is a demon-slaying one – Haunted said so himself in his parting words to Takeru. There were actually a lot of subtle touches that I liked about the episode, one of them being how the prison visit scene wasn’t what it seemed. It’s not a glass wall that separates Kiseki and Takeru – it’s just an electronic screen. It’s supposed to be a meeting (which Takeru paid valuable consideration for) but it’s really more like a video call – Kiseki is far too dangerous to be allowed to have a mere glass wall separating her from freedom. Another was the alleyway scene, in which with some plot-relevant lighting in which Kiseki symbolically walked out of the darkness, into (what she thinks is) salvation. Takeru is terrified here, and with good reason. He knows that Ouka follows the letter of the law, and so his first thought was ‘Ootori will arrest her, and the Dullahans will take her back to prison forever’. It’s not surprising he draws his sword on them.
I want to mention two more characters. The first is Kyouya. At long last, we finally see him appear in his final form – desiring with supreme hatred, and more than willing to bring the hammer down on all the heretics who dare to stand in his way. I could feel the anger emanating off him, and the rage in his voice. Such a lust for revenge. He’s a ticking time bomb, of course – not least of all because he’s been sent to pursue Kiseki. He knows Kiseki is Takeru’s precious imouto, but he couldn’t give a fuck about that fact – he wants to kill every last heretic, no matter who they are. He wants to kill them all. So what do you think will happen when Kyouya finds Kiseki, who’s being protected by Takeru?
The second is that sexy bastard, Kurogane Hayato. I have been waiting for all this time to hear his smooth voice chant the Witch Hunter form incantation while summoning Caligula, and it has finally happened.
“KAGIRI NAKI NEGAI OMOTTE.”
“MAJO NI ATAERU TETSUI WO.”
We even had that line from Sougetsu, ‘Heeeey Kurogane-kun, you still alive?’ Of course he’s still alive you scheming fuck, he wouldn’t die from something trivial like this. He will uphold his law. His law won’t be shaken! For too long he’s just been Sougetsu’s personal secretary, and this arc will display him in his true capacity – as the strongest witch-hunter and the captain of the EXE, the Zeroth Extermination Riot Police. You know, this episode could have been completely shit except for that scene where he confronts Kiseki for the first time in five years, and I might still have been okay with that. I have the biggest metaphorical boner right now for this guy. My knees are getting all weak. I JUST CAN’T. I CAN’T. WHY IS HE SO PERFECT?!
please marry me
tl;dr Silver Link did everything right, I should go buy the lottery