Time to Get Calm, everybody (or, if you’re awful, Everybody Stay Calm). We’ve got one battle already underway and a whole lot of protagonists running from places towards various other places. Meanwhile: Akihito is asleep. I’ve heard this episode is kind of absurdly flush with key animators, meaning action scenes ahoy. I’m hoping this one maintains the visual flare of the earlier scenes while adding a little more sense of weight to the back-and-forth, but honestly I’ll settle for visual flare either way. Let’s get to it!
2:25 – Nice gloomy shot. KyoAni have successfully added “creepily gloomy” to their repertoire
2:37 – Oh god use your hug powers
3:23 – It feels almost like a deliberate choice to completely separate their daily personalities from their endless wells of badassitude. Probably for the best – a KyoAni show centering on a group of brooding, antisocial badasses would be the worst thing
3:50 – Well, that’s pretty sweet. Goes nicely with the vest, too
5:00 – That was really damn effective. Not necessarily the stakes of the fight, since I’m not particularly invested in either of these characters – but the fight itself proceeded very fluidly, with good give-and-take and an actual sense of weight to the characters’ actions (a neat trick when both characters can fly). That felt much better than the earlier stuff
5:59 – This fight I’m less enthusiastic about. This is just A Problem To Occupy The Siblings – it has no bearing on any of the actual conflicts of the story, and mainly just adds a little fake dramatic tension while letting Mirai and Akihito have their moment
6:48 – I suppose you could say it was designed for the sake of their relationship, but their actual bond was never really in doubt
7:05 – Great trick. It always adds a little to the world to see these practical glimpses of what having crazy powers could imply for your daily life
8:31 – D’awww . Bold of them to try and land that emotional beat back-to-back with his photo collection. Still a nicely chosen mundane detail, though – it’s good to have a beat like this be something small and relatable
10:28 – Another nice gloomy background
11:07 – So like… who exactly did Akihito’s mom sleep with? Did she seduce the demon-lord of all youmu or something? Somehow I don’t think Akihito’s genes resulted from one of your garden-variety youmu
14:15 – So I guess that clarifies the rest of the plot? Why does she care what happens to Akihito, though? Eh, too much effort, show too silly
14:26 – If this show wants me to not like this guy, they’re not doing a good job of it . Thanks for the heads-up, guy!
14:59 – I really like the visual effect for the Calm . Less enthusiastic about how little sense of urgency there is about any of this. They were tracking down Akihito, about to fight him, and then… went to sleep. And he’s apparently off rampaging somewhere. Now she’s at school again. Hm
16:18 – Another nice gloomy shot
This episode has like no pacing whatsoever. It’s just a series of slow scenes in sequence. Jeez
17:12 – Thank you. Fuckin’ Hiromi on top of things, as always. Just give him the goddamn show
17:45 – I have arbitrarily decided this guy is the second-best character, and so therefore this scene is great
18:18 – Yeaaah demon poweeers. Also, Akihito is apparently the Chuuni Endbringer, Destroyer of Worlds
18:43 – Beautiful shot
Hm. That last sequence there was pretty excellent – solid direction/pacing, really striking shots… even the sound design was top-notch. I don’t really care about her struggle here, but that’s not this episode’s fault – if I wereinvested, that sequence would have really worked. That lack of investment did hurt in the middle stretch, though – pulling back from the frenetic opening for ten minutes of gloomy skies and ‘woe is me’ didn’t do the episode any favors. Which I guess is the show in a nutshell, after all – when it leans on its strong production, it’s quite reasonable, but when it tries to ride on the characters’ emotional journeys… eh.