I planned to write about Kyoukai no Kanata only when I finished the series, but this week’s episode became so exciting that I have to write about it now.
The episode started off about the warning of the Calm. To the Spirit Warriors, it was good news, since it was a period when youmu are weaker. This meant that they can defeat more youmu. However, to youmu like Ayaka and Ai, it was a period when they had to be very careful. Since Akihito was a half-youmu, he was in the most vulnerable position compared to everyone else.
Episode 8 covered many topics, ranging from the mysterious Nase Izumi’s actions to Akihito’s past. As for Nase Izumi, I’m really curious about her. Being the eldest of the Nase siblings, Izumi definitely knows a lot of information that she’s hiding from everyone else. I think that it’s mostly about the dangerous kind of youmu known as “Kyoukai no Kanata” (that’s probably what the title is talking about). From what’s been shown in episode 8, more about this youmu should be revealed in the next few episodes.
What I find the most interesting is how Sakura encouraged Mirai to stay with Akihito. Looking at the nearly always stoic Sakura after losing her will for revenge, I didn’t expect her to say that. However, it is nice to know that Sakura really does care for Mirai. It’s just that the nosy guy from the Society had to persuade her into trying to kill Mirai.
So, Sakura, I like you for supporting Akihito X Mirai! I don’t usually ship characters but they’re such a cute couple. And them being together seems to be confirmed in the ending song. Mirai, you like Akihito! Admit it!
Near the end of the episode, Ayaka confronts Fijimu Miroku from the Society to prevent him from getting to Akihito. I thought it was really cool when Ayaka transformed into her youmu form. She was really strong! It scared me for a while when she was nearly defeated but I’m glad that Nase Izumi came just in time.
The preview for the next episode is really thrilling! Akihito, being vulnerable during the Calm, has changed into his youmu form. Mirai is forced to be in a position where she has to kill Akihito but obviously wishes she doesn’t have to. This anime just keeps getting better and better! I’m looking forward to episode 9.
Watch Kyoukai no Kanata episode 8 at http://www.animeultima.tv/kyoukai-no-kanata-episode-8-english-subbed/