Shuten-doji is closer to his goal of having the nine tailed fox revived as he sets about to a final battle against our heroes.
What They Say
Yuuto Amakawa comes from a long line of demon-slayers. Orphaned seven years ago without a single living relative, he has been protected and been able to live life as an ordinary high school boy - until his sixteenth birthday when his protection charm wears off. Just as he is about to be in real big, demon-packed trouble, a mysterious catgirl named Himari appears and pledges her allegiance to him, promising to protect him forever.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The penultimate episode of the series gets underway with a fair bit of action through which to set the stage but also a bit of angst. Not surprisingly, as most series of this nature and length tend to have to deal with, the main villains of the show have little real impact in terms of their motivations and personalities since they're often not introduced until the last few episodes. It's a rare series that introduces tem from the start and runs their story in parallel in a compelling way. With the recent introduction of Tama and Shuten-doji, we get the paper thin villains with their basic motivations to push back against our loving and angsty cast of women and Yuto.
The plans by Shuten-doji as he uses Tama for his maneuvering has him making a deal that he won't keep with Kaburagi to keep humans out of the battle that is about to come. The scene for that is mildly creepy as people phase out and we see Himari and the gang coming to fight against Tama. It's not a battle that's expected to go well, nor does it, because what they really need is the Light Ferry from Yuto and he's unable to produce such abilities unless someone he cares about is in extreme danger and he's pushed to the edge. He's simply not a combat oriented type and it's turning into a major liability right away in this battle.
A lot of the drama in this episode once again revolves around Himari. Her role of bodyguard has been there since the start, though her feelings have often got in the way. With her understanding that Yuto has no real skill or desire to fight, she does what is pretty much in her personality to take on events all by herself in order to save him the pain. What she doesn't realize is that Shuten-doji has bigger plans for her based off of what Kuesu was able to do to her by unleashing her inner bloodthirsty nature to take advantage of, something that has Tama licking her lips over happening. There are some nice moments during the quiet time here as Himari realizes what must be done and watches Yuto and talks with Rinko, but it's all very predictable.
As the series only has one more episode to go, Omamori Himari plays true to form and structure with this episode as we get an idea of what the end fight will be like. We see Kaburagi's machinations and his lack of understanding in how he's being taken advantage of and we see that Yuto hasn't really changed at all, but that it's likely a good thing. And we again see that Himari will put it all on her shoulders for her love, her Master, as she sets to deal with what needs to be done. Everything is where it needs to be for the finale so I expect there will be few if any surprises though it should all be done competently, even if it has no real tension or drama to it.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.