Yuki goes to the big city and gets some nice bonding time in before the Duras show themselves again.
What They Say
A New Encounter
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Yuki's finally made the decision to move on with his life by going to Tokyo with everyone and being where his only remaining family is. The group that was left behind and that fought together has now gotten more comfortable with each other, first with Zess revealing his real name of Luka to everyone (or more specifically, to Yuki with others in earshot) and he's even now napping against Yuki's shoulder on the car ride there, something that really is surprising to the Toko based on her past experiences with him. The group overall feels pretty young at this point, something they haven't felt in the first four episodes of exploration and darkness.
The first half of the episode is pretty tame as we get those kind of bonding moments during the drive, but also some more serious ones. Tsukumo in particular is really clear with Yuki about his importance to the team as they can't fight without Yuki backing them up with his power. This is also parlayed into a bit of an explanation at the police department among some officials there where we see that Takashiro has set things up with those few people that know about the Giou clan that they'll be the ones to handle cases that involve demons, better known as the Duras. The Duras are getting more active and Takashiro is firming up things with the police for whatever his master plan is as he always seems like he's on the verge of being a villain rather than someone on the side of right.
Takashiro has certainly set things up while back in Tokyo. When Yuki and Zess arrive at the polic headquarters, Yuki learns that not only has his schooling been setup but he's been formally registered as Takashiro's younger brother, officially making him a part of the Giou clan. Yuki is a bit taken aback by this and through Takashiro's manipulations we learn fully that Zess is intent on protecting only Yuki and not becoming a part of the group that Takashiro is putting together. As much as I don't trust Takashiro, I like him because he's the kind of character that can change on a dime in a story with a new twist or revelation and it would not be hard to disbelieve it. He's a set character in his own way but he's not a clearly defined one other than the simple fact that he's not simple. He's layered and playing a larger game that he hasn't revealed in the slightest. And that makes him fun and dangerous to watch.
The introduction of a new character is slowly woven into the episode as we see it occur in a couple of different phases, but it's not one that's all that memorable yet. Hotsuma looks to be another brooding and weary young man who is assigned to keep an eye out on Yuki, which sets him into conflict with Zess. It's decently done as they mix it into the various segments of the episode that cover other things but it feels like we can predict the entire arc of that character right from the start with his attitude in that he'll end up being potentially quite a defender of Yuki. Hotsuma does add a bit more darkness to the show for those on the team itself and that's welcome, but it may be just a bit too much on top of the overall brooding nature of the show and Zess' own nature. This is an average transitional episode overall as it spends most of its time moving the cast around and setting things up for the next part but it lacks anything really compelling to make it a memorable episode.
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.