Is it me or has this show gotten strangely complicated and unwieldy in the last couple of episodes?
What They Say
Yamato Bouichirou, head of CIMO8, saves Keena from being assassinated. But he was only interested in making her, who calls the "law of identity", his own in order to control the gods. Akuto uses his power as the Demon Lord to return to the school and faces off with Bouchirou, but is wounded as Boichiro's attacks surpass his mana controlling ability. Then, Fujiko appears with a horde of monsters, saving the two and going back to Peterhausen. Meanwhile, the government army under the command of Teruya Eiko arrivesoutside the school and begins "Operation Battering Ram" to defeat the Demon Lord. At last, the battle between the demon lord and his monsters and humanity begins...
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
A lot of things appear to be in the balance as Yamato is now set to take down Sai so he can bring him under his own control and use him for his plans. Sai's not doing well in all of this since he's still so new to his powers and Yamato is able to really get one up on him when they first trade magical blows since Sai isn't the type to really go all out right away. Luckily for him, Keena and Eriko are there to help smooth things out and get him out of harm's way at least initially while the massive forces of the ninja wait outside for there to be an opportunity to attack.
The press campaign is amusing as it plays out that the Kouga and Iga ninja are all set to defeat the great Demon King that's now hiding within the magic academy as they manage to rally the support of the public who has little facts about what's truly going on. While Sai is down at the moment and not exactly out, he is close to getting a bit of support as Junko has managed to gain control of the sword of Sohaya from her father, a position that her father didn't want her to have but was overruled by his own mother in a rather quite way. It all ties back to the beginning when the matriarch of the family first met Sai when he stumbled into her and Junko at the station and she got a feel for what kind of person he is, even if he is the supposed demon king.
Junko and Sai's relationship, which did start changing very recently as she realized her feeling for him, moves forward rather quickly here as she ends up meeting him in the air and her feelings are really out in the open. With his servant dragon with him, now feeling flush with power that he hasn't had in an age, he's all about serving his master and wanting to cut loose. With numerous monsters about, ninja running around and someone operating from behind the scenes, the secondary cast of characters get involved in trying to shut things down as the battles start sprawling about and a good lengthy piece of action oriented dramatic music keeps the flow going. Unfortunately, the music is going for so long with the battles and quieter dialogue scenes that it ramps up the feeling of the scenes too much and left me feeling out of sorts with it. And this is without even talking about the few scenes that Brave shows up in which just leaves me feeling cold.
The series feels like it's gotten too big, too epic, too fast. Everything has changed so quickly in the last couple of episodes that it's feeling very rushed at this point and the characters aren't exactly acting as they should. While Junko is doing alright and some of the supporting characters are ok, Sai feels like he's given in to the power far too quickly. And with him taking on that role, it's not the same character that I got into from the start and doesn't have quite the connection. There's so much going on in this episode with different people running around everywhere, the press getting involved and a large scale battle that it's all just a blur that left me feeling fairly disconnected from the show.
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.