Just as the song goes, Yuto is caught in the middle again.
What They Say
'The Cat's Feelings and the Witch's Melancholy'
Yuto and his friends' are surprised to discover the extent of Kuesu's magical ability in their investigation of her. It turns out the Jinguji Family built their power as a demon slayer clan on the study of Western magic. Himari and Kuesu butt heads as the two women who have kissed Yuto. When Kuesu claims Yuto belongs with her, Himari decides to settle their conflict once and for all.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Not unsurprising, but the moment that the show gets a bit of energy it seems to want to drive off the path to something else. The seventh episode of Omamori Himari was more reminiscent of the first couple of episodes which left me feeling like the episode wasn't playing fast enough. There are cute moments to be had here, such as Liz learning there's yet another demon slayer running around out there that may want to kill her or Rinko learning that Yuto was engaged when he was a child and is only learning about it now. These are the small things that make you smile a bit and enjoy the character bits, including watching Shizuku eat a popsicle with that tongue of hers.
Where this episode focuses is on the rivalry/bad blood between Kuesu and Himari which stems from the past and the present relationships with Yuto. It's not a bad thing overall because it makes sense in that Kuesu is trying to do what she was always intended to do for the family and for her own power while Himari is doing it all out of love for the Young Master, a love that's definitely more than a basic kind of respect and honor for ones master. The back and forth we've seen between the two of them since Kuesu's arrival is all by the numbers, but we do get a bit more understanding of Kuesu when it comes to the family history and how it's put the Jinguji family in a difficult place over time because of their use of Western magic.
A showdown is what is most memorable for this episode, unless you're still focused on that popsicle comment, as Himari sets things up so she can square off against Kuesu without Yuto around so they can fight without distraction. Yuto's pretty oblivious in general so it wasn't hard to get him set aside for it and Himari even turns it all into a big showdown at sundown. The two have a certain venom when it comes to each other that definitely makes sense, and using the reasons for their fighting as part of the narrative drives home the predictability of it. Kuesu hasn't won me over in the slightest yet since she's just full of anger and manipulation while Himari does get to play it a bit sweeter overall since she lives with Yuto. The fight itself isn't bad, again it falls into predictable choreography, but the expected shift in her personality at the end is worth it overall since it gives her something to overcome.
Omamori Himari seems to be a show that really leaves me either completely frustrated with its predictability and obviousness or it provides me with a bit of simplistic humor with a nice dash of plot in the background. It's not a show I look forward to each week but it seems to manage having some cute moments in each episode that make it bearable. And if that's not a ringing endorsement, I don't know what is! There isn't a lot of real progress here but they do finally get to the point where Himari Smash in good Hulk fashion as she finally gets angry with the bloodlust. How that will play out is anybody's guess '" if this wasn't such a predictable 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.