Yuki's powers are slowly awakening and nobody around him may be safe if this happens too soon.
What They Say
A handsome silver-eyed young man by the name of Zess saves Yuki from a mysterious accident. Despite never meeting Zess before, Yuki experiences a strange feeling of nostalgia. A troubled Yuki returns to his normal life when his half-brother Giou Takashiro, triggers the collapse of Yuki's plain everyday life.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Yuki's life has been teetering recently, though he's not entirely aware of it at this point, but there's something unsettled to him. In the introductory episode of the series, we got a nice look at the kind of atmosphere the show wants to present and some of the basic characters, though we've seen only snippets of who they may be. As it moves into the second episode here, the dynamic continues to be fluid as a new character comes onto the scene and we get a decent little action sequence as an akuma arrives to try and take out Yuki.
The changes for Yuki started in the previous episode but they take a new twist this time around when someone unexpectedly arrives at the orphanage. Claiming to have been looking for him for close to two years, Yuki is introduced to his half brother Takashiro. The two have the same father but different mothers and they both belong to the same family name of Giou, which we see playing into a larger concept further into the episode. Takashiro is definitely the suave, calm and hypnotic older brother type who wants to bring Yuki to Tokyo with him since they're the only family each of them has at this point and he wants him close. All of this new slowly pushes the powers within Yuki into surfacing, though he's not aware of it at first and is stunned when he realizes that when they do show, they serve only to scare the children of the orphanage.
Interestingly, both Toko and Tsukumo realize that this means they have to bring him into the fold quicker because of the danger he can possess, particularly as he has no real way of mastering it or calming it down himself. So they're a bit surprised when Zess arrives on the scene and his simple presence appears to be enough to calm him down. There are some nice little moments of dialogue here as Zess teases out of Yuki why Yuki cares for people and does the things he does, allowing us to get a better idea of why he's so empathetic to others and how seriously he takes it when it comes to those precious few people he can call friends. That he may be gaining some new friends by the revelations made at the end here by Takashiro is wholly intriguing, though with the way everyone has presented themselves thus far, it's impossible to take any of them at face value or that they may be speaking any kind of real truth.
All they need are costumes and we have emo X-men here in Uraboku. That's not exactly a bad thing in a way because I like the way the show is working with this second episode, especially since the first episode wasn't a solid hook for me. With the small movements we get here and the way the show could potentially be shaping up as not everyone is as they seem, there's a lot of layers still to potentially unravel here. The positive side of the series is also its downside in that the atmosphere is great but it's definitely a slow moving series at times. I like the designs, I like the visuals overall and the atmosphere is spot on, but it could use with a touch more urgency to it in order to draw the viewer along. This is definitely a good episode overall and it hints at much more to come, enough so that I'm definitely much more intrigured than I was with the first 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.