Yuki faces a turning point as those close to him are targeted and he must take action.
What They Say
"Lost Days and White Future"
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Uraboku finishes out its opening phase of the series with this episode as Yuki must come face to face with who he is and what kind of danger he represents. I continue to be amused at how comic book-like this show has been so far, though it's obviously one with some strong and beautiful men who aren't shy about their emotions at times. The origin story aspect of the series gets wrapped up well here overall though and we do get a nice dash of action to help cement the abilities of some. There's also a good bit of bonding that seems to finally start humanizing the other characters a bit now as they're coming together as a team of sorts.
The thrust of this episode is around Yuki when Uzuki ends up kidnapping a couple of the younger kids from the orphanage in order to draw him to a discreet rooftop location. With a long simmer dislike for Yuki, if not outright anger, Uzuki was perfect for someone to manipulate into causing trouble for him. As it turns out, Uzuki has been given a lot of power and essentially possessed by someone who is a Mid-Villain, a creature in the middle of the rankings of the Duras. It's kind of a really bad name, though perhaps it's a bit less dorky when said in Japanese, but there's the nice conflict that goes on because of the power given and the way it's corrupted Uzuki, though he of course does try to fight against it.
Everything comes to a head as you'd expect in battle once Zess and the others show up, but it all comes down to Yuki and how he feels about all these people fighting on his behalf to protect him. It's a defining moment for him and one that unleashes his true potential in a flash, something that eases Takashiro's concerns over him enough so that he'll return to Tokyo to await everyone else's return. The second half of the episode is a bit awkward at times as it's a bit too touchy feely when it comes to how Yuki and Uzuki work through what's happened, but there's some good honest emotions in there that make sense considering the power that Uzuki had and the way he found himself manipulated and unable to do anything about it. Talk about a post traumatic stress disorder moment waiting to happen.
Uraboku essentially finishes the acquisition angle of the series by bringing Yuki fully into the fold now and showing the core group of people he's with that they can work together. And even better, they get a chance to smile and laugh together at the end which goes a long way in easing tensions and unfamiliarity. There's a very Western feeling to this show with a strong Japanese angle as well of course and I sort of have to chuckle as it feels very much like a superhero show but without the costumes. That's part of the attraction though and I'm enjoying the show and I do like that they took a few episodes to get things going as this could all have been done in one and felt far more rushed. The atmosphere her works well and I'm looking forward to the next, but it's not in my must-see category yet.
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.