Reiga's true identity is revealed much to the dismay of Yuki and the others.
What They Say
Having defeated the opasts Ashley, Jekyll, and Hyde, the Giou Clan prepares to face off against Tsukumo's assailant Reiga. The person before them reveals himself to be Wakamiya Kanata, the man Yuki considered his brother! Unable to believe he has been betrayed by someone he trusted, Yuki bursts into tears. However, Reiga mercilessly fires arrows of ice at Yuki.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Because of the relatively slow and laid back manner of the series, the revelation that Kanata is Reiga doesn't exactly do all that much for it. Kanata had enough of a role early on but felt like he was largely forgotten at that point as he apparently manipulated things from the shadows. Or from scenes that didn't resonate with me much at all. The meeting of Yuki and Kanata at this phase has him revealing a bit of what happened some time before and the real threat he presented to Yuki at that stage. It's not a bad reconnect to the past, but after so many episodes without him, Kanata really doesn't feel like the kind of threat he should be.
As Reiga, he has quite a lot he wants to accomplish and uses some intriguing and well animated abilities in order to take down others from the Twilight Mansion. With his powers based around cold, it's visually beautiful as he uses things like Fenrir and other ice attacks to go against Zess, Shusei and Hotsuma while Yuki is seemingly kicked off to the side just to watch. Reiga has told Yuki to stay out of this in general and it looks like he doesn't intend to attack him all that much in general. Reiga does have some nice powers though and I particularly liked his Fenrir incarnation which Zess likens to the power of an Opast itself, giving it significant ability in the fight.
The return of Takashiro from his fight outside adds a bit more importance to the fight as there's a connection between him and Reiga that's hinted at in regards to who awakened when. That adds a tasty tidbit to events and hints that Kanata may not be truly in control of himself for this particular fight or with the plans being made in general. That doesn't stop events from playing out though as Reiga definitely intends to take down as many of his opponents as he can and it turns into a beautiful sequence as he faces off against Takashiro with the full weight of their abilities that they have at the moment, though it appears Takashiro may be holding back some. While the story is about Yuki in general, the feeling I get is that I want to see more of the story between Takashiro and Reiga as it's reminiscent of the whole Xavier/Magneto angle from X-Men, a series that I've continually felt that Uraboku was taking cues from.
While originally listed on Crunchyroll as thirteen episodes, I'm glad to see they're listing it as twenty-four now (I'm not sure when they made the change) since at thirteen episodes this would have felt a lot more rushed for a final battle and made the series more just for the fans of the manga. With this marking the halfway point of the series and essentially being a big boss fight to set the stage for the second half, it does a good job of making the right revelations and setting up the motivations for Yuki and the others of the Twilight Mansion going forward. There's a lot of good material here when it comes to the fight sequences as they're well animated and the character designs give it all a wonderful edge of darkness and atmosphere. It's just sad that for practically the whole episode, Yuki just stands there like a bump on a log watching it all play out. Hopefully he'll be more involved as things move forward though so that he starts showing some backbone. Beyond that, it's a good action episode once you get past the info dump at the start.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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