Slowly but surely, everyone is being drawn to the primary residence for something grander to happen.
What They Say
Yuki Giou is a high school student with no relatives, living in an orphanage who ends up meeting a beautiful young man, Zess who somewhat inspires his nostalgia. We are on a journey to discover the past between these two men.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
While appealing from a visual perspective with Luka's battle in the previous episode, Uraboku shifts back to simpler things for this episode as Takashiro begins drawing people to the Primary Residence now that Yuki has returned there. Bringing those that remained at the Twilight Mansion here now signifies that we are definitely getting closer to the final arc of the series since everyone needs to be near each other. With Takashiro having imparted a lot of information to Yuki now and with a bit more of Luka's past revealed in the previous episode as his fight got underway, the reality of everything is much clearer, though not exactly all that more interesting now.
A good chunk of this episode is devoted towards Kuroto, as we see his younger days when he was more formally brought into the clan and what it all involved. His training had him going up roughly against others on the same path, but with what to him felt like a more peaceful world that didn't align with his reality. Everything that he did is towards the goal of defeating the red haired man, but the kind of drive and motivation that he has is not like everyone else's and you can see that grinding on him in a very regular way. If not for the friendship of one young man named Senshiro that he didn't seek, but kept coming back to him, he'd probably have turned out much darker and violent than he already is. Seeing him slowly accept parts of this more laid back and peaceful lifestyle while still maintaining his overall drive is definitely a welcome series of events that makes him a more sympathetic character.
With the focus on Senshiro and Kuroto as they get older a bit and become young men, into Kuroto's life must come the man who is responsible for the pain in his younger days. The return of Cadenza into Kuroto's life pains him deeply, enough so that he'll even push away Senshiro in a rough manner that surprises them both. The sequences with Cadenza are the kind of solidly brutal pieces that work well, highlighting the atmosphere the series often strives to achieve and does exceedingly well at when it does so, but it's also painfully short when you want so much more from it. Having all of it eventually turn to where Takashiro arrives and brings the young pair into the fold, and eventually into the present, gives us a good background story to enjoy overall, but it follows the usual pattern in being a touch too slow at times yet containing enough good nuggets in it to make it worthwhile in the end, even if it is just introducing more characters into an already crowded show.
Though it's another episode full of background material for characters that I'm not sure we need to spend the time caring about, it's pretty well done even if predictable for the most part. Kuroto and Senshiro are an interesting pair to begin with and understanding what they went through to get to the point that they're at now is nicely played out. The introduction of Cadenza through it is rather welcome since he's the kind of stylish villain I hope for from a series like this, but his screen time here is too short and too wonderful. Uraboku is still in that awkward stage for me where I think it's trying to bring in more than it should and isn't able to really execute it well, leaving us with far too many introductions and relationships to juggle to the point where the ones we care about, we don't really care or even see all that much of anymore. With luck, the final arc will be full of angst and action though to close the show out on a decent note.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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