The end is drawing nearer and the stakes are starting to rise as Yuki pushes himself beyond anything like he has before.
What They Say
Reiga and Cadenza retreat to Infernus, granting everyone a temporary reprieve from battle. Having pushed the limits of his power, Yuki loses consciousness and collapses. Witnessing the damage Yuki suffered in battle, the Zweilts gathered at the Kamakura mansion renew their promise to end the war.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the state of things after the encounter with Cadenza and then Reiga, along with Luka causing a spot of trouble himself, Uraboku has settled into the state where things are settling just a bit before it all ramps up for the finale. What proved interesting is that after the opening sequence, we have a number of character sitting around lamenting that their actions end up causing Yuki pain because he heals them after they have a hard time protecting him. It's a natural enough response, but I was taken back by the fact the cast has grown enough that I recognize these characters visually but it's getting harder to name them as they kept adding so many when they've moved from location to location to location. Outside of the very core characters, the secondaries aren't leaving an impression at all.
The fallout from the incident has left Yuki in fairly bad shape though he's starting to recover with a bit of memory from the past when he was someone else, someone very close to Luka. Takashiro on the other hand has been rather hurt by the incident and is now planning for his demise by making sure that it won't be in vain, intent on helping Yuki and Luka accomplish what he no longer can. There's a good sense of somberness to the proceedings at this stage of the game which is made more so with the flashbacks that show a very different Luka and some of the things that the main characters have gone through in order to get where they are in the present or in this life.
As much as this is a quiet and reflective episode, they do have to bring in a little bit of action at what feels like the normal moment of about 15 minutes into it. With Elegy setting things up for some action, an attack on the mansion is not a surprise and everyone outside of Yuki throw themselves into it. There are some good moments to it here as I've liked how the action plays out since they give it a thoroughly epic if not entirely deserved feeling with the combination of designs, choreography and music to give it the right atmosphere. These segments of the show are definitely welcome each time they come around as it gives us style with movement rather than just pretty men standing around talking or being emotional. This one has a bit more impact to it with a number of Reiga's subordinates involved now in the attack and some significant stakes in order to get us ready for the final battle about to happen.
With the next two episodes set to end the series, this one serves largely as a bit of quiet before the storm. There's a decent amount of flashback material to help us see more of their pasts and empathize with them more but there are some decent scenes in the present as well as the group continues to bond strongly around Yuki with how they intend to protect him. On the flip side, Reiga's losing a bit of control over his group as they've set things up to get in an attack on Yuki's group and the mansion so there's a nice bit of dark action to it as well.
JApanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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