Events continue to build up as the series prepares for the next episode finale.
What They Say
Yuki has fallen into Reiga's hands. Having Yuki stolen from him in front of his face, Luka is unable to conceal his frustration with his own powerlessness. Hearing the voices of his allies, Luka returns to his senses and decides to rescue Yuki with his friends. Takashiro also searches for Reiga with the intention of rescuing Yuki. Meanwhile, Yuki awakes to find himself unable to move as a prisoner of Reiga.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With Yuki in Reiga's hands, it's almost kind of amusing that there's a tiny bit of question among those following Takashiro as to whether they'll actually go and rescue him. Everyone is taking a bit of recovery time after that fight with Cadenza in which Reiga protected Yuki for his own purposes, but also for the grander purpose that he's working towards. Not surprising is that in the recovery phase, Luka stands alone and refuses to be looked at as he's so singly focused on rescuing Yuki at this point. What does prove surprising is that he hasn't just gone off to do that by himself, even as wounded as he may be from that fight.
A good chunk of this episode is given over to the action once Takashiro prepares himself for bringing everyone to where Yuki is. It is somewhat surprising to see Takashiro taking a hand in the attack considering his condition, but he's also closing in on the end of his life and participating in the mission is definitely something in character for him with that in mind. One thing that Uraboku has done well, at least in terms of style and brief intensity, is the action side so getting a good part of this episode given over to all the Zweilt going against Reiga's side works well. It's all properly stylish for the genre with ancient settings and a feeling of decadence and decay about it while being tied with some rather good music to set the mood even more.
And this action takes up almost the entirety of the second half, leaving room for little else. So much so that the music doesn't feel like it stops at all from the eye-catch, though it has some lulls in the intensity. That feeling kind of makes it feel dragged out a bit as you don't get a chance to catch your breath in the midst of all that's going on as Luka takes it up several notches and Reiga and his allies go all out against Takashiro's group. The beauty of it all is what keeps me interested as the plot has lost any semblance of interest since it all could have been told in half the time, with half the characters, and been far more compelling.
Uraboku manages to be a frustrating show through the second half of its run and this episode is another piece in that chain. There's a lot to like about it with the designs and atmosphere, but it's managed to lose me at the start of the second half and never recovered as it brought in more people who took over the show and less focus on the few interesting characters that we started with. This episode is all about the action for the most part and it excels at that, even if it does beat that drum a little too much, and it tries to throw us for a curve at the end that falls pretty damn flat, especially considering the next episode is the end of the series. Unfortunately, there is no real tension or anticipation here as I suspect it will end in a by the numbers approach while never following through on some of its slightly under the covers aspects of relationships and sexuality.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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