Kyoukai no Kanata Ep 4: The Monster Within
The Hollow Shadow was an absolute monster that even when Mirai can continuously landed solid blows and stabs, it was still intact, even after having been stabbed and more while have taken possession of Akihito’s body. But in the end, it wasn’t the Hollow shadow that was the real problem, it was Akihito himself. It appears that he isn’t quite aware of the consequences of putting his life in a perilous situation, and so as result is ended up awakening his Youmu Instincts which turned him into a deadly immortal monster that can only be “killed” if they destroy his body beyond repairs. In fact, while I don’t know what rank Hiroomi is, there were still two spirit warriors at the scene along with Ayaka who is a youmu. Izumi was there as well, but she didn’t do anything in particular except for protect the town from Akihito’s blasts. Akihito’s powers were so overwhelming that he broke their their barriers and wiped out everything around them that was far worse than Mirai’s “cursed” powers. The only way he was spared was because well, there wasn’t anyone left standing for one and Izumi hadn’t taken action yet (nor does she seem to particularly care), and it was Mirai who was able to snap him out of it but tackling him. This whole revelation of Akihito’s Youmu Nature explains SO MUCH why he is under surveillance, it’s because he is just that dangerous.
It turns out that what I had mistaken as a barrier last week because it happened so suddenly was in fact a Labyrinth of their Memories created by the Hollow Shadow itself. Both Mirai and Sakura saw Yui, who Akihito (and I’m sure Sakura s well) knew wasn’t real. But it was quite intense yet interesting at the same time to see the Hollow’s Shadow’s abilities. I am not entirely sure whether what attacked them in there was truly it’s main body since as I mentioned in the above, even then when Mirai struck it, it was still alive. I think that was just one part of it which was the key to getting them out of there in the first place.
Then there is Izumi. Since the first episode I have grown quite suspicious after we saw a glimpse of her during the Youmu’s attack in Mirai’s apartment. This episode only made me grow wary of her even more-. She took the Hollow Shadow’s ore WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BE MIRAI’S AWARD (which was by the way replaced by a puny worthless ore) AND she was SMIRKING when Akihito was going berserk. It also appears there’s a propaganda in motion, as they intend to stall the Society of Spirit World Warriors for the time being. I don’t know whether this is perhaps before or after, but regardless it’s something to pay attention to because if it’s the later, this might not be the last time we see the Hollow Shadow. There’s something being organized, prepared and whoever Izumi is working along with appears to be against the Society of Spirit World Warriors.
I found the animation for Akihito’s Youmu’s Instincts unleashing and the barriers and all were absolutely spectacular. The colors, the patterns, just everything about it made it beautiful to watch despite the fact it was quite a grim situation they were in.
As whole episode was solid and gave us more insight about our two beloved mains, and at the same time Mirai was finally able to see why Akihito understood her, and saw herself in him as she too considers herself to be ‘a monster’. We don’t know where Sakura had disappeared off to, but either she is ditching the whole revenge quest, or saving her mission for another day. Oh and on the extra note, Hiroomi just made a bundle with all the ores he collected from the youmu that were attacking him earlier last episode.