Kyoukai no Kanata Episode 8
SHIT SHIT SHIT SHIT SHIT SHIT I KNEW IT! MIROKU IS TARGETING AKIHITO AND I DON’T EVEN UNDERSTAND WHAT IZUMI IS TRYING TO DO AND WHAT SHE DID TO AKIHITO AND I DON’T THINK OF IT’S A GOOD THING OR NOT!!!! /FREAKING OUT
The first half of the episode was quite mild, but the very moment we saw Miroku pick up Mitsuki, I felt the tension quickly developing.
What I find rather strange though is that Izumi never told Mitsuki about their family’s relationship with the Society of Spirit World Warriors. It was only today she had found out that they have an antagonistic relationship and that the Society of Spirit World Warriors have always tried to create a rift within the Nase Family. However even Hiromi have not been given the entire story, only receiving a heads up to be wary of them.
It wasn’t just Miroku who I was keeping a close eye on today. As mentioned in the above, Izumi did something to Akihito (which she had tested on a Human earlier) and right now it is very difficult to pin-point Izumi’s motives, and whether they are for the greater good. Frankly speaking, Izumi is a character that is extremely unpredictable and full of secrets. We don’t know who she’s working with, we don’t know what her reasons for doing whatever she had done to Akihito when we know that the Calm temporally weakens the Youmu. In short, it’s impossible to pin-point whether she’s a good guy or a bad guy with her own propaganda. Yet despite being shrouded in her mystery cloud and getting the answers we want to hear, the only thing that was revealed today was that it was Izumi who had prevented Mirai from being killed by the Inari Family for having murdered Yui in the first place.
Nevertheless; it turns out that Izumi’s motives for stepping up to protect Mirai from being killed may be connected to the Beyond the Boundary, or so that’s what Miroku said. If what he says is true, I wouldn’t put it past me for Izumi taking full advantage of Mirai’s ‘cursed’ powers since it was Mirai who had defeated the Hollow Shadow (which Izumi now has in her hands). Since Mirai succeeded (with Akihito’s help), I’m sure this makes her a vital tool to whatever her plans are against the Beyond the Boundary youmus.
Speaking which, we were told today that many of the more powerful Youmu (like the Hollow Shadow) have no physical form. These youmus are generally referred to Beyond the Boundary. Miroku revealed that the Society of Spirit World Warriors having been keeping a close eye on it to defeat it and was hoping to get some secretive information from Mitsuki (who naturally was on guard).
It is almost weird to see Akihito’s Youmu powers taking over during The Calm, but I have a feeling it might be because of the fact he is in a weakened, vulnerable state. Remember how Akihito was stabbed and was in a critical state after having been possessed by the Hollow Shadow and being stabbed by Mirai despite his immortality? Perhaps this is the effect, only amplified due to whatever Izumi had done to him to trigger the fever in the first place. Perhaps (if Izumi did this with good intentions in mind) it was to be served as a precautionary measure so that Akihito would be capable of defending himself against Miroku. However, despite his Youmu Instincts taking over (there’s no telling right now whether he will go berserk like last time or not), Ayaka had specifically warned Akihito that he may be stripped of his immortality during the Calm. Since Ayaka had mentioned that, I do think that’s what’s going to happen. Another interesting tidbit is that Akihito hadn’t been sleeping well (the glasses fetish felt more of a cover to the audience) as he has been having flashbacks of his past. The first one was about his friends freaking out how he was unscathed after having been struck by a car, and the second one was another occasion where he apparently may have killed someone. Whether this is part of the effects of the Calm, we aren’t entirely sure but it definitely adds more darkness and depth to his past (especially if he had killed someone not once but on two occasions).
Finally the wrap things up, we still don’t know the reason why Miroku needs Akihito, as he has been targeting him for a while now. Izumi was obviously well aware of this since probably, forever. It is good to see that she had showed up as backup for Ayaka who is quite powerful despite the Calm’s Effect (also her Youmu form is AWESOME). Miroku had mentioned that he had planted the seeds, and that the time should be ripe for whatever they are planning.
Oh and one last thing: It was great to see Sakura and Mirai on good terms =v=// and of course Hiromi being the badass brother with a sister complex he is.