Unfortunately there’s no Samurai Flamenco this week (what a place to leave us hanging as well) but all the other Fall 2013 anime shows that I was following still aired. This week I’ll be sharing my thoughts on Tokyo Ravens episode 19, Kill la Kill episode 19, and Nagi no Asukara episode 20.
I actually found myself really enjoying this episode even though I’ve been a little lost in this series as a whole. With Natsume’s secret being revealed, it wasn’t that big of a deal for the students. However, this information is news to all the higher ups and clearly has a huge impact on them. They’ve been dropping constant hints for a while now that Natsume isn’t the real Yakou. The Yakou reincarnate was definitely a male according to Miyo. Takiko was disappointed in Natsume’s abilities since Yakou should have been on par or stronger than herself. It looks like things are about to explode next episode with Miyo and Takiko’s reaction to the news and they’ll have to identify the true Yakou reincarnate.
You can watch Tokyo Ravens on Funimation (may not be available in all regions)
Kill la Kill
Ryuuko’s completely lost her cool once again after finding out that she’s Ragyou’s child and fused with the evil life fibers. As we saw in the past, the more rage she builds up, the more likely it is for her to lose control and transform into a complete life fiber monster once again. At the end of the episode, Ryuuko doesn’t seem to be taking the revelation too well. While she’s been fighting for “good” this whole time, in the end she’s no different from Ragyou and Senketsu is no different from REVOCS clothing. It seems like she doesn’t know what she should be associating herself with anymore and would rather do everything on her own. She’s lost her identity since her Matoi name was a lie and she’s not “human” either.
The rest of the cast has been busy trying to survive the REVOCS takeover after the events at the sports festival. With a common threat clearly established, everyone has now united and are working together to save their world. It doesn’t matter what happened in the past between them since they’re all humans and if they don’t work together, there won’t be a future for any of them. This is a kind of contrast to Ryuuko’s current situation. While everyone else is united to fight a common enemy, Ryuuko seems to be going down the path of solidarity because she’s “not the same” as everyone else. It’ll be interesting to see how everything plays out in the last few episodes now with the super Kamui being made and what Satsuki has up her sleeve.
Nagi no Asukara
With Manaka being found, Miuna’s had some internal conflicts on how she feels about the whole situation. On the outside, she was glad and happy for Hikari, but some part of her deep down was also resenting the fact that Manaka was back. I think this is quite common in human nature, she can’t help but feel some jealousy or resentment towards Manaka even if she doesn’t want to. She wants Hikari to be happy but at the same time she also wants to be happy which isn’t exactly possible if her feelings aren’t reciprocated. She accidentally slips some words to Hikari because a part of her was frustrated that Hikari was going to so much trouble for Manaka even though she wasn’t awake yet. Luckily, Hikari doesn’t seem to hold anything against anyone and understands Miuna’s frustration along with his own.
Tsumugu and Miuna have a lot in common. Both of them have feelings that are unnoticed by the ones they like. They’re also both a mix of sea people and land people which makes it a bit hard for them to identify with others. The kids from Shioshishio are very close and are passionate while Miuna and Tsumugu had a hard time expressing themselves. Tsumugu does a good job at looking at things from a rational perspective. While on one hand, he was afraid of the people from Shioshishio coming back, at the same time he was glad. This way, they can clear up everything rather than go about their whole life never knowing what would have happened if they never awoke. Even if he finally got together with Chisaki, he wouldn’t know if it was because she actually reciprocated his feelings or if it was because Hikari was gone and he was the next closest person to her. With them waking up, even if Chisaki doesn’t love him back, at least he’ll have an answer rather than go about his whole life not knowing what would have happened.
You can watch Nagi no Asukara on Crunchyroll (May not be available in all regions)
That’s it for this week, hopefully I’ll have time to get my Winter 2014 mid season impressions up sometime in the next week as well as begin the Spring 2014 pre-air thoughts. Everything should be back on schedule next week once the Olympics have ended.