Reaching the climax.
Kyoukai no Kanata Episode 9 Review
Beyond the Boundary Episode 9 Review
The mysteries of the Nase family and its adversity that is the Society of the Spirit World Warriors are quite interesting to delve into. Even so, with the pacing aside, this episode really shows just how detrimental weak characters can be to vital developments in the story.
Kyoukai no Kanata Episode 9 Impressions
Whatever rank Miroku and Izumi are, the two fight fairly evenly face to face. Leaving the viewers in the dark, the two know exactly what the opposite party wants and there is absolutely no hesitation to even kill the other side. This shows the magnitude of this “Beyond the Boundary,” and just how important it is for both organizations. Then, we have Akihito turning into his overpowered youmu side which is exactly what Izumi wanted to happen. This trouble is a serious one, and Mirai is left in a situation where she must take a stance even if both choices are difficult. Beforehand, Akihito was always around to help solve her problems, but now that he is the problem, she has no real emotional support. The person that is most similar to her and understands her best is Akihito. Mitsuki and Hiromi may be friends, but their bonds have not really deepened to where she can rely on them for something of this caliber. However, that doesn’t mean she’s not influenced by the people around her. Whether she realizes it or not, because she doesn’t have Akihito around, words other people say can have a more profound impact on her especially when she is trying to reach out to find an answer. This is exactly what Izumi wants, a helpless girl with the power to do her bidding.
Finally, the mystery is unveiled. Kanbara Akihito does indeed have part of the “Beyond the Boundary” within him. Does this mean that it was put into him upon birth? Didn’t his father give him his immortal powers? Could this “Beyond the Boundary” be something related with powerful youmu? These questions pop up, but Mirai is focused on just one thing. Manipulated and driven to a point where she must survive, Mirai has to push ahead and kill Akihito before everything gets out of control… But wait. Isn’t this scenario much like how she killed Yui? Does she even realize that she’s doing the exact same thing? Moreover, if she ever finds out that Izumi is involved… she’ll may very well go insane for the only person who accepted her in the beginning would be the person she didn’t really have to kill. Though, she’s pushed to such an extent and can’t really think clearly with all of these emotions clouding her mind. She’s always been impulsive anyways so it looks like things are just going as Izumi planned. A part of me wants Akihito to die off to see what would result. He hasn’t been that interesting anyways, and the potential that lies ahead beyond his death is probably greater than what he can contribute to the rest of the season anyways. Then again, killing off the main protagonist like this is very rare. Given what the tone of this show has been so far, I find it unlikely that we won’t see him again.
Kyoukai no Kanata Episode 9 Review
The visuals are astounding as usual, and the auras of mystery that surrounds Miroku and Izumi give a sense of excitement to the show. However, a large part of this episode is also centered around how Mirai is supposed to deal with this situation. Because developments like this is so character driven, it’s very difficult for me to feel anything towards Mirai and Akihito if they aren’t even good characters to begin with. Quite frankly, their struggle means almost nothing to me as I’ve said in previous episodes, the show hasn’t expanded upon their inner conflicts well at all. Akihito has been largely ignored and serves nothing more than a plot device in this episode while the feeling the show is aiming for is to clearly make viewers feel emotional about this desperate situation. But how can I feel such a way when he has been an uninteresting character that has almost no depth? If I’m feeling that it’s better to get rid of him to find out what happens as a result, then it’s quite clear that I have nearly no attachment to him as a character.
What about Mirai? Well, at the very least I can sympathize with her situation a bit more. The thing that kills her development for me in this episode is just how the dialogue is handled. Again, we see the delivery of cliche lines that make my eyes roll more than anything else. Yes, I know she’s a naive person that would deliver such lines, but the studio has a choice of not including them in the first place to portray it in a better light. The last section where she fights and reminisces to the past is perfectly fine. It’s not great, but it’s fine. I can also understand why she’s crying, but the thing is that because I am not emotionally affected, her tears seem melodramatic however fitting it may be for the situation. Moreover, what about her decision to kill Akihito? Exactly how did she reach this conclusion? Why don’t we really see into her mind until the very end of the episode? All we get is some crappy dialogue, but where is the thought give to this conundrum? Couldn’t they have added a soliloquy, some flashes to the past, or something like that before the final part of this episode? It makes her decision seem unwarranted and without proper build up. They are portraying, but this isn’t necessarily a good portrayal of her inner conflicts.
More than anything else, I’m looking forward to how things develop in the Nase family. Since Hiromi knows what’s going on and that Akihito’s death may be avoidable, we may see some interesting twists and turns. If it weren’t for the mysteries surrounding Izumi and Miroku, I doubt this arc would be nearly as interesting. It would have been more or less the same as the first arc. Seriously, look back to episode 4 and compare it to this one. Has Akihito changed at all in the span of five episodes? Has Mirai developed greatly in these five episodes? Izumi and Miroku aside, nothing much has really changed. We’re still left with shallow characters with some great visuals and an overall nice setting that is waiting to be exploited. I suppose in this arc they are at least taking advantage of the setting itself to drive the mysteries forward which is more than I expected. Still, many core aspects of the show leave a lot to be desired.