Sharing a tender moment…
Sheer words fail me to describe how I felt this episode was, so let’s just say Kyo Ani kept on raising the bar higher and higher with every Kanon arc they’re doing now. This episode resolves Mai’s arc in a very awesome manner, and let’s just say I was left speechless for at least 5 minutes after the episode ended.
Facing off with the rest of the demons, Mai and Yuuichi manage to exterminate what he thought was the last of them, with Mai pulling off some impressive sword stunts. She asks for gyudon after that and Yuiichi gladly obliges and runs off to buy it, only to return to see Mai is missing and he realizes that there’s one more demon left. He searches for her and meets with the demon, who reveals to him Mai’s sad past.
“Don’t die, okaasan!”
While she was still a
loli kid, Mai’s mother fell sick badly and almost died, but Mai saved her with her healing powers. Her power was paraded on TV, which resulted in her ostracism in her original town and she moved away to the current town where she meets Yuiichi in a barley field, who was the first person to play with her and accepted her powers. However, Yuuichi had to leave when summer vacation was over and Mai fabricated a lie about demons attacking the barley field to make Yuuichi stay. The barley field eventually became the school and Mai’s power, materialized the demons as she started to believe in them.
“It’s all my fault.”
Realizing this, Yuuichi finds Mai and tells her that the demons didn’t exist and it was all her power’s doing, persuading her to put down the sword, since he’s already back, asking her to wake up from her long, long dream. Mai, however cannot throw down her sword and realizing the truth, she stabs herself with the sword. The final demon, a fragment of Mai’s power calling herself “hope”, saves Mai and she stirs along with the rising of the sun.
Yes, this was an awesome episode, especially with Mai stabbing herself at the end, leaving me shocked and speechless for quite a while, trying to comprehend it. Thankfully though, Mai was saved in the end. In retrospect, I must give a hundred praises for Yukarin’s voicing of Mai. She’s probably the most fitting seiyuu to voice Mai, and Mai is probably the character that would use her range perfectly, from the innocent child Mai, to the silent and enigmatic teenage Mai. Her performance as both, is really top-notch.
Couldn’t resist putting this in…:)
Next episode kicks off the Sayuri arc and I look forward to it.