Mayuko and Takeshi episode this time. Poor Matsuri T_T.
Aono attacks Matsuri relentlessly, using her Yaka powers to control paper, Yomiko Readman style. Matsuri, already injured and in a regretful mood, just dodges Aono’s attacks but she finally gets cornered. Giving up herself to fate, she passes out and Aono tries to deal the final blow but stops short after a memory of her past with Matsuri surfaces.
Matsuri is saved later by Mayuko. Meanwhile, Hige-dandy manages to learn the whereabouts of Mayuko from his admirer and confronts Matsuri, who gets separated from Mayuko. While fighting, we learn about Mayuko and Takeshi’s past, where they were both childhood friends but Mayuko was murdered on her birthday. Later, one evening, Takeshi visits Kamikawa house and finds Mayuko, miraculously alive, but she reveals she has been turned in to a Yaka and she’ll never be able to stand under the sun again.
In anger, Takeshi promises to return her back to normal and stay by her side forever. Fuelled by this promise, Takeshi makes quick work of the already weakened Matsuri and just when he’s about to deal the final blow, Mayuko appears and stops him, saying she doesn’t want to return normal and wants to be together with Takeshi only, triggering a round of memories of them both travelling together.
Meanwhile, Yorito, who was out most of the episode, finally wakes up and looks up to the moon, somewhat ominously.
First off, Mayuko <3. Especially her past self. Long hair fits her much better than twintails. Now at least we know both their pasts. I wonder who turned Mayuko into Yaka, though, was it Matsuri or someone else?
Secondly, Matsuri really got abused a lot this episode, being on the verge of death twice, first by Aono(“ZA PEHPAH!”) and next by Takeshi. In the Aono-Matsuri-Yorito triangle, I guess the most pressing question now still remains…”Who is the current Yorito?”. Aono is definitely hiding a lot of things and man, vibes of Higurashi was felt when she went over to Mana’s house looking for Yorito this episode.
Again, I’ll say the lack of real previews really a both a blessing and a curse. Three more episodes left.