Yashahime has by no means been what you’d name a very severe story, however each time a weird-looking monster exhibits up, I’ve to marvel if the entire thing would really feel prefer it had greater stakes if the creature designs weren’t so rattling goofy. After the large octopus and ogres who seemed like they have been sporting diapers, we now get “flame bulls,” who truly sound fairly threatening in idea. In any case, in a world with out hearth vans, large bulls who descend from the sky and set all the things on hearth could possibly be completely disastrous. However then we get a take a look at them, and so they appear to be one thing out of Yo-kai Watch quite than something extra threatening. I am undecided if it is the mat-wrapped ft or the various snaggle tooth, however these items extra carefully resemble one thing my four-year-old niece would draw than something scarier. That we then do not even actually get to see them in motion simply cements the issue – they present up, dodge Hisui’s weapon, and get clobbered by Setsuna’s, and that is it. So far as exhibiting off Setsuna’s ability goes, it is actually very lame and positively does not get the bulls’ risk degree throughout.
However this episode is all in regards to the half-measures, which is doubly disappointing after we had a couple of plot-packed episodes to check it (and final week’s unimpressive providing) to. As soon as once more the time is split between the three women, with out giving any certainly one of them fairly sufficient screentime to make significant progress. Moroha as soon as once more suffers probably the most right here; she’s been captured by Takechiyo’s folks and thrown in a dungeon, she escapes, after which she fights an enormous full moon tanuki. And…yeah, that is it. There’s a nice second when she pulls a multi-tool out of her hair and proves that for those who ever return in time, that is the one factor you completely wish to have with you, as a result of the sucker picks locks, drills holes in skinny flooring, and does a large number of different helpful issues. Sadly “defeating large tanuki” isn’t certainly one of its options. It might be necessary that Takechiyo’s youthful brother is, for all intents and functions, a puppet ruler, however proper now it’s kind of onerous to essentially see how. That is actually a fault within the storytelling, which is spectacularly unhealthy at pacing.
Essentially the most important plot level this week often is the damage to Riku’s eyes. Previous to it, Riku was just about all the time face-timing Kirinmaru, making it tough for him to be round Towa whereas additionally permitting Rion’s dad to know the place she was always. Though not having the ability to see has its downsides, the truth that he is been free of Kirinmaru could outweigh that for Riku – and drive him to grasp that Towa, regardless of her points, is nobody’s damsel in misery. The damage is nearly definitely momentary, however it provides them a window of time to get issues shifting within the plan division, whereas additionally providing a method for the 2 of them to spend time collectively, which must occur if their ship goes to sail.
After all, it is also necessary that Akuru, the spirit Kirinmaru desperately desires, is all of a sudden popping up in entrance of Towa and Setsuna. As Sesshomaru’s daughters, they’re among the solely ones who can see the little boy, and I do not assume it is a coincidence that he confirmed up when each of them have been utilizing lavender-scented hand cream. Within the western language of flowers, lavender is symbolic of purity and therapeutic, whereas in Japan it symbolizes faithfulness, any of which can be enticing to the little spirit. That solely Sesshomaru’s bloodline can see him (per Kirinmaru, so possibly take that with a grain of salt) and his attraction to the scent of lavender could point out a pact of some kind, with the “trustworthy” lavender reminding him to be trustworthy. However his depiction as a toddler could also be indicative of the “innocence” which means of European flower language, so it does not appear out of the query that each readings could possibly be meant to mix. Given the usage of folklorically important numbers within the present as properly (seven rainbow pearls, three women, 5 grains), I do not essentially assume that is studying an excessive amount of into it.
However then once more, this is Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, the present with what are plainly good intentions fumbled by poor execution. Oh properly. No less than subsequent week seems to be like it might follow simply Setsuna, which can enhance issues.
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