Hello folks! I hope you have been good this past week. We are nearing the end, aren’t we? And to be honest, this last episode gave me a bit of hope that the season will have a proper ending. I was hoping that they will make the last three episodes into a small arc, and fortunately they did.
There is an issue that needs to be solved. Hanae has lost his special ability, his sight of the youkai world, and as a result Abeno fired him from the Mononokean. In this episode we get to see that Abeno indeed cares for Hanae and is actually worried about him. He had developed a bond with Hanae that he himself is yet oblivious to. However, throughout the episode we get to see Abeno getting to accept his own feelings, which in my opinion is not a bad development.
The key factor of the episode was the help coming from all the youkai who have been exorcised by Hanae and Abeno. This came as a surprise to Abeno and inspired him to do all in his power to help Hanae recover his special ability.
Now, Rippo mentioned that it is amusing seeing a person named Ashiya having an ability to see the youkai world. We still do not know what is the reason behind this, but I do hope they might explore it a bit more in the following, last episode. However, I must admit that the chances are pretty slim. But let’s hope, nonetheless.
My favourite part of this episode was seeing Moja stuck to Hanae, even if the latter couldn’t see or feel his presence. It reflected their deep bond and connection, Moja’s love towards Hanae. It felt bittersweet.
Now, I have no idea how Abeno is going to get Hanae’s sight back but I truly hope it won’t be some halfheartedly written plot line, where he makes Hanae believe that his powers will be back and they come back the exact second. It has to have something more, a deep feeling to it. But we will find out soon enough, won’t we?
The fact remains that Hanae is getting pretty self-conscious about the loss of his ability. He is also worried about Abeno missing classes for a long time. However, Hanae in his own way is trying to get over of what happened and move on. He is trying to become better friends with his classmates and even contemplates if he should join the photography club. But deep inside his heart all he wants is to get his ability back and be able to work together with Abeno, help him exorcise more youkai and make new friends in the underworld. At this point, Zenko’s appearance and her suggestion to help gets his hopes high. The idea is to get him marked by Yahiko and hope that he gets to see the youkai again. However, as you might have guessed this doesn’t work out as planned and as a result Hanae heads home in low spirits.
There really isn’t much to comment on this episode. It had a good setting and it set up a good basis for a nice wrap up. Now everything depends on the last episode. I have said this a couple of times before, but I do not think that Fukigen na Mononokean will be able to pull up a Natsume Yuujinchou. Being an episodic show it is indeed hard to keep the interest of your audience caught for a long time. So far this particular anime has been failing at it, but if they use the finale right it might turn into a half-decent show which was worth watching.
Last, I want to comment on the reappearance of every single character we have met through the show. It felt a bit like a cheap trick, but then again this show targets the relationship and bonds between humans and youkai: how much a human is willing to do for a youkai and vice-versa. So far we had seen Hanae willing to do pretty much anything, even give up his special ability. But this time around we see the youkai showing their willingness to help him. Even Abeno admits that the one who saved or helped the youkai is not him but Hanae.
Anyways, let’s stop here and hope for a decent ending. We have only one more episode left so let’s look forward to it.
See you next week, folks!