After last week’s questionable choices we’re back to the Kyoukai no Kanata I know and…. tolerate.
As promised by the scriptwriter, Kyoukai no Kanata was back to its old self this week. On the one hand this means the plot is actually moving forward but on the other all the issues that were present before episode six were still present in episode seven. The school life portion of the show (especially the perpetual glasses/little sister fetish jokes) feels pointless at best and counterproductive at worst. Mirai continues to be incredibly inconsistent in her characterization. The action, such as it is, feels awkward and lacking in impact. It’s a testament to the staff’s ability to deftly handle cute things and comedy that Kyoukai has any entertainment value left at this point.
As far as the actual content of the episode, the conflict between Mirai and Sakura felt a bit rushed. I would have liked to see more of a build-up before they’re suddenly having a life and death showdown in a sewer but I guess the creators just didn’t have enough time to build that tension. Oh wait; they (intentionally!) wasted an entire episode last week that could have been used to give this week more impact. I don’t have much else to say about the rest of the episode because it’s all things we’ve seen before. The perverted jokes and the moe catch-phrases are entertaining enough but they feel out of place here in Kyoukai. At times it feels like KyoAni has decided to just show off with their animation plot transitions and coherency be damned.
I could speculate idly on the organization and motives behind stealing the hollow shadow and giving Sakura her weapon but we don’t have a lot to go on and I’m not exactly interested enough in the show at this point to do the digging. I don’t want to be all negative but I really don’t have much in the way of positive specifics to say about Kyoukai right now. I don’t hate the show but it’s thoroughly uninteresting at this point. As such I think this will be my last episodic post on Kyoukai unless something worth writing about happens in a future episode. I’ll plan to pick something else up to fill the slot (likely Golden Time) because Kyoukai just isn’t getting it done at this point. It’s a real shame because there are pieces here that could be part of a compelling and/or funny anime but they’ve been put together all wrong. Hopefully KyoAni gets their act back together for Chuunibyou Season 2.