At the very last moment Gyuuki directs the Great Tengu’s blade aside, and back in Kyoto, Yura faces off with Kidoumaru however he maneuvers through all her attacks with ease and closes in, however before he can go any further both Ryuuji and Mamiru arrive just in time to fend him off with their Shikigami Fusion.
I got tired of waiting for an HD raw for screencaps, so I’ve taken them from an SD one instead.
And while there still may have been Ibaraki Douji to deal with, Kurotabou and Kappa come in to counter him and bring Yura, Kubinashi, and Keijourou to safety. By this point Rikuo has started to wake up from the beating he took and finds himself face to face with Zen, whose here because he exchanged Sakazuki with him, not needing another reason to come to dress his wounds. And as he does this, he tells him how even his clan could spread their wings of poison wide when they marched with his father, showing off his own wings. In doing so empowering him somewhat to know he has people that believe in him.
In the end Aotabou and Akifusa’s efforts were able to successfully fend off Shokera’s assault, however while they were still able to force them to retreat, the state of the Keikain household is an absolute disaster as the members work to repair what they can and Yura’s grandfather, the current clan head took a fatal injury. With Yura and her group arriving during his last moments as he entrusts the fate of their clan to her, regarding her as their crystal. After which, still grieving, she finally gets some rest, leaving Akifusa to lament over their current state, Aotabou to assure him otherwise, and with Yura’s grip over the Hagun loosened, Hidemoto fades away for the time being.
With the sun setting, Rikuo’s training is now in full force as Gyuuki attempts to push him to find the answer he needs, but either way all he really gets out of it is cuts and bruises. Thinking once more about what Gyuuki means by finding a blade capable of reaching Tsuchigumo, however as he’s patiently eating dinner with Zen, Gozumaru, and Mezumaru, they find themselves surrounded by the Great Tengu’s underlings. With the Great Tengu himself explaining to Gyuuki that he won’t approve of Hagoromo-Gitsune giving birth to the Nue with Minagoroshi Jizou involved, that he will have his vengeance for replacing him, declaring that he’ll recover Nenekimaru by force if need be. Then cutting back to Rikuo attempting to fend off his underlings, but while Gozumaru and Mezumaru are able to escape, Zen refuses, that as his Hyakki-Yakou he wants to fight by his side. And so with no other choice but to accept his help, he tells him to spreads his wings, but as he does this something strange happens to Rikuo.
Well I must admit that I kind of held off from posting this, but I guess if it starts taking this long without an HD raw popping up I’ll have to start using an SD one instead. Regardless however, this was yet another good episode, focusing a lot more on Rikuo’s training after its absence in the last episode.
Once more having him go against Gyuuki and the Great Tengu with no one other than his bro, Zen at his side to help him, once again being faced with the same questions that he just can’t seem to be able to find an answer to. To embrace his human side, discover the next step in his fear, and grasp the blade capable of reaching Tsuchigumo. All of which look to have been answered at this point, with Gyuuki himself explaining that the former related to adaptability, and that Rihan had been the type to rely on his team mates instead of pushing them to the back as Rikuo has been doing. The test for which that this episode presented was also fairly good as well, allowing Zen a chance to truly shine through his unyielding loyalty to him and to prove that no matter how weak he is, he’s still part of his Hyakki-Yakou, his first member and all he really has left at the moment. So even if the way it allowed Zen to shine was enough, just seeing it address this aspect simply made it great.
Next to that it was also interesting to see that the Great Tengu had motives of his own, as a past loyal follower of Hagoromo-Gitsune his allegiance has always been rather questionable since he first arrived back, that despite how he and Gyuuki have some sort of friendship he could betray them at anytime. However instead he was shown to have a motive of his own, that he too opposed Hagoromo-Gitsune giving birth to the Nue and after being replaced by Minagoroshi-Jizou he would bitterly stand in their way, acting with the Nura clan yet independently as well. Aside from that, with this it’s quite clear that something darker is afoot and that in the end Hagoromo-Gitsune may just be Minagoroshi-Jizou’s catspaw, him replacing the Great Tengu to place himself in a position of influence doesn’t really suggest much else, let alone we saw him receive the Maou’s Hammer in the last episode. He obviously has ulterior motives to the Nue’s birth.
On the sides to this however things weren’t really that exciting, to say that Yura’s fight with Kidoumaru along with Kubinashi and Keijourou’s one with Ibaraki Douji were both anti-climactic would be an understatement. Both of them simply came down to the other characters arriving just at the right moment to allow them to escape, sure seeing the likes of Kurotabou and Kappa catch up with Kubinashi was all right but the former’s fight was near entirely pointless. That said however I thought it was partially made up for by the scene Yura had with her grandfather in his final moments, we barely knew the guy but seeing Yura break down as he named her his successor was heart wrenching to say the least.