Episode Director: Kei Ajiki (2nd Key Animator on Sword of the Stranger / Key Animator on BLEACH Opening Sequence 12 / Key Animator on Nisekoi Opening Sequence / Key Animator on Mushishi episode 23 / Animation Supervisor on PSYCHO-PASS episode 2, 20 and 22 / Key Animator on Kekkai Sensen episode 1)
Storyboards: Masashi Koizuka (Animation Supervisor on Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 episodes 2 and 7 / Episode Director and Key Animator on Robotics;Notes episode 5 / Episode Director and Key Animator on Shingeki no Kyojin episodes 13 and 17 / Director and Storyboard Writer on Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen Hen Opening Sequence)
Script: Hiroshi Seko (Script Writer on Kill la Kill episode 5)
Yuu and his friends confront their demons in order to become stronger. He confronts Mika in a dreamlike state only to be quickly given his power through his desire to save him. That flew by. As did Kimizuka’s possession of his own abilities. While this part in the story is about earning a new family for Yuu, this episode focuses on Yoichi, what happens to his sister and how he becomes a demon after losing to her.
Everything about this episode has been beaten to death before and it doesn’t help the fact that it was Yuu that helps Yoichi gain his resolve and turn back into a human. A lackluster episode that reminds me of Ao No Exorcist and how that series handled it’s character relationships. Too cliche and cheesy when Yuu talks Yoichi out of fighting them.
On the up side, at least WIT STUDIO knows how to animate debris, smoke effects and the dark fog that represents the demons throughout this episode. The background visuals are still gorgeous it’s just that the story in this episode isn’t as solid as the previous ones.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: 3/10