Episode 11 Production Details
Episode Director: Masashi Abe (Director on Kekkai Sensen‘s Ending Sequence / Storyboard on Blue Dragon episodes 12, 26, 30 [alongside Matsushita Yukihiro), 37 and 46 / Episode Director and Storyboard on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure episodes 4 and 19 / Episode Director on Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis episodes 6 (alongside Shinichi Matsumi) and 10 (alongside Atsushi Wakabayashi and Tomoyuki Kurokawa) / Episode Director on Noragami Aragoto episodes 2, 5 and 12)
- Rie Matsumoto (Episode Director on Yes! Precure 5 episodes 14 and 24 / Storyboard and Episode Director on Saint Seiya Omega episodes 3 and 10 / Series Composition and Storyboards on Kyousogiga)
- Tomohiko Ito ( Director on Boku Dake ga Inai Machi / Director on Gin no Saji (Silver Spoon) / Director on Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin / Director on Sword Art Online / Storyboard and Episode Director on MONSTER episodes 42, 55 and 70 / Episode Director on Death Note episodes 2,7, 14, 23, 26, 29 and 35 / Episode Director on Michiko e Hatchin episodes 4 and 12 / Storyboard on Michiko e Hatchin episodes 4,12, and 19 [alongside Yasuji] / Storyboard on Noragami Aragoto episode 8)
Script: Kazuhisa Furuya (Series Composition on Kekkai Sensen)
I will admit I do not like recap episodes. However, Episode 10.5 tackles Kekkai Sensen’s story thus far in a rather inventive way. A radio show with the cast making detailed changes along the way. I will take no time in the recap and jump right into the story with episode 11.
One of the biggest points that Kekkai Sensen has with its success is how unpredictable it can be. Dancing along the setting of the manga’s storyline we get an entire series focused on a bombastic group (Libra) and the situations they encounter with other people and aliens throughout a fictional New York City.
This episode manages to do the impossible. An entire 25 minutes dedicated to William (Black) and Mary (White) Macbeth. Not a single member of Libra has a shred of dialogue! And yet we get details bit by bit from previous episodes finally coming together here in order to explain the twins’ backstory. They’re children of casters, which is why the LOHOS group was prevalent in the previous episode, and marks a return in a big way here.
Throughout this show we’ve seen how devious Black is and the power that comes with his alternate persona. This penultimate episode filled in all the questions without shoving the information down our throats needlessly. William inherited cast powers and Mary did not. This explains why Mary is sold brash, bold and whimsically charming towards Leonardo. As for Black he’s the timid and shy twin. That is until the King of Despair takes hold of his personality. The imagery is superb in this episode. Delivering a heartwarming effect on its audience. Filled with visually warm childhood scenes between sibling fights and touching scenes between child and parents. Parents that are shepherds in a sense. The father reminds me a lot of Maes Hughes from FullMetal Alchemist: BROTHERHOOD— especially with his comedic moments with Mary and his wife. A beautiful collection of memories that are torn apart in the second half of this episode. Containing some of the darkest moments out of this entire series!
This episode’s intention was to establish the main manga’s world elements but more importantly acts as a parallel between the Macbeths and the Watches. Both older siblings giving up something precious for their younger siblings presents two motifs: hope and despair. This is represented nicely when we learn what the twin’s parents had done in order to keep Mary alive.
I really like how Femt has been overseeing Black’s plan. That scene towards the end felt as though it was original creator, NIGHTOW, seeing this anime original arc unfold! Sitting at the sidelines teasing us that the main story hasn’t even begun!
I sure hope there is a season two because this has been a fantastic ride!
OVERALL IMPRESSION: 10/10