Yuuichi helps Mai stand up to the last of the demons in the school, leading to Yuuichi learning the truth about Mai and the demons.
This episode was just mind blowing. KyoAni truly are absolutely amazing. Even knowing what already happened by watching the previous series multiple times, this episode still made my eyes widen throughout the whole thing and I was on the edge of my seat. Itâ€™s like its repeating events I remember but in a new and more interesting way. Not only is the event and plot itself interesting but itâ€™s really cool to see events and things you remember happen in different ways. Its lie you know the what but not the how and why.
As for this episode itself, it was very emotional. The first thing that surprised me was how sad it was when they showed Maiâ€™s past, even though in the end nothing bad happened. I almost cried when Mai made the â€œzooâ€ out of snow rabbits for her mom. That was so incredibly touching I couldnâ€™t believe it. It wasnâ€™t really in the other series but thatâ€™s not what got me, itâ€™s just how well they did it. Sure the flashback explained Maiâ€™s powers but I liked it much more for the emotional aspect it had in adding to the characters. All in all, Maiâ€™s arc is still my favorite. Itâ€™s always been since the first series and I doubt they will change because KyoAni made the arc even better. Iâ€™m sure all the arcs will be better, but Iâ€™ll still always love Maiâ€™s. Her story and character are just so entrancing. Not only is it funny to watch her but it can become serious and interesting. This arc was executed excellently from the tragic and sad moments involving Maiâ€™s past, her feeling that she hurt others with her power, and Yuuichi and Sayuri caring so much about her when she felt she was alone. It all came together amazingly.
For those that didnâ€™t completely understand it. Basically, Mai and Yuuichi knew each other as kids. Mai had this strange power and basically anything the believed or thought or wished for would happen. Yuuichi became her only friend and when she learned he had to go away Mai made up a lie that there were demons and needed Yuuichi to stay and protect them. Yuuichi couldnâ€™t and Mai kept believing the lie, she wanted there to be demons so Yuuichi would stay. Since she wanted there to be demons, her powers created them.
The one thing that has me shocked is that the ending is very different from the old series. I mean, in the end there is the same resolve but it happens in a different way. Both endings make perfect sense, both endings are great but theyâ€™re just different. In the old series, Mai never stabs herself. She is about to, they go though all the explanation of Mai creating demons and Mai says thank you. She held the sword up to her but then Sayuri, who they explained is fairly better now, appears and grabs Mai, hugging her. She cries saying how she loves her and so on so Mai never actually stabs herself. Honestly I donâ€™t know which ending I like best. On one hand this ending is a bit more shocking because she actually does stab herself. However it may be a little bit odd by her coming back because of her own power. The other ending is a bit more emotional, as Sayuri is included which not only makes her character so much more important but has the emotional thing of saying she loves her and doesnâ€™t want her to go away. Either ending, they are both great though.
Donâ€™t really have anything I can write here without needlessly just giving a summary of the other arcs. Next up, Shiori/Kaori.