Reverberating Fear – 反響する恐怖
This episode was a slight let-down after the what we saw during the previous episode and let’s just say I didn’t like that one glimpse of Seiryuu’s face I saw. Is it just me or does he look weird? But Shion needs to stop bitching about the artwork so rant stops here.
After finding out that a villager actually tried to abduct their precious princess, both Kija and Hak went into rage mode, only to be pulled back to their senses by Yun. We can always count on the genius pretty-boy to knock some sense into whoever who needs it at the moment right? It also felt like forever since we got some quality Hak-Yona time, but us fangirls got some service during this episode when Hak suddenly held Yona’s hands and pulled her real close. As usual, Yona didn’t think too much of his actions and set off with Yun and Kija after promising not to get into any danger like before. Poor Hak.
Meanwhile, Seiryuu has been left rather confused about his brief encounter with Yona. Given how the villagers feared his power, no one cared to tell him about King Hiryuu and he had no idea what to make of the reactions his body(?) was having to Yona. That sounded wrong. Anyway, while he was pondering over what to make of the “intruders”, he sensed Yona and Yun’s approach and drew out his sword in preparation for the unknown. I have to say that the moment when he drew his sword was quite wow and I actually rewatched that few seconds just to admire the animation. Despite facing a rather hostile Seiryuu, Yona remained calm and collected – a far cry from the easily shaken princess in the opening episodes – while Yun gave his usual comical reactions to everything.
In case you forgot (how could you?!), Seiryuu’s mentor was called Ao which might have been referring to the colour of his hair, and this cute little critter here is also named Ao, presumably in memory of his mentor. I loved the whole scene where Yona asked Seiryuu (am trying very very hard not to refer to him by his name because I just realised that he hasn’t been named yet) about the squirrel’s name. Seiryuu’s belated reply, Yona’s frank comment and Yun’s freaked-out reaction just made my day.
Unable to persuade Seiryuu to join their group, Yona and Yun left Seiryuu in his dark corner and headed back towards the spot where Kija was. They were confronted with a number of villagers who were intent on killing them as they found out about Seiryuu’s powers. Before anything else could happen, there was an earthquake which caused the tunnel to cave in. With everyone trapped in a narrow space, they were running out of oxygen and just when Yona and Yun start to freak out, Kija activated his dragon powers. I thought it was pretty obvious that Kija could get them out of this mess; perhaps I was placing too much reliance on the dragon’s powers blindly, but wasn’t it obvious that the claw could help them out? Again, we saw how the Seiryuu was blamed for everything, when the villagers placed the blame of their current situation on him out of the blue. I thought it was rather reflective of what happens in real life, where people like to push the blame on the most irrelevant things during trying times. The Seiryuu suddenly emerged from the darkness and approached the villagers, while I’m sure he’s about to help everyone in some way, he was faced with fear as usual. The flustered villager knocked off Seiryuu’s mask in his haste and we got one rare glimpse at Seiryuu’s face.
Compared to Kija’s story, we’re spending considerably more time on
Shin Seiryuu’s story. I’m not going to complain because I’m such a fangirl for Seiryuu, but somehow anime Seiryuu just isn’t as captivating as how manga Seiryuu was, just like anime Soo Won. In contrast, I’m liking anime Yun and Hak so much better than the manga ones and I find myself liking them more as the series progress. I’m not sure how my final conclusion on all these characters will be, but I’m looking forward to the next episode, and the next because… reasons. Till next week!