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Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Washio Sumi and Hero Chapters Discussion Thread

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  • #16
    Re: Episode 9 (Hero Chapter Episode 2)

    I love Fuu's attitude. After her leading them into unknowingly the first time, she's not about to let them jump in without thinking of the consequences. Sonoko is all so certain that the Taisha is not really hiding anything from them. Fool me twice... I don't know if they ever should trust them at this point. There was definitely some information about Tougou that was withheld, though perhaps it can be chalked up (in their favor) to the collective memory loss that came of Tougou's situation.

    At least as far the Hero system goes (looks like we may well be "safe" there, and it's another factor that's really going to drive the tragedy), the girls seem to have full details on what it means for them this time. They still got their powers and can even used Mankai, but rather than the tragic crippling effects of Sange, they just have a limit to the point where the fairy powers exhausted. This opens up the possibility they could die after losing their protection, though. Not in the clear for things going very wrong in that regard. As far as their fairies returning, it was cute seeing the moment with Yoshiteru. Despite the passing of his seiyuu Kimotsuki Kaneta, he is still credited, so I assume they are reusing existing voice clips (in Yoshiteru's case, well, he doesn't say much, but he's fun to hear).

    But more worrying seems to be what all Yuuna goes through in her very surreal space odyssey to return with Tougou. She has a bit of out-of-body experience that looks like the state Tougou was in.
    where Tougou was wracked with the feeling of wanting to atone for what she did with almost causing the Shinju to be destroyed in the first season. I had thought earlier that Tougou's apparent disappearance from memory may have been some kind of punishment for that. Interested to find out just what is going on, and to what degree she decided voluntarily on it versus having it forced on her.
    And so voluntary it was. Even knowing what it meant for Yuuna and friends, Tougou was deep enough in her desire for repentance that she took it up. It looks quite worrying Yuuna took on to get Tougou out. It seems to be an experience that burns her (quite literally), and while it seems like they're all back, happy, safe, and sound (seemingly rather miraculously for Tougou how things all seem to work out in explanation.... of course it couldn't be the end already), the signs of something very wrong with Yuuna are there. No surprise Yuuna is trying to keep this hidden for everyone's spirits, as we saw how she did that when Sange affected her ability to taste, but like then it may not be long until to others find out. Going to be interesting to see just what the particulars are of this affliction.

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    • #17
      Episode 10 (Hero Chapter Episode 3)

      Something's burning from within.

      It's Christmas, and the girls are in the spirit. That is, except for Yuna as the curse mark weighs heavily on her mind, and even more so after Fu gets into an accident and had to be hospitalized. Even so, everybody else seems to be handling things well, and even Itsuki as she chose not to sing with the choir to be with her big sister. Anyway, that was pretty ominous there as Yuna is thinking about what the curse mark means going forward, and that Fu's accident has something to do with it.
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      • #18
        Re: Episode 10 (Hero Chapter Episode 3)

        Dang, Yuuna really was trying not to keep it to herself and talk to someone about her problems. But it seems whatever is cursing her causes misfortune to come of those she starts to open up about it with. Reminds me a little bit of Re:Zero. The others are trying to get back to a happy everyday life, and sad it only increases the unease of Yuuna when she thinks she's destroying that and has to withdraw from them. Sonoko seems to have figured something out, though. Quite interested in what she is going to do.

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        • #19
          Episode 11 (Hero Chapter Episode 4)

          A hero never gives up!

          While Yuna continues to put up the facade that everything's alright, Togo is well aware that something's wrong. So she sneaks into her room and finds a hero diary that explains all the pain and agony she's going through, and that with her curse she doesn't have much longer to live. On top of that, she couldn't tell anybody about it or else the curse would spread. That was just painful to watch there seeing Yuna writhe in so much agony. Now that everybody is aware about what has been going on with Yuna, it will be interesting to see how they plan to combat this problem.
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          Watching: Kyo Kara Maoh, Pokemon Sun and Moon, Toonami Stuff
          Simulcasts: FTL, DRO, CQK, RSH, AOT, BSD, FRB, OPM, KYB, FGN, SKS, MLA, SMT, HBS, KOT, MIX, WNL, KMA, FIL, IDM, ISQ, SRG, STW
          The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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          • #20
            Re: Episode 11 (Hero Chapter Episode 4)

            I really love where we've gotten with Karin. She's gotten to feel so deeply about her group of friends (heh, was cute how she reacted to Fuu saying she'd hang around even after graduation), so dang does it hurt when Yuuna has to tightly guard her secrets and make it seem to Karin that she hasn't gotten as close as she thought. Yuuna tried so hard to deflect into something lighthearted, but there was no stopping that encounter from ending distressingly.

            Heh, but Tougou is not above breaking and entering when she thinks Yuuna is hiding something from her (and there would be no escaping the feeling given how closely she knows Yuuna). Though Sonoko is aware that they could be exposing themselves to the curse even by reading Yuuna's words, of course her friends are going to risk it presented the choice of trying to figure out what's wrong. I like that that choice was able to come to them even as Yuuna has been thoroughly discouraged from speaking herself and risking hurting them without their knowledge.

            But dang, both the emotional and physical pain Yuuna has experienced is even deeper than what we've seen so far. Quite harrowing for it to come out to her friends, particularly with Karin coming to grips with what Yuuna was feeling when she had approached her. Tougou of course is the most emotionally driven when it comes to Yuuna, Sonoko having to rein her in from being reckless. Do wonder what they're going to try to do. That last next-ep preview line, though... that feels like something that could potentially really light up an internet firestorm (well... context is everything. Quite intrigued to see what that ends up being)

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            • #21
              Episode 12 (Hero Chapter Episode 5)

              Trial by fire.

              And now, Yuna is being asked by Aki to marry Shinju-sama to save the world as this celestial being in on the verge of withering away, and when that happens the flames outside the barrier will burn all of humanity extinct. Seeing that she's the most qualified to be his bride that Yuna is undergoing the Shinkon to take Shinju-sama's place. Of course, once the Hero Club knows about it they don't take it very well, and they are contacted by Aki, who tells them the whole truth about what's going on, and now they have one last duty to perform as heroes, and that is to hold off God's wrath until the Shinkon is complete. Quite a drastic turn of events that was, and now the stage is set up for one last epic battle with the Vertices, but that won't be coming until the new year in two weeks.
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              The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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              • #22
                Re: Episode 12 (Hero Chapter Episode 5)

                So getting married to the Shinjyu-sama. It's hard to imagine what exactly that is going to be, and having it explained, even Yuuna and friends still don't. Friends are not all supportive of Yuuna's decision, and the harshness of her situation on all of them is further inflamed. The emotionally gripping moments don't end. The other heroes can't even go to crash the wedding right away as I'd initially expect them to because they're going to be quite occupied... Things are looking so danged dire yet again. Really hope we can be back to a satisfying point in the end after an arc that has been particularly painful for Yuuna.

                Heh, and I figured that was probably Aki-sensei as I got to hearing her. Sad what comes of the adults in this world who look over the heroes. I guess we shall see if these six show them something new.

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                • #23
                  Episode 13 (Hero Chapter Episode 6, Finale)

                  This is what a hero fights for.

                  So after whacking a bunch of those Vertex goons and making use of their Mankais that can only be used once, Togo reaches Yuna where she convinces Yuna to let her true feelings be known. A barrier gets erected, but thanks to Gin and the fallen heroes, Togo breaks through, and Gyuki makes the ultimate sacrifice, so that Yuna can kick ass and save the day. Shinju-sama is gone, but the world still remains as now it has lost its protection and resources are limited. But in the end, the status quo was broken and the future of the world is decided by its inhabitants. That was some pretty impressive visuals there at the end, especially the part where Yuna goes Super Saiyan. The story was rough around the edges there at the end as not much was said about Shinju-sama there, but in the end it's a world where heroes aren't needed anymore. Anyway, it all worked out well in the end even if it might not be for the better as far as the world is concerned.

                  Overall, this show has a pretty good story to follow up a great first season, but the execution just felt off as it did a rather poor job mixing in the happy times with the more serious ones. This season has more serious moments, and too many of those happy time antics just felt out of place. Not to mention, here wasn't as much action aside from the end and the Washio Sumi stuff, which is what really carried the first season. That said, the drama is great, while the story couldn't have been more appropriate to follow up something that seemingly ended in a way where there couldn't possibly be any more, but the execution was something that could have been handled better.

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                  The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                  • #24
                    Re: Episode 13 (Hero Chapter Episode 6, Finale)

                    That was appropriately hot-blooded and emotional for a Yuusha finale. Like that Tougou finally got Yuuna to be honest. In the end, the heroes reject becoming one with Shinju and forge a path forward where humanity will be on its own. After getting to feel it even more directly with the prequel, it's good to have an ending where the chilling totalitarian system the adults subscribed to is finally over as well. The no longer can foist the responsibility onto emotionally unprepared children. While this solidifies the bond of Yuuna and Tougou quite nicely (rejecting the Shinju in favor of each other ), I liked how deeply Yuuna and Karin both were in to trying to make up for what happened. Had me teary eyed when it was all over and they finally got to bear all with the whole bunch there. There are challenges ahead for humanity as a whole, but for this group of girls hopefully they will finally get to completely live in their happy everyday lives.

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