And nothing changed.
But I really did like this scene with Kousaka. He comes out filled with excitement and confidence, only to have Yuno not remember him at all. It was a good burst of humor in the midst of all the tension to make the viewer lower their guard. Then Akise and Mao are freed from the gas chamber easily, and it looks like everything will go off without a hitch. That lull is the opportunity for Yuno to pull out a crossbow, shoot Kousaka, and shock the audience once again. The lesson is, to get the biggest shock value, you need to keep luring the viewer back into a false sense of security. Constant surprise after surprise is not nearly as effective.
It looks like I spoke too soon last week. I was concerned that they would gloss over what Yuno did to Yukki while she imprisoned him. But this episode managed to make it clear how terrible it was and how devastated he became. But I would still argue that they didn’t convey the timescale effectively. If you aren’t paying attention to the details, as dene323 pointed out last week, you could be forgiven for thinking Yukkiteru was chained to the chair for the course of an afternoon, rather than for over a week.
Yukki’s bitch slap was weak. Seriously. I guess he’s been strapped to a chair and barely eaten for a week, but still. That was more like a loving stroke across the cheek. Yuno is not someone you should hold back on just because she’s a girl. She was probably happy to have Yukki slap her.
Yukkiteru’s final words pack a bit more punch though. Simple and to the point. I like it.
Then Yuno screams “Yukki!!!” as he carries Kousaka down the hall and leaves her behind. I normally don’t comment on this kind of thing, but that was some great voice acting for the farewell wail. Hear it again here (if you’re reading this in RSS, you’ll have to visit the post, sorry):
There’s this brokenness in her voice that makes it sound truly despondent. Note the pause between the “yu” and the “ki”, and the shorter pause as her voice breaks in the middle of the extended “ki”. Also notice the variation in volume: the “yu” begins weak and soft, slowly crescendos during the “ki” and finally peters out. Tomosa Murata deserves credit for this. Her only other role so far was as Eris’ little sister from Legend of Legendary Heroes (also done well), but I think she’s a name to keep an eye on.