Yomi vs. Mei
Yomi is win!
Words cannot describe how this epic this episode was.
After the funeral ceremony, there was meeting with the Isayama family members (Kagura excluded). They discussed who should inherit the Nue-spirited sword, the Shishi-ou. Since the head of the family is now her uncle, Mei is now favored to have it. Yomi protested but was quickly put down, said to be irresponsible and unfit to bear it. Though the change was official, not everyone agreed to it as Kagura witnessed.
Later, when Kagura was trying to comfort Yomi, Mei interrupts to get the sword. Yomi turned it over without too much resistance. While testing the blade outside, the Shishi-ou resonated with Mei and she recovered her memories. She remembered the fight against Kazuhiro and how she’s already dead. With the wounds reappearing, she tore open her clothes only to find a Sesshouseki in her chest. With the regenerative properties of the stone, her wounds disappeared.
The cremation of Yomi’s father was an emotional affair, especially for Yomi. However, there wasn’t time to grieve. There was a Category-B disturbance and agents of the ministry were called out to take care of it. However, their mission was succeeded by another division of the government, the special operations forces seen in Episode 1.
Meanwhile, Yomi confronts Mei who suddenly attacks her with Nue. Falling into an underground structure, the two fought for a short while. Using Kagura’s sword, Yomi managed cut off Mei’s hand, the one holding the sword. With no connection to the Shishi-ou, Nue was dispelled. However, her hand regenerated and the fight resumed.
Mei fought stronger than before, fueled by all the negative emotions of jealousy, envy, and anger. She even taunted Yomi, admitting to be the one who killed her father. About to deliver the final blow, the Sesshouseki suddenly rejects Mei and her injuries started to reappear. Yomi didn’t let the chance go to waste, quickly reversing their roles. Now straddling her chained-up cousin, Yomi held the blade staff to her throat. However, at that moment, Mei returns to her original self. Seeing herself about to die, she begged Yomi not to kill her. But Yomi, fueled by the rage of losing her father, delivered the final blow, staining her hands a bloody-red.
The battle finished, Yomi stumbled outside only to find the rain… and Kazuhiro. Exchanging brief words, Kazuhiro soon attacked, raining metal spikes at the Isayama girl. Already exhausted from the previous battle, Yomi was unable to defend herself, impaled multiple times (notably the head). She fell dead to the ground…
Like many others, I thought Mei was going to be the catalyst to Yomi’s evil transformation but it turns out, we’re only partially correct. Mei did turn evil, becoming her dad’s murderer. However, what really stuck out to me was the conclusion to the Yomi/Mei battle. Even though her cousin returned to normal, Yomi continued to kill her. And now, she’s dead too… and Kazuhiro’s going to implant a Sesshouseki into her corpse. Mei was the bait for Kazuhiro’s trap.
The scene of Yomi stroking Kagura’s hair seems to be the end of happy days. No more warm sisterly bonding. In fact, this could be the final episode for this timeline. It could easily jump back to the time frame of episode 1 and 2. Personally though, I think it’ll be the second-last since they need to explain Yomi’s disappearance.
Overall, a very impressive episode. One gripe: There was a slight drop in the quality of animation in the beginning but once the Yomi/Mei fight came around, it got better.
So very eager for episode 9… I want to see more Kagura T_T.