Catch up on 07-Ghost Episodes 8 and 9
Alright! I, along with some viewers can now breathe a collective sigh of relief that the ordeal of waiting for the inevitable is finally over. We’ve gone back on track and now it’s time to move the frek on. I’ll probably get my episode updates back on track as well unless the anime falls into mediocre filler territory again. Studio Deen has not impressed me much in that aspect.
Anyway, moving on to my combined impressions of the two episodes. They basically entail the end of the Mikage arc. The anime placed great emphasis on Mikage and Teito’s relationships in the last several episodes in order to create an emotional impact for when the honeymoon is over. The unusually ‘close’ friendship they were portrayed to have and Mikage’s eventual demise, served as an important plot device for Teito-kun’s character development. I also thought the fight scenes in these two episodes were done much better than before as they were more fluid.
Unfortunately, the incessantly long built up to this supposedly pivotal juncture loses its impact on me. All that anticipation abated on the way to the end of this arc. Granted, the Mikage parting scene was short and sweet. It further drives home the ‘bromance’ relationship factor with the added nostalgic flashbacks of Teito and Mikage. To be honest, the humour elicit more reaction from me than the *sad* bits. I laugh out loud at Frau’s attempt to take off the special binding collar on Teito’s neck and ends up being his master instead.
Frau’s frosty confrontation with Ayanami was interesting too and foreshadows their mysterious connection with each other. The death scythe acts as sort of a clue to their past. But I still prefer the manga’s sequence of their dialogue which injects more tension between the two.
What do I think of Burupya, Mikage’s reincarnated form? Well, I think it’s adorably kawaii. It squeaks just as I’d imagined it would…lol. Of course, with the passing of Mikage, the anime should be treading into the next arc which will feature the introduction of another blonde bishie. He’s one of my favourite characters in the post Mikage manga chapters. Looking forward to his first appearance and also more of mischievous Michael in the upcoming episodes.
More images from Episode 8 and 9
In the above scenes from episode 8, Mikage is shown to be gradually possessed by Ayanami as his main chess piece to get Teito to bend to his will. What better way than to use his best friend to do it. Aya-tan is completely merciless. Teito discovers that the Kor possessed Mikage isn’t the same kind of Kor that he has seen before as this one has only one wing. In this case, Mikage’s body has only half a soul. The other half is controlled by Ayanami. Teito is losing badly in the fight and is no match for Ayanami controlled Mikage. Eventually, his motivation to save his friend activates the Eye of Michael. The bishops became aware of his presence.
It’s understandable that Teito would be badly affected by losing Mikage because he was the first friend he ever made. Ayanami made used of this fact to incite his anger and hatred so that Teito would come to him.
Frau is such a comfort. He tells Teito that Mikage’s three wishes had been fulfilled and his soul gets reincarnated as ta da…Burupya. Frau actually took the trouble to find his reincarnated soul as both Castor and Labrador-san noted.
I love this part the best. Frau being bitten by that *pledge* collar and accidentally became Teito’s master because of the blood contract. It just goes to show that Frau is fated to be Teito’s guardian. Teito is naturally dismayed to be stuck with the crazy pervy bishop.