Yozakura Quartet ~Hana no Uta~ – 12

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The headline: Kotoha put some panties back on.

Backlog sucks, but that’s traveling for you.  Yozakura Quartet is back in the game in subbed form and I’ll be doing a longer post after the final ep next week, but I don’t have much time to dedicate to this one.  I think it’s pretty straightforward and, to be honest, not really one of the more gripping arcs in the series.  Lila’s story is pretty much standard-issue stuff we’ve seen done a bunch of times before, and there are other characters I find more interesting than Juli who would have been better subjects to focus on.  IMHO, of course.

It is interesting that yandere-imouto turns out not to be a hanyou after all, which we find out thanks to Shidare’s intervention.  I would love to get a good explanation as to why a true human is capable of such ridiculous powers (she could have killed the almighty Hime if help hadn’t arrived) and just what happened to her in the first place, since she was never “struck” in the half-demon sense.  How did she die, and where has she been for the last decade?

In any event, this seems more or less to have been a bridge to having the Akina-Enjin showdown be the centerpiece of the anime finale, which is as good a choice as any (of course, the current OVA series is already continuing the story past where we are in the TV).  I like the Enjin angle because – as you know if you’re familiar with the story that took place before ~Hana no Uta~ – the body he’s stolen has deep emotional connections for the cast, especially Ao and Akina.  That hasn’t been much of a focus in this series but it certainly will be in the finale.

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6 comments

  1. K

    Love the fanservice and plot. That said, I think they could have make this episode a little better.

  2. G

    I don't mind fanservice in shows that are made for it (Queens Blade, Seikon no Quazar, etc…) but in this series it just comes across as stupid.

  3. s

    This arc isnt the strongest part of the yozakura quartet narrative quite honestly but still, the ryochimo flair is keeping this arc entertaining. Unfortunately there is never an explanation as to why Lila can do what she can do without being a half demon though im sure that the story hints to the fact (and i could be wrong) that while Lila never got struck by the "falling star" she received the power that emanated from it because she wished upon it sort of how people wish upon a star thinking their request will be granted. That would explain why she didnt go on a rampage and needed to be exorcised instead gained extraordinary magical abilities

  4. t

    well, this is very similar to the events at the OVA.
    THO, I find the OVA much more intriguing. mostly because Juri-san, she is too much static and in shock…and while we have Lila which is interesting enough and catching a lot of attention. but without Juri being active..this is a bit wasted IMHO

    still, things have developed a bit, so the thing is different from the OVA. we have Enjin and Akina and with what's happened and meant to be to the town. I am eager to see what will happen there.
    and I wonder how Ao will be able to confront against Enjin.

    at this moment, I can not to wonder why it's not 2cour.
    sure, YQ is fun. but I am afraid this 1cour season gonna leave us in the dark…

    p.s
    is it just me or Zakuro is being wasted in Rin's delivery service? she should join the team permanently!

  5. Well again, the current OVA series has already moved past where the TV is with this arc. This has always been the way with Yozakura – OVAs and TV playing leapfrog with each other.

  6. T

    Ah I rememher reading this arc in the manga….and I thought it sucked. I havent been able to watch much anime due to net issues but I surely dont mind missing this part, gives me less to marathon later.

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