As Akihito’s side wakes up again, Mirai is left with a tough choice to make.
Just like the last episode, this one feels particularly dark for the fact that not only Akihito injures Ai, but Izumi also manipulates Mirai who is upset over the whole thing to kill him. While she isn’t nearly as evil compared to Miroku, it doesn’t make her apparent lack of morals go away. For the fact that she would rather have Mirai do the dirty work is very cruel, especially when it’s heart breaking for the person being forced to kill her friend for reasons like saving the world. She already went through this once with Yui. Perhaps this time it will finally break her if he actually dies. To me, if Izumi wants to stop Akihito from destroying the world, she should have done it all by herself.
While Hiroomi gets upset over Izumi’s manipulation, more disturbing information finally gets revealed about Akihito. Apparently, the Youmu inside him is the Beyound the Boundary as the show’s title suggests, which has the power to destroy the world. This finally explains the spirit hunter’s difficulties to subdue him when he gone berserk for the first time and Miroku’s wanting Ayaka to hand him over. This finally makes sense when you factor Izumi’s desire to kill Akihito because having both the Shadow Hallow (which gets stolen by Miroku) and the ultimate Youmu will maintain Nase family’s influence in the area. No wonder Miroku wants both so he can grab the remaining power the Spirit Hunters Association needs. Basically, this can be summed up as a power trip once you consider what is happening between the two factions.
While it appears that Mirai landed a final blow to Akihito, it makes me wonder what is his fate. Will he die while the Youmu gets destroyed or will he survive, but his youmu side gets severely weakened? Who knows, but from the look of the preview, it doesn’t look good for Izumi and Miroku now that nobody can get a hold of the “ultimate Youmu.” Perhaps Akihito should have heeded his mother’s words and just skip school until the calm passes, then maybe, none of this would have happen. Whatever Akihito’s fate might be, hopefully there will be some glimpse of hope behind the depressing outlook, especially for Mirai. ¶