Episode 5 of Shikabane Hime: Kuro, “Nature and Obsession”, starts off with Kasuga Nozomi getting off a bus. She’s in search of Ouri at Goryousan, after getting a call from him that he was training as a monk there. On her way, she talks on the phone with Inuhiko Mizuki, and it looks like Ouri is indeed quitting school in order to become a monk. And Nozomi may indeed have some feelings for Ouri himself, since she blushes at Mizuki’s serious question, unlike her teasing in episode 1, on whether Nozomi really did have feelings for him.
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At the start of episode 16 of Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae, “Trap of Seduction”, Yuzuki is preoccupied with the events concerning the Jigoku Shoujo. In fact, it drives her crazy when she hears bells all over the place at a crosswalk and sees a lot of people accessing the Jigoku Tsushin through their cellphones, although the latter is probably just her imagination as it’s not midnight. Yuzuki does encounter a young man who has actually accessed the Jigoku Tsushin soon enough and follows to try to stop him, but before Yuzuki can approach the young man, Ai appears in front of her and stops her. And Yuzuki is forced to witness the young man pull the red string off a voodoo doll right in front of her eyes, signaling the end of the episode.
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Episode 3 of Slayers Evolution-R, “Partner! The Two Are One Mind, One Body?”, starts off with Lina and company hiking up a mountain rumored to have dragons, since Nama thinks the Hellmaster’s Vase may be around the area. While Lina continues to complain, Amelia takes Nama’s side and the two get to bond together, with Nama almost feeling like they’re sisters. However, floodwaters suddenly rush towards the group, and while the rest of the group fly up to safety, Amelia is swept away by the waters with Nama trying to swim after her.
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Episode 4 of Shikabane Hime: Kuro, “Form of an Abnormal Moon”, starts off with Sougi driving to where the shikabane had appeared in the previous episode with Ouri and Itsuki as passengers. On the way, he tries to explain why a shikabane hime should never be considered a normal human based on his own personal experience, and the rest of the episode is basically about the past of Sougi and Itsuki. Meanwhile, Ena has dressed up in preparation for the attack on Makina and is looking forward to the look on her face.
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Episode 2 of Slayers Evolution-R, “Oh my head!: Where is the head?”, starts off in the middle of the night with a village terrorized by a horde of undead, which is led by a headless suit of armor demanding to know where the head is. It is this village some time later during daylight that Nama leads Lina and company, claiming that this is the place she remembers finding the Hellmaster’s Vase. They don’t get a warm welcome by the villagers, who thought that Nama might be the armor that was terrorizing the village.
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Episode 3 of Shikabane Hime: Kuro, “Dear Abnormal Form”, starts off with Ouri and Makina entering a new phase in their training. Or rather, Ouri is now about to start the actual training as a contract monk, as he was previously focused on strengthening his connection with Makina as a contract monk. Makina, on the other hand, is supposed to severe her connection to her previous contract monk, Keisei, as the connection is the cause of the “curse” on Makina that strengthens her tremendously, which would not be a bad thing except that the Kougonshuu considers it to make Makina that much closer to a plain shikabane. Ouri has his reservations about the whole idea despite assurances that severing the connection merely means that it stops Makina from overly preoccupying herself with Keisei, that it doesn’t mean Makina is going to forget Keisei.
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Episode 15 of Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae, “The Rabbit and the Turtle”, is about a young girl named Shinohara Usagi, who is extremely indecisive and can’t even pick a drink quickly from a particular vending machine, despite having ended up drinking the same beverage every single time. Ironically, “Usagi” means “rabbit” in Japanese, which is in stark contrast to Usagi’s nickname, “Kame”, which means “turtle”. Usagi is also apparently not very bright, although it would have been a lot more interesting character-wise if she were portrayed as a genius who just can’t get things done. Usagi has three friends who have been helping her out ever since kindergarten, who help Usagi fend off a couple of overly aggressive girls who want an autograph from her big brother Shinohara Michito, who has appeared in a magazine as a promising DJ. At the same time, we see a boy who has a crush on Usagi.
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The plot of Slayers Revolution is continued in the new season of Slayers that is starting this week, Slayers Evolution-R. The opening credits show off old enemies, starting from Rezo and going on to Gaav, Phibrizzo, and Valgaav. This could just be a tribute to the travails that Lina and friends have gone through, but it could also be a sign that the plot of Slayers Evolution-R will be intertwined with the old enemies. Since Rezo is definitely connected somehow, the latter hypothesis is off to a good start.
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Episode 14 of Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae, “Street Corner of Bitterness”, starts off with Kashiwagi Hidemi, the girl we saw at the end of the previous episode, missing the last subway train home. To make things worse, she drops her cellphone and breaks it, so she can’t even call home, especially since all of the public phones only accept cards and not coins. I can understand her frustration, having been in similar situations myself.
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Episode 2 of Shikabane Hime: Kuro, “My Enemy”, continues from the previous episode, with Makina being apologetic to Ouri and feeling sorry for herself about the loss of Keisei. After the sad moment, however, Makina soon turns angry about Ouri risking himself the way he did and wonders what he was even doing there. When Makina learns about Ouri training as a monk so that he can keep the contract with Makina he inherited from Keisei, she rebukes him about Ouri having no real reason to fight against shikabane.
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