Recap. And it’s the kind of annoying recap that you can’t fully skip because it contains some new material at the beginning and at the end. I did fully watch it this time, though. The reason for that is how important flashbacks are for this series (heck, one of the main characters has been dead throughout the entire series’ airtime thanks to that). Still, it is just copy-pasted, so in that aspect, this individual episode doesn’t win many points….
Having said that though, there was a significant amount of content at the end of the end of the episode, much more than usual. It’s meant to be an aftermath to the previous episodes. And holy crap, two billion people died!? The series then proceeds to tell how the world has been “saved” by the tree of genesis (killing people whenever a fight breaks out between them), and they pick this episode of all things to show what happened when Mahiro found Aika’s dead body.
What I liked best was the intrigue that popped up at the end of the episode, though. Apparently Yoshino has been running off on his own, dowing all sorts of things with probably Hakaze (although this was not mentioned), and the next number of episodes will focus on Mahiro running after Yoshino for this. I know that the first half of this provided hints that this would happen (how he had ties with the army and all). The delivery of this twist was also really good: the entire recap was told through Mahiro’s perspective, even though the first half was told in Yoshino’s perspective. That made me glad that I watched the recap in order to prepare for this change. Watching the same thing you’ve already seen before remains annoying, though.
EDIT: I just realized this after I nearly went to post this, but damn you Bones and your after-ED content. You keep pulling these scenes after your EDs and it’s damn misleading. Not to mention that it was a huge scene that it revealed there….
Rating: 4/8 (Good)