Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Great Mankai Chapter – Ep. 4

Note: I am watching Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Great Mankai Chapter blind. Please refrain from posting spoilers in the comments.

I’m somewhat confident that this is the end of the “Kusunoki Mebuki Chapter”. The Sentinels retrieve the Shinju sapling (and by “retrieve”, I mean Yumiko and Shizuku hilariously chop the poor thing down) and despite a tough fight against the Vertex, they successfully return home. Togo learns of all of this from Aki-sensei and in line with the canon, she agrees to be the sacrifice, taking the place of Aya as well as a few other mikos. The episode ends right where The Hero Chapter‘s second episode ends, with Togo reunited with her friends. It pretty much feels like the show has put a bow on this arc. That said, I say I’m somewhat confident because this is Yuki Yuna is a Hero. This show has a history of putting a bow on things, only for things to keep going. As the saying goes, “it ain’t over until it’s over”. It would not surprise me if there’s more in store with the KuMeYu gang, be it within the very next episode or sometime later in this season.

For what it’s worth, this presumed final fight is pretty entertaining. Up until this point, the Sentinels have only fought Stardusts, the Goombas of the Vertex race, so it’s really exciting to see them take on the fancier types the Heroes took on. A cool detail is the fiery glow these Vertex have this time around. It’s clear that the final fight in Season 1 still has its toll on the Vertex. They’re not quite ready to take on these forms and the only reason they do here is because preventing the Sentinels from healing the Shinju is too good of an opportunity to pass up. I also like that the Sentinels are clearly outmatched. They put up a good fight and even manage to take one down but at the end of the day, they’re nowhere near as powerful as the Hero Club or even Team Wasshi. It makes sense that the fight ends with a retreat.

Definitely the cheekiest part of this fight is when Mebuki decides to take on the Vertex alone, with dual bayonetted rifles in hand. She’s willing to be the one casualty in her army. It’s very much a callback to Gin’s and Karin’s solo fights. There’s even a shot that mirrors the one in The Washio Sumi Chapter where Gin prepares to fight the Vertex. I guess dual blade users really love their heroic sacrifices. It’s fitting however. Gin was Karin and Mebuki’s predecessor. Mebuki could’ve been Gin’s successor and her personality and arc are very similar to Karin’s.

The other characters have their moments as well. Yumiko risks her life saving Shizuku’s because she knows Mebuki doesn’t want anyone to die. Despite her injuries, she manages to stay conscious enough to rally the fleet into helping their leader. It’s a more serious take on Yumiko’s self-proclaimed rivalry with Mebuki, showing that she’s both understanding and loyal to her rival. Suzume has a very bold moment where she dives into the fray to assist Mebuki. I guess she’s a braver person than she lets on. Even though we’ll never learn about the other members, it is cool hearing some of them tell Mebuki to stay alive and that they’ll help her. It really exemplifies how good of a leader Mebuki has become.

That all said, I frankly did enjoy the episode more once it shifted things over to Togo for the third act. I know it’s unfair but it’s also to be expected. I’m naturally going to care more about her than the new characters. At first, I did find it repetitive to see Togo be the offering again. You get to see Togo explicitly request for the Shinju to erase everyone’s memories of her. In an internal monologue, she talks about how quilty she feels for the harm she’s caused and for her memory loss and that she aims to atone for all that by sacrificing herself and removing herself from existence. These moments aren’t bad but they don’t really add to what we’ve seen in The Hero Chapter. What finally got me is the scene between Togo (as Washio) and Gin (Yumiri Hanamori). The show is vague over whether or not Gin is real or not but it is nice seeing Togo interact with her one more time. It gives Togo some closure over her memory loss and the events of The Washio Sumi Chapter. Hearing Gin tell Togo that it’s not time to go and that she’ll always be with her has me on the verge of tears. If there’s a scene that should’ve been in The Hero Chapter, this is certainly it.


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