Wow, this episode was great. Some questions that I posed last time around seems to have been answered this time. So we find out that Aono was turned by Matsuri some time ago and they’ve both apparently grown up…although one has to wonder what’s up with Mayuko. I guess what I theorized last episode may be incorrect and that she’s actually not a yakabito but something different. Maybe a yakabito’s blood or something can…do something about her? Who knows.
So now what’s the deal with Yorito? Could Matsuri and Aono both have thought he died (given Aono’s words at the end of this episode) but that he actually didn’t and has somehow managed to recover? Aono seems so certain that Yorito is her brother despite Matsuri’s doubting expression during the train cart conversation. Could he have died but am now being manifested in the real world because of Aono’s and Matsuri’s feelings? If that’s the case the aging thing with Mayuko could be explained since it seems heavily implied that the flashbacks are events that occurred centuries ago. I actually didn’t have this theory when I started writing this entry, but I guess it could be plausible since Matsuri mentioned that the yaka are born from people’s hatred and all that good stuff, so Yorito may have been spawned from the two’s more happier thoughts? Maybe.
With Matsuri gone off somewhere, who will Takeshi be attacking next? Is Aono going to leave the hospital soon? If Takeshi comes looking for Matsuri instead and finds Aono, I presume he wouldn’t really mind taking her out instead, though one has to wonder whether Aono will be capable of defending herself since she says that her powers have not returned completely yet. In the manga it seems to have implied that Matsuri did something to hurt a girl (presumably Mayuko) some time ago, so will Takeshi just ignore Aono? Does Takeshi know about Aono? Perhaps with Aono’s suppressed powers, Takeshi hasn’t been able to pick up the scent that there’s another yakabito lurking in this town. Oh, there are so many questions that needs to be answered, I can’t wait until I can find out more.