Daichi and Nitta-san finally reunite with Hibiki, but will everything still be okay when his Dead Face event still hasn’t passed?
RECAP: The next Septentrion attack results in a Demon emergence directly inside the JPs Nagoya HQ. Hoping to defeat it before it can destroy the entirety of Nagoya, Hibiki and co. resist against its attacks end up futile. In the heat of Hibiki’s Dead Face moment, Hotsuin Yamato enters the battle, killing the Septentrion Demon in the process.
The Septentrion Demon this time manifested itself in a rather convenient, likely intentional, place. Spawning itself in the Nagoya HQ, the Septentrion hopes to take control of JPs’ systems as well as destroy the point itself. If you forgot, the various JPs Headquarters have been placed at critical key places to strengthen the magical barrier that prevents the Septentrion from manifesting themselves at an increased rate. If the Nagoya branch were to be lost, then the overall magivcal defenses of Japan would decrease dramatically.
This episode pushes the idea of Hotsuin Yamato as a villainous character further. Rather, I think it wouldn’t be too bad to label him as an anti-hero. Saving/Protecting the world is a noble cause, sure. However, his methods are rather inhumane, as we’ve seen so far. With him stuck on his high-horse, I’m sure hoping Hotsuin gets beaten by Hibiki in the near future.
As we have pieced together last episode, Alcor sees Yamato and Hibiki as “Shining One.” Considering Yamato is the previous “light” and he has some weird power to “alter demons’ abilities,” we can likely assume that Hibiki will come to find he has a similar power. Think of it this way: Hotsuin Yamato was the previous protagonist of the Devil Survivor 2 storyline. However, his twisted way of thinking has brought him down a certain path. Now, Hibiki has arisen as another protagonist with a different way of thinking. It is now a stand-off as to which Hero’s way of thinking will triumph in the end.
These two make a great boke/tsukkomi pair.