Anime Review: Devil Survivor 2 The Animation – 8

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The battle against the fourth Septentrion commences.  Who will be left standing among our heroes?

RECAP:  Our heroes protect the three primary towers holding up the spiritual barrier in Japan.  However, even with the fourth Septentrion down, friends are lost and the next stage of Judgement comes upon us.  Alcor confronts Hibiki, revealing his own feelings as well as the fact that he is also a Septentrion.

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During this episode I began to try and understand what exactly “powers” the ability to summon strong demons.  At first, when Airi cried out, I was thinking that “Despair” is what fueled the “currency” to obtain stronger demons.  But trying to piece together how Yamato and Hibiki may have despaired to become the Shining Ones didn’t quite add up.  Now, I believe one’s “Willpower” is the correct word to exemplify the juice behind the demon summoning app.  Airi’s will to survive and return to the peace she once knew enabled her to gain the power of a Lv35~ demon, Lorelei.  If you think about it this way, while Yamato’s way of thinking is rather twisted, his will to live could be attributed to the fact that he may, deep down, feel like he has not accomplished anything even with how much power he holds.  Meanwhile, Hibiki holds his humane way of thinking as well as the bonds he has created along the way.  If there is anything I’ve learned from Shin Megami Tensei games/stories, friendship and bonds are important.

Furthermore, Daichi doesn’t seem to be serious enough.  Or he just keeps stupidly spending all his “points” on weak demons. lol.

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Now, back to stuff that happened this episode.  Just what exactly is this “spear” that the Hotsuin family has kept hidden for so long?  When they first mentioned a spear, I thought, “Spear of Longinus;” thus thinking, “oh great, biblical references again!”  But the name “Brion” doesn’t seem to ring any bells with history and mythology.  Fumi and Yamato mention a “user” and that they have no choice at this stage in the game.  I assume this means that Yamato feels the need that he will be forced to use this weapon himself, even if he isn’t necessarily the chosen user.  That said, keep in mind that Fumi was investigating Nitta Io, last episode, as a potential candidate for something big.  Connection?  Quite possibly.

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Alcor himself has been an observer of humanity for a long time.  It is unknown as to whether he was intentionally born this way or not.  But that doesn’t change the fact that he is partial to giving the humans a chance to show their worth in front of the supposed “god,” Polaris.  As a Septentrion, it is inevitable for Hibiki and co. to end up battling Alcor (likely as the 7th and final battle before Judgement Day).  Yamato seems like he would not hesitate to end Alcor’s life, but what of Hibiki?  Because Alcor has shown Hibiki his fondness of humanity, this will cloud Hibiki’s judgement in killing Alcor in the end.  Then again, what if that sentiment itself is also a part of this test on humanity?  Forgiveness is also a human trait, after all.

Rating:  4/5

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Forever useless Daichi.

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