Yay it's Rekka. She still can't act, but at least her character wasn't annoying in this episode. I actually liked the interaction between her and Kaoru. (Sounds like someone is mad that she got left out of Red Requiem)
Oh Kouga, did you learn nothing from the first series? You've got to stop keeping secrets from Kaoru. Hmmm... Hey!
Episode 17 of the first series was when Kaoru found out that she had the seal of destruction
blood of the Horror on her.http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/garo/episodes.html
I know I've said it before, but one criticism I have for Makai Senki is that it sort of follows the first series to a fault. The slow pacing at the beginning. The overall plot that drops hints of what's going to happen in some episodes, while not appearing at all in others. Kouga has a childhood episode in 12 of the first one, 15 in this one. Kaoru's left boob gets grabbed. Kouga's keeping secrets from Kaoru. There's some fallout for it in episode 17. Etc.
I guess the formula works. It's not like Lucas who just borrows things that worked from the first series without understanding why they work. But at the same time, I don't feel like some of the stuff they borrow totally fit (the totally self-contained episodes as it fits in the main plot). And some of the stuff they do change is kind of worse (Rei and other side characters having episodes with the barest of interactions with Kouga).
Anyway, rant over. Another thing I thought was funny was how conservatively Kaoru dressed. Normally she's the one who's showing some skin, but I guess they wanted to contrast her to Rekka. Heh, Rekka really is the female version of Kouga sometimes.
Something I don't get is the way Rekka appears in this episode. It seems like it'd make more sense for Kouga to call her and ask her (or Jabi) to be his partner Makai Priest now that Leo is gone.
I'm glad that Rekka remade the goldfish, but why didn't they talk about it at all? Kouga: "Oh btw Rekka, sorry, but the guy who gave me this tattoo squished your spirit fish." Just one line to acknowledge it was all that was needed. Heh, "Hey there little fishy, I've got a place in my coat for you."
Looks like the shit hits the fan in the next episode. Things are heating up!
Edit: I forgot to mention that I liked the display of Kaoru and Kouga's relationship. Again, we see that these two have both matured and learned to deal with each other. Even though Kouga made a mistake by keeping a secret, she forgave him because she knew where he was coming from. She understands that the stuff Kouga does is important. It's a relationship about understanding. They really do show what portray Kaoru as the sacrificial heroine who gives up happiness for the hero.