Summary: It begins with a montage of destructive power, kids playing in the twilight, and priestesses in a ceremony. A girl by the name of Saki attempts to control the flame and puts her gravitational strength in a humanoid. This makes her lose her powers but in turn gains the spirit of adulthood and the mantra. She then transfers to a new school, Zenjingakuen where all her childhood friends are already. They apparently got the spirit ahead of her. A bunch of school activities using their powers were displayed. Reiko seems to be the weakest link among everyone. There seems to be a mystery behind the disappearances of some students from the Wakien due to the cat spirit of impurity. There was a nice two way narration of events with Saki. The episode ends with Reiko’s disappearance.
Thoughts: I like the idea of childhood friends growing up together- and it’s not about falling in love but really on growth. I love the mystery unfolding before us. It’s quite interesting how Saki is the only one who can see this mystery and no one believes in her. I wonder how she can stop the disappearances from happening. This episode was more of world-building and putting the plot into place. The animation and drawing style exceeded my expectations, but still not on par with all the animes nowadays. I’m guessing this is the type of show you need to wait for the complexity to settle in. It’ll get better in the next episodes. It’s off to a promising start indeed!
Initial Rating: 8/10