The main focus of the episode is on what happens in the modern era as Osamu Kirin, Towa, Setsuna, and Moroha take on the Grim Comet. But we also see what’s happening in feudal Japan as the demons attack. I really enjoyed seeing the feudal era characters working together (especially Miroku, Sango, and their family) to take down the demons. But the best part of this was seeing Sango in action with her new Black Hiraikotsu.

Also, in feudal Japan, we see Riku and Rion going to Mt. Musubi, and with an apple seed that Riku saved from the apple that Towa gave him, the two of them come up with something that’s supposed to be able to stop Kirinmaru. By the end of the episode, we see the two of them heading out in search of Kirinmaru.

But as I said at the beginning of this, the main focus of the episode was in the modern era. Osamu Kirin discovers what the Grim Comet really is, and comes up with a strategy to take it down. Unfortunately, his strategy doesn’t entirely work as he thinks it will. Towa uses Zanseiken to absorb as much of the comet’s demon energy as possible and throws it right back at the comet. While what happens to the comet is impressive, it seriously looks like Towa is going to lose her Kon again and die… but she doesn’t. Sorry for that spoiler, but it can’t be avoided. All I can figure is the couple of times we saw her absorbing the demon energy leading up to this moment may have helped strengthen her or helped to make her a little more immune to the effects of absorbing the demon energy with the sword. We don’t get an explanation for this, so this is all I can think of. Otherwise, it seems impossible that Towa didn’t die after absorbing that much demon energy. Yes, she released it, but still…

After stopping the comet, Osamu Kirin keeps getting messaged by Kirinmaru in feudal Japan, telling him to destroy Towa, Setsuna, and Moroha. After hearing Towa talk about getting Zanseiken from Rion in order to take down Kirinmaru, Kirin insists that Towa give him the sword so he can take down Kirinmaru in her stead. After some resistance, Towa agrees. As Kirinmaru uses the red thread that connects him to head to Kirinmaru, who has just opened the door of time, he takes the comet with him and says he plans to destroy all demons in feudal Japan. Unfortunately, it takes the girls a little while to realize that “all demons” would include their fathers.

When Kirin meets up with Kirinmaru in feudal Japan, it seems like he’s in no hurry to take down Kirinmaru. Instead, he seems to be trying to get on Kirinmaru’s good side, especially with bringing the Grim Comet back with him for Kirinmaru to destroy. Unfortunately, Kirin’s arrival with the Grim Comet seems to have begun the Degenerate Age that has been referenced several times leading up to this point. And in the process of bringing the Grim Comet over, the Windmill of Time is destroyed.

Towa, Setsuna, and Moroha rush to the Tree of Ages in order to return to the feudal era, but they discover that Akuru’s pinwheel has fallen off of the tree and no longer works. At this point, they are stuck in the modern era, and it appears they don’t have a way to get back. I have a feeling the next episode is going to see the three of them trying to find a way to get back to feudal Japan, and if so, it’ll be interesting to see how the writers decide to make this happen.

The preview for the next episode indicates that there will be a focus both in feudal Japan and the modern era. But the scenes in feudal Japan with Osamu Kirin are giving off a vibe that he may not up on the up-and-up. Is the preview just trying to make Kirin look worse than he really is, or is the preview showing us the true Osamu Kirin?

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