So blue butterfly boy actually answered my question pretty early in the episode. Seems like the reversion back to “normal,” is the person trying to retain their soul, to control their inhibitions. During the fight, there were a few moments where it looked like Yomi was affected/moved by what Kagura was saying. Though it didn’t prevent her from trying to kill Kagura, I’d like to think it was her trying to stay in control.
The battles stay true to what series has given us all season long: short, but brutal battles. I actually think this helps to make the characters and the situations feel more “real,” even though it’s backed by a very fantastic setting. Kagura, as expected, fails to kill Yomi on the first try. Makes sense, since she still couldn’t face those zombies. But it at least gave Noriyuki the opportunity to save Kagura and give her one more chance to kill Yomi. If he hadn’t showed at all, I would’ve given up on his character.
The second battle, though again extremely short, was the true heartwrenching finale. The BGM set the mood perfectly, and Yomi’s flashbacks pulled at the heartstrings. Yomi. Yomi. Yomi. You will be missed. Was she able to overcome the death stone with her emotions or did it grant her wish? An apt question from the blue butterfly boy. Like I mentioned before, I’d like to think it was Yomi fighting to stay in control.
Finally the episode closes with another surprise, although it’s of the good kind. We see that the Director and Kiri-chan survived (or rather were allowed to live). Although Kiri seems to have suffered either amnesia or some brain damage from that event. Also we get a glimpse of Kensuke, who’s apparently the protagonist in the manga, and grown-up, sassy looking Kagura.
All in all, it was a great end to the series. This episode had everything I expected and wanted. Exciting battles and a truly heartwrenching, but totally appropriate ending. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. Final impressions to follow soon.