In Midnight occult civil servants episode 8, "Old Coyote and the Garden of Falling Stars," Kyouichi Sakaki, Arata Miyako, and Arata's friend Izumi take Kyouichi's recently-rescued sister shopping. After all, her tastes are decades out of date. Though obviously overjoyed that his sister is returned and safe, Kyouichi seems to be troubled about his own future. Afterward, Kohaku gives Arata no time to rest and takes him, along with Yuki the Nekomata, on a night-time trek. What is Kohaku looking for? And how will the other Anothers react to the mere presence of a god of disasters?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Best Moment in the Show
The beauty of Abe no Seimei's garden amazed Arata. Yuki, too! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
We've seen before what a great job this show has done portraying the stark otherness of the Anothers. This episode gave us not only more great examples of that, but it touched on something that I haven't seen in many modern works. It's a sentiment that under-pinned a lot of ancient mythology.
What would you give up, what would you risk, for a glimpse of transcendent beauty?
Kohaku wanted to take Arata and Yuki for a walk. The Aztec god was cagey about exactly where they were going, and they marched through several precincts. I have to say it was funny in a foreboding way to see how the local Anothers reacted to such a powerful Another just walking through their midsts!
Kohaku had a specific goal in mind; He was looking for Abe no Seimei's garden. Guided by the three-legged giant crow named Kuro, the finally find it. It's completely invisible to regular humans, but guided by Kuro and Kohaku, they find it (17:10).
And it's beautiful.
Arata stared, wide-eyed, at the sublime colors and floating cherry blossoms. The trees were an impossible mixture of spring (the Cherry trees) and autumn (the maples and maybe oaks?). Even Yuki was impressed!
There was a lot going on in this scene, but what struck me about it was how Arata reacted. Was seeing something this beautiful worth the risks of interacting with Anothers? Would he put aside that risk if it meant never seeing Abe no Seimei's garden -- or other places or things of beauty? Was it worth the hassle of having to hire a taxi and not get enough sleep?
Arata didn't quit his job, did he? Looks like his answer is that it's absolutely worth the risk!
It looks like this show's going to explore what those risks entail.
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