Alright, now we’re at the boss that gave me the most trouble. You guys are really gonna learn about my frustration in today’s episode.
Where we last left off, Io has learned that she must sacrifice her life to Deity Lugh. Despite there being absolutely no chance of survival whatsoever, she willingly takes part.
The next morning, Alcor makes breakfast for Hibiki, Daichi, and Io, and surprise surprise, it’s actually delicious. He then questions Yamato about his decision to sacrifice Io to Lugh to fight the sixth Septentrione, Mizar.
Mizar has the ability to replicate itself endlessly. Even attacking won’t stop it, because their strongest demons will eventually tire out before it goes down. In order to destroy it completely, they need Lugh to release the Ryumyaku (Dragon Stream). Yamato convinces the others that the other possible choice is basically let Mizar engulf the entire world.
The operation to summon Lugh begins. At the same time, Hibiki and the others receive a dead-face clip of Io’s body after Lugh leaves her body. Hibiki goes off to try and save Io, while Io and Lugh unleashes the Dragon Stream, Shakko, to completely devour Mizar.
Wait… That’s it? Mizar is through, just like that? No, fuck that bullshit, man. I won’t accept this. Does anybody have any idea how fucking tough that guy is, and you shaft this fight too?! Seriously? What are you doing, Bridge? WHAT ARE YOU DOING!!! I gave you a free pass on the battle with Alioth, but not with Mizar! You made it look easy. It’s not that easy, Goddammit!
Although Mizar is gone, Io’s mental stability collapses and Lugh fully overtakes her body. Hibiki arrives too late, and Yamato informs him that they have to kill her. Before Io’s body get destroyed out of the strain of housing its spirit, Lugh decides to attack JP’s. Yamato arrives on the scene to defeat Lugh, but Hibiki intervenes to keep him from killing Io.
Hibiki then uses the Dragon Stream’s power to block Lugh’s attack and reach out to Io. Io says that she couldn’t be strong after this catastrophe had claimed the lives of her parents and thought that giving her body to Lugh and choosing death would be the only way to help. Hibiki states that there’s nothing wrong with weakness and that choosing death isn’t the right choice.
Although he succeeds in breaking Lugh’s control over Io and saving her life, the Dragon Stream’s power did a massive toll on Hibiki’s body. Io then tells Yamato that she won’t follow him anymore. Yamato cares not and just simply walks away.
Well, I’ve said what I need to say, so I’ll close it off there. Decent episode, nonetheless.