Lost in the Snowy Mountains
At the start of the episode, we see two men on a snowy mountain. Suddenly, one man pushes the other down the cliff. The one who falls down, Masayuki, feels hopeless and betrayed, and is waiting for death to take him.
Then, out of nowhere, a strange woman, with pale white skin and black hair appears. She introduces herself as Yuki-Onna. I loved how sensible, straight-froward and sassy Yuki-Onna is, and Masayuki’s self-proclamation of Yuki-Onna killing him shows just what humans think of Yokai.
Yuki-Onna points out that she can save him too, and magically makes an igloo around Masayuki. She’s so at home here and rummages through his things to find his sleeping bag, and a lamp to light the shelter. She leaves him to rest, and then sneaks up or breaks open the igloo’s top in the morning.
She wakes up Masayuki, and Yuki-Onna takes half of his money so she can indulge in her favorite pastime and buy human snacks. Well, you’d think a Youkai would have no problem stealing, but guess again, we’re talking about In/Spectre Universe here. Kotoko has enforced some rigid rules on the Youkai, so no stealing folks!
A Betrayal so Cruel
With Masayuki still injured, Yuki-Onna princes carry him down the mountain, and there he reveals the truth about his friend Hayato’s betrayal. Later, he finds out why Hayato betrayed him, and he felt sad that he was never considered a friend. Frankly, Hayato is a jerk and jealous and thought everything would be alright – correction, he would get his crush, if he killed Masayuki. What a low-life.
Eleven Years Later
Some eleven years later, we see an adult Masayuki back in his hometown, and while out, he runs into Yuki-Onna at an ice cream shop. He recognizes her instantly, and I loved his confidence when she just sat down and started talking to Yuki-Onna about their encounter eleven years ago.
She recognizes him too and scolds him for breaking his promise about speaking about her to others. He argues back that he knew full well who was talking to, so it’s not valid. They catch up, and Masayuki tells Yuki-Onna about the betrayal and disappointment in his life. And he offers her money to buy and cook food for Yuki-Onna at his home, where she can eat in peace.
From here, Masayuki, and Yuki-Onna spend time shopping, Masayuki cooking for Yuki-Onna, and Yuki-Onna pestering Masayuki to make this or that. Yuki-Onna gets to experience human culture and human food, and Masayuki has someone he can talk to about his feelings, and worries. Time passes, and before they know it, four months go by.
Masayuki – the Prime Suspect
One night, Masayuki is having a conversation with his former colleague and he’s making udon for Yuki-Onna. It’s a typical day for them, and a conversation erupts about Yuki-Onna’s Lady (Kotoko) and how she is a human, and so awe-striking and wise.
The conversation suddenly weaves into Yuki-Onna inviting Masayuki to her body since it must have been a long time for him. But he refuses and the scene turns from hot to sad because Masayuki feels dead on the inside.
The next morning, while Masayuki is making breakfast, the bell rings. Yuki-Onna thinks it’s the delivery and begs Masayuki to go open the door. But, when he does, he finds the police at his doorstep. Ok, a moment of truth, Masayuki was anxious, and confused here, but I was like finally, we’re getting to the good part. Sorry, pal.
The police just tell him that his ex-wife was murdered, and Yuki-Onna transforms into s cute white rabbit to keep herself hidden from the police. She rushes out to see what was holding up Masayuki and almost got seen by the police. Yikes.
Looking for More…
Kotoko and Kurou get a small itsy bitsy scene at the end where we’re revealed that Yuki-Onna is their client and that a human is a prime suspect, but he has an alibi, and since only she can back it up, she needs her Lady’s help.
Episode 3 is bound to be a good one where we see more of Kotoko and Kurou and witness the duo working together to solve youkai problems. I can’t wait. What about you?
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