So they’re doing this again. How Evil is Hakyu Hoshin Engi episode 15?
We got two episodes but only one of them moved the story forward. Episode 14.5 was just another recap of things that have already happened in this series so far. And in some ways, it actually made less sense that what we’ve already seen. I would suggest anyone interested in this series should skip 14.5. Now that that’s cleared up, let’s move on to episode 15. It… was a different animal. Not only did it advance the story but we had a pretty cool fight that lasted through the entire thing. And here’s the kicker – Taikoubou was barely noticeable in this episode. He was away from the entire fight, doing his own thing.
Nataku, Youzen, and some guy I just can’t remember the name of took center-stage in this fight. Nataku got an arm blown off right at the start of the fight and the new guy countered well enough for the second bad guy to start helping out. This is when the good guys started to lose badly. The bad guys could create shadow versions of the heroes using light they generated. They only won because Youzen managed to summon what power he had left to turn into that sand controlling guy from before.
Youzen was down for the count after he did that. But they manage to slay the enemy that was making the shadow clones, turning the fight in their favor. It was then that Nataku and the new guy were able to completely overpower the remaining enemy. Nataku destroyed the guy’s only method of attack while the new guy cut him in half.
Nataku and Youzen didn’t get out of it unscathed though. Youzen was on the verge of death thanks to the parasite and his now extremely low power levels. It’s almost like trying to fight while you’re infected by a power draining parasite is a bad idea. Nataku got wrecked. He lost way too many limbs. Just look at him.
And it only gets worse for the heroes. Youzen has once again been taken by that bat guy from before. For a fighter, he sure plays the damsel a whole lot more than he should. At this point, I’d rather have Yamcha on my team that Youzen. At least if Yamcha screws up, he’s dead and can’t ruin any of the other hero’s plans.
Anyway, overall this episode was about as Evil as a Politician (7). Nothing to write home about as far as story goes, but that fight was pretty cool. If you want something with a better balance of action and story check out CVoyages reviews for Toji no Miko. It’s still around. Well, that’s all I have for you today. Thanks for letting me waste your time, people.
Hakyu Hoshin Engi is Simulcast on Crunchyroll, Fridays at 10:15am EST.
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