Yuki Yuna is a Hero: The Great Mankai Chapter Episode 12

Yuki Yuna is a Hero: The Great Mankai Chapter Episode 12

Beyond the Boundary

In my review of Episode 11, I questioned what was going to happen with the rest of the world now that it’s been restored. Well, Yuki Yuna is a Hero: The Great Mankai Chapter Episode 12 gave me all the answers I was looking for, surprisingly.

Basically, while the rest of the world was restored, including all the plants and animals, the humans who once lived there did not return. That doesn’t really make sense. But, I do think that’s the best way for the author to go about it.

Having the humans who once lived there reappear would make even less sense. And having all life be wiped from the world outside Shikoku would have been boring. So, I get why this was the route chosen.

Mebuki and Aya looking at the ruins of the Golden Tower from the anime series Yuki Yuna is a Hero: The Great Mankai Chapter
Mebuki and Aya looking at the ruins of the Golden Tower

One thing I’m not entirely sure about is why the Taisha wanted to cover up the fate of the rest of the world. After all, shouldn’t it have been obvious to everyone in Shikoku that nobody beyond the boundary would have survived for the past 300 years?

I see two reasons why they would attempt to cover up the truth. The first is that it’s simply dangerous out there and they don’t want people leaving Shikoku because of that. I think it makes sense that the Taisha would want to investigate first before allowing people out.

The second reason, which is probably the more correct reason, is that it shows the Divine Tree is no more. If people realize the Divine Tree and the gods are dead, the Taisha lose their power. They’re only in control because people believe they’re the conduit between themselves and the gods.

Overthrowing the Taisha

Sonoko Nogi had a great idea in this episode. The Hero Club should overthrow and destroy the Taisha organization. Unfortunately, the other members of the Hero Club have already been indoctrinated by the Taisha cult and so can’t comprehend a world without it.

But, as Sonoko points out, everything that’s gone wrong for the past few hundred years has been the Taisha’s fault. While the organization may have initially been formed to save humanity, it very quickly turned into something else.

It became less about saving humanity and more about appeasing the gods who were trying to destroy it. I mean, we even saw that many members of Taisha were completely fine with giving up the lives of everyone in Shikoku if it meant being able to become one with the Diving Tree.

The Hero Club reacting to Sonoko's proposal of overthrowing the Taisha from the anime series Yuki Yuna is a Hero: The Great Mankai Chapter
The Hero Club reacting to Sonoko’s proposal of overthrowing the Taisha

At least the members of the Hero Club aren’t as indoctrinated as Aya Kokudo. She literally doesn’t know how she’s supposed to keep on living without the Divine Tree around. But, in her defense, it’s not as if she just had some blind faith in the gods.

Aya’s situation kind of makes sense when you consider that the gods were very much real and her role was to communicate with them. Still, now that the gods are gone, I could see her becoming a problematic member of the Taisha.

Because she was so close to the gods, she’d probably want to try to resurrect them somehow. And if not that, maybe attempt to force people to live their lives as if the gods still existed, which is what the Taisha are doing now.

This is why I think Sonoko is right when she suggests destroying the Taisha. There’s nothing good that can come from leaving an organization that doesn’t know how to live in the current world in charge.

Girls’ Last Tour

As seems to often be the case, the world that Yuki Yuna is a Hero sets up in the end actually interests me much more than the world of the main portion of the series. I’d love it if there was another season that followed Yuna and Mimori as they explored the mainland with the help of Karen and teams of Sentinels.

I felt the same way about Deca-Dence. The world that we got a glimpse of at the very end of that series was one that I thought would be a lot of fun to explore in another season. But, I don’t think we’re ever going to get that either.

Even if Yuna and Mimori weren’t completely alone on their travels, I think that kind of series would give off some serious Girls’ Last Tour vibes, which I’m a huge fan of. Just two girls traveling through the ruins of humanity.

Mimori and Yuna exploring the mainland from the anime series Yuki Yuna is a Hero: The Great Mankai Chapter
Mimori and Yuna exploring the mainland

Let’s just pretend that there is going to be another season of Yuki Yuna is a Hero. What do you think that season would be like? Four years have passed since the main events of the series, so all of the members of the Hero Club are now in high school or have already graduated, such as Fuu.

Obviously, it wouldn’t turn into a series like Girls’ Last Tour. Instead, I’m assuming Yuna and Mimori would find a new Divine Tree seedling somewhere out in the world. Mimori is a Miko if I’m remembering correctly, so she’d probably recognize a Divine Tree if she saw one.

Then, of course, Taisha would hear about the existence of a new divine tree and would swoop in to take control of it. From there, we could actually get an arc featuring the former Hero Club members, or maybe even a new Hero Club, facing off against the Taisha as Sonoko suggested.


What do you think of the final episode of Yuki Yuna is a Hero: The Great Mankai Chapter? Do you think anyone survived beyond the boundary? Should the Hero Club have overthrown the Taisha? And would you like to see this series continue for another season? Let me know in the comments.

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