|Air date||November 20, 2008|
The False Power of Words
Set Your Heart Aflutter
Serenity (Yasuragi 安らぎ) is the eighth episode of season one of the Shikabane Hime anime adaptation. It premiered on November 20, 2008.
Ouri, trying to help protect the valiant but overmatched Minai, uses a voice from the past to stun the formidable Shikabane, Mitsuyoshi. Spurred by her need to protect Ouri and redeem herself, Minai defeats Mitsuyoshi. Minai confiscates Ouri's cell phone as evidence. Later, in order to spend some alone time with Ouri, Minai takes him to buy a replacement cell phone, turning off her own phone so they aren't interrupted. Minai's contracted monk Shuji, now unable to contact his Shikabane Hime, is killed by a group of thugs that Shuji offended earlier. Upon the death of her contract monk, Minai begins reverting to a regular, evil Shikabane driven solely by its regret. She is hunted down by other Shikabane Himes, including the recently introduced Saki Amase wielding a giant hammer. Taking advantage of the hesitation of the other Shikabane Himes, Minai and Ouri flee. Ouri secrets Minai away at his part time job at a bar while he tries to improvise a way for her to escape the city. Unknown to Ouri, his boss is a contract monk; however, sympathetic to Minai's plight, Minai is told that if she makes a new contract with Ouri as her monk, she will be able to return to being a Shikabane Hime. Unwilling to subject Ouri to such a fate, Minai allows herself to be destroyed instead.