|Paper Balloon Wafting|
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"Paper Balloon Wafting" is the 21st episode of the season "Two Mirrors" and the episode from total.
A young woman is trying to get back together with her ex-boyfriend for the sake of the child she's carrying. She has the straw doll in case he refuses, but she is obsessively pursuing a reunion. Her story is intersected with Hone Onna's story. Originally, Hone Onna was a young woman named Tsuyu who was sold into prostitution to cover the debts of her lover. Tsuyu used to make paper ball balloons to sell. After a few years, Tsuyu is joined by a younger prostitute named Kiyo. Kiyo feels inferior to Tsuyu and ultimately betrays her, resulting in Tsuyu's violent death. Tsuyu is transformed into Hone Onna when she is infused with thes spirits of other betrayed women. Back in the present day, the young lady sends her ex to Hell, then attempts to jump off a bridge. Hone Onna realizes that the spirit of Kiyo, who was wounded by her lover after she revealed her pregnancy and then jumped off a bridge, has been possessing women and forcing them to kill themselves by jumping off bridges. Kiyo tells Hone Onna it was nice to see her again, then vanishes, still on her path of vengeance. Hone Onna then asks Ai to please pick Kiyo up someday, as Ai has saved her from an eternity of sorrow and anger.
Elder Brother, Younger Sister • Anna Sone's Intimate Holiday • The Distant Room Next Door • Black Rut • Tragedy of the V
The Peaceful Lakeshore • For the Sake of This Country • Aspiring Femme Fatale • Silent Gaze • That Person's History
Hell Amidst the Steam, Lodging for Travelers • A Maiden's Album • Paper Balloon Wafting • Longing • Distrust • Chain Reaction • Adrift • Dyeing Indigo