After the Mahiro fanservice a couple episodes back, I suppose this is fair.
|I think I said last week that this didn’t seem to be the kind of show to pull plot twists (or something along those lines; maybe I said it was straightforward, I can’t remember). In any case, I take absolutely everything back. Zetsuen seems to be pulling out plot twists left, right and centre now. …And I’m loving every single minute of it.|
Before I go into the main content of the episode, I’m just wondering the proximity of how close people have to be to mages in order to escape the Black Iron Syndrome. The bus was fine, but the two children a couple of episodes back weren’t (though in that case, I’m pretty sure that Yoshino was farther away). It’s not really a major thing, but I was just surprised that the bus driver survived.
I can see Mahiro and Yoshino’s somewhat cold relationship working now. This is particularly due to Yoshino straight out betraying Mahiro. I guess it’s been in his character all along, due to his secret with Aika, but this betrayal obviously had different consequences if Mahiro found out. It’s still unclear exactly what Evangeline’s deal with Yoshino was, but I assume its for stopping the Black Iron Syndrome with whatever organization Evangeline is with. As for Mahiro, he seems to think that the two are closer than Yoshino does since he ditched his plan for revenge (in a way considering that he left the key to stopping Samon behind) and went straight to rescue Yoshino without thinking much. Mahiro might not admit it, but he puts a hell of a lot of trust in Yoshino.
So that being said, just how delusional is Mahiro? He says that he had no feelings for Aika, yet all of his actions suggest otherwise. He says that he’s doing all of this for revenge against Aika’s murder, but he almost drops all of that to help Yoshino. Nothing about his actions make sense with his words. Another thing is how in denial he is about Yoshino and Aika. He doesn’t even seem to consider the two of them together a possibility. Who knows what Mahiro thinks Yoshino thinks in regards to Aika. Of course, Yoshino is kind of putting up a front that his girlfriend is still alive, so that might be throwing Mahiro off as well.
Aika. What are you doing. Her feelings were ambiguous enough around Yoshino since she seemed to do nothing but tease him, but I guess she did that with Mahiro as well. Mahiro might not have understood her completely since he failed to catch on to her and Yoshino dating, but from after seeing her with Mahiro this episode, did anyone understand her? What exactly was going through her head? If we’re ever going to have an explanation about her behaviour, I don’t think it’s going to come out easy since she’s dead at this point. We’ve learned a lot about other characters through flashbacks, but the only flashbacks we ever get of Aika are from another character’s point of view. Who knows what she’s really thinking behind her actions. Though the revelation of Aika not being related to Mahiro opens up a few things. Since we don’t know her exact origins, she could very well be a part of Hakaze’s clan. That would explain a ton (or at least make more sense) about how and why she was killed by someone from there, since she would have connections. …Or if she’s part of the clan, maybe it was suicide (since Hakaze did say that someone from the clan killed her. If Aika was part of the clan, she could have murdered herself and the conditions of what Hakaze picked up on would be correct). I’d like to see Mahiro get revenge on that culprit. …Sure, suicide makes no sense, but what does make sense in the plot at the moment?
On to Hakaze, …who may or may not be the one saving the world right now. Junichiro mentioned it pretty nonchalantly, but the Tree of Genesis possibly destroying the world is a pretty big deal. It’s not clear yet how or why it would destroy the world, but since it’s based on logic, I can see why humanity would be in potential danger. Bringing up the typical argument of how humanity and civilization is pretty much destroying the planet through pollution and all that jazz, the most logical solution would be to get rid of humans. …Though from the way Junichiro phrased his sentence, it seems that there’s also the possibility that it might not destroy the world. In any case, it looks like Samon isn’t quite the cold hearted bastard that he seemed to be. He just simply decided that the Tree of Exodus was the lesser of two evils.
As someone who studies the skeleton for 6+ hours a week for class, the small inaccuracies in this is killing me. OTL
Now, I’m for believing that the skeleton sitting in the same room as Samon is Hakaze, but even I think that Junichiro thinking that it’s Hakaze based on a ‘gut feeling’ is really questionable. Why was it missing it’s muscle and skin structure, only after a few months? On one hand, it does look like a tropical zone, so I’m sure that there would be a ton of bugs and such to help with the process as well as high temperature and humidity to rot the corpse quickly (though I really have no idea how long the average corpse takes to reduce to bones). Or it could have been a larger animal, but I’m sure that Hakaze would have found and stayed the hell away from any large predators. …Unless that’s how she died. Though that would still be odd considering how resourceful she’s proved herself over these last 6 episodes. In any case, things don’t add up. Time really does seem to be out of joint with Hakaze being dead and alive at the same time. Maybe I should start comparing this to Schrodinger’s Cat since the paradox is already there. Until we actually see Hakaze, she’s neither dead nor alive. …Yeah, let’s go with that.
Even with his ‘gut feelings’, Junichiro’s character still kicks ass though, even if he doesn’t seem to have magic. …Even more so seeing how Mahiro had a hell of a time versus the exact same guy. If anything, Junichiro seems to be really experienced dealing with these mages. Despite being in the same position as Mahiro and Yoshino magic-wise, Junichiro’s level seems to be waaaay above those two’s. It seems weird that he wouldn’t have magic, considering that he seems to be directly related with the Kusaribe clan, but maybe there are circumstances around that. He seems pretty important, so I’m sure that’s not the last we’ll be seeing of him.
I swear, every episode I end up with more questions than answers. …I have a feeling that this show has absolutely no intentions of answering any of my questions for a while either. Fine. I see how it is. Though to be honest, I seem to enjoy this show more when it throws ridiculous plot twists at me as opposed to trying to sit down and explain things. The big flashback episode that explained Mahiro and Yoshino’s first meeting is probably one of the less enjoyable episodes for me (though I’ve really enjoyed the hell out of this series thus far). On the other hand, I really liked the explanation of the Kusaribe magic, so maybe it was just that one episode’s execution. Long story short, this episode did nothing for answering questions, or it answered questions with more questions. Watching this is still fun though, since none of the characters are easy to read and the show keeps you guessing as to what is going on inside their heads or what their real intentions are.
Aika. No. Stop. WHY.