So this show kinda changed into something else. The mysteries still remain, I guess…for example, Hakaze’s statement near the end suggests that this new character is similar to someone of the Kusaribe clan, but on the side of the Tree of Exodus: a decoy created to distract from the true Mage of Exodus. I don’t think Samon is on the wrong track necessarily…I still suspect Yoshino.
I never really thought about it before, but it still makes sense that Yoshino could have killed Aika. It’s even possible that Aika asked him to (just a wild speculation). If we continue along the theory that the Mage of Exodus killed Aika, then this new character shouldn’t be the culprit…he just doesn’t have it in him. Someone like Yoshino is more likely, I agree…either that or Aika herself. Next week, new guy gets some training…
Really? Some random new character is the Mage of Exodus? I refuse to accept this. That would give them enough content to continue on for the second half, I suppose, but…seriously? What would be a lot more interesting is if the line from the preview about Yoshino being the Mage of Exodus is true (maybe that other guy is akin to a member of the Kusaribe clan but on the Exodus side). But sadly, I’m sure that was just a bluff.
Also, was the recap episode entirely necessary? It’s not like Zetsuen was the only show to go on break over the winter holidays…we don’t need to be reminded of everything. Especially after all the speculation I did. It seems like the story has completely changed in this second half. Is it really going to be pockets of resistance? Or something like that to restore the world?
Man, I don’t even know what to believe anymore. That’s some hardcore theorycrafting…tracing everything back to the Tree of Genesis’s will. Because of the stuff I was saying last week about there being no logical Mage of Exodus, I’m inclined to believe that it is just a trick of the Tree of Genesis to get its way, but I dunno…it seems too convenient.
The Tree of Genesis is everything that’s wrong with these sorts of deity-based beliefs. Everything can be traced back to the Tree’s will…it’s hard to know what to believe. It also makes it frustrating as nothing seems to be our will. That aside, what happens now? I don’t even know how much longer this show goes. Are Yoshino and Mahiro really going to die and be brought back? I don’t even know. It looks like the battle of minds is done and now comes the battle of magic (it’s too bad…).
Wait…mage of Exodus? It’s not Junichiro? Are they seriously going to introduce a new character at this point in the show? That’s impossible…so it must be someone we’ve seen already. That leaves only Evangeline (unlikely), Junichiro (my initial guess) and Aika herself (something to the effect of “she killed herself”). Aika is very unlikely for an obvious reason…her death worked to the advantage of the Tree of Genesis, so why would she allow herself to die if she’s an agent of the Tree of Exodus.
But neither of the other choices make sense either…Hakaze says another “miko”, right? That implies a female…but…who? Born as the Tree of Exodus’s revival grew near…a child? But there’s a time paradox, so that doesn’t mean a thing. But that aside, this episode shows why I hate so much this interpretation of time. Everyone is sitting around going “how do we avoid the time paradox of bringing Hakaze back?” This is fine and well, but what happens if they just choose to ignore that inhibition? A bit flimsy, no? Anyway, next week Hakaze returns…
Props go to Yoshino for a very cool plan…bluffing his theory to get Samon to panic enough to the point where he revealed there actually was a way to bring Hakaze back. The mechanism’s a bit boring, though…I don’t really like that the Kusaribe magic can have that much influence over time.
I also dislike their interpretation of time…it’s the most common one, to be fair, though. This idea that time is consistent. The world will always right itself to keep time consistent. Possible with magic, but still leaves room for insane paradoxes to happen. Nothing would have happened to the barrel in my theory of time. But what is up with this preview? Is it shock tied to the true killer of Aika or is it related to the method to bring Hakaze back? Or both?
This interpretation of time seems pretty similar to mine so far as I can tell. Under normal time interpretations, speaking to people in different time periods becomes paradoxical. For example, what if Hakaze found out about talking to the future and immediately stabbed herself? Then how could she speak with the future that she may have influenced? Maybe she was going to survive if that hadn’t happened.
But if we think about time as a completely separate dimension, we have the amazing convenience of “isolation.” The events from her dimension are completely separated from the future dimension (I’m still of the opinion that time is an extension of space). I don’t really care so much for Yoshino’s theory because depends very much on how much the Kusaribe magic can influence time travel. It’s a mechanism of time travel and I only care about the theory behind time. But still…I wasn’t expecting Yoshino to be able to use the boyfriend thing against Mahiro. Why does he care so much? Yeesh…
Code Breaker’s release has been delayed this week, so this show has been pushed up to take its place (I’ve been covering it a week late anyway, so it makes more sense). Anyway, lots of questions…how could Hakaze have inadvertently created a messenger to the future? Theoretically, if she designed her wooden figure to activate when it was found in a way that it would immediately activate after she sent it out, then she could have mistaken the time it would take to be found. But that sort of mistake makes no sense because she should have realized this fact. Though to be fair, I have no idea what this world’s interpretation of time travel is.
So the point of Aika’s death was the Tree of Genesis’s way of ensuring someone would carry out its will after Hakaze had died? Hakaze mentioned that it was weird that Aika died before she got to the island, but if it turns out that’s not the case, then whatever she pushed aside must be the correct explanation. I was expecting a bit more than that, honestly. So now we have the battle between the two friends to decide the fate of the world.
Honestly, I don’t see the point of Yoshino’s actions. As a logical person myself, I see no favor to either side in all honesty…Tree of Exodus or Genesis…both could very easily end the world (especially without Hakaze around to control the Tree of Exodus). So from my standpoint, the best course of action would be to stand by and do nothing…a choice has to be made and I will have no part of it. But Yoshino’s gonna fight for it, so we’ll see how that turns out.
Time for the final battle already? Yeesh…that was a lot of flashbacks. Is there supposed to be a clue I’m should be seeing while watching all of these? There’s gotta be a reason, right? So much about Aika…she’s gotta still be important somehow. Even if my “using her corpse” guess was right, there has to be a much deeper reason than that. Maybe a much stronger link between her and Hakaze…
Well, finally a confrontation with Samon. Surely he’ll have some sort of plan to stop them…wonder what it’ll be. We still got some time before the series ends, so what could happen next week that pushed it up so much? Hopefully it’s something fun, right? A memory sequence like this episode must surely build up to something grand…
You know, Yoshino’s comment that he thought Mahiro didn’t care about anything is funny…because he seems to be more of that type than Mahiro is. He calmly or coldly does whatever it takes to survive or fulfill his plan, not even bothered by the fact that he is lying to Mahiro. Secret relationships with Mahiro’s sister and now pretending to be kidnapped and forming an alliance with the government. Still, when he was thinking Mahiro had found out about his secret relationship, it reminded me of a lot of my own experiences, where I tend to think people can notice things that they really don’t. Though we can’t be sure Mahiro didn’t notice, it’s the same situation.
Hakaze’s predicament is quite mysterious…she mentions the possibility that it’s actually her body, which I find odd…almost like a self-fulfilling prophecy. I’m sticking with the sister theory for now…though I still haven’t given up on the idea that the sister might be alive…she’s too much of a focus. Anyway, next week, more memories of the past…if I had to guess, Aika lying to either Mahiro or Yoshino (probably Mahiro) about her first kiss?
Wait…what? That’s suspicious…a body that could be confirmed as Hakaze’s…don’t tell me that’s why Aika had to die. The two have to be related somehow, as Yoshino has pointed out with the penguin charm. I have to give Samon credit…he thinks far ahead just as Hakaze does. He isn’t as talent-less as she seems to suggest.
Of course, the strange possibility brought up in the preview that I have to entertain…it’s possible Hakaze really is dead and she’s speaking with Mahiro and Yoshino as a ghost somehow…why else was there the line “ghosts don’t exist” in the preview? So suspicious. Well, this mystery surrounding the sister certainly is entertaining…not bad, I have to say.