Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II – 09
「夜空の別離者」 (Yozora no Betsuri Mono)
“Parting Under the Night Sky”
Milton – Hyogonosuke Yokomichi
Plymouth, Portland, Calais, and…?
Why did Felipe act like Juana wasn’t the half-elf girl he saved?
You’ll have to excuse me for going light on the explanations this episode, because while there was a lot going on, it was short on the technobabble and heavy on the awesome. The epic battles, the raw feelings, the determination to have everything through strength and strategy and the power of your loyal friends…this episode exemplifies exactly why I love Kyoukaisen. Let’s get into it.
Malga, Magot, and Kimi-nee
For the guy covering Rinne no Lagrange (and Saki Achiga before it), you’d think I would be all over The Kiss. Not so. Malga and Margot’s relationship is the sort I absolutely love in fiction, both for its rarity and just for all it is. There is no fangirling for them because they’re both girls, no giddiness for the yuri. Like Shirojiro x Heidi, Muneshige x Gin, and several others besides, theirs is a comfortable old relationship, where they both clearly love and care for one another, and the drama is in their trials and tribulations together, not that minor matter of them getting together at all.
Tenzou, Horizon, and Mary
I mentioned last episode what the criteria for rescuing Mary was (as outlined by Toori): first, “someone has to fall in love with her [Mary], and then get Horizon to understand what love means.” We all knew this would be Tenzou on both counts, and he did not disappoint.
As an automated doll, Horizon has to be strictly logical. This gives her a bit of trouble with emotions, since logical they are not. Plus, she can’t factor in her own emotions because she has trouble feeling them (if she does at all), so she can’t put any worth on them. They do not factor into her decision-making progress.
Felipe and Juana
Speaking of love, oh my goodness these two. Perhaps it’s not a romantic love they share – perhaps it’s more of debt and kindness, of Juana wanting to give back while Felipe wants her to be happy, as he always has – but the feelings of those two were out for everyone to see, like a live wire thrashing on the rain-slicked ground. I have suspected since back in Episode 2 that the half-elf girl Felipe rescued at Lepanto was a younger Juana, and that turned out to be right on the money. I have no idea how she has hid her half-elf heritage for so long – though having Velasquez help couldn’t have hurt – but it broke my heart a little to hear her break down and call out “Ojii-san!!” Poor Juana…
Captain Adele and the Battle
Let me just say that I was ecstatic to see that the one commanding Musashi in the battle was none other than our Inadequate Retainer, Adele. Now, the battle itself, when the music started flowing and the ships surrounded Musashi, and it looked like they were totally screwed – yeah, good stuff. I’m simply a sucker for a big battle like this, so to say I enjoyed it is not adequately reflected in the pictures I chose to include in this post. I’m going to keep this one short, save to say that it’s these kinds of battles that make all the other ones that people claim are “epic” look small and petty in comparison. Ohandalso, I find it kind of amusing that in this reenactment, it’s England (via their mercenaries Musashi) that have the big, maneuverable ships, while Spain (Tres España) is flitting about in the smaller, maneuverable ones. So much for historical accuracy!
Looking Forward – Rematch Time!
It looks like next week we’ll be seeing some rematches from those duels we saw back in Episode 5 and Episode 6. Other than Tenzou and Malga fighting together, the one that excites me the most is Neshinbara vs Shakespeare-chan. Toori is a good king to get him back up and believing in himself, even when he couldn’t get close to Neshinbara himself. Oh, and Seijun…you should have seen this coming. Good luck! You’ll need it, because it looks like you’re aaaall alone this time…
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The battle is joined, & lives are on the line as people are ready to sacrifice themselves for those they love #Kyoukaisen
- A DBZ reference, in my Kyoukaisen? I’ll admit it, I laughed.
- I loved all of the girl’s judgment of Tenzou. He’s such a reliable guy, where’s the love?? They’re probably just making sure he doesn’t get a big head, because, you know Mary. Erh…a big head figuratively speaking, you perverts!
- Yes, the events of this episode mean that Musashi is simultaneously fighting for and against England. That’s politics for you.
- Gendo Adele! I would totally follow her down into Terminal Dogma, if you know what I mean. Erh, wait…that made a little too much sense >_<
- Musashi’s awesome drifting reminds me of Overdrift. If you haven’t seen that before, you’re welcome.
- Ten bucks says that Shakespeare-chan ends up using King Lear, while Neshinbara goes with his own debut novel. By the way, that’s ten imaginary bucks. I’m not made of money or anything!
- The cast assembles. Gods, I love this show.