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「夜空の別離者」 (Yozora no Betsuri Mono)
“Parting Under the Night Sky”

Explanations

Milton – Hyogonosuke Yokomichi

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Inadequate HQ

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Plymouth, Portland, Calais, and…?

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Why did Felipe act like Juana wasn’t the half-elf girl he saved?

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Impressions:

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.

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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.

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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…

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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

Random thoughts:

  • 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.

Full-length images: 14, 15, 17, 18, 30, 32, 45.

 

Preview

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  • September 4, 2012 at 10:38 pmFencedude

    My post isn’t up quite yet, but I focused heavily on the Margot/Malga situation. Kimi certainly doesn’t do things by halves, does she? Imagine if she actually got mad at someone? The mind quails at the thought.

    The rest was pretty good as well, and thankfully not nearly as complex as the last few episodes.

    • September 4, 2012 at 11:18 pmStilts

      I don’t mind the complexity – I really think it’s interesting! – but it certainly was a nice break, blogging-wise. This one only took me like ~4-5 hours, instead of nearly 8 for some of the bigger ones =X Though I probably coulda done it in under 3 if I weren’t so tiiiiir–

      *falls asleep on his desk*

    • September 5, 2012 at 6:56 amLoL

      Futayo: scolded
      Asama: embarrased
      Neito: embarrased
      Naruse: scolded

      Oh Kimi, queen of sweet punishment, who will be your next target?

  • September 4, 2012 at 10:51 pmSilentCid

    Like that mirror scene with Mary trying to copy Tenzou’s style.

  • September 4, 2012 at 11:39 pmhaseo0408

    So the priorities of Musashi are pretty much in this order:
    1.-Recover all of Horizon emotions, saving her soul in the process.
    2.-While they are at it conquer the world fighting all the major overpowered military countries with a minimal amount of troops.
    3.-Just if there is time left save the world form an uncoming apocalipse which they have no clue what it´s about or how to prevent it.

    Oh so nice, I love how Toori´s mind work! I wonder if he is such a brillant mastermind to take care of all of this or he´s just going to improvise as things develop.

  • September 5, 2012 at 12:32 amPhoenix

    hey weird thing .. the scene with gin and juana in the ramen shop looks like ichiraku from naruto xD

  • September 5, 2012 at 12:41 amSkribulous

    It’s Dragon Quest, not Dragon Ball. Same artist, so the hairstyle of both protagonists are the same. The clincher is the cover of Neshinbara’s doujin, which is a DQ game reference.

    • September 5, 2012 at 3:37 amEliseo

      It has both dragon ball and dragon quest references, you can clearly see Goku going super saiyan or the flying nimbus.

    • September 5, 2012 at 12:42 pmStilts

      I only caught the DBZ part. I’ve never played and Dragon Quest game.

  • September 5, 2012 at 12:58 amWhatsht

    Sending the Musashi into battle really reminds me of Macross, a ship that contains a city fighting a battle.

    Poor Masazumi, against that hilarious skeleton guy.

  • September 5, 2012 at 1:55 amG27

    Next week seems can’t come fast enough.

  • September 5, 2012 at 2:07 amgandalf8

    It amazes me how almost no one on Musashi bats an eyelid anymore when Toori prances around in his birthday suit. I guess everyone’s just gotten used to it after all the time he’s done it. Although he did use his nakedness to great effect in the last episode when he diffused the poisonous atmosphere in the air during England’s dinner party.

    At first, when Felipe sprang that unexpected move on Musashi concerning what the ‘real’ Grande y Felicisima Armada was and his “Rolling Wheel” formation, Adele was seen to be flustered and agitated at the surprise move, and I wondered why she was made the commanding officer in the first place. I’m not trying to be mean here, but she hasn’t actually showed us any proof that behind her ‘inadequate’ body lies the mind of a military genius. But then I remembered that this battle is just a re-enactment of history, and the result, of England’s – and by default, Musashi’s – victory was already assured, so having a capable, if not exactly amazing commanding officer would have been more than sufficient. Of course, I’d be more than happy if she does show of her tactical prowess in the next three battles and reveal a few of the tricks up her sleeves (and I’m hoping for a lot, judging by the size of those sleeves).

    On the other hand, I was surprised to see Elizabeth looking so incensed when Seijun nonchalantly called her to to say they’re going to rescue Mary and declare war on England by phone. I remembered your analysis from last episode, Stilts that she probably felt a lot of guilt for her sister’s upcoming ‘execution’, and was probably secretly hoping for Musashi to save her somehow. But then, I realized that the whole affair is being monitored by the Testament Union, so she had to act furious, and to look like she’s doing her utmost to stop Musashi’s intentions.

    Can anyone clarify though why England isn’t sending any troops at all in this first battle? I know that Musashi, acting as a mercenary unit, is representing England for this round of history re-enactment, but aren’t they even gonna send even one of their own ships? Or are they reserving their troops for the final battle, the Battle of the Gravelines, and let Musashi suffer the brunt of the losses, while minimizing their own? Because I think it’ll be a big shame if we never get to see Grace O’Malley and England’s naval forces in action.

    As for next episode, I’m definitely looking forward to the rematch of Neito vs Walshingham and Neshinbara vs Shakespeare-chan the most. In their first match, Neito was mostly second-best, and only through the skin of her teeth did she manage a draw. While Neshinbara was comprehensively beaten by Shakespeare-chan, so I’m highly anticipating their rematch and see how he’s gonna achieve victory.

    • September 5, 2012 at 7:37 amKushieda

      England was historically notorious for using mercenaries before their own troops. For a drama reenactment with Mel Gibson see Braveheart.

    • September 5, 2012 at 12:53 pmStilts

      Toori’s nakedness is actually a metaphor for the dangerous nature of porn. The more you see a naked body, the more desensitized you become to it, until eventually it gives no reaction (whether that reaction is arousal or merely shocked surprise). Put those ero-doujins down people, you’re walking down a dark path!!

      *coughs* Ahem. Anyway, I am withholding my judgment on Adele’s command skills for now. She hasn’t gotten a chance to really show us what she can do yet. Yes, she was taken aback when Felipe sprung his surprise, but that’s more a marker of her lack of experience than her tactical ability….she is a high school aged girl, after all. Masazumi is good at debate partially because of skill, and partially because she’s been through the crucible a few times already. Adele needs command experience during a real battle to fully realize her potential, however much she has.

      On England sending their own troops into battle, I think they will shortly (probably at or right before Gravelines, as you said), but they want Musashi to take the brunt of the damage before they storm in. This was actually mentioned as the reason that first Toshiie and now Musashi were going to be involved in the battle. England still has to win the battle properly, though, so they pretty much have to wade in eventually…unless Musashi gets just way too awesome for their bilge masts, if you get what I mean.

      • September 6, 2012 at 5:04 amLoL

        I guess probably Adele is replacing Nenshinbara until he returns. Adele must be excelling something about her armored suit, just until now she has been more a supportive/comical character. Probably the lolicon guy also is like that, I wouldn’t be surprised if he is Musashi’s pre final boss (Kimi is the final boss, no discussion)

        And Torii is sexy.

  • September 5, 2012 at 2:08 amdamrod

    Hmm, fighting on two sides at once is disadvantageous for musashi…
    And where are persona-kun (that big guy with the helmet) and Nenjou? Since the last ep of season 1, i haven’t seen that red slime while i can’t remember seeing any of those two in season 2.

  • September 5, 2012 at 3:39 amKen Sanders

    As for “damrod’s” question, Nenji, the slime, will make some commotion along with that Incubus in the next few episodes. My “guts” is telling me that. It’s time for the slime to have some serious action.

    Agenda: Milton the Crow/ Former Amago Warrior

    I was wondering, if Milton is going to help to save Mary, is he able to transform back to his original form?

    Second Agenda: Tenzou and Mary, how will they pull out the Excalibur Caliburn after he successfully rescued her?

    • September 5, 2012 at 7:06 amLawrence Leong

      Tenjou had demonstrated to Mary in a few episodes back in which he pulled out swords by forcing it into the ground deeper to create much more space between the sword and the earth then pulling it out…remember?

      • September 5, 2012 at 12:56 pmStilts

        That doesn’t necessarily mean that’s how it will be done. That’s a wee bit too easy to my eyes, being that it’s a trick anyone who has ever used a shovel could figure out. We’ll just have to wait and see how they do it…and if they do it, of course!

      • September 5, 2012 at 9:56 pmpuppygod

        Well, I’m pretty sure if it was about physical strength then somebody would did it long time ago. But it might be more creative application of that trick from ep.3. Say, Excalibur Caliburn power seems to be a long range projected blade-like beam, not unlike that of gravity blade. But does anybody ever thought about activating it in the direction downward?

  • September 5, 2012 at 3:48 amc2710

    The music accompanying mission launch was perfect. Though I wanted to see England’s wooden wall but hey, Musashi against the remanants of Lepanto ain’t that bad either.

    I teared up a bit when Filipe said his parting words…

  • September 5, 2012 at 5:27 amLoL

    I never expected Felipe to be the tender character, I was expecting him to be more like Motonobu, threading some plot behind.

    By the way, why the call him always Segundo? It’s true it’s Philip the 2nd (Felipe II, Felipe segundo) but his real surname is Habsburg. I don’t think they should adress him as “Segundo”, at least they should say his entire name always.

    • September 5, 2012 at 1:00 pmStilts

      Really? Felipe was broadcasting his personality for a long time. I never once suspected that he was secretly a schemer…he wore his feelings on his sleeve, for all to see.

      And they call him Felipe Segundo because that’s his name. Think of him like Shakespeare-chan (that is, Thomas Shakespeare)…he represents the historical person, but his name is exactly the same as that of his namesake. Everyone gets the idea though, so I don’t much think it matters.

      • September 6, 2012 at 4:48 amLoL

        Nah, probably is just lately in anime almost all the people who have a smile on their face by default are manipulative bastards a la Xelloss or worse (the blonde servant of Lan, for example). Sometimes the scripwriters are clever enough to mantain the status quo of this characters long enough, so I thought this was Felipe’s case. And I’m not sure even now.

        About the surname, I was saying that also because they call Mary with her own surnames but not Felipe. Not something important, just I found it strange.

  • September 5, 2012 at 5:46 amSIlivious

    Go Tenzou, Go!
    Can’t wait for the next episodes to see what happens to everybody. Horizon is easily one of my fav. series of all time, lol, thanks to how great the plot is.

  • September 5, 2012 at 6:15 amewok40k

    This episode is so full of Win!
    mercenaries declaring a war on their own employers, while fighting their “contract” enemies menawhile…
    talk about diplomatic confusion…
    Felipe just raised his own death flag proudly: “Hoist the colors!” Poor Juana…
    Go Tenzo! Save Mary! And Go Malga, get your self-respect back!
    Ah btw, Kimi, did anyone mention you have a little rough kissing technique?

  • September 5, 2012 at 1:45 pmcho

    I just started watching Horizon and I am really enjoying it. Thank you Stilts for the recommendation!
    Anyway, may I ask what it is about what happened with Margot and Malga and her father? Was it in the previous episodes and have I missed it? Thanks.

    • September 5, 2012 at 4:06 pmXellos^_-

      not something you miss. most likely address in s3 if we ever get it.

  • September 5, 2012 at 7:24 pmBerg

    This is one of the Best Anime Series of 2012. I want to see Neito Revenge

  • September 5, 2012 at 8:02 pmshamaticgrl

    The only tragedy I see is Asama is back in her original clothes ;-; I miss her in that pink

  • September 6, 2012 at 6:42 amYes!@

    So I’m all pumped up ready for battle Musashi style agiants the whole world!!! Then the Juana scene came. Manly tears flowed and left me really upset. There are no winners in war only broken hearts. This is so well shown inside all the epicness of the battle. We have a three way war and yet, at least me, I can’t relate to any side, becuase there is no clear evil guy we can hate. We have all these good character forced to re-enact history without a way to escape their fate. Toori fix this I want happiness !!

  • September 6, 2012 at 9:45 pmacolyte

    Finally I understand what the ‘history reenactment’ means.. After one and a half seasons..
    Now time to understand the rest.. How can I pick up what’s going on as fast as you guys??

  • September 7, 2012 at 12:43 amStilts

    All of my posts should do the trick, especially Part 1 and Part 2 of my Season 1 Retrospective. There are plenty of explanations for as much as I could explain about.

    Hope that helps : )

    • September 7, 2012 at 9:41 pmacolyte

      Ohhh thanks! I read most of your weekly posts but I didn’t check out that 2-part post :) I’ll go read it to connect the dots :D

  • September 7, 2012 at 6:43 pmThe Moondoggie

    “I have suspected since back in Episode 2 that the half-elf girl Felipe rescued at Lepanto was a younger Juana…”

    Eh? I thought you also knew for sure. ^^

  • September 7, 2012 at 9:28 pmSalbazier

    I was so very close to crying uncontrollably during Felipe’s Speech. T-T Its just so much to take.

  • September 8, 2012 at 2:33 amTaper

    http://i.imgur.com/0AtTZ.jpg

    I find it amusing that the QWERTY keyboard is still in use some thousands of years after it was developed, despite its inefficiency.

    • September 8, 2012 at 8:36 amSalbazier

      The cost of changing the standard far outweigh any benefit alternative layout can give, which is kinda dubious in the first place. At any rate this is not exactly our world so keyboard layouts may just have different history.

  • October 9, 2012 at 8:46 ammetalgearhunter

    Just a quick question, how do you capture those images in such high quality?

  • December 20, 2012 at 11:29 amYX

    Late but want comment on “Inadequate HQ”
    It was actually lead by Futayo and Adele with Futayo responsible defense while Adele responsible for attack, which was opposite of their normal duty. The HQ wasn’t really called “Inadequate HQ” exactly, but “partial heaven and earth”, which reflect this Yin-Yang-ish relationship.