Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II – 13 (END)
「境渡りの欲深き者達」 (Sakai Watari no Yoku Fukaki Mono Tachi)
“The Greedy Ones who Cross Borders”
How did Malga & Margot get their new Zwei Frauen?
Why does Musashi lose if Tres España gets behind them?
Musashi’s paths to victory against Tres España
How did Musashi fulfill the requirements for victory?
What and where is IZUMO?
Why did Gin stay on Musashi?
It is always with a heavy heart that I write my impressions of the final episode of a series, to send it off and likely never talk about it in front of you again. Yet there hasn’t been a time I’ve been more saddened, more wistful for the ending of a series (save for perhaps one). Not because this episode disappointed – it did not, not by any means. Rather, though I have spent an objectively ridiculous amount of time working on these posts, I will miss it. Enough commiserating – there will be time enough for that in my Final Impressions. Here’s what I enjoyed this episode, and what I did not – though I assure you there’s precious little of the latter. Let’s do this thing, one last time!
Margot & Malga Fly Again
It was beautiful seeing them flying together again, as equals. It has been a rough season for Malga over all, and Margot was shot down last episode, I thought that was going to be what reset everything about their relationship (though Kimi-nee and Margot took care of most of that a few episodes back). I’m glad that instead of both of them becoming weaker, they both got a boost instead! Check the Explanations sections for reasons why this happened, but impressions-wise, I have to say that I’m surprised how little the whole thing annoyed me. Normally, such a seemingly ass pulled power-up would piss me off, but here it does not – I know there’s a reason, even if I – or even the characters! – don’t know what it is right now. And I have my suspicions anyway. Damn politics…I love it!
Musashi Maneuvers Into Position
While I’ll be damn near the first to defend almost anything Adele does, throughout this battle she’s mostly proven herself as a competent military commander, but not a great one. In terms of sheer tactical and strategic ability, Neshinbara outstrips her every day, so I’m glad he’s going to be fully back in action now that his curse is cleared. That said, Adele finally pulled out a ploy worthy of Musashi. To do a back flip with a city-ship…wow, that takes some steel the your spine! Though what I really enjoyed was how effortlessly brave Suzu was. When will people learn that it’s always the quiet girls with long bangs who are always truly brave? :3
Horizon & Toori vs Tres España – and the Return of Mary
There are obvious parallels to pull from for this scene, and a lot of them. The final battle of Episode 13, Season 1 is the most obvious, so I’ll start there. Against that, today’s offering was the weaker or the two, though I have to say that it had a harder time of it. The commercial break in the middle really hurt it, as the tension climbed upwards…only to taper off, and then climb once again after the break. Horizon’s song didn’t fit as well here either, as rather than a mournful song sung as ships crashed down (as it was before), it was sung in the middle of an intense struggle, and took the place of Kyoukaisen’s wonderful OST that could (and shortly would) have been compelling the mood ever higher. Also, the simple fact is that avarice (greed) is a less compelling emotion than sadness. Horizon speaking of her greed, even while crying, is nothing like her crying out in sadness for the very first time.
The Four End Couples – Felipe & Juana, Muneshige & Gin, Mary & Tenzou, and Horizon & Toori
I’ve never quite been able to tell whether it’s the epic scale, the intricate details, the sensational climactic battles, or the many lovingly dedicated couples that draw me most to this show (that’s a lie – the answer is “All of the above”), but the fourth option certainly showed its power in this episode’s final half. Let me quickly (me, quickly? Hah!) take each couple in turn. Expect gushing.
This episode rocked, and so did this season. Final season impressions are ahead. Make sure to hit the spoiler tag to see them all…though I haven’t written them yet, I have a feeling I’m going to go long. Big surprise, I know.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – So it ends. With a flash, Musashi is victorious once again, w/ new friends & lovers to show for it. Chills man, chills. Loved it #Kyoukaisen
- Yes, Margot and Malga can gattai. Woo! Get out of the way, Aquarion EVOL, you’ve got two lesbian witches stepping onto your turf, and let’s face it…that means you lose.
- I loved that they brought the Azuma and Miriam joke back. Yes, because it was funny, but as the above gushing quite clearly demonstrated, I’m a huge hopeless romantic who loves seeing romances who aren’t the usual harem antics that we see so often in anime (though those are fun as well), and shipping Azuma x Miriam certainly falls into that category. D’aaaaaww!
- Oh yes, those character cameos. I know who a few of them are, but I’m going to stay my tongue so that we can all be introduced to them together when Season 3 comes around (it’ll happen! I believe in it!). By the way, if you know who they are (or anything about un-animated books), then please keep it behind spoiler tags. Thanks.
- Loved their little impromptu concert. Kimi-nee is, as usual, amazing. Kyoukai Senjou no K-ON, anyone? :D Note: the song she sung is one of my favorite special songs from Season 1. That and the Adele/Suzu one. Highly recommended!
- Sounds like the M.H.R.R. arc is next. I can’t wait for Season 3. Speaking of, Sunrise…does this include boredom? Or a lack of more Kyoukaisen? Because, you know, you offered… Ufufu~ >:3
This is literally the show I came here to write about. It was the lack of coverage of the first season of Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon that made me think hey, maybe they need a guy like me. Maybe they need someone who is crazy enough to cover every facet of that wonderfully complex fantasy story in such ridiculous detail that everyone else will be able to enjoy it like I do. Also, maybe they’ll let me terrorize the other writers and tell people to call me “onii-chan.”
…okay, so some of those came later. Yet it’s true that this series is why I’m in a position to write for you today. To date I have penned and published 80,864 words about this series (not including excerpts), 39,400 of which came from this season. For those that aren’t aware, that’s basically a small novel (I have a problem -_-). I’ve also spent something like 8+ hours every week producing each post, which is enough time to cover ~2-3 other “regular” shows. I’ve joked about putting more effort into blogging this show than I have my paying job, and even if that’s not strictly true, I’ve sure cared about the results a helluva lot more. That all begs the question – was it worth it?
Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon is a great series, and I recommend it heartily to anyone who has there wherewithal to stick with something that’s a little bit hard (okay, a lot bit) as long as the reward on the other end is great. And it is. Plus, I’ve even made it a little easier on you, so if you have any friends you want to suggest this show to, go right ahead. These posts will always be there.
Now, with my thoughts more or less taken care of, there is only one more thing to say. Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon has always been a bit of a polarizing series, one that people either love or hate. That’s why, though to me it has always been the height of High Fantasy, one of the kings of the fantasy genre, we here at RandomC have marked it as niche, and rightfully so. Yet I say that if this is a niche, it’s one I’m happy to be a part of and write for. I have read practically every comment you have posted, and am grateful for every view. Of any I have written so far (though there be much overlap, of course), those of you who have read and commented on my Kyoukaisen posts have been my favorite. Every critique has been well-thought out, and all the gushing has been…well, not so much, but it’s gushing, so who cares!! The discussions have been fascinating, rivaling the best of my Stilts Out Loud posts, and soundly trouncing the rest. So I guess what I’m trying to say is…thanks. I’ve probably poured something like 200+ hours into writing about Kyoukaisen, but it has been worth it. Maybe I have matured as a writer – save for my irrepressible tendency to prattle on incessantly – I swear I’ll work on it someday, when I have time! – but mostly I have just enjoyed the ride.
To me, blogging has always been about having a place to go to spend just a few more minutes in the worlds that I love, after the credits have rolled and the episode – or the season – has come to a close. Now, as a writer my goal has always been to give that place to you, so that we can come together and spend just a little while longer in this world, in Horizon’s Earth. I hope you have enjoyed your time there, both on the screen and here with me. I look forward to more adventures with Toori, Horizon, and all of the others when Season 3 eventually comes (I believe it will–in time, in time!). Until then, I’ll meet you all in other worlds, in other posts, in the hopes that we’ll all come together here again one day, beyond that lovely, lonely, brilliant, and beautiful horizon. Ja~