Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse – 23
「屍せる者たちの凱歌」 (Shikabane Seru Mono Tachino Gaika)
“The Victory Song of the Dead”
Looking back, I had previously mentioned that Total Eclipse was definitely going to end with a bang. And if there’s one thing this episode highlights, it’s how true that statement is, because they’re really bringing out all the stops as we enter the series’ finale. I mean… the sheer amount of TSF combat this week was a feast for the eyes, the power plays from each of the respective factions fabulous, and the imminent activation of the Red Shift provided quite the adrenaline rush to boot! In the end, anime’s meant to be watched for enjoyment, and enjoyment was on the menu this week…
…though not for the members of the RLF and Mariem, who find out they’ve been pretty much used and thrown away to rot by the members of the Christian Allegiance. The reactions end up not being too pretty as a result and it looks all but confirmed at this point that the RLF will take the brunt of the retaliation for their take over of the base. In the end, we’re still not quite sure the Christian Allegiance themselves are being used too as some kind of bigger plan (that language slip in the middle of the episode hints at something more), but we do find out that at the very least, the Major and his compatriots seem to be one of those radical groups that believe the BETA are representative of God’s judgment.
Regardless, things don’t look too great despite Yui and Co.’s valiant efforts to stop both the terrorists and the BETA, and it seems like the Scarlet Twins are the only ones capable of preventing the Red Shift at this point. Notably, the Scarlet Twins also bring us to our next topic, which involves the noticeable character development from both of them (though, especially Cryska), as both seem to be gaining their own sense of self as they both declare their desire to protect the world Yuuya lives in. It’s been developing in the background for a while now, and it’s just nice to see the culmination after all this time—along with the continued development of Yui and Yuuya as well, who find themselves empowered by their past experiences and willing to trust each other with their lives. Looking back, they’ve sure gone far from the “You lack talent!” days haven’t they? Heh. Too bad Yuuya still seems more interested in his TSF than women though…
In any case, there were some nice touches to a few of the scenes this episode too. Granted, they may have been anime original material (not quite sure on this respect, but it feels that way), but it was still pretty fun seeing the Berkut line up with all the
Falcons Fulcrums and Sharon, Yuuya, and Leon posing up on the hill for a moment there. Also, it was quite nice how they ended up reusing some of the old first episode material in the flashbacks for Yui too, as it served as a reminder of how hard she’s come… as well as how much she still has to learn.
Ultimately though, Major Christopher seems to have his own plans for the Scarlet Twins in the end, setting up for what may be quite the finale. I feel like going on a whole series retrospective at the moment, but yeah… I reckon I’ll save that for next week. Heh.