Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince – 23
「アーレア・ヤクタ・エスト」 (Ārea Yakuta Esuto)
“Alea Iacta Est”
“I’ll be fine, I am a hero after all, probably” – every time Izuru mutters the words “hero” and “probably”, a death flag has been triggered and I can’t help but feel my heart sinking just a little bit. Don’t get me wrong – I still fully expect Izuru and all of Team Rabbit to make it out of this tribulation alive, but that doesn’t mean I can easily turn a blind eye to the prevailing “death flags”. They are staring down at me with the meanest glare, and I hope all of them will eventually turn out to be a bad standing joke – the ones we can laugh at when the series finally comes to a full stop! I’ve made no effort to conceal the profound admiration that I have for the Zannen 5 – every one of them is a bit of a square peg, but they are also perfectly likable and sympathetic. Kei – loving, beautiful and smart – is, of course, my absolute favorite, but Izuru and his dorky charm also hold a very special spot in my heart. The pilot of Red 5 is a prime exemplar of a super-nice guy – Izuru cares for his friends deeply, and he would do anything in his power to ensure their well-being and happiness. His comrades are just like the family he never had – Izuru loves them dearly and his steadfast determination to live out this ordeal is certainly a step in the right direction. He has his frame of mind and the conviction in the right place, and all of this, for sure, bodes well for his survival probability. Let us not forget – a heightened survival impulse also falls right into the JURIA system’s sweet spot, and Izuru would need nothing less than his full might to fend off the Wulgaru Prince – a decisive match that pits an “awakened” Red 5 against Jiart’s latest carnage!
Speaking of the JURIA-AHSMB combo, there’s so much more to the mecha side of the equation that continues to be a mystery. Evidently, piloting an “awakened” Red 5 has taken quite a toll on Izuru’s scrawny physique, and it remains to be seen if he can navigate through the detrimental side effects in one piece. Rather than attempting to suppress the AHSMB’s survival instinct, Izuru has chosen to embrace it – acting as a beacon of light for Red 5 and furnishing it with direction, control and intelligence! The AHSMB unit is very much like a sentient being and its inherent survival impulse has proven to be a lifesaver more than once. An “awakened” Red 5 holds enormous potential – that, combined with Izuru’s raw skills as a pilot, is going to be front and center in the incoming clash. Jiart is not going to back off any time soon and the outcome of their collision is bound to set the tone for this war. The Wulgaru Prince continues to be one of the most fascinating personas in the mix – Jiart’s eyes remained fixated solely on Izuru and in an effort to draw out his ‘lamata’, he has emerged at the front line like a gale of wind. His prowess as a combatant is clearly in a different league – if he felt like it, Jiart could have easily taken out the entire vanguard trio in one fell swoop! Izuru is holding up surprisingly well against Jiart – but as always, nothing in Majestic Prince has ever moved about in a linear fashion and Teoria’s grand entrance has surely introduced a whole new level of perplexity to the ongoing warfare.
The Wulgaru princess has, indeed, taken the big stage. Her intercession, calling for a Wulgaru retreat, is nothing more than a futile effort – but Jiart did appear to be rather taken aback by her sudden reappearance. The exact nature of their relationship is not entirely clear-cut – the Wulgaru sibling, in all likelihood, shared a history that is considerably tortuous, and Jiart’s enthusiasm seems to stand in stark contrast to that of King Galkie’s (Yanada Kiyoyuki), who appears to be somewhat disgruntled by this revelation. Teoria, just like their mother, has betrayed her own people – her blatant act of treason is nothing short of conspicuous and it remains to be seen what the ripple effects from all of this will turn out to be. Teoria, who is both Jiart’s sister and Izuru’s genetic parent, is almost certainly going to find herself caught in between these confrontations – Jiart doesn’t seem to harbor any ill will toward Teoria, but Izuru, unaware of their blood kinship, is hell bent on thwarting a sibling rendezvous. The relationship intricacies that exist are quite a marvel in its own right, and all of that will most definitely have a role to play in the ultimate resolution of this war. The human’s effort hasn’t been as unavailing this time around, but it’s hardly an optimistic outlook – one after another, their attempts to destroy the portal gate has been rendered ineffectual. The Straggle Laser has been destroyed and there’s not a whole lot of options left for the humans – as a last-ditch effort, Commander Simon has decided to pull a kamikaze mission, ramming the entire Star Rose into the portal gate. I still fully expect an imminent human victory and their latest endeavor might just finally do the trick – it will, however, come at a cost and I suspect Commander Simon may not make it out alive. Majestic Prince is quickly approaching its grand finale and the epic saga has quite a handful of loose ends to tie up – if the sneak preview is any indicator, it looks like the death toll is going to be somewhat limited. The romantic subplot will most probably stay unresolved, but I’ll be a happy camper as long as everyone comes through unscathed – an ending that is blissful and promising, but not quite “hand-in-hand” and lovey-dovey!
- Beautiful, simply stunning – the “awakened” Red 5 is such a beauty. Breaking Jiart’s sword with his bare hands – that was pretty badass! A payback for what Jiart did to his onii chan.
- “Captain Suzukaze, I love you” – Back off, Izuru! Reika’s not going to stand by and let anyone touch her precious Rin Rin. It’s yuri for the win!
- “What’s up with all the ‘probably’?” – I love it when Majestic Prince pokes fun of its own death flags. You better come back alive, Izuru!
- “She’s like a goddess!” – I gotta say, that’s a rather awful picture of Teoria. This one, however, is a completely different story.
- Is the show shipping Kei and Toshikazu? – Izuru barely made any mentions of Kei during his grand speech. A real pity, if I may say so.
- “Nyan, can you hear me, koneko chan?” – Patrick kicked the bucket way too soon. I would have liked to see at least one of the romantic subplots worked out!
- “Tally Ho! The cavalry has arrived.” – A homage to Randy the Great! Doberman 2 to the rescue, along with an army of mass-produced Black 6.
- How time flies! – I can’t believe we’re already close to an end. Blogging Majestic Prince has been so much fun, and I really do hope we get a second season. I’ve purchased a copy of BD Vol.1 from amazon.co.jp, have you?
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #MajesticPrince 23: Teoria, the beautiful Wulgaru princess, takes the big stage. A mass of death flags and an extravaganza of mecha porn to set everyone up for the grand finale! #Anime
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