Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince – 24 (END)
「宇宙に散る花」 (Uchū ni chiru hana)
“Flowers that Fall in Space”
“Wow, just wow!” – I am absolutely flabbergasted, overwhelmed with both amazement and delight. I hardly know where to begin in trying to describe just how amazing the finale was, but let’s start off with an easy one – I can’t tell you how big of a relief it was to see Izuru emerged from all of this alive! I have made no effort to conceal my deepest desire of seeing a happily-ever-after conclusion – it was, no doubt, a very close call, an ingenious troll till the very final moments. The anticipation was so suspenseful that I almost had a heart attack during the last few seconds of this episode, and make no mistakes about it – the tone of this post would have looked completely different had Izuru not made it out alive. A crack of faint smile that changed almost everything – my entire impression has evolved from that of despondent to satisfied, at ease and pleasant. “Tatakai, tatakai, tatakai” – Izuru has certainly been through one hell of an emotional rollercoaster ride, and no one is more deserving of a happy ending than the pilot of Red 5. For a moment, there was a sense that Izuru has lost touch with reality, succumbing to the negative influence of his AHSMB unit. The entire experience was pretty surreal, both for Izuru and the viewers – it almost felt like Izuru has let the persona of a war hawk run rampant and become a battle-crazed Wulgaru himself. He was unable to assume control of his own body, even as his very consciousness has stayed lucid and somewhat intact. No doubt, Izuru would not have survived if he had remained in the state of a berserker – it was extremely detrimental to his health, putting Izuru’s life in peril and presumably, that’s not what the JURIA-system is set out to achieve.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – as impressive as the pilot of Red 5 is, Team Rabbit is not a one-man show. The Zannen 5 will always have Izuru’s back and time and time again, their teamwork and camaraderie have proven to be more than crucial. Izuru was able to emerge from the abyss of derangement and he has his great friends to thank for all of that. Nothing stirs up their dorky leader like a chain of much celebrated tsukkomi – even if they came with the best of intentions, the many verbal jabs were nothing less than uncharitable, marked with a splitting sense of acidity! It was quite an exquisite moment – a somewhat paradoxical approach to show how much they care for each other and more importantly, how much Izuru means to every one of them. “You don’t have to fight anymore. Please come back!” – fittingly enough, Kei and her unfailing love for Izuru were front and center in this effort, and I’m so glad the romantic subplot hasn’t been brushed aside just yet. There’s still hope that Kei could eventually emerge as a love interest for Izuru – evidently, he doesn’t see her as anything more than a good friend as of this juncture, but an open-ended conclusion, one where everyone survives, has for sure left me hopeful for an optimistic outcome. Izuru is most fortunate to have such great friends, to be on the receiving end of such profound inspiration and fondness. In return, the pilot of Red 5 is adamant in protecting his comrades – it was a surge of such protective instincts, combined with Izuru’s inherent survival impulse, that has given rise to the ultimate form of Red 5, an eminently beautiful mecha that boasts a majestic “Wing of Light”!
Not surprisingly, Majestic Prince has gone all out to give us the best of the best in its finale – the ensuing showdown, one that pits Izuru against Jiart, embodies the very definition of an action-packed epic. Majestic Prince has transcended any limitations set by your conventional mecha porn – this is a work of art, a crackerjack of choreographies that has surpassed even the wildest of my imaginations. The soaped-up Red 5 was for certain a big part of the equation and its presence, in and of itself, was quite a marvel to behold – it has a giant pair of wings that takes on both offensive and defense mechanisms, either as a massive beam saber or a force shield to protect itself. Jiart has proven to be stubbornly unyielding – utterly obsessed in hunting down his “lamata” and so impervious that it almost looked like Izuru was fighting a fight that is impossible to win. Jiart had a slight upper hand throughout the entire confrontation and it was only toward the very last moment that Izuru managed to turn the tide – an ingenious bait-and-switch, combined with an effectual powerful pummel, that has finally brought the slugfest to an end! Izuru’s quick thinking has clearly paid off greatly, and even though such bravura almost came at the cost of his own life, there really is no two ways about his accomplishments – Izuru is a true hero and he has completed his mission with both flair and excellence. The Wulgaru portal gate has, indeed, been destroyed, marking the first victory for the humans – but this was in no way a downright defeat for the Wulgaru and it was more akin to a setback in their ongoing advancement. It’s hardly an exaggeration to say there are many questions that remained unresolved, but we do have a clear answer for the most important one – Izuru is alive and all of the Zannen 5 have pretty much emerged unscathed. There wasn’t a distinct sense of closure in the air and the finale seems more like a new beginning than an actual conclusion – one that is optimistic, joyous and full of promise, just the way I had hoped!
- “Tatakai, tatakai, tatakai” – Izuru will always be my hero! The last few minutes of this episode almost gave me a heart attack. A fine troll till the very last second – bravo and well played, Majestic Prince!
- A majestic “Wing of Light”! – Red 5’s new feature reminded me somewhat of Gundam Victory’s. Blue 1’s curling blades work as a deflector as well, just like a lightsaber. It was mecha porn at its very best, fitting for a grand finale!
- “You don’t have to fight anymore. Please come back!” – I’m so glad the romantic subplot hasn’t been shoved aside. Kei is my number-one girl and she is more than deserving of a happy ending. Just get hitched already, damn it!
- “Baka Aho Baka Aho! The manga you draw is horrible!” – Ouch, that must have hurt big-time! Gotta love their tsukkomi combo, it’s how the Zannen 5 show their affection for each other!
- “What’s the name of that Wulgaru bastard? Desert, gelato or tomato?” – Is Ange a girl or a guy? I guess we’ll never find out! A gender-bender till the very end.
- “When this is over, I’m going drink till I drop!” – Reika looks so adorable when she’s embarrassed. I bet that’s how she looks like when she’s in bed with Rin Rin!
- Her eyes exist! Who knew? – there’s more to Yamada Peko than meets the eyes! Anna is definitely in love with Asagi onii chan! Give her a few more years and I’m sure she’ll make an excellent waifu.
- Delivered by the uber-extraordinary Ishikawa Chiaki, the latest insert song, “Sono Gyaku”, is the B-side of Majestic Prince’s first ED – of all the insert songs that have been featured thus far, this one is my probably my favorite! The first OP, “Watashi wa Souzou Suru”, was played during the last few minutes of its finale – very fitting, if I may say so.
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #MajesticPrince 24: A majestic “Wing of Light”, guiding both the humans and the Wulgaru to a brand new evolutionary path – this was a finale that seems more like a new beginning than an actual conclusion! #Anime
Full-length images: 01, 10, 14, 21, 27, 33, 37, 38, 39, 40.
Not-so Final Impression:
“A new evolutionary path has opened for us” – aptly pointed out by King Galkie himself, the ongoing conflict is far from over, and what we saw in this finale is not anything like your typical conclusion. Majestic Prince has come to a pause at a comma rather than a full stop – the possibilities are endless and the grandeur of its premise lends itself to further exploration, whether it’s the human side of the equation or their alien counterpart who remains a thoroughgoing enigma. To my greatest delight, the entire main cast has managed to survive this latest ordeal – even Commander Simon, the one person who I didn’t expect to pull through, has made it out alive. Simon appears to be right at the center of the mysteries at hand – for starters, he seems to share a certain history with Juria, the much-celebrated creator of the JURIA-system, and presumably, there’s more to their relationship than meets the eyes. His relationship with Teoria also presents a rather fascinating dynamic, not to mention the various intricacies that might emerge from his many genetic experiments. The very question of genetic manipulation and the moral dilemma that surrounds it have never been too far away from the surface – that, combined with the mobilization of child soldiers, has presented quite a controversial subject for Majestic Prince. It is a topic that intrigues me to no end and there’s definitely room for a more elaborate discourse – especially when it comes to the many aggravations that continue to plague the Zannen 5!
This, of course, brings me to the point at issue and the biggest question that remained unresolved is what awaits Team Rabbit after Operation Heaven’s Gate – or perhaps more importantly, how will the “love triangle” evolve from here on out. Kei and Izuru are both alive, and no pessimist out there can convince me otherwise – I would like nothing more than to see a romantic hook-up between those two, and such a conviction has been further reinforced by some of the more recent developments. The romantic subplot has been through quite a big dipper – what started out as a “love pentagon” has slowly but surely evolved into a close-knitted “love triangle”. Izuru is completely oblivious to Kei’s feelings – Kei, on the other hand, hasn’t quite taken notice of Toshikazu’s interest just yet. The current status quo is far from optimal, but an open-ended conclusion does leave us with a slew of possibilities – and I am hoping it’s going to be the one that I have in mind. Then there’s Teoria who continues to be one of the most intriguing element in the mix and there is so much more about her that we have yet to figure out. Her actual screen time has remained somewhat scarce, but Teoria’s very existence is indisputably front and center in all of the commotion that prevails – not least of which is her entanglements with that of both Jiart and Izuru. Speaking of Jiart, the fate of the Wulgaru Prince was pretty much left hanging in midair – I don’t think he has kicked the bucket just yet, but if he is indeed alive, it certainly begs the question of what has become of him. There’s a good chance that he remains stranded in the solar system and if that is the case, I’m sure he’ll be all set to wreak havoc again very soon – no doubt, Jiart is not going to let Izuru off the hook that easily and he probably has some unfinished business with Teoria as well.
This is a finale that is hardly a finale – as contradictory as that sounds, it is a defining feature of the final episode itself. But make no mistake about it – the finale and all of its first twenty three episodes were nothing less than a thrill ride, an action-packed adventure that embodies the very definition of a mecha porn. For those of you who have followed my coverage in the last six months, you should have figured out by now that I hold Majestic Prince is very high regards, both as a character drama and as an action epic. Majestic Prince was decisively panned by many of the anime connoisseurs at the start of its run – but interestingly enough, a good number has since come to change their mind, seeing the series in a decidedly positive light. Their initial concerns, more often than not, surround the widespread usage of CGI – and perhaps more evidently, the character designs by Hirai Hisashi that many seem to have a distinct distaste for. I have found most of the bias and criticism unfounded, and it appears that many of the viewers have eventually come to be of the same mind as well. Majestic Prince features some of the best-looking state-of-the-art CGI – their exquisite animation technique has given rise to the very finest of mecha porn, an eminent feature that has become almost synonymous to Majestic Prince. I have stuck my neck out for the series since the very beginning, even when the entire anime community was working against me – and I am overjoyed to learn that its fanbase has seen a steady-going ascend throughout the entire run! Majestic Prince is a great series and I wouldn’t think twice about recommending it to anyone, whether you’re a fan of the mecha genre or not. It has a little bit of everything for every one of us – romantic entanglements, political intricacies, light-hearted comedies, and most importantly, a whole profusion of mecha porn to keep our adrenaline going. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a second season and if a continuation is, indeed, in the cards, I’ll be more than happy to cover the series here at Random Curiosity – I love Majestic Prince with all my heart and I hope all of you have enjoyed the series as much as I have!
- Hello from Tokyo, everyone! I’m currently on the road for work and I apologize for the slight delay in putting up this post. Majestic Prince is the first two-cour series that I have completed as a writer for Random Curiosity – it’s been an amazing six months, both as a blogger and a fan of this series. The vacuum in your mecha souls will not be left bare for too long! The highly anticipated Sunrise epic, Kakumeiki Valvrave, will be making a return in two weeks time!
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