Shirogane no Ishi Argevollen – 21
Well it looks like the series is finally reaching the point where Samonji clashes with Holmes/Garp and Cayenne with
Zarl Lontar, as the stage is set for a finale with an army of new Trail Kriegers on both sides. What comes as a bit of a surprise are the circumstances that got us here. Cayenne won’t give up on the war, disobeys orders, and starts a radical movement within the Arandas army that wants to continue fighting. Caught in his movement is our stoic captain, whose opinion on continuing the fight is still somewhat unclear. On the Ingelmia side, Zarl’s role has been replaced by Lontar, who’s manipulative and cunning in a different way. Within Unit 8, Tokimune has long since “graduated” from the reckless, disobedient, dead sister-obsessed pilot and has become a respectable main character. Together, all these developments suggest that the story will conclude around Unit 8 stepping in to get Samonji out of Cayenne’s court-martial-worthy actions, especially now that Suzushiro is in charge. In all likelihood, Izumi will have some involvement in this regard as well, seeing as he’s been promoted to a higher position of power within the Arandas army.
Looking back, I really can’t say any of these developments came as a surprise; however, it’s become rather apparent that Argevollen isn’t going for shock value whatsoever. Up until now, the writers have hinted at the direction things were heading early on and gave viewers plenty of to let each new development sink in. Just take these past three episodes for instance, where there’s been a clear shift of focus to Samonji and mention of the “noise” within the U-Link System. It’s probably no coincidence that this episode highlighted Jamie as the noise in Argevollen that’s kept Tokimune alive all this time. From that, I get the feeling that there will be a similar noise in Perfevollen’s U-Link System that will bring Samonji around—likely from Reika since Perfevollen is the end result of her original experiment. For now, it’s just a matter of finding out how all those moving parts come together in the final three episodes. I have very little doubt that the war will end in some sort of a peace treaty (even if it’s under less than ideal terms for one of the sides), so I’m just curious to see what Suzushiro does to help her beloved captain.