「滅亡という選択 válogatott-hoz kialvás」 (Metsubou to iu Sentaku)
“The Destruction Option”
Can we get a new 11eyes player here? I’m not exactly sure where this one messed up, but he’s working his way towards one hell of a bad ending and I wanted to see the good one. What was that? This is an anime and there are no additional playthroughs? Well son of a…
I like to joke around with 11eyes, but only because the series has proven that it’s not afraid to venture off into uncommon anime territory and gives me fresh material to feed off of. While I understand my satire makes it sound like I’m denouncing the show, I’m actually quite pleased with how it strays from the norm. For one, they aren’t afraid to kill off characters whenever they feel like, giving the viewer the impression that no one’s a safe bet. We’ve seen that several times already and the trend continuing this episode. Yuka may be all smiles after freeing Liselotte, but the witch returned the favor by taking her fragment and possessing her body later on (or so it seems). After Avaritia sends Kakeru and Misuzu back to their world so that Liselotte doesn’t get even stronger, he fights to the death alongside Superbia, Shiori, and even Abraxas, the guardian angel form of Satsuki Kukuri.
The reintroduction of Kakeru’s sister as the source of the imaginary Kukuri’s powers was a surprise, much like hearing her speak for the very first time. However, it only served as a brief shock due to Liselotte controlling the fight and Superbia sacrificing herself just so that Avaritia could land an attack in his dragon form, Georgius. Amazingly, Superbia survived that attack and lived long enough to tell Kakeru and Misuzu that the others all died. To add a spin on things, it turns out Shiori killed herself just so that Liselotte wouldn’t get her hands on yet another fragment. Now a character readily willing to commit suicide during a fight isn’t something you see everyday. That mentality sure isn’t very inspirational for the kids out there. Speaking of which, the series has grown pretty graphic as of late and become reliant on the notorious black fog to keep things censored. I realize this is something we’ve seen in other series, but the scarcity of it is another way 11eyes differentiates itself.
This of course leads me to the most welcomed turn of events. I was actually a bit uneasy watching it, because I thought the show had flipped over to some hentai series. Now with the gate of hell open, the end of the world impending, and everyone presumably dead, leave it up to Misuzu to hop on that opportunity to have her first and final sexual experience with Kakeru. My mind was blown away to be honest. I wasn’t expecting Misuzu of all people to get Kakeru to sleep with her under these circumstances. I mean come on! It’s Misuzu we’re talking about here. She doesn’t need to entice people with the possibility of obtaining some great power to get them to sleep with her. I will admit that it’s an amazingly awesome and too-good-for-words bonus for doing so though. Offer a man sex with a hot girl with the promise of power is like pumping crack right into his veins. Hmm, sex and power. Yeah, I don’t think you’re going to miss your target audience much with that one. When you place it under the pretense that it’s some sincere rite of passage, you’ll even win over those who don’t think with their crotch.
The biggest shocker however still remains that everyone’s supposedly dead now. While we had Misuzu confess her love for Kakeru, followed by a possessed Yuka doing the same, the latter impaled and crushed her target of affection, then proceeded to take his Eye of Aeon. Having seen Misao (Superbia) completely give up on the world after losing her own lover Avaritia, I don’t really blame Misuzu for just sitting there and letting herself be killed. It’s a pretty dismal situation to be in with no hope at all, which really worries me that they’re going to use a deux ex machina to fix everything. The big twist that may act as a saving grace is the revelation of Kakeru at the end
(without the Eye of Aeon?). Also, the happily reunited Liselotte/Velad pair is standing on one of the Black Knight’s crystal towers. Does this mean that Avaritia and Kakeru are still alive somehow? Is there still someone who can put a stop to this crazy witch and save the already destroyed world?
Answers to those questions should make the finale next week pretty epic. There was no actual preview, so who knows what they have in store. I wonder if they’ll involve the parallel worlds in some way to provide a good ending though. Kakeru was frantically checking with Kaori and Tadashi to see if this was indeed Yuka’s world, hinting at some link between her survival and its existence. It almost seemed like she was the god there, which means she might be able to fix things with a snap of a finger. Oh god, deux ex machina.
* It looks like Kakeru does have his Eye of Aeon at the end there, judging by pupil sizes.