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「瞬きの日」 (Matataki no Hi)
“Day of Flicker”
The truth behind the Day of Flicker is revealed and Gauche reawakens with his original memories intact? How could I possible let this episode go by without saying a few words about it? We have new opening and ending themes to boot, with Suga Shikao back for the former. For the ending we have a catchy song by Yamazaru, alongside a really cute sequence that busts it old school SNES Mode 7 style. Taking that all into consideration, I’m quickly reminded why I like this series so much. In fact, I’m going to try to make time to keep covering it in some minimalistic manner, which this post makes some strides towards by cutting down on screen captures and captions.
Anyway, on top of reinforcing the idea that the Akatsuki government’s soiled their hands with conspiracies and that the Reverse activists have every reason to be pissed off, this episode shed some light on characters we’ve met long ago. In particular, the bridge gatekeeper Signal (Camus) actually has two more brothers, Thane and Jean, all of whom were on board the airship “Progres” that crashed twelves years ago. Dr. Thunderland Jr. was another survivor, as were an engineer named Houdai Franklin (Tsuchida Hiroshi), and the commander Balor. As for the conspiracy, the true purpose of the flight seemed to be bringing humans close to the artificial sun so that it can re-energize itself by stealing the “light” from their eyesight. In other words, it’s another human experiment and probably the biggest one in the world of Amberground, seeing as the artificial sun is some living entity that resembles a combination of God and Envy. A rather befitting similarity, considering that human experimentation comes off as much of a taboo as human transmutation does in Fullmetal Alchemist. Quite honestly, that level of corruption by the government was beyond anything I was anticipating, and the mere thought of what it entails changed my perspective of this series in a drastic way. The memories that came pouring out of Lag’s spirit amber eye raises even more questions, particularly the ones that aren’t his own and show the world before it had fallen into perpetual darkness.
At the moment, I’m curious if Gauche has truly returned to his normal self, since the preview shows him thinking things over upon returning home after all these years. The new opening sequence isn’t really indicative of what we’re in store for, since it’s mainly comprised of a lot of older scenes we’ve already seen. What we do know is that we haven’t seen the last of Roda, so it’ll be interesting to see how Gauche is affected if and when he sees her again. Tegami Bachi’s getting pretty epic!
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