「悪意でなく、憎悪でなく」 (Akui de Naku, Zouo de Naku)
“Without Malice or Hatred”
For two guys driven by hatred, I loved the level of respect between Zazie and Jeel when they were in agreement that they can’t get along and had to fight one another. It put an interesting spin on what was in reality two victims who shouldn’t be fighting in the first place, but had to due to the upper echelons in Amberground doing as they please. Be that as it may, it wasn’t terribly sad to see Jeel get killed by Garrard right after Zazie managed to get through to him. I was more surprised by the implication behind it, in that Garrard and Valentine have gone beyond the point of no returns in terms of being able to redeem themselves in the future.
While they’ve probably already killed numerous people on a whim already, getting visual confirmation of one instance changes the overall viewer perception of their characters. We’ll always have Jeel’s death to look back upon when the story reaches the point where Garrard and Valentine’s fates are decided, meaning it’s highly unlikely they’ll turn a new leaf now.
After hearing a bit more of Lawrence’s explanation, I’m more okay with the idea that Lag’s angry on some subconscious level that he’s not fully aware of himself. Talk about possibly recruiting him as a Marauder I wasn’t expecting, but the mere mention of it did have me wondering if Lag will eventually turn on the Amberground government itself. It sounds like a very probable possibility, yet one I hadn’t really considered up until now. If Lag did learn the truth behind the artificial sun and exactly what happened to his mother, it’s hard to imagine he’ll continuing delivering letters as a Bee. Following in Gauche’s footsteps and joining Reverse though? That seems a bit far-fetched given how it means abandoning all his friends back in Yuusari. I honestly don’t know which direction this series will take, and that in itself makes it all the more entertaining to watch.
As for Lag’s shindan, I like how he got it back this very next episode like I was hoping, rather than dragging it out and making it the focus for the rest of the anime. However, I’m admittedly confused as to why he needed the spirit amber from Gauche’s Gymnopedies to fire it. It left me wondering if Gauche foresaw that Lag’s beliefs would be shaken up after he betrayed him, and left the gun behind for him knowing that he’ll need it. For now, that’s definitely one aspect I’d like to see some clarification on, as well as where everyone disappeared off to after lag hit Cabernet and caused it to retreat underground. I gather it’s not the last we’ve seen of the giant Gaichuu.