OP: 「Light My Fire」by KOTOKO
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「失われた存在」 (Ushinawareta Sonzai)
After re-watching season one and blasting through season two like it was nothing, I was extremely excited that I didn’t have to wait years to witness the beginning of the conclusion to this awesome series. Holding my breath as I clicked play, I was blown away with how spectacular everything looked. That however, was not the best part of the episode. That right probably belongs to the big “WTF” moment that appeared less than two minutes in.
A completely different looking Yuuji, fused together with one of the strongest Lords of Guze, is not at all what I expected. After that rather climatic ending during season two, I’m a little bummed with how things actually turned out. Not only has Yuuji still not picked neither Shana nor Kazumi, but I felt a little robbed when it was revealed that Yuuji had somehow disappeared. This might be because season one and two are still fresh in my mind, but after putting so much effort into hyping the Reijo Maigo in season one and then nearly getting it back in time before Yuuji lost all of his power of existence in season two, I was scratching my head as I tried to figure out how he could lose his existence even though he still exists. The only conclusion that I could come to was maybe, his identity completely changed when he merged with that certain Lord of Guze? It sort of make sense since just like a Flame Haze, Yuuji is technically housing a Lord of Guze, and could have given up his identity, right?
Getting back on track, had the beginning of the episode not revealed the ridiculous twist involving Yuuji, I honestly think that the rest of the episode would have had a lot more of an impact. Even though I knew that Yuuji wasn’t gone, it still bothered me as I watched a world without Yuuji continue to move forward. Combined with everyone’s resolve that Yuuji must be alive somewhere, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to be sad or angry that nearly everyone had forgotten about him. I think it ended up getting angrier since I still have trouble grasping the concept that Yuuji openly attacked Shana with a smile on his face.
However, it probably was nice for everyone out there who didn’t rush through the first and second season to see all these familiar faces. Except for a few key characters, I think everyone had a chance to get some of the spotlight. From the lovely Margery Daw to the nearly expressionless Wilhelmina, I’m excited to see just how dramatic the group dynamic is going to change with Yuuji off (almost literally) in space. I’m also excited that Lamies and Khamsin (little kid, who’s actually really old) are hopefully going to make a return. Even as side characters, they were so interesting that it’s a shame they got so little time the first time around. Hopefully, this third season can rectify that!
P.S. For all the light novel readers out there, I’d like to ask that you please use the spoiler tags. Remember that this is an adaptation and while there may be differences here and there, please don’t go on a spoiler rampage. If you really feel the need to talk about it, which I encourage, you can always join the conversation over at our IRC Channel!