「異邦人の夢」 (Ihoujin no Yume)
“Dream of the Stranger”
While I shouldn’t be surprised that there are series that can take months to progress the story less than one day, I was hoping for more than what this week’s Shana delivered.
That said it was probably the best the writers could do with the limited amount of time the series has left and with a couple different side stories going on at the same time I was pretty impressed with how well everything came together. Instead of focusing on the main storyline, I’m glad this episode opted to close up most of the loose ends before bringing our attention back to Yuuji and Shana’s gigantic fight.
Starting with Sale and The Professor, I couldn’t believe how anti-climatic The Professor’s death was. While throwing his own bomb at him was a little cliché, I almost choked when his emergency escape button failed. Somehow, I wasn’t expecting the professor who’s managed to escape death so many times to actually die — especially when he was fighting on his home turf!
Then you have Kazumi’s group who actually survived their near death experience. Sure the preview might have ruined the surprise by flashing Kazumi alive and well but it was still pretty entertaining watching just how they managed to survive the whole thing. For starters, how convenient is it to have an unrestricted spell that not only hides your presence but can also create identical clones of whatever you want? Second, I loved how “human” Khamsin was this week. Honestly it was probably the most emotion we’ve seen come out of him since he was introduced! Acting completely out of character, it was quite noble how he sacrificed his body to give his group the opportunity to escape and protect Pheles and Johan. But just like last week, it looks like even a huge disintegrating bomb can’t stop him!
Finally there’s Wilhelmina who’s been a little off ever since Pheles appeared. While I honestly haven’t been able to see any effects her wandering mind may have had on her fighting prowess, I won’t complain when we get to watch the normally quick and concise Tiamat and Wilhelmina hold a normal conversation together.
All in all everything seems to be wrapping up in a fairly nice manner. Everyone is accounted for and etheir actions have been given some sort of purpose. With everything on the ground finally done or locked in an equal stalemate all that’s left is to watch Yuuji and Shana go at it! Seeing how time has finally moved forward and the creation of Xanadu is finally underway, it looks like the only thing left is to see what changes Shana really made to Xanadu or if Yuuji had enough foresight to have a contingency plan for a situation like this.
I can’t wait.