「愛の獣たち」 (Ai no Kemono tachi)
“Beasts of Love”
I found the this episode’s element to element combat very entertaining. It’s not often you get to see that type of fighting in a predominantly mecha anime and is also a nice departure from the usual use of CG fighting. Seeing Mix and Andy team up to fight Kagura was awesome. (They’re the best couple in the show at the moment). Shrade’s effort to try and stop Kagura was commendable as he was the only one to delay the pursuit of Mikono. Kagura’s power is obscenely overpowered as demonstrated in the fight at the grave yard. It also doesn’t help that he’s obscenely strong and fast.
Other than “love is forbidden” being a school rule, there’s another reason why it’s forbidden in Amata’s case. Amata may have set his heart on Mikono but unfortunately for him, destiny stands in his way. It simply wasn’t meant to be. He’s clearly in a state of denial calling the legend only a story. I don’t believe it complete writes Amata off as being another reincarnation of Apollonius but it does sort of start to close the door on him for a romantic relationship with her. It doesn’t help that Mikono is starting to like him. She was kind of displaying Stockholm syndrome when she jumped in front of Amata while he was contemplating shooting him. It’s sad to hear Zessica start to pour her heart out to Amata only to get cut off before she clearly told him that she wanted to be with him. She has become the second choice.
When Kagura was talking to Mikono, he came off as passionate which made him slightly more likable. The way he articulates his love is confusing but fitting since his power is reversal. I just wish his speech was a little more consistent (kind of in the way Yoda is consistent in the way he speaks) because when he was talking to Amata, he genuinely wanted to kill him.
Mykage’s constant interference is quite the tease and is getting kind of annoying. I feel like it’s being overly used as a device to advance the plot but stopping it short of any real advancement. In short, it’s a little too convenient. His involvement and teleportation cheapen his effect on the plot. The great thing about Mykage though is he is usually the one who reveals what happens in the past. In this episode, he explained how the Solar Wing was used to pollinate the Tree of Life. This might be a clue to why he would want it again.
ED2: 「ユノハノモリ」 (Yunoha no Mori) by 小倉唯 (Ogura Yui)
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