「復活の翼」 (Fukkatsu no Tsubasa)
“Wings of Rebirth”
It was interesting to finally see how Kagura came to existence. The original Amata was too frightened to do anything about his mother but there seemed to be a part of him that was more courageous or impulsive which ended up being Kagura. We see that Mykage had manipulated Kagura’s memories so that he would forget about his mother so he could groom him to be his dog. It made me wonder why Amata didn’t remember that he had split in two since his memory was not directly affected by Mykage. Maybe his feeling of abandonment meant that he put a mental block on his unpleasant memories. Kagura’s disdain for Amata because of his inaction seems to have persisted past the manipulation though.
Hearing two people fight over the woman they love is pretty jarring especially since they are one and the same. It’s even more odd when one of them overhears that he wants to kill the girl he loves (or hates?!) so much over and over. Amata obviously misinterprets that but the audience knows better since we got Mikono’s explanation back in episode 15.
The two Amata’s are fundamentally different on their approach to love. Kagura loves Mikono because he thinks she is Sylvie and wants to fulfill the legend of 12,000 years past while Amata loves her because he genuinely fell in love with her. This sort of sets up a pseudo-battle between fate and emotion. Technically speaking, Amata is Kagura and Kagura is Amata so either way he is destined for Mikono. There isn’t really a case for him going against fate as people have said in the past.
Zessica’s apparent end seemed pretty unreal to me last time around and I seemed to have guessed right when I said she hadn’t fulfilled Mykage’s wish yet. This led him to use his patented deus ex machina role to intervene and save Zessica’s life. While it is very annoying since he has continually used it over the show’s entirety, it’s to be expected.
I was quiet surprised with the detail and the fluidity of the mecha fighting. The burst of pictures of the universe in the background while Aquarion and the Cherubim crossed blades reminded me of battles in past animes, namely Star Driver which also used surreal stages for battle.
「神話センリツ」 (Shinwa Senritsu)
“Song of Legend”
This episode really blew me away. We got many revelations through the Book of Twin Stars. In this episode we learned:
- Apollo is not Apollonius’ reincarnation but the reincarnation of Pollon, Apollonius’ faithful winged mut.
- Amata is Apollo’s reincarnation who was split into two (Kagura and Amata) by Mykage.
- Mykage is the reincarnation of Touma.
- Mykage is seeking revenge because he felt tricked that Apollo was not actually Apollonius.
- Mikono is the reincarnation of Silvie (Genesis of Aquarion) who is the reincarnation of Celiane.
- After the Tree of Life withered away, Earth split into Vega and Altiar.
While this episode answered many questions, it also left me with many questions. For example: Who is Fudo? Where is the real Apollonious? It was suggested previously that Celiane’s reincartion was split between Silvie and Sirius. Where does he fit into this?
These revelations are extremely interesting since they have shattered all the theories and charts that were floating around on the internet. It’s like the writers were online looking at what we thought was the real answer only to break all our images. If I remember correctly there were countless theories – some were far-fetched while others seemed very plausible. Now not everything we thought is wrong. Mikono really is Silvie. Unfortunately Zessica is just a common element. It’s also interesting that even the characters from the original series were wrong in their assessment of the legend. The legend was wrong for 24,000 years and as far as I can tell, Fudo let the misinformation propagate.
I must tip my hat to the writers. This was a well written twist because it totally debunked everything set before it. It also didn’t feel out of place because it felt like they were only filling in the rest of the legend that was forgotten by time. Who would have known Apollonius had a dog who had unrequited love for Celiane only to wish that he could have a chance at her in the next life.
And once again EVOL has done a great job alternating between storytelling and action. This episode was especially balanced and uniquely interwoven with the use of the book. It took scenes from the original and refreshed them with Crea and Fudo’s storytelling. Seeing the story chronicled within the pages of a book seemed like a very natural thing to do in this case.
* Next week I have finals so I definitely won’t be watching much (if any anime) this weekend. Expect episode 24’s post to be delayed until at least Wednesday. It should be out before Friday (June 15th). I’ll be busy with graduation next week. I know you guys have been worried about the status of posts recently. Please bear with me during this hectic time! Your patience and readership is greatly appreciated.
* Full-length images: 04, 07, 11