「漂泊の行方」 (Hyouhaku no Namegata)
Continuing off from last week, we get what must be an unprecedented feat by Total Eclipse: a second beach episode in a row. As per the norm though, there’s a gratuitous amount of fanservice… to say the least. A fan of Cryska? Covered here and here. A fan of Yui? Inia? A fan of Yuuya? Well… you get some pics of his abs. Suffice to say, if you came in expecting fanservice, you got what you wanted this time around.
But in the end, they managed to add a little bit of character development this time too, which is a slightly nice touch to what would otherwise have been a pretty filler-isque episode. For one, we get some more background on Cryska, who as predicted by myself and other viewers… is both scared of the water and scared because of the experiments performed on them by the Russian scientists. In addition, we also find out how Cryska has no parents of which to speak of, as well as her view regarding priorities: country, comrades, and the mission take priority over oneself. In turn, it’s a really notable contrast to Bridges’ outward view that one’s self takes priority over everything else. And well, it’s a notion that ties in quite a bit with his dislike of Japanese people due to his father abandoning his family before he was born, all of which are also revealed this episode.
Still, what I arguably found most interesting about these reveals though, were not the revelations themselves, but who revealed what to whom. Seeing how Yuuya and Cryska are pretty much opposites in a lot of ways and the fact that they both ended up exchanging stories about their past anyway… I just feel like it says a lot about how people can overcome preconceptions, as well as still get along with people with views on the other side of the spectrum. The other intriguing thing though, is how this aspect also hammers in how similar Yui and Yuuya are pretty much (as mentioned by Vincent last episode)… and this is something I feel references the other part of the motto “opposites attract”. And that is, “hatred of one self”, where one tends to hate people similar to ones self, especially if they possess the same qualities you despise in yourself. Though, in the end, I suppose I may be getting a bit too deep into this respect.
Moving along, the episode had some rather comedic moments, as well as fun quotes as well. I’ll mention a couple notable ones below:
And well, that’s about it. Looks like we’re finally moving on from beach episodes and getting into some real story next time, so I’ll catch ya guys next week. Until then, here are a dozen FL’s for ya’ all.
Author’s Note: Took a bit to fix up, but blog’s back up! Take a peek if you have the chance and stay tuned for some previews of graphic novels and hopefully The Last Story artbook in the comings days!