「高所の決定者」 (Kousho no Ketteisha)
“The Decision Maker on High”
What is P.A.O.M.?
Why are Toshiie’s feet all wavy?
Why does Toshiie, who belongs to P.A. ODA, keep referring to M.H.R.R.?
Who is Macchan?
The Thirty Years’ War.
Why wasn’t P.A. ODA given an Armament of Deadly Sins?
Why is P.A. ODA going to fight Musashi in the Battle of Sekigahara?
Why did Masazumi withdraw the trade alliance proposal and offer to fight for England?
Why does Masazumi ask Elizabeth to cancel her contract with Toshiie?
Why does Musashi want to fight for England against the Spanish Armada?
Why does Musashi becoming England’s navy instantly resolve all issues between them?
Why did Toshiie’s ghosts leave blue flames in the form of a Nikyou Crest when he left?
What is Avalon?
Why are their echoes of the past in Avalon?
What does England think the apocalypse will consist of?
Why does Mishina Hiro call Naomasa “Sempai?”
Let’s start with the rest of those negotiations. This episode they basically broke down into two sides – the Tres España side, and the P.A. ODA / M.H.R.R. side. Let’s tackle each in turn…is what I would say, but I really don’t have a lot to say about the latter that wasn’t gone over in the explanation section above, so I’ll just tack that onto the end. Here we go!
Tres España vs Musashi (& a bit of P.A. ODA / M.H.R.R.)
As soon as Velasquez confronted Musashi about Mary’s execution vis-à-vis Horizon’s attempted execution from Season 1 – saying that if Musashi thought it wasn’t right to execute Horizon for the purposes of History Reenactment, why was it okay for Mary to die for the same reason now? – I realized that he had a point. Not a great one, though. There’s an obvious, albeit cold, response to his point – Mary isn’t on Musashi’s side. What England does to its own people is none of the Musashi’s concern, while what Tres España does to one of Musashi’s citizens is very much their concern. This is geopolitics here, people – idealistic concepts of right and wrong have no place in the world of realpolitik.
The Queen and Avalon
I go over the apocalypse stuff in the explanation section, so let me focus on something that’s far more interesting to me at the moment – Elizabeth and Mary’s relationship. This episode made it clear that, as twins, there was clearly one hell of a connection between the two of them. If I had to guess by the way Elizabeth was talking – and I do, oh I so very much do – Elizabeth doesn’t want to see Mary die. She is the Queen, so she is constrained by her station and the history she must help reenact, but that doesn’t mean she wants to see her sister die. I think that’s why Elizabeth is willing to use Musashi as her navy even though they openly spoke of possibly saving Mary right in front of her. Elizabeth won’t admit it of course, but I have a feeling that that would be just fine with her.
Tenzou (& a bit of Toori)
I enjoyed how Toori openly tried to pull Excalibur Caliburn, and then assured Mary that one of his nakama would do the job. He’s an idiot – a naked idiot…why is he naked again?? – but he’s also perceptive and smart, and knows when to give a little nudge. There, and pointing out Tenzou’s scar…he’s a good friend.
But of course, everything comes back around to Tenzou. Honestly, I thought it would take a little more prodding for him to jump on the swiftly developing man-up-and-save-Mary bandwagon, so finding out that he was already planning his attack was an excellent surprise. But mostly it was the symbolism of the scar on his back that made me smile. I had thought that Mary completely healed it, but she left a little of the scar, and that says something huge. To me, it says she’s a lot like Horizon was back in Season 1. She might not want to admit it – for the love of her country and the love of her sister, in Mary’s case, rather than the logic that Horizon leaned upon – but Mary really doesn’t want to die. That was both a token to leave with the man she was coming to love, but also a call for help. Answer her call, Tenzou!
And it looks like he shall. On the last day of the festival, Tenzou will make an announcement, and if I were a betting man – and I’m not when we’re talking about cards, but very much am when we’re talking about everything else – I would say we would see that daring rescue Tenzou is cooking up shortly thereafter. Can’t wait!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – A freaky 4-way debate ends w/ a Seijun win, Toori thrusts at a sword, & Tenzou finds his resolve. It makes sense in context! #Kyoukaisen
- I love their flustered chibi chat avatars. Seriously, where can I get one of those?
- Maeda Toshiie’s (Toyonaga Toshiyuki) “Israfel” ability is the latest in a long line of seriously overpowered abilities. Seriously, an undying ghost army? Screw the Armaments of Deadly Sins, give me that one!
- Yeah, that tension they had going on? Gone as soon as Toori rolled in. Which is probably good, because that situation was getting really bad, really fast.
- Someone commented about Horizon’s hammerspace malfunction last episode, saying that it had been cut. I’m glad they kept it in, because that was hilarious! Hatton’s jaw dropping + Asama’s excuse were great! Poor Asama ^^
- Get the hint, Masazumi. Elizabeth isn’t all that fond of you 😛
- An exact quote of what I said during a particular part of this episode: “Why is Toori rubbing up against a sword naked?! Tooooorii!!” And then I laughed a lot!
- Ten bucks says Mishina Hiro (Toyoguchi Megumi) ends up being evil, or at least nuts. I mean, that’s clearly a mad scientist coat she’s got on there! Naturally, I could not be more excited at this possibility.
- I still really like Yoshinao. He’s funny to be sure, but I love how he smoothly covers up him having discovered Tenzou’s plan to attack the Tower of London by saying that it’s plans for a date…and then offers some advice on how to make sure the attack succeeds. He really is looking out for his people, every single time. Wonderful. Good luck, Tenzou! You’ve got friends in high places.
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