「魔女を断つ、時間」 (Majo wo Tatsu, Jikan)
“The Hour of the Princess’ Suppression”
Gosh darn. I knew that it seemed a bit too soon for the final confrontation and I was right. But despite the fact that many of the revelations this episode were hinted at beforehand, I never expected anything like this. They might not celebrate Thanksgiving over in Japan, but with this episode… they might as well have, because the things we got this week were equivalent to a fully stuffed turkey in terms of content.
First off, let’s talk a bit about Hakaze’s plan of action. As it turns out, the gun given to Mahiro contained the full might of her magical powers, which make it possible for him to destroy the magical barrier from inside. With the full military bombardment underway, the subsequent result would be the disturbance of the summon ritual, the ultimate failure to properly revive the Tree of Zetsuen and most importantly, require that Samon bring Hakaze back. It’s a sound strategy to say the least, but there was just something about this moment that made me feel quite uneasy, as there was definitely something sinister about the way Hakaze went about it…
Admittedly, the above might’ve been only something I felt… but at the same time, the next reveal seemed to put more credence into that thought—because as the second major reveal tells us, it’s quite possible that the Tree of Genesis might end up being the cause of the world’s destruction instead. As Samon and Jun explain, the world arose during the Tree of Genesis’ slumber. Thus, the world was created in an incomplete form. With the Tree’s revival, the world would finally be completed—but notably at the expense of the current one. Considering the fact that it already takes high-level products of civilization to grant magical powers to the clan and it does suddenly makes a whole lot of sense that this might indeed be a possibility. Notably, I had mentioned a similar prediction linking this product of civilization bit earlier, but it also leaves the question: who’s in the right here?
The answer? It’s just impossible to know, and it just highlights what a darn good job Zetsuen has done to get us to this point in time. Either way, I have to say, it’s darn interesting the scenario that develops as a result.
On one side, we have a side that believes in free-will and the fact that the Tree of Genesis will lead to the world’s destruction. On the other we have Hakaze, who believes more so in the logic of the world and the fact that the Tree of Exodus is the one that will lead them to doom. In between, you have our protagonists: the rag tag pair made up of one who struggles to debate between the two sides and one who doesn’t give a darn about which side is correct. Not only is it darn intriguing that the wild card turns out to be the normal humans rather than the mages, it’s quite interesting when you realize that every single person involved here has vastly contrasting and mutually exclusive views with one another. It just makes you wonder how exactly will this sort out, and as preview shows, it doesn’t look like it’ll end up pretty.
Quite something so far isn’t it? Already went through quite a bit, yet there’s even more! We finally revisit the discussion about Hakaze “being dead” as the last major thing this episode, as Samon reveals that he actually dumped Hakaze on the island two years ago. As a result, we suddenly get yet another oddly plausible scenario where she is in fact dead. Whether she merely succumbed to the elements or something of the sort during those two years, this reveal throws quite the wrench in things, as even Hakaze finds herself shocked by the fact she thinks only four months have passed. Once again though, it’s impossible to know whether this is just an elaborate farce created on Samon’s part… or if Hakaze is indeed dead. Either way, it makes for some pretty exciting future developments, and I’m pretty glad at this point that I decided to pick this series up with BakaMochi.
Post is getting a bit long at this point, so I’ll round things off here’s with some quick bullet points:
**EDITED. Rephrased some of the stuff regarding the time aspect.