「決意と決別」 (Ketsui to Ketsubetsu)
“Determination and Separation”
All diplomatic talks have failed. All the hints point towards an epic battle on Balbadd’s soil, where the main forces will be magical users duking it out. However, the future of Balbadd itself is still uncertain. Will the dark rukh prevail in wrecking havok on Balbadd, or will Ali Baba and Sinbad find a way to stop it?
Even if Balbadd’s government were to be overthrown, what of its new government? Ali Baba has repeatedly expressed his insecurity and inability to lead such a country, even though everyone “believes” in him. Although Sinbad is a king that travels around the world, we can guess that if Ali Baba were to take up the throne, he’d have to stay seated in Balbadd as he rebuilds his entire government from scratch. This doesn’t seem like the type of work Ali Baba would do. Perhaps Ali Baba will usher in someone else to take up his place, or perhaps some group of people. While Sabhmad has good intentions, his lack of will to lead and oppose doesn’t make him a prime candidate. But if not anyone in the royal family, especially Ahbmad…who will lead this country after the conflict?
But alas, befoe Ali Baba can figure that out, he has tons of opposition facing him. The Banker seeks to take down Balbadd no matter what the price, even collaborating with a new “banker” (unless they are one and the same) to bring about warfare through the Fog Troupe. Now that Kassim has resurfaced, Ali Baba faces a triple threat: the government of Balbadd, the Kou Empire, and now the remnants of the old Fog Troupe, all of whom oppose Ali Baba for different reasons. It would be a desperate scenario for Ali Baba, especially without Aladdin, but thankfully Sinbad’s reinforcements are imminent–while Sinbad may have his own adjusted agenda at this point for Sindria, the assistance he’ll bring to a frantic Ali Baba will be a blessing. God forbid though that Judal recovers before Aladdin, for there will be hell if that occurs. It is stupid at this point from a political standpoint for Ali Baba to go out and fight alone, especially without mastering his djinn equip, but alas…what else is he to do? Morgiana will probably save his ass anyways like last time.
But now the question remains: will Ali Baba have enough willpower to oppose his greatest enemy–his step-brother? I find it highly illogical and hard to believe that despite all that Kassim has done to Ali Baba–punched him, said he hated him, abandoned him, refused to listen–our current protagonist still will not ask Sindria to help eliminate this opposition. Is he still truly your brother if he seeks to kill your fellow countrymen for the sake of revenge and revolution? I get that they went through hardships together, but one can only go through betrayal so many times. It is this reluctance that will be Ali Baba’s greatest roadblock in the episode ahead, for Kassim will make peace in Balbadd a whole lot harder…despite his “ends justify the means” mentality.
In other news, I hear good tidings that Porno Graffiti and supercell will be performing the OP and ED for the new cour! I am especially thankful that supercell is taking up the role of the ED–I’ve grown tired of how the ED constantly clashes with the tone of the show. Hopefully supercell and PG can set an even more epic tone to the show just in time for the major battles that lie ahead.