「マリンスノー」 (Marin Suno)
Looking over the course of the past few weeks, it’s quite obvious that the second season has bought with it quite the abrupt change in atmosphere. At the same time though, despite the rather “nonchalant” mood most of these episodes have given, each has managed to sneak in some kind of serious development, reveal, or telling flashback despite this fact. It’s as if we’re slowly piecing together a puzzle of which we know nothing about in terms of size or number of pieces… and this episode is no different.
On one hand, we have the usual “shenanigans” as one may call them—and some priceless + hillarious ones at that. We got Hakaze continuing to going bonkers over her love for Yoshino, the messing around with Hanemura and his Mage of Exodus public persona, the whole list of things Aika did to make it so no one would approach Yoshino to try and ask him out, and the whole whiteboard meeting discussing Yoshino’s apparent fondness for forbidden love (How about them Lolitas? No? Teacher? Married woman? Ehhh?).
The other hand however, gives us quite a bit in regards to the direction this series is going—and as confirmed by Takumi’s comments in the beginning, seems to point toward potentially attempting to get rid of both the Tree of Genesis and the Tree of Zetsuen in an effort to restore the world to one where humans have full control of their lives. At least, that’s what his goal seems to be. Either way though, he’s slowly gaining back an important position in the military/intelligence… which seems innocent enough, but I can’t seem to shake this feeling I’ve been getting since I saw him first come up as a character—the feeling that he’s secretly planning something of his own. At the same time though, it doesn’t feel quite right to consider him a Mage of Exodus candidate however, because it seems like he’s clearly aiming more for the destruction of both trees more than anything. Hm…
Moving on to something more concrete though, we get the continued line of thinking from Samon and Co. about Yoshino potentially being the heart of the Mage of Exodus, while Hanemura is the body—both split by the Tree of Exodus as a backup plan. In ways, they’re right to be suspicious in terms of the fact it can’t hurt to be so considering the world’s situation right now… but as a scientist, I can’t help but feel like they’re making the number one error people make when presenting a theory. That is, they’re starting with a theory and trying to find things to fit it—to the point where they seem to be twisting even unrelated things to fit it, rather than actually forming a theory around known facts. As nice of a candidate Yoshino would be even if the Mage had been split up, it just feels more and more like they’re just barking up the wrong tree in general, and this might set the stage up for some potential disaster before it’s all said and done.
Notably however, we’re finally at a point where everyone seems to know who Yoshino’s girlfriend was… though the methods of finding out were quite different, as Yoshino willing reveals it to Hakaze (HOW BOUT THAT CONFESSION!?) and the others find out after much conjecture and avoidance of the obvious answer. The question now though, is what now? With Aika being deceased and at the center of it all, Samon and Co. will undoubtedly believe even more strongly that Yoshino is the heart… but at the same time, Hakaze will be less and less likely to believe it, given that he willingly revealed that to her. The chasm between the two groups could become arguably bigger and it really is shaping to be a potentially dangerous one if they are indeed barking up the wrong tree.
Regardless, things seem to be slowly climbing up to a more serious tone as the series continues, and it seems like Hakaze will make her public debut as well. Undoubtedly, something’s going to happen sooner or later in general, and gosh darn, I reckon it’ll be quite the show when it does.