「願ったものは」 (Negatta Mono Wa)
“The Object of Desire”
Filled with twists and turns, the beginning of the end approaches.
And the first topic to talk about today? Fraulein’s theory about the Tree of Genesis. Continuing off from her assertion last week that aliens are secretly involved, she goes into more detail regarding it this week… and well, to say it’s far-fetched would be an understatement. At the same time though, if we’ve learned anything from watching this series week after week, it’s that just because something’s far-fetched doesn’t mean it can’t be true… and vice versa. So despite her assertion that the Trees are actually super weapons sent by aliens to destroy other civilizations and prevent other planets from becoming threats sounding something straight out of a Sci-Fi novel, it’s not something you can readily dismiss either. Chances are it’s not entirely correct, but considering how well it would fit in the grand scheme of things — especially the point about how the Kusaribe’s offerings are exchanges that let the Tree of Genesis see the civilization’s level of advancement — along with the fact that her “civilization blaster” weapon shares its namesake with the series itself (remember, it was always called Zetsuen no Tempest: The Civilization Blaster) and suddenly, it’s like “WHOA! Things might be a lot bigger than we ever thought possible!”
In the end though, the series is just full of great twists and well, we’re just getting started… as another revelation comes at the tail end of this episode — that is, the reveal that there may be one more method of finding Aika’s killer before they initiate the final part of their plan to test the Tree of Genesis. Depending on who you are, you may or may not have realized it midway through the episode after Hakaze requested the retrieval of Samon’s barrel and the wooden doll, but regardless, it looks like we’re in for some time travel next week. Suffice to say, there’s a lot riding on who she ends up seeing as the killer, and it could irrevocably change what’s going to happen in the future as a result. Furthermore, one wonders just how trusting our characters will be, as if you get down to it… only Hakaze will see who the killer is, and subsequently, whoever she says it is may yet not be the person it actually is. Of course at this point there aren’t many reasons why she would tell a lie, but even the smallest of doubts could drastically change how things work out.
In any case though, we’re finally here — finally at what one could possibly call the climax of the story. The inevitable meeting between Yoshino and Mahiro happened this week (along with an ode to Hamlet via their location being a graveyard and some hilarious reactions) and with it came a kind of closure that’s been a long time coming. Granted, the discussion between the two doesn’t change that they’re still who they are personality wise, but at the very least it serves as something that at least allows for some closure — a kind of reaffirmation of each of their individual resolves. In addition, it demonstrates just how strong our respective mains are, as well as the key notion that depending on your perspective, you may see things very differently. Because while both consider each other to be strong, that they both don’t see themselves that way at all — as both are keenly aware of their own weaknesses to the point where they think they’re merely floating around trying to fight a force much bigger than themselves. And well, it just shows how human they are in the end, along with just how much Aika continues to influence them even now.
Continuing along this line of thought, it also becomes quite interesting how Mahiro ends up at the graveyard of all places, commenting on how he may have thought it would change his mind. And it’s interesting because to me, it shows that he wants to believe that the world isn’t as absurd as he thinks it is, he wants to change and fix the weaknesses he’s painfully aware of. The end result is that he just can’t accept it after all, but despite this end result being the same as his previous one, the fact that he’s even pondering it — along with him actually being mature enough to not beat the crap out of Yoshino — hammers in that sometimes there are things you can’t and shouldn’t change (the fundamental things that make you who you are), but at the same time, there are things you can. There’s just this human element buried beneath everything, and it’s something that really shows itself when you look at each of the characters individually. Everyone has their own flaws, their own past, their own reasons for doing things, their own demons weighing on their consciousness, and it’s just amazing how the series has developed them through the course of nineteen episodes.
Looking forward though, there’s not much extra I can say that I haven’t already. The ending looks like it’s going to be a spectacular one, and the series in general has been amazing to bat. Every week, I just find myself thanking my lucky stars that I ended up being the one previewing the series way back before the Fall 2012 season, as that ultimately led me to peek at the manga and make sure this was one of the series I gave a try. And well, I guess we’ll see where the series takes us from here.