「狩るもの、狩られるもの」 (Karu mono , kara rerumono)
“The Hunter and the Hunted”
Not for the first time, Majestic Prince has surprised me in its ability to present considerable information dump in a way that is not only intriguing, but also somewhat decipherable. The latest episode continues to flesh out its world-building effort and I was frankly quite amazed at how many questions were elucidated in a mere twenty minutes. The formal introduction of the Wulgaru defectors, Teoria (Itou Shizuka) and Daneel (Suzuki Chihiro), came with both answers and new mysteries, but it seems like our suspicion is just about correct – the humans and Wulgaru did originate from the same gene pool, and that’s the reason why their appearances look very much alike. Aptly pointed out by Commander Simon, the Wulgaru’s gene-hunting activities can best be explained by an analogy with the venture of fishery. In this instance, their genes – as opposed to juvenile fishes – were distributed across the universe in the hope that one day, the evolved beings of Wulgaru’s genetic origins could be harvested as supplements – one which could enhance their own exhausting vitality.
There’s certainly no clear-cut answer as to whether the Wulgaru is in the right or wrong, and the debate over here, to some extent, is akin to the one Urobuchi Gen raised in Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica. On the one hand, the Wulgaru are simply pursuing what they deemed as the best route for survival and their current endeavors no different from reaping the harvest of a successful experimental project – after all, without the Wulgaru, there will be no humans! On the other hand, there’s the question surrounding the basic rights of an evolved sentient being – one that possesses a consciousness at a similar level – and whether the superior alien race should have the prerogative to rob them of their future. Clearly, Teoria has sided with the latter, but the consequence of her action is one that could lead to the extinction of her own people and no matter how you put it, that’s an extremely costly price to pay – an outcome that I suspect, she’s fully aware of!
Of course, it’s not just the viewers who are confounded, the latest bombshell has also presented a fascinating dilemma for Team Rabbit. I don’t think there’s any question that the Zannen 5 is struggling through an identity crisis of their own and they definitely have every right to question the intent of the higher-ups in charge. What is their role in this war and are they nothing more lab rats or in this case, rabbits to the humans – those are just some of the issues at hand that understandably give cause for concern and the introduction of a looming “love pentagon” is only going to complicate matters further. I am especially intrigued by the enigmatic connection between Izuru and Teoria, and as it turns out, the Wulgaru noblewoman is an old friend of Izuru’s and it seems like the both of them shared a bond that is reasonably familiar in the past. It’s not at all clear what the exact nature of their relationship is, but the pronounced impact that such a revelation had on Izuru is more than conspicuous – the love-struck adolescent could barely conceal the amusement from his face. Needless to say, I have yet to write off Kei as a potential love interest for Izuru, but what comes next for the romantic subplot is, indeed, hard to call and I suspect there’s going to be waves of drama and commotion before all the facts are finally buttoned down.
Then there’s the question besieging Teoria’s relation to Jiart and what it means to the present war. As Kei pertinently adverted to, both Jiart and Teoria looked suspiciously resembling and the fact that Teoria refused to divulge more information about the prince indicates a certain secret that she intends to hide. Speaking of Jiart, the ace pilot of the Wulgaru has indeed, indentified Izuru as his prey and it’s not just the pilot of Red 5 who has been targeted, every single one of the Zannen 5 has been recognized as a superior mark by the roundtable of Wulgaru generals. There’s probably more action to come on that score and as the massive information unload draws to a close, I expect the drama and suspense to pick up in the next few weeks – and the sighting of a Wulgaru craft on Mars, no question, points to that direction!
- Thank you for the Kei fanservice – Now I need to get my hands on those Blu-Ray Discs!
- Here’s some Toshikazu manservice for all my female readers – if there’s any, that is.
- Suruga could use some protein shakes – He’s as skinny as a beanpole.
- What an adorable smile! – You can hardly blame Izuru for going gaga over Teoria.
- Don’t write Toshikazu out just yet – There’s going to be heartbreaks and sorrow in the near future.
- “I love you, I need you” – Tamaki had the most hilarious lines in this episode, but her singing was just horrendous!
- The Wulgaru craft on Mars might serve as a clue as to what happened to Teoria’s mother.
- Now if only we can get Teoria to start singing, that would make her the perfect homage to Gundam Seed’s Lacus Clyne.
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #MajesticPrince 10: Did Urobuchi Gen invade Majestic Prince this week? I was quite amazed at how many questions were answered in a mere twenty minutes. #Anime