「宿命の遺伝子」 (Shukumei no idenshi)
“Genes of Destiny”
“I’m your father, oh no he didn’t” – the cobweb of relationship dramas might have just hit an apex and this was, no doubt, the week of bombshells and revelations! The very question of genetic manipulation and the moral dilemma that surrounds it have never been too far away from the surface – Majestic Prince has made clear right from the get-go that Team Rabbit is the product of genetic engineering, and all the snare and entanglements that we witnessed this week are certainly within the realm of possibility. Courtesy of Commander Simon, it appears that Izuru and Toshikazu might share the same paternal gene – and by extension, a blood kinship! Their immediate reaction to the news, for certain, presents a rather fascinating dichotomy, and the stark contrast of their tenor and characterization is nothing short of conspicuous. On one hand, there’s Toshikazu who is genuinely perturbed by the sheer farce that befell him, and you could hardly blame the poor guy for being such a nervous wreck. Almost the complete opposite, Izuru remained his usual calm and pinhead self, and the pilot of Red 5 doesn’t seem at all rattled by the latest revealing. The severity of the situation is surely no laughing matter, but I have a feeling they’re going to sail through this one just fine. Izuru and his dorky charm are obviously a big part of the reason, and I’m not going to lie – I was literally laughing my head off when I heard him mutter the words, “Onii chan”! That was, without question, the Izuru that we all know and love, and I’m sure any unease that Toshikazu once had has just vanished into thin air. A good dose of nitwit and baka can solve almost anything, and Izuru has evidently proven just that – with the best of intentions and in a good way, of course!
Clearly, such a revelation has far-reaching implications and there’s so much more to it than meets the eyes – especially as regards the status quo of the current “love square”! The latest unraveling might have just handed Kei a winning hand and you can imagine the silly grin I have on my face when I learned about the truth – as it turns out, Teoria is also a gene donor and she represents the maternal side of Izuru’s procreators! Yes, if Simon can be somehow construed as Izuru’s “father”, the same could then be said for Teoria, who is the “mother” in this bizarre case of soap opera. All of that points to a welcome development for Kei’s standing in this romantic subplot and assuming the very notion of incest is out of the question, we could pretty much write off Teoria as a potential love interest for Izuru. Of course, the core of the long-standing “love triangle” is far from being resolved – I’m still rooting very hard for a romantic matchup that brings Kei and Izuru together, but it is also undeniable that Toshikazu has made a very strong case for himself and I certainly wouldn’t be averse to an outcome that favors the pilot of Blue 1. I’ll be very honest – I’ve come to care about every one of these characters a whole lot, perhaps just as much as the ongoing warfare and the mecha porn that prevails. The relationship drama deserves a proper resolution and hopefully, it’s going to turn out to be the happily-ever-after ending that we’re all gunning for – hand-in-hand blissful and full of promise!
The general tone of this episode was definitely more upbeat than its previous effort – just as expected, the unfortunate demise of Randy and Patrick did hit the Zannen 5 pretty hard, but it was not a trip down utter despair and there was no sign of finger-pointing or an ensuing blame game. In fact, the aftermath was characterized by a sense of subtleness and introspection, a reflective take on what needs to be done and how they should all proceed from here on out! I was especially fond of the sentimental moment that Kei and Tamaki shared together – the pilot of Rose 3 is obviously somewhat taken aback by the news, and her newfound cognizance of Patrick’s feelings for her surely did not help. Cherish those you have in your life, you never know when they might leave you – as hackneyed as that sounds, it is something that I hold very close to my heart, and I can only hope Tamaki – and with luck, Izuru – will come to realize just how amazing of an individual Kei is! Kei is my number-one girl and my fascination for her probably needs no further elucidation. But the pilot of Purple 2 was not the only one who has made her mark in this series – Imperial Princess Teoria also had her moment in the spotlight, and the charisma and grace that she exemplifies have never been more apparent than this week. Teoria’s grand entrance into the big stage of Earth’s politics was quite a spectacle to say the least – and now that a consensus has been pulled together, Majestic Prince is all set to kick off its final leg! A human victory is most likely in the cards, but the destruction of the Wulgaru’s portal gate is not going to come easy – Team Rabbit, the vanguard of this mission, will be right at the forefront of the big set pieces and needless to say, this showdown is going to be an extravaganza that nobody in the right mind would want to miss!
- I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Kei and Izuru are not related by blood – or are they? God damn it, Majestic Prince – stop messing with my head!
- “Onii chan!” – Simply priceless! It was the kind of bizarreness that only Izuru could pull off. He would make such an adorkable otouto!
- “Do you think, just maybe, Patrick likes me?” – Tamaki knows he’s straight, the poor guy can finally rest in peace!
- “You should stay the shiokara-loving, naïve and kind Tamaki” – Kei is such a great friend! It was, indeed, a beautiful moment that those two shared, and I didn’t even need my yuri goggles!
- Teoria and her pink-Wulgaru mecha will be joining the fray at the front line – Is that death flag or yet another false alarm?
- “Do you have a crush on me?” – A story of “brotherly love” in the making… First High School DxD and now Majestic Prince, what’s up with all the fujoshi baits?
- The latest ED theme, “Kokoro wa hitotsu ja nai” is the B-side to Majestic Prince’s second OP – Another brilliant piece by the uber-extraordinary Kon Natsumi!
- Yes, I fully realize I’m falling behind with my blogging commitments – Sorry about that and I hope I can bring things up to speed again very soon. Thanks for bearing with me, love you guys!
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #MajesticPrince 20: “I’m your father, I’m your mother and I’m your… onii chan” – the week of bombshells and revelations is upon us! #Anime
Full-length images: 01, 02, 05, 09, 11, 19, 21, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31.
ED5: 「心はひとつじゃない」(Kokoro wa hitotsu ja nai) by 昆夏美 (Kon Natsumi)