「戦まねく玉座」 (Sen Maneku Gyokuza)
“The Throne That Invites War”
That was the least surprising turn of events, followed by the re-birth of the most powerful villain ever. Forget Magic Jesus—this guy is Magic God.
Why Aren’t They Suspicious of Gillette Again?
The rush continues, and small problems keep arising. Case in point: How did Gillette walk up to Tooru in Hartgen and the Black Chaikas’ presence and not get immediately taken out? They saw Vivi and Nikolai haul him off, his continued loyalty should be suspect at least! This is why you don’t put brainwashed minions in a position of trust (or fear). Granted, it didn’t do them a lot of good, since he stood there like a slack-jawed idiot while Gaz was reborn, but it’s these small things that yank me out of the narrative. The rush is real.
The Least Surprising Revelation
Raise your hand if you thought the remains collection would lead to the resurrection Emperor Gaz. Now lower your hand, you look silly. Don’t worry though, because everyone else raised their hand too. Emperor Gaz being resurrected to play final boss is as unsurprising as Guy being a monitoring program modeled after Gaz himself (young Gaz, as it were). That and Hartgen’s overdue demise were all flamingly obvious from halfway through last season. Which isn’t necessarily bad, but I wish the characters hadn’t been so shocked, because c’mon, you had to suspect Gaz was up to something like this. Obtaining immortality and/or figuring out how to resurrect themselves is about action item #4 on the Evil Overlord To-Do List. The only surprising thing was how he was resurrected, which amounted to Black Chaika gobbling him up with her tentacles(?) and giving birth to her “father” while having birth pain-orgasms. That was pretty fuckin’ weird. I had to make sure I was watching the right show.
The Spell Named Chaika
The verdict is in: the Chaikas were all just tools. There was no original Chaika, just a girl who Gaz kept around on a lark, and who donated her memories to the Chaikas. Chaika was just the name of the spell. Their whole existence was basically a combination puppet act and reality show, where the winner gets to be the real Chaika because who’s going to argue with her then? Or something. But you know what’s good? Now our Chaika (and Red Chaika too) can move on with their lives. Now they can be themselves, decide who they want to be, rather than being pushed around by their “father’s” wishes. Provided anybody survives the coming war.
A Magic God
I famously quipped that Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei’s Tatsuya was Magic Mass-Murdering Jesus, but Arthur Gaz is a level above him. (And fortunately he’s the villain, so it sort of works.) He wants to take in everybody’s feelings, make their (violent) dreams come true, and he can pull a flying fortress from space. From muthafukkin’ space, man, space! He’s Magic Yahweh, the Magic God—or perhaps a more grounded Zeus, without all the sibling fucking and golden showers and weird animal transformations. Which were amusingly eccentric in retrospect.
But unlike a certain other magically-fueled near-deity who likes to be called Father, I don’t see how Arthur Gaz goes down to the scrappy group in front of him—and make no mistake, he either loses to them or he wins, because we’ve only got one episode left. He just pulled a satellite the size of a castle down from space, and this is on a world that probably doesn’t even have a word for things in orbit. I’m not seeing what weakness he has other than martial attrition, and any way they beat him now, it will be unfulfilling because he’s been built up as a badass entirely off-stage. Let’s just say that I don’t have a lot of optimism for the final battle, though I would love to be surprised.
Looking Ahead – The Final Battle
Prediction: Team White Chaika, Team Red Chaika, and the Gillette Squad are going to team up to take down Gaz. I don’t know how, but they’re going to do it. Maybe Tooru finally does the damn dragoon contract, which is long overdue. Probably Akari doesn’t get to have Tooru’s love baby. Maybe our Chaika will in a few years. The whole thing will be rushed. I’ll still look back fondly on the series because it still feels like a D&D campaign. Someone at a Japanese publisher will quietly get demoted to janitor for green-lighting a second season as sales remain low. Life will go on.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The least surprising revelation ever stems from a weird birth-orgasm tentacle explosion. Also, Gaz is back. Whatisthisidonteven #chaika s2e9
- Cat got your—sorry, predictable joke.
- From Villainous Scientist Model #037 to Chaika Derivation #357, the wizard type. I’m not used to my flippant criticism being so close to the actual dialogue used in the show.
- They say it’s not the destination, it’s the journey. Arthur Gaz just ate the journey (while dead) and used it for magic fuel. So I guess they were right?
- Anyone else thing Star Destroyers when it showed all of those orbital fortresses? They’re nowhere near is big, true. I just read a lot of Star Wars books when I was a kid. Which are no longer canon. Fuck me!
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