「月光 ダンシング」 (Gekko Danshingu)
“Dancing in the Moonlight”
Following in the wake of the Aerial Knights’ declaration of war, Chaos and its members start preparing for a reality where combat with other humanoids looms on the horizon, and Freyja’s association with the Windermeres starts making other people wonder whether or not she’s actually a spy. What results is a spectacular episode that highlights the insecurities of everyone involved, and the surprising personal connection between Arad, Ernest, and the head of the Windermeres.
As it turns out, Gramia’s a blast from the past in more ways than one, and it’s interesting how both Arad and Ernest aren’t denying any of the accusations being levied at them. Given the discussion about things not being necessarily black and white in war, it could very well be that the Windermeres’ accusations are far from false, and it makes you wonder just how involved the current leads of Chaos were with things seven years ago. If I didn’t know any better, it looks like they’ve both been expecting the past to catch up to them at some point, and I’d be surprised if this ultimately doesn’t result in negative consequences for Arad at some point. Considering how closely Kaname’s linked to him, this could very well be the trigger that also leads Messer down the darker side of things, and there could be some very intriguing developments in the near future.
Putting that aside, the group wide realization that future combat will no longer just be flashy concerts and rescue efforts aimed at combating the spread of Var Syndrome ends up being the other major highlight this week, and it’s quite telling how much tension builds up now that everyone realizes they’ll be actively fighting other humanoids. Whereas all of the previous encounters have involved some Aerial Knight influence, the fact remains that most of the activities on the ground involved merely attempting to cure allies of their respective Syndrome afflictions, and it’s a far cry from knowing that you’ll be intentionally going into face-to-face combat with not only other humanoids, but ones dead set sealing your defeat. Granted, the Windemeres haven’t exactly shed much in terms of blood—Vordor was taken without a fight—but let’s just say that could change very, very quickly.
Focusing on Freyja in particular, the stakes are exceptionally high given that she’ll be going against her own people, and I found it great how Hayate got annoyed at her attempt to hide her true feelings, and then gave her a venue to relieve those tensions as well. His illegal requisition of the Siegfried is another key development in a relationship that’s been shining since the beginning, and it’s only fitting that their decisions to stay with the Delta Platoon end up being inspired by each others’ respective actions.
Freyja dancing her lights out while flying was heartwarming to say the least, even though it highlights a spectacular (and unwarranted) difference in treatment compared to Mirage. Even if it is in part due to frustration at Freyja’s situation, his lashing out at Mirage for discussing her grandparents felt far from warranted, and here’s hoping that he realizes at some point that her story wasn’t to antagonize the two, but to express hope for a peaceful future. I suppose that until then, it’s at least nice that he’s supposedly willing to put aside flying the way he wants for the time being so he can win the war and “clear the skies”.
With that said, things are far from fine on the Windermere side of things as well, and with some of their pilots in advanced age, their King and Prince in fragile states, their ability to wage war could very well be a lot more limited than I had suspected previously. For now though, the tidbit that really got me thinking wasn’t so much their ability to fight as it was their supposed involvement in only some instances of the Var Syndrome spread. The fact that the origins of the syndrome itself is far from clear makes you wonder about the potential influences it’ll have on the war, and I wouldn’t be surprised if part of it might’ve come from something seven years ago. The use of a dimensional weapon to create a barrier around their planet could very well have led to something, and this could be the spark that makes both sides realize there’s a problem sitting there that could very well be larger than either side.