「脱出 レゾナンス」 (Dasshutsu Rezonansu)
The best find a way through in the toughest of times, and this week was all about finding the proper resolve to overcome obstacles, move forward, and make a statement. Hayate takes a tremendous beat down to get there, but it’s all worth it as he defeats an Aerial Knight without killing them and saves our good ol’ Captain from last week in quick succession. Topping things off is Freyja and her new found resolve, and for the most part, it’s business as usual as her song paves the way for our cast’s successful escape.
What this leaves us with is the first significant setback in the plans of the Aerial Knights—one that could have ramifications extending far beyond just this one battle. If there’s one thing this battle showed, it’s that Freyja’s capable of both awakening the ruins of the Protoculture and establishing a resonance with it that empowers Hayate while simultaneously disrupting the “wind” of the Aerial Knights. It remains to be seen whether or not she’s capable of doing this at will or if it’s just a one time affair, but it’s certainly something to keep an eye on—especially given the potential relation of this phenomenon to the Protoculture and the Windermere theories regarding their link to them and their supposed “superior lineage” versus other descendant species.
With that said, not everything ends up in the positive spectrum this week, with Messer and Mirage notably taking the short end of the stick. As expected, Messer succumbs partially to the Var infection, and his struggles throughout the episode hint at someone who could be more of a short-term liability until his condition is resolved. The question is whether or not their investigations from Vordor could lead to a permanent cure, and it’s interesting how even the Walkure’s songs couldn’t completely purge him of the infection this time despite their supposed functions as a vaccine and an agent to reverse the infection’s effects.
As for Mirage, she ends up being relegated to an observational role this time around, and at this point I feel a little bad for her in regards to how things worked out. With Freyja’s help, it’s safe to say that Hayate’s eclipsed her abilities in the field—he’s already accomplished more against the Aerial Knights than she has—and it’s not hard to see how this could contribute further to her issues as a pilot struggling to find her way. There’s no doubt in my mind that she’ll regain her composure at some point in the future, but that moment certainly isn’t now, and one wonders when she’ll finally get that chance to truly shine.
On the other hand, shining is something that Mikumo can’t seem to stop doing on a daily basis, and I’m still convinced that her role is even more significant than we think. Her ability to appear out of nowhere at the most critical of moments is uncanny, and she does this once more this week with yet another solo to get things started for our cast. Looking further back, it was her words that also got Freyja thinking in the first place about her role and the reasons for her song, and it’s not a stretch to say that she laid the groundwork for all the development we received this week. One could argue at this point she’s a guide leading our cast to their next destination, and here’s hoping that she’s actually playing a significant role in the grand scheme of things rather than a convenient plot device hidden under the guise of a mysterious character.
Looking forward, the thing to pay attention to becomes the Aerial Knights and their next move as they deal with their first real obstacle. At the same time, Roid’s intervention and the fact that Freyja survives purely due to his actions make you wonder if he’s planning something of his own, and it’s particularly interesting when you consider how his reaction to Freyja’s song ends up the complete opposite of the disrupted Aerial Knights. There’s also Arad’s comments indicating how “he’d be proud if he could see you right now” regarding Hayate, and let’s just say there’s more than a few potential plot threads introduced this time around. Until next week.