「限界 アンコントロール」 (Genkai Ankontororu)
“Limit of Control”
As Messer continues to deal with symptoms of Var Syndrome, Mirage and Hayate attempt to keep his affliction under wraps—only to realize that it’s far from the secret they thought it was. Granted, it was still far from public knowledge, but the fact remains that this wasn’t the first time he’s manifested symptoms, and he could very well have been infected since the day he was brought into the Delta Platoon. The questionable nature of his acceptance aside (Arad clearly likes taking his fair share of risk to get the people he wants), it turns out his ability to combat the Syndrome and its symptoms are intricately linked to Kaname, and it’s an interesting realization when you realize that the reason he seems to have feelings for her stems at least partially from a desire to repay a debt of gratitude.
It remains to be seen if that’s since developed into a full blown desire from a romantic perspective, but combined with the revelations about Kaname’s past and how she’s been overtaken by Mikumo (and now also Freyja), we have a great explanation as to why their interactions are the way they are, and one wonders if Kaname might ultimately be harboring some sort of feelings of her own. The fact that she takes the time to call Messer and express her own gratitude for all the times he’s protected her certainly plays into this line of thought, and her reaction to Messer’s condition only adds to the fire. One wonders she’s just keeping her distance on purpose for her own reasons—she’s had her own things to deal with as a member of Walkure—and it could very well be that the coming episode serves as the one into with Kaname rises into her own and out of the shadow of Mikumo and Freyja. The AXIA episode title is but one such indication, and when you consider how the other members of the Walkure have all gotten their time in the limelight except her, it’d be a fitting culmination to the events of these past few episodes.
In the meanwhile though, Hayate and Mirage’s attempt to keep Messer’s condition a secret also leads to a fair share of misconceptions, and what we get are an assortment of reactions from Freyja that end up even more hilarious than any of the ones we’ve had before. At this point it’s clear that she’s started developing and realizing her own feelings for Hayate, with Mirage following behind as someone who now trusts and is willing to confide in the latter. Of course, Hayate’s more oblivious than anything at this point—interesting considering how he has fold receptors of his own like the Walkure—and I guess for now, this image is probably the most telling in regards to the relationships between Hayate, Mirage, and Freyja respectively, especially if you consider them representative of the people to which they belong.
And so, for the most part, this week brings us a episode focused almost entirely on Messer and Kaname. The weekly appearance of the Aerial Knights only played further into the development of Messer’s character, and perhaps the thing to get here is how utterly dominant Messer can be when he’s on top of his game. There’s always the risk of him relapsing and falling under the influence of the Var, but his abilities make him worth considering regardless, especially when you consider how he can fight off three other pilots from the Platoon without breaking a sweat and give the Windermere’s White Knight a run for his money as well. I could’ve used a little less of Bogue’s childish antics when it was all said and done, but I gotta say, his whole epic entrance thing this week was pretty darn hilarious in hindsight, and it did at least progress the story by serving as the backdrop to their secret investigation of the ruins near the Platoon main base.
The fact that it’s still active and capable of being used hints at a future engagement to be had, and it’s equally telling how not every ruin seems to react to Walkure and their songs. Perhaps the most important thing however, is the revealation that all the ruins have links to their respective planet’s cores, and count me in as someone who wouldn’t be surprised if the ruins could be used to send the Windermere’s song throughout the galaxy via planetary amplification or something of the sort. Guess we’ll see what the future holds! Until next week.