「切望 シークレット」 (Setsubo shikuretto)
Given our recent history lesson involving the franchise as a whole, it’s only fitting that Walkure’s imprisonment serves as a foundation for another one, and while its exposition heavy nature may be off-putting for some—you have to admit that they’re doing a good job utilizing those recollections as driving forces for character and plot development.
This time around, the focus lies with the paths taken by Walkure’s respective members to get where they are today, and it’s a recollection that makes you realize how easy it is to dismiss their backgrounds given the upbeat nature of their songs and performances, and to think that they’ve just naturally acclimated to the roles they were given. As it turns out, the way they are now—proficient, capable of swooping in to save the day when needed, and able to overcome failure—was earned through hard work and the overcoming of various trials and tribulations. Not only that, but just because they’re good at what they do doesn’t mean they don’t have moments of uncertainty regardless, and their failed rescue of Mikumo ultimately illustrates a more human side of characters that were seemingly larger than life for much of the series’ first half.
In this way, it’s a great demonstration that talent by itself doesn’t necessarily mean anything, and at times, even hard work in combination with innate talent doesn’t guarantee success. Sometimes you’ll need a little push from someone else to get you that extra mile, and interestingly enough, the aforementioned are things you could apply to our main trio of Hayate, Freyja, and Mirage as well. After all, Hayate was clearly skilled at a variety of tasks to begin with, but never found the appropriate means to apply himself until he became a pilot. Even then, his natural skill couldn’t initially compensate for his arrogant attitude and inability to work with others, and he ultimately finds himself relying on the other two to reach greater heights. Likewise, Freyja’s innate Windermere-driven abilities are now reliant on the former to maintain its strength, and Mirage herself ends up a textbook case of talent being stifled by comparisons to her famous lineage—a stumbling block that prevented her from reaping the benefits of her hard work until Hayate and Freyja came along.
With that said, the revelation that there were other singers in Walkure before and the brief show of Kaname and Messer’s first meeting were nice touches that really added to things, as does the revelation that Mikumo’s brief melody from last week was also the same as the one she sang when she joined Walkure in the first place. The questions now is if it signifies a new start for everyone now that everyone knows about Mikumo’s past, and one wonders if she’s even the same person they’ve known all this time.
Either way, it looks like we’ll find out sooner rather than later, as it doesn’t look like the Windermeres will sit idly by as our cast regains their respective wings. Roid in particular seems close to his apparent goal of connecting everyone’s thoughts together via the Song of the Wind, and the cat’s out of the bag in regards to him being directly responsible for Gramia’s death as well. The fact I didn’t see that coming aside, it’s becoming clearer that Roid’s had his own agenda since the very beginning, and while it’s overall intent doesn’t seem to differ from Gramia’s apparent desire for peace, his actual methods for achieving the goal likely weren’t what Gramia had in mind. With Keith threatening to kill him if he betrays the Windermeres and Heinz unlikely to last much longer, Roid’s running out of time to implement his master plan either way, and it looks like we’ll have a drastic escalation to bring things to their final conclusion—especially with Chaos on their way to Alfheim as a way to infiltrate Windermere.
Here’s looking to a epic final arc to finish things off.