「残痕 レクイエム」 (Zankon Rekuiemu)
Well, that didn’t work out at all did it? Following last week’s haphazard infiltration and a bit of Metal Gear style sneaking, the entire cast (minus Kaname and Arad) is caught shortly after, and it’s a fitting result to a plan that had a lot less going for it than expected. I mean, did they really expect to just waltz into the capital, find the ruins, and get the chance to run a tactical show to maybe destroy it? Certainly seems like a short sighted plan more than anything, but I suppose it was a miracle in itself they even got to Windermere in the first place.
That said, things do ultimately work out in their own way—just not in the way one expected it to. Due to the grand ”
recollection of misery and anger justification” tour led by Bogue, Keith, and Roid, our lead trio not only get to see the dimensional weapon’s destruction with their own eyes, but also the VF-22 that supposedly carried Hayate’s late father as well. In this way, Hayate gets some confirmation in regards to his father’s fate, which is certainly a plus given how little he’s been able to find out up until now.
Interestingly enough though, for all their flaunting of the VF-22, none of the above actually provides the answer that Freyja and Mirage were asking for in regards to “the truth”. The presence of a VF-22 merely proves the NUNS were there, and at best, the special forces squadron that Hayate’s father was a part of. Assuming they did find his father’s body, there’s also no definitive proof given linking his plane with the launch of the dimensional weapon that can be seen at first glance, and even then there’s the question of what the circumstances were surrounding the weapon’s launch, especially in regards to the launch either not being intended or being carried out against the will of the pilot. Granted, it doesn’t change the fact that the weapon was launched and many Windermeres lost their lives, but knowing the whole truth is an important part of the equation, and prior suspicions about the Aerial Knights not actually knowing everything that happened seem all but confirmed with this exchange.
Either way, our cast also ends up benefiting from being brought closer to the ruins than they likely would’ve been able to otherwise, which could pay dividends in the near future. The fact that Roid hasn’t reported Mikumo’s capture brings another uncertain factor into things as well, and at this point, any additional uncertainly helps the cause more than anything—even if it’s not entirely clear what Roid meant with his comments about dedicating his wings to the Star Singer. There’s also the question of whether or not the Star Singer refers to Mikumo herself or the other part of her that seems to pop up when she’s around Protoculture ruins, and there’s certainly no shortage of mysteries as the series approaches its final episodes.
At the very least though, Roid’s all but openly opposing the Windermeres now that he has Mikumo in his grasps, and it looks like it’ll be a three faction struggle between him, the Windermeres, and the Delta Platoon to finish things off here (although the latter two could ally with one another before it’s all said and done). Aside from that, it was a nice touch seeing a young Freyja sing Ranka’s debut single in Seikan Hikou (they’re not shying away from showing off their similarities), and Mikumo’s epic offensive usage of her skirt boosters was an interesting twist on what’s been a typically defensive tool as well. Until next week!