「絶命 ジャッジメント」 (Zetsumei Jajjimento)
And so, a farce trial begins with no prosecution, defense, or jury present. As the classic villains they are, the Windermeres force our cast to literally walk off a plank, and at this point I’m surprised they even follow any treaties at all. Heinz putting himself into the equation was a surprise in terms of him admitting how he doesn’t feel anything when he sings, but for the most part this episode was a confirmation of the things we knew and the things we expected to happen.
For one, the Windermeres higher ups are confirmed to be classical villains willing to twist the system wherever possible to mete out their brand of justice. Joining them are a large contingent of people blinded by their words, rounded out by a handful of people with at least some sense of honor, albeit none of which are willing to put their lives on the line to change the status quo (likely because they felt the alternative could be worse than the current state of things).
On the flip side, Berger confirms himself to be a wild card in the grand scheme of things, and it’s his falling out with Roid that gives our cast the chance they need to perform the tactical show they’ve been aiming for all this time. As expected, the cast getting captured by the Windermeres served to benefit them in the long run more than anything—they got closer to the sanctum than they would’ve otherwise—even though Roid’s machinations prevent them from destroying the Protoculture ruins as intended.
Through it all, Freyja begins to show signs of her life wearing down as a result of her songs and its reaction with the Protoculture ruins, and it’s but confirmed that things won’t end up all sunshine and rainbows for her no matter who comes out on top in the end.
Ultimately, it was a pretty straight forward episode for the most part, and I think the most interesting part wasn’t the developments regarding the Star Singer, but how different Walkure’s songs were without Mikumo at the lead. Losing Makina midway further emphasized how strong they are when singing as a full group, and whether or not it was intentional on their part, it was clear just how much less “oomph” they had when attempting to continue without them. Either way, the fact that they left Mikumo with the ever more creepy Roid means they’ll likely have to deal with her continued absence for the time being, and it’ll certainly be a sight to behold if Walkure have to engage in a “sing-off” with the former to ensure that Roid’s machinations don’t succeed.
Just two more weeks to go.