「バトル／過去と現在」 (Batoru / Kako to Genzai)
“Battle / Past and Present”
I really need to stop thinking Lostorage will ever slow down. Every week seemingly brings forth a key event typically reserved for climaxes, tossing away any expectation of slow, suspenseful development. This week of course was the fated Suzuko-Chinatsu duel, which although being distinctively anticlimactic, did flesh out Chinatsu’s raison d’etre and gave Suzuko a reason to fight.
We knew last week that Chinatsu was the main antagonist going forward, but her logic regarding Suzuko never really made sense. Here, however, all the pieces finally fell into place. Chinatsu detests Suzuko because Suzuko can get whatever she desires with no apparent effort. Whereas Suzuko made friends without a care, Chinatsu seemingly was left with no one but Suzuko. This ironically sparked a selfish need in Chinatsu where she wanted Suzuko all to herself. It’s not that Chinatsu wants Suzuko gone because of who Suzuko is, she wants Suzuko gone because Suzuko lays bare an ugly strain of possessiveness within her. Overall it’s a surprisingly good bit of development, as I never thought Chinatsu’s disjointed hate would be fully explained.
As for Suzuko, she finally has accepted her dependence, abandoned it, and found a proper reason to fight in protecting Chinatsu. A pretty quick bit of change on Suzuko’s part (if slightly rushed), but her newfound determination does complete the underlying shift of Suzuko and Chinatsu into each other’s personas—Suzuko becomes the admired protector of a needy, wanting Chinatsu. This should create one hell of a good second fight between them as Suzuko grows increasingly confident in her new mentality while Chinatsu becomes torn between wanting to eradicate her Suzuko-born need and the growing doubt that need generates. It’s not so much now that only one will survive (as I originally thought), but both coming to understand each other and accept the other one’s flaws.
How we get to that point though is likely to be rough, painful, and increasingly sinister. Bookman continues making himself the black box of this story, using Chinatsu now as a recruitment tool and not being above bringing kids into this game. I’m increasingly believing this guy is Lostorage’s Mayu, he simply knows too much about the battles for a man without a LRIG. If Bookman does not have a personal role in the game itself I will be shocked. At least Chinatsu sees through his fetish, although when the guy reveals his actual form is anyone’s guess. The battles themselves likewise remain full of surprises, given we now have the second example of a coin ability being manipulated and the environment being a possible tool during fights. Funnily enough Suzuko’s attack redirection here also revealed the remnants of the old Battle Booths, which for me (given the other evidence) is enough to confirm that Lostorage takes place after the original WIXOSS.
For all that Lostorage reveals, however, the show still tantalizingly leaves key things unknown. We continue stepping around the fate of defeated Selectors (and the origins of LRIGs), along with the actual results of winning. What happens upon memory change is the big one of course, although I can hazard a guess nothing good given both Bookman and Mama possess some eerie smiles at the mention of it. I have no idea when all will be revealed, but given Lostorage’s penchant for speedy developments, I can imagine that point is not far off.
Once again, for Chinatsu it’s all about doing it with her. Not that I’m complaining 😛
Guess Hanna isn’t the only one only needing one more coin for victory.
Interference by a third party ending a Selector battle remains just as annoying as it did in the original series.