「導き出した答え」 (Michibikidashita kotae)
“The Chosen Answer”
God damn Zestiria, just when I’m all hyped for writing an end post what do you give me? Cliff hanger, thirteenth episode, month long wait; boom, mike drop. You serious, I’m supposed to make time in a stacked spring (and NHL playoff season) to return to a show few will likely remember? Eh, probably overstated—I will definitely be watching and finishing coverage like a proper blogger—but I’m still peeved we have to wait until the end of April for the actual ending.
To Zestiria’s credit, however, the reasoning behind an additional episode is sensible enough. With next to nothing revealed previously regarding the Lord of Calamity, we needed an explanation for his actions. Having the Lord created from the curse of the previous Shepherd is actually pretty dark all things considered, and tying the world’s corrupted state to Michael’s personal grievance deliciously ironic. Yeah, Heldalf certainly started things with his patriotic allegiance, but Michael is not blameless either. It’s one thing to sacrifice yourself for example, but another to add your own niece onto that personal vendetta. Michael’s actions represent a moral conundrum which meshes well with Sorey’s/Rose’s earlier struggles because no one correct answer exists. He could see Heldalf succeed in ruining his life and work, or curse him and place the consequences on future generations. It’s a great bit of development, although one which was really needed several episodes ago and not before the big finale. Thankfully, however, most of the major outstanding plot questions have now been answered.
What really got me though was how this story will actually boil down to the power of friendship. For one the big bad Lord of Calamity is actually a nice guy you see, he just went north to lessen his impact on others. Might just be me, but I found this bit hilarious when juxtaposed with Heldalf’s spiel to Maotelus about the battle being over the fate of mankind. Why fight if you still care? Well, I guess the curse technically answers that one. Then of course we have Sorey who finally learned of the Avatar ways and decided if one
fusion armatization is good enough, why not four? Not as impressive as Goku going full blonde I must admit, but I’ll definitely take a Super Shepherd if it yields some impressive fireworks (that sword swinging doesn’t really cut it). Plus it explains how Sorey will purify the impossible and save the day.
With a month or so to go until the final showdown, Zestiria’s problem will likely be remembrance more than success. As God Eater discovered, mid-cour breaks are amazing viewer reduction strategies, plus also help in muddying the memory. Me though, I just hope the show ends on a good note. A decent boss fight, maybe a happy ending, it’s all that’s really needed. Who knows, might even be a related game announcement around that time. Either way, we shall all find soon what Zestiria has left in store.