I was half joking when I talked about Seikai Suru Kado being a JRPG now, but… well, I guess the results speak for themselves. The convenient super-metal that episode 00 spent all its time setting up is finally in play (let’s call it, say, orichalcum) and it’s time for our hero to forge the ultimate gear with which they can seal the evil god! Meanwhile, the evil god in question is having a grand ol’ time with his soliloquy and, er, making clones? Murdering clones? Wait, why did we need so many Shindous? Doesn’t the current just have a bit more knowledge about Za’s plans than the others? Is the original special in some way? In any case, there can only be one, I guess, so perhaps Za is just cleaning up the loose ends before we get to the finale. I would love for the final showdown to be a Shindou vs Shindou’ negotiation; it would have given more dimension to his character, and highlighted that even reasonable minds can differ (with itself). Alas, it’s probably going to be Link vs Ganon instead. Oh well.
Thankfully, violence is not the only solution, as there are hints that Za may be amenable to doubt now. I’m assuming that this is the first time he’s managed to dream, and as we’ve been taught by fiction everywhere, dreaming is a fundamental part of what makes us human. Let’s ignore questions about how dreaming works with the Sansa and believe he can reasoned with before he—what’s he doing?—eats the world. Shindou believes that negotiation should be about every side getting what they want (which presumes that there’s enough available to satisfy everyone and it’s not a zero-sum deal, but let’s set game theory aside since Kado doesn’t seems interested in it). Perhaps that’s still possible? Maybe Za can be satisfied with only some human volunteers, not all of them? What Shindou believes Za really wants, though, is a surprise, but is that the same as craving information? It doesn’t feel exactly right to me. Surprise is more like when information you already have turns out to be false, no? Like, if you were expecting no party, but suddenly, a party! That’s a surprise. To use a metaphor, needing more information vs needing a surprise is like being hungry vs being bored with food. It’s a quantity vs quality thing.
Well, no point thinking about it too much at this point—who thinks things through on this show anyway? Instead, let’s look forward to the big showdown, which should be an exciting moment of puny humans managing to reach the height of gods (or maybe flies too close to the sun, this parable goes both ways). In particular, I want to see what the grand scheme involving Hanamori. As a character, his main use has just been to handwave away all the paperwork that Shindou would need to do, and his supposed fast friendship with Shindou doesn’t have much flesh to it, so it’d be great if he manages to do something interesting. In a similar vein, I hope Tsukai manages to end up as a more impactful character than being plot grease/girl who cries. What I most want, though, is for Za to be a bit less hung up about his ‘right answer’. When someone gets so tunnel-visioned about their one true direction for humanity, when they approach population reform with such zeal, when they talk about ‘solving’ it, I get worried. No, I’m not saying he’s Hitler. I’m just saying he may need to work on his messaging.