「富士ピラー攻略戦！」 (Fuji Piraa Kouryaku-sen!)
“Fuji Pillar Assault!”
Oh now we’re going places. Or at least intending to go places, if the sudden feature of new plane girls is anything to go by. Yes, that’s right, Sigururi hasn’t really revealed its entire hand yet, but between the material on display and the plot hints head it’s fairly clear where we’re headed in the not too distant future. Do I expect miracles happening? Far from it, but at least we got something to finally chew on.
After all the hints and backstory teased last week, credit where credit is due: Sigururi gave answers. As fully expected Sonoka saw the death of someone dear to her, although unlike as predicted it was due to one big sister simply refusing to let her be a casualty rather than nefariously prevent her from doing her best. Colour me surprised it wasn’t more than this (to be fair—not really), but it’s nice knowing Sigururi is willing to fill in the blanks when prompted. The issue though, of course, is that we’re still left wondering just what the hell is even going on. While Valkyries doing battle against Nordic entities makes enough sense, is there a particular answer for where this whole fight came from and why Odin even exists when we get down to brass tacks? Sigururi might be tolerable (and enjoyable) in a vacuum, but it’s hard feeling like we’ve gone from the simplest of premises to full-on fight without nary an elaboration on just what we’re fighting for. When Independence Day arguably does a better job at backstory, you know you have a problem.
The one positive caveat, however, is that Sigururi is at least indicating a willingness to fill in its blanks. Besides the suggestive reactions of certain Valkyries to both Odin’s actions and the advance of events, we also have the likelihood of seeing major twists in the not too distant future thanks to the like of ominous foreshadowing and major player smirking. Do I expect Sigururi to fully throw conventional magical girl alien invasion on its head? Far from it, although the consistency at which it’s been playing close to convention is enough to suggest something major is coming down the pipeline. You don’t tease Odin doing these faces for so long after all without some sort of payoff at the end, nor do you keep trickling out the past without fully pulling the lid off it at some point.
Without a doubt Sigururi has things left to reveal, and all we can hope is that it’ll make the buildup worth what we’ve invested so far.