「神話世界探索作戦！」 (Shinwa Sekai Tansaku Sakusen!)
“Exploring a Mythical World!”
Well if last week was plumbing the depths of despair, I guess we can call this one the calm before the storm. Or the weekly Miyako pep talk. I’m still wholly at loss at just what Sigururi intends on being or plans on showing us, but credit where credit is due, at least there’s a plan afoot under all the tried and true.
Given how overtly Sigururi has teased it so far, I’m quite happy to see that yes, Odin is incredibly dubious and is hiding a great many things. Maybe not enough so to see Claudia nonchalantly creating a gate to the heavens out of the blue for all to investigate and explore, but hey, at least we’re getting somewhere! Finally! To keep us tethered to reality, however, it’s good to note little, if anything, has actually been showcased thus far; besides the clear linkages to mythological Ragnarok and Odin continuing to hide the real reason behind his support of girls flying anachronistically flying prop planes (I think various imagery more or less concludes we are dealing with Odin over any other impersonator here), we still know as much as we did at the start of the show, which is basically nothing. Whatever is at work in Sigururi, it’s on a timer for just how much reward it can garner before that season finale rams its fist firmly into its face.
On the other side of things though we have the cast, and here at least the reward is more immediately apparent. Barring any seen it all befores, Sonoka for example has pretty much been set up for a noticeable redemption and acceptance of the past in the not too distant future, while Claudia is more or less set to be the harbinger of fate—or at least the narrator to whatever is at work under the surface. Honestly I’m finding it hard to really care too much about any given face Sigururi throws in front of the camera at late, but I will at least credit the writing at play; love it or hate it, the individual quirks of these girls ring loud and clear and never feel particularly forced once you get past the stereotype packaging (or I’m just personally inclined towards my girl Azu, but I’ll pretend it’s pure objectivity!). In either case we’re quickly approaching the climax for whatever Sigururi has planned, and without a doubt it’s going to get a little crazy.
After all, the higher the climb to the summit, the greater the inevitable ride down.
“It doesn’t resemble it. It is it!”
— Objectively best girl in a pith helmet
She has been best girl from the start, this just reinforces her bestness 😛
Now that is the Odin I know. And while I’m not familiar with the two wolves, I’m sure those two ravens are Huginn and Muninn (which I know of thanks to those ADF-11F Raven drones from Ace Combat 7). *reads the Wikipedia article on the actual Huginn and Muninn* Ah, so the wolves are Geri and Freki.
“Discount Neuroi Hive.” *ding*
Anyway, I hope I’m wrong, but with what I’ve seen so far, I’m getting this strange nagging feeling that Senyoku no Sigrdrifa‘s season finale might be a repeat of the season finale of Girly Air Force. Basically, a smaller-scale/smaller-scope plot resolution is reached by the main characters after overcoming the challenges they encounter during the season, but the greater scope of the overarching plot (in both cases, why the strange otherworldly invaders…well, invaded) still remains a mystery. (Doesn’t help that the latter series getting a season 2 anime seems unlikely at this point.)
And yeah, I still have doubts that Odin would die even if those Pillars killed him. He’s a fricking god, after all. For all I know he might even be “Odinsleeping” in some other plane (pun unintended) of existence, waiting for the time to return like Kane (C&C‘s Tiberium franchise).