「富士ピラー再攻略戦！」 (Fuji Piraa Sai-kouryaku-sen!)
“Reattacking Fuji Pillar!”
Well, it’s here, Sigururi’s grand hurrah. And I dare say it intends on meeting the definition of hurrah. Or at least half, because if you were expecting answers in these final moments, best think again. Per series tradition (at this stage), Sigururi is going to be all show and little glue, but at least the former has a good chance at heavily outweighing the former.
Probably the largest unsurprise of the moment is that the grand battle with Odin comes down to Claudia. Why she’s Odin’s best (or favourite) is anyone’s guess (because who needs explanations?), but the girl has been set up for this moment and by hell she’s going to perform. The one satisfaction, however, is that Azu and Miyako haven’t been left in the dust, because something something group dynamics and letting the main girl cast retain their time in the spotlight. I honestly have little idea why we’re playing up the whole host of other girls at this stage when it’s down to action first and foremost—and nothing says that like Miyako shooting big guns at even bigger targets—but that’s likely an answer for all the spin-off material Sigururi originally had intended to release alongside the anime. There was a plan afoot for this Nordic adventure, and it seems Corona-chan unfortunately had the last laugh.
Barring any annoyances plot-wise that I may or may not be itching to elaborate on for final impressions, Sigururi is pretty much as you expect in its twilight hours. Per above all the cast is on display to remind us all that this really is the final fight to end all fights, and there’s simultaneously no shortage of aircraft cameos on display to keep even the most avid of plane lovers busy for a while. Barring any annoyances the plot has repeatedly played up, we also have a fairly conventional end to whatever is at work: Valkyries will save the day, Odin will get the death he has obviously been looking for, and everyone goes on their merry way. Whether or not that involves one of the girls dying is anyone’s guess of course, but given Sigururi to date, I don’t expect a lot on that front even in Claudia’s case. There’s just too many happy feels in Sigururi to truly break out the suffering now, and with only one week to go, precious little time to even capitalize on the potential such a shift offers.
Not that this sort of twist is impossible mind you, but something tells me the finale we get next week will be a fairly content conclusion to an otherwise rambunctious story.
Well, while it looks inevitable that some questions might not be answered and there’s more material that could’ve been expanded upon, at least Sigururi‘s season finale is shaping up to have less loose ends than the season finale of Girly Air Force. (I’m hoping that would be the last time I’ll be making that comparison.)
While I’m not surprised that Odin orchestrated this whole “Pillar” business, his motivation to bring back the glory days of Norse Mythology is somewhat understandable. (Or a desire that’s human-like, who knows.) Unfortunately for Odin, this only rallies humanity to rage against the heavens and prove that they’re still warriors.
Heck, I even watched the recap episode (Ep. 8.5) to get a better sense of the setting–and I rarely watch recap episodes! At least that answered how WWII-era fighter aircraft piloted by Valkyries can keep up with 4th-gen/4.5-gen fighter aircraft. (Odin placing magical enchantments on those classic aircraft, basically.)
– All those WWII-era aircraft gathered in one place, and I’m more interested in the F-4EJ Phantom IIs participating in the battle. (IRL, said Phantom IIs were recently retired by the JASDF from frontline use after 50+ years of service.) Guess Sigururi wanted to give those old warbirds a proper send-off as well. And they’re piloted by old fighter jocks reminiscent of Dietrich “Silber 1” Kellerman (Ace Combat Zero) or Glamrock Squadron (from Ace Combat 7‘s first DLC mission).
– And yeah, nothing against the stoic Claudia, genki girl Miyako, and precious cinnamon roll Sonoka–to say nothing of the sexy tomboy onee-san Yayoi (Damnit, Marina Inoue!)–but yeah, I’m finding myself gravitating toward Team Azuzu as well. A snarky genius tsundere that’s vastly different from previous Mao Ichimichi roles (PriConne‘s Pecorine, Enen no Shouboutai‘s Iris, and iM@S: Cinderella Girls‘ Fumika)–not that I mind. It helps that she has a pretty nice choice of lingerie that accents her pale skin and silver-gray hair. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)