「もうこれしか」 (Mou Kore Shika)
“All That’s Left”
It really is bittersweet getting to 86 this week. This was supposed to be the grand finale, the climax of where this series has been heading for a long while, and the potential teaser for what yet may come. Indeed we even got in part as everything came together in defiance and tragedy, only to realize still two episodes remain and we have until March to see just where things go from here. And rest assured, things are going places.
Although Shin and Frederica naturally dominate this week’s proceedings, it’s the other members of Spearhead who give them that strength of will. I doubt anyone is seriously expecting some of the cast to actually wind up dead from playing decoy (if Raiden’s quick reappearance is any indication), but the point of their actions still stand: it’s not about individuals, it’s about survival and doing what’s required to ensure at least someone has the chance to see life beyond the frontline. Shin, for all his recent agonizing, still is the best suited to achieving to that goal, and so naturally is provided the opportunity to push it home. The difference this time is that Spearhead chose to give Shin that boost over him deciding on his own, and it is that supportive difference which likely ensured the Morpho was defeated.
Of course it wasn’t Shin alone who secured victory, as Frederica to probably no surprise wound up being the key to it all. The girl obviously wasn’t going to sit back and watch, but to go as far as threaten her own life for the sake of Kiri was eye opening in reinforcing just how important Kiri was to her and how Shin in particular has underestimated the pint-sized pipsqueak. For all Frederica emulates Shin in mentality, she also provides blunt evidence how the problems and agony both of them face are best dealt with via the assistance of others. So what if you blame yourself, so what if you may have a had a hand in what transpired, it is no excuse to cut yourself off and impact those around you. Shin, as Raiden browbeat into him last time, has only just come face to face with that lesson, which Frederica’s actions here help put the exclamation mark upon. There’s more to life than self-sacrifice, and if Shin truly wants to defeat the Legion, he must now accept that plenty of others want to help him achieve that goal – and see him survive in the process.
Such planning, however, first requires knowing what you have to work with, and on that front we have one hell of an agonizing wait. Not hard to guess Shin and company survived Kiri’s last hurrah, but who among that company and in what shape (Raiden especially) is anyone’s guess at this point. Sure, it’s incredibly annoying given how this season’s scheduling panned out, but there’s arguably no better way to keep interest strong in a series which deserves it.
Stay tuned boys and girls, couple months wait or not, 86 still has plenty left to show.