「巡る想い」 (Meguru Omoi)
Would you look at that; season ending climax ahoy! While I did promise escalation in Witch from Mercury’s first season twilight, I was somewhat doubtful it would actually happen. There’s been a lot of beating around the bush, a lot of hints, and even more baiting and switching. And yet in the end you can treat it all as Suletta has to date: the elephant to avoid until it’s right in your face.
The one big thing Witch from Mercury has not dealt with to date is how Miorine, Suletta, and the whole Gundam thing would be tangibly dealt with by outside powers. While tentative moves have occurred, none have really been blatant or particularly committed: kangaroo court? The wonders of blackmail. Repeated dueling? Say hello to introverted cuteness. Hell even Shaddiq found out the hard way what happens when coercion is utilized. Now, however, things have really moved into new territory. Guel’s father going for a second assassination attempt of Delling after all isn’t special because of who’s doing it or why – it’s important because it’s Shaddiq taking the reins of the operation (alongside confirming some split loyalties) for the sake of acquiring power. His own power. This moment arguably heralds the start of the ‘true’ Witch from Mercury because we’re no longer seemingly dealing with lackadaisical kiddie strategy. For the first time the gloves are off and casualties be damned.
Particularly important about this development too is that it’s not occurring in isolation. The reappearance of Elan (as Suletta knows him) and his attempted seduction shows that the likes of Peil haven’t given up monopolizing Gundam technology for themselves, they’ve simply thought of a different approach. Tack on one familiar face part of the so-called Space Assembly League who too are interested in what Gundam offers and you can start seeing where things are heading. Miorine, for all her desire to grow her company and see it thrive, is missing the forest for the trees. Just because she won reprieve from Shaddiq’s earlier plan and has her father aligned doesn’t mean she’s safe – if you’re not considering potential threats you’re going to miss one at the worst possible time. As her ignorant brushing off of Suletta shows Miorine hasn’t grasped the full picture or her own importance yet, something which will come back to bite her sooner rather than later.
And proving the above just so happens to be the setup for our grand season finale. Delling and Prospera hashing it out at a Benerit Group factory just so happening to contain Aerial; Guel on track to be part of the battle and assuredly repair his wounded pride; Miorine taking Suletta along for Suletta’s inevitable first taste of actual battle; and our first enemy force in Dawn of Fold who in quintessential Gundam fashion just so happen to have their own Gundams to fight with: everything is finally coming together to lay out the battle heading into Witch from Mercury’s second season.
It’s only a question of who won’t survive the ordeal.