「紡がれる道」 (Tsumugareru Michi)
“The Woven Path”
These pre-climax episodes are often the ones I like most in Gundam series. They bring everything together to date, leave some signs for how the final act will play out, and still find room to leave some suspense considering something (or someone) always happens to come out of left field. In this regard Witch from Mercury is no different. We know pretty well how it’s going to turn out, but the manner of said conclusion is very much a running question.
The big developments this week naturally lay with Suletta and Miorine and their settling on a path forward. While teasers of this were had previously in Suletta choosing to confront Prospera and Eri, it was solidified here with the girl committing to it out of her own volition. It’s effectively Suletta’s coming of age, where she’s decided out of her own wants and own desires versus having it given to her by mama dearest or the prideful bride-to-be. That talk with Miorine is evidence enough: Suletta did so to say she’s moving forward, not to bring back what was lost (as with the immediate aftermath of her second duel with Guel). All in all a fairly major bit of growth for her, and one which guarantees a hefty showdown with Prospera.
As for Miorine that too followed in Suletta’s footsteps – and quite literally at that. Although somewhat cliché, it was Suletta who brought her out of her self-imposed slump, highlighting how terrible situations and shocking truths aren’t enough to call it quits halfway. Miorine wanted the responsibility, she wanted to be better than her father, but now she has to prove that she can handle it, and the only way for that is to grab the figurative bull by the horns. After all, if Suletta and even Elan can come to terms with their origins and still decide to move forward, there’s no excuse for Miorine to wallow in self-pity. Or even Guel for that matter; if the guy can cheekily set up a situation to bring the happy couple back together (guaranteed he only half-tried to win that duel to confirm Suletta was serious) and be satisfied at the outcome, nothing stopping everyone else from doing what’s required.
All of that, however, leads right back to Prospera and Eri and what’s certain to be the fight of the season. Exactly how this plays out is anyone’s guess: Prospera won’t be victorious of course, but will it involve her and/or Eri dying or severely harming Suletta in some way? Personally my bets are still on Eri coming around and giving Prospera the Death Star treatment (at her own expense too), but anything is possible. Plus there’s also that minor matter of Lauda being out for Miorine’s head, which effectively ensures Guel’s life expectancy is only 50/50 at the moment. Plenty of opportunities for death, even more room for surprises, and two episodes in which to have it all play out.
Whatever the faults this show might have, I’m quite eager to see what this final act holds.