Journal of anime ramblings, fiction works and reflections
I already had my expectations when I started watching the new episode of Zetsuen. I thought Hakaze would just go back in time, find Aika, observe her from a distance and uncover the identity of her killer. BUT KYO HAS DONE IT AGAIN! He left me speechless at the end of the episode. It took me about ten minutes for the plot twist to sink in, then I watched the last part a second time.
Moving on however before I stray into an endless ramble.
The episode began with the continuation of Hakaze’s plan to go back a year and a few months before Aika’s death. Before her leave, she spent some alone time with Yoshino. I find it natural that Yoshino would suggest that Hakaze save Aika from being killed and bring her back to the present. But that is completely out of the world’s scope of logic because the dead…should stay dead. Hakaze was hurt by this but handled her feelings with control and only scolded Yoshino a little. I like the fact that she is maturing into her love for him and handling it pragmatically. She knows Yoshino’s love for Aika won’t dissolve in the slightest but she continues loving him, even though he may not return it. But it is clear that she finds comfort in the fact that he was actually concerned for her safety, so that’s a start I guess.
Hakaze decided, while speaking with Junichirou and Samon, and getting a full body massage, that she would kill Aika if there was no killer. Her reasoning is that her death would have been meaningless if she was killed by some meaningless person without a motive to kill her. Her death would have turned out to be used for tragedy, rather than for a better outcome, if she had died without cause.
And Samon actually made a joke.Even though his humor is a little on the dry side, I still cracked up because of how calmly he admitted that he was only joking about wearing a wig and how he actually tried to lighten the mood after hearing what Hakaze had to say. Good going Samon!
Hakaze returned successfully to the past after finding Samon’s sacrifice and gathering the deserted barrel and dolls. And it was discussed, what both Mahiro and Yoshino would do if Hakaze killed Aika instead. Mahiro already foresaw Hakaze’s plan to kill Aika if there was no murderer – which says a lot for his insight – and is still willing to kill her if that happens. Yoshino though, is not willing to believe that Hakaze would kill Aika if no murderer was found. Again we see the contrast in Yoshino’s and Mahiro’s characters, so incompatible but their friendship is rather strong. Yin and Yang, I guess.
When the question got switched though, and Samon asked “What if the killer was actually Yoshino?”. No hesitations. Just blunt Mahiro and his dogged need for vengeance. It is stated bluntly, and though his expression is real fixed, I’d still like to think that on the inside, he is hoping that the killer doesn’t turn out to be Yoshino. Even though Yoshino deceived him by dating Aika behind his back, Yoshino is the closest thing to the most genuine and loyal friend he has ever had.
Yoshino agrees with this because he already knows that would have been Mahiro’s response. And the first half ended with a lot of tension…to be continued into the second half…and tripled.
Hakaze finally made her way to Aika’s hometown and in just a few minutes, saw Aika walking towards her.Because she lives around that area Hakaze, don’t forget that little thing called “coincidence.” But it was hardly a coincidence that Aika happened to be walking there, at the same time that Hakaze arrived. At first it seemed that way. Also at first, when Aika engaged Hakaze in conversation, to know why Hakaze was staring at her, she seemed a nice type of person.
Until…I thought it was strange too how Aika found her way on the balcony in less than two seconds after Hakaze used her magic to get away from her quickly, (she’d fled because she felt awkward when Aika noticed her staring.). And to find out that Aika is the mage of Exodus.
I want to beat my chest and said I knew that there had been something off about Aika because of her uncanny personality. But I thought that was just it, that her character was just intelligent, cunning and witty. I never thought that she would turn out to be the ACTUAL mage of Exodus.The power!
For some reason it reminds me of Genyruusai’s zanpakuto, Ryujin Jakka. I couldn’t believe it. Even as I’m typing it now, my shock is still there. Kyo really knows…I can’t even find the words to describe what I think of Kyo. This is an epic plot twist.
Hakaze would have a reason to kill Aika, now that she knows the truth. But what will happen when she goes back? Will Mahiro believe her story? Will Yoshino? They haven’t witness Aika’s true nature, but Hakaze has and she will most definitely have to find a way to convince them of the truth.
I really can’t wait for next week’s episode!!