Now that Sagawa’s true agenda has been revealed, the plot has taken a bit of an upswing (thanks to the anime gods for being merciful)! I’m still confused with where the series is going, but, at least the something is happening for once!
Japanese Original Episode Title: 㐧玖刻
After successfully acquiring a bit of Grandpa’s blood, Sagawa attempts to take out Team Yukawa one by one. But, when Makoto unlocks a new power, perhaps the Yukawas have a chance after all.
No other choice: Juri smashes the Master Stone, saving Grandpa from death(?), but in doing so she unwittingly dooms herself to a life in the Stasis world… forever. But, hey she saved Grandpa, and we all know, he’s the only character worth saving.
Jumping Ship: Everyone seems to be abandoning Sagawa and his plan, including his right-hand man, Shiomi.
Slow Pan into the Beyond: While explaining Sagawa’s plan to witness the meaning of human existence by jumping into the future, the camera slowly pans out to a shot of the Earth from space. But, it doesn’t stop there, panning out further whizzing by planets and galaxies… makes you feel really small when you think about all the things that exist beyond the scope of our vision.
Conquering the World isn’t All that Great: Someone finally explains Sagawa’s plan and it isn’t world domination… He wants to live long enough to see the future of human existence, and you know what, it actually isn’t all that bad when you really think about it…
Kid with Badass Power- Makoto, the character with possibly the least effect on the plot, is revealed to be a major player! He can control Heralds?! How he manifested this power and why, still remains to be seen, but, hey, it’s something!
Themes & Trivia
As I Lay Dying: One of the GLS grunts has an internal monologue about not wanting to die as he slowly succumbs to his injuries at the hands of Sagawa…
The Ace: At this point in the game, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Grandpa Yukawa is the glue that holds everyone else together, so it makes sense that Sagawa would set his sights on removing him from play as soon as humanly possible.
Aegis: Whenever Grandpa’s jellyfish is about to be expelled from his body, he shouts ‘Aegis’ and the process stops, but the term has its roots in Greek myth. The Aegis is often described as a shroud or shield wielded by either Athena or Zeus. While no one can agree what exactly the Aegis is used for, the word aegis has been used to refer to someone or something that is under the protection of a higher power.
Hime-sama: Juri becomes this once she reveals that she is the only one who can save everyone from the Stasis world now that the Master Stone has been shattered. Literally, their princess…
Consumed with power: Sagawa goes to great lengths to become a Herald-hybrid, but at great risk to his own body and mind. If he doesn’t consume enough nutrients to sustain the Spectors in his body, they will start consuming him instead.
Walking on Water- As if Sagawa’s desire to be the Messiah of the Stasis world wasn’t enough of a Jesus allegory for you guys, they have the guy walking on water as well.
These episodes are getting both better and worse; better, because there’s a clear-cut story to follow now, and bad, because there was barely any setup in the earlier episodes, so I’m even more confused than I was before. It’s like the show is trying to make up for all the potential that was squandered in the earlier episodes, but, it’s just a little too late.
Where Have All The Good Times Gone
There were some good moments, but ultimately most of it was bogged down by the series’s spectacular lack of development in the earlier episodes, characters I don’t really care about, and a story that is seemingly going nowhere fast. But, hey, it’s only been NINE EPISODES!!
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