There was some surprising information given this week though how much of it can be considered reliable depends on how much you trust Mikage. I for one am willing to take his word on the early years of Izumo’s plans while I am unsure that Mikono is Sylvie reborn. Still given how Kagura remembers her smell it is a definite possibility and right now it seems that Mikono is thinking of Kagura as well. First though there is the rather important matter of the fraying of the Izumo and Mikage alliance. While I am sure that Mikage has been behaving badly for a long time and well before he met Izumo, I wonder if they are headed towards a showdown given their different, though not yet antagonistic, goals.
While it was Mikage’s chance to show us all what he is about, I am far more curious to see what Izumo’s circumstances are. Clearly while Mikage seems to be unique among the Alteans, Izumo seems to be rather average even if he is a potential element user. While the cult of Alicia needs a little more context, for now though it seems that Alicia is Amata’s mother but as to whether or not she was abducted or simply left for Altair remains to be seen. I say this because it is rather odd that Alicia was wearing her Sylvie outfit at the time of her abduction and if Amata’s memory is correct she wasn’t exactly taken during an abductor raid. I am sure that at some point we are going to find out more but it certainly would be something if Alicia was a former actress who wasn’t going anywhere career wise and was convinced by Izumo to help save his people. Certainly at the early stages Izumo was trying to be selective with the Rare Igura candidates and the mass raids weren’t the norm. Izumo’s attachment to Alicia in particular despite the previous candidates indicates some history at the very least, though whether or not he and Alicia loved each other or if he was just a loyal fan remains to be seen.
It is good to at least know that Alicia is still alive after a fashion, though having been in stasis so long means that she will be in for a rude shock if she meets Amata again. Still I have to hand it to Izumo for spending the resources to keep Alicia alive despite the fact that she is not the one who will bring salvation to Altair. Mikage seems to have gone through plenty more Rare Iguras and given his attitude towards the ones who failed Izumo seems to be more human in that he does everything he can for those who come through the gate. It doesn’t make up for the fact that he is doing something horrible in the struggle for survival. Given the pains he goes through to avoid mass abductions and believes against all odds that Jin will find their savior, there is some hope for Izumo’s redemption. It is surprising that the Alteans have not descended into an anarchic horde that was spilling through the dimensional gate taking every woman they crossed paths with given their situation. One would have expected the fall of civilization but I guess Izumo has been able to put them on the path of least evil even as time is running out for them. In all likelihood it seems that Mikage is being set up to be the final boss while Izumo and most of Altea seem to inch slowly towards redemption.
While I still long for more massed mecha combat I did appreciate how they aren’t making the standard Mithra a garbage grunt suit. It may not transform but it is rather reminiscent of the batteriod form given the variable weapon load out and the possibility of mission packs like the one for Radius Gniss. Kagura might be all but impossible to take out but I did like how the Altean grunts responded with focused fire and combined arms. Sadly despite ample opportunity to pop a cap into Kagura’s cockpit, they needed him alive. Quite why they need him is a mystery but I am sure that they wanted Kagura to be Jin’s back up, even if Kagura isn’t going to let Jin have all the glory.
Mikage is likely the most vile mecha fan to ever have existed as he seems more than willing to see two planetary populations perish so that he could see the giant robot that is sleeping inside Vega. Kagura seems to have very limited cognitive abilities and I would not surprise me if all he has for a soul was Apollon’s animal side. Amata must be getting nervous though because it seems that Mikono and Kagura have a legitimate shot at making their forbidden union, but at least that gives Zessica some small hope in the Amata sweepstakes. I really feel bad for Zessica with all the ships sailing after Andy brought the rising tide Zessica has benefitted the least from it. Granted that Andy has not been giving Zessica and Amata his undivided attention, I hope things do change for her now that Andy has started to take a part in the mess that is MikonoxAmataxZessica. If nothing else I hope that even if Zessica is loser in the Amata sweepstakes that Andy and Mix will be able to repair her self-esteem as it seems to have taken a hit. Andy seems to be focused on goading Amata into making a decision early and at least confess to Mikono. In a perfect world Andy would be shipping Amata and Zessica hard, but it seems that Andy wants all three of them to sort it out.
Amata really should sort things out with Mikono and clarify what she means to him. If Amata can dig a hole to connect them both then Zessica can be helped along the path of recovery. As it stands Zessica is waging a losing battle where she seems to be her own worst enemy at times. Where once Zessica was acting boldly she has backed off in recent weeks and while Zessica is getting along well with Mikono, she is getting nowhere with Amata. It is good though that Andy and Mix have paired up as they seem to be on the same wavelength when it comes to indirect kisses. They have opposite reactions but I don’t think that their differences will drive them apart as it seems more complementary for the most part. I am glad to see that Mix is able to like Andy enough to go shopping with him as well as go out in public. Perhaps Mix still holds out hope for jumping Zessica, and if Zessica is truly doomed then I hope Mix will save Zessica’s heart. Andy may have saved Mix’s heart, but if Mix is Bi then I don’t think Andy will begrudge her for going after Zessica.
Andy can’t be everywhere at once but it seems that he was able to help Jin and Yunoha get started. At this point it seems that Yunoha doesn’t need any help in saving Jin’s heart. Jin probably has more to adjust to, but for now it seems that Jin isn’t likely to be executed for being an Abductor, in fact it is highly likely that Fudo and Crea are already aware of who he is. Both have a vested interest in keeping Jin’s powers of isolation, and if it helps them defeat Mikage in the long run then so be it. Moreover it seems Jin will be the eventual avenue of dialog between Altair and Vega. Jin was rather muted this episode but it seems Yunoha is doing everything she can to open up Jin including making an approximation of Alicia. Soon Yunoha will have Jin in the palm of her hand and even if she does not, she still has the ultimate weapon to break him.
Next week seems to promise a little more information on Alicia as Amata is going to be screening Skies of Aquaria. Jin will likely die of moe, but I am sure Yunoha will make a date of it even if Andy is forced to intervene to make it so. Kagura is well on his way to make a bid for his smelly wench and that would be a golden opportunity for Jin to make his first sortie.