When it rains it pours and as I had feared Mikage has taken dreadful notice of Zessica and made her his unwilling servant. Andy is going through a prolonged period of depression and nothing Yunoha can do seems to bring so much as a respite from the painful loss of Mix. Fudo is still out and about but Mikono shows some rare bit of initiative and heads out to find him. Zessica may have been forced into a Faustian bargain but Mikage does indeed open the Gate to Altair and like Zessica’s damnation.
Upon arriving on Altair the rescue team quickly pieces together the dire situation on Altair. The planet is dying the metal shielding is little more than a poor substitute for an atmosphere and no one on this planet seems to recognize women any more. Fudo may have gone to play with ants but I am glad to see that team selection was spot on for the most part. It is most fortunate that the Alteans have yet to devise a means to counter Yunoha’s powers. Nevertheless they now have a Vector and will soon unlock its secrets. Worse still it by keeping it they have now halved the combat power of Vega.
Yunoha and Zessica start feeling some strange effects from the planet throat issues and feminine itching. It seems that one does not simply walk I to Altair for it is highly likely that the very air they breathe is hostile to women. Jin maybe dead but he left his legacy to Yunoha and through the iVision they were able to obtain the layout of the primary control tower.
Sadly while Andy maybe desperate he is not able to kill without compunction and in the final tally Amata goes to Alicia where it is probable that he will face Izumo. Shrade, Yunoha, and Zessica were pinned down without any idea of what Amata and Andy are doing. Andy gets dragged off after he is overwhelmed and has his position overrun. They now have one day to effect an escape lest the last five Vectors find their way into Altean custody.
Mix is not dead nor is she comatose, however, now that her fate seems to have been altered I fear that Andy and Mix may end up killing each other in the fire fights to come. I do not know if Izumo deliberately repurposed Mix, Donar’s lost love, and Donar’s missing comrade but it is certain that he intends to send them into combat. Altair does not have element users and since those three were the only known Rare Iguras to have made the jump it is very possible that the other two knew Donar. Moreover Jin was the last child born and yet Mix and the others seem to be roughly the same age if not younger.
I don’t think Izumo altered their fate given how desperate he his to find Eve. However I suspect that Altair may well be hostile to women and of the fate of the non-element users that went through the gate we know not. Female Element users seem to be turned into men given how Yunoha and Zessica had throat issues (deeper voice) and Zessica had stomach problems (alteration of uterus). Perhaps this change is merely physical but the process is, however, by no means quick. Mix had been there for a week and became a guy, it seems Izumo would have little chance to collate data on how it worked his sense of desperation becomes increasingly understandable. It is likely that Alicia is the only woman to have passed through and stayed a woman. However it seems that while Izumo does not have the science to save Altair he does have enough know how to alter the memories of Mix and while he did not find the True Eve he is going to use the three element users as pilots for the captured Vector and standard Gnis. More worryingly however is that now all five Vectors are on Altair and no doubt Mikage will aim to capture them. Izumo might well do the same if only to gain military superiority now that Altair is doomed if he does nothing.
I am surprised that Kawamori has been able to stretch out the suspense. It is killing me inside as I agonize over the fate of Andy and Mix now that fate alteration is in play, I think we all suspected that horrible deaths were the most likely fate of Rare Iguras who warped to Altair. Immortal Andy or no it is very possible that Andy’s torment is just beginning. In fact he seems to be the next candidate for a mind wipe as Izumo seems desperate for element users. Turning into men was something I don’t think any of us could have foreseen. It invites the potential path to salvation but it may well be that Mikage has them kill each other. Still I am praying that Andy’s love will find a way, there will be no neat resolution. Zessica is now a sleeper agent and looks to be fated to betray her friends, I pray for her soul and salvation, but FUCKING MIKAGE. Well at least if Sazanka ever gets scouting duty on Altair she will be a very happy woman for about a week…