This week we finally see things come to a head between Muginami and Lan. I had suspected that Muginami was not a ditzy person but I had no idea she was just toying with Madoka and Lan. It kind of makes me question why she saved Lan but I guess that it is possible that Muginami was under the assumption that Villagiulio wanted to take the Voxes hence killing Lan outright was out of the equation. This pretty much confirms that this is a Civil War and even with a third faction introduced in Kiss it only makes the war more intriguing. Villagiulio seems to be the head of his own noble house that is likely one of many that is caught up in the war. Lan comes from the ruling house which seems to have lost the support of Deme Trio (might as well use the Viz spellings), whether or not Le Garite even possesses their homeworld is a matter of conjecture as is the whereabouts of Lan’s brother who may or may not be King at this point. That Deme Trio probably mutinied and given Izo’s previous statements it seems that as a whole they have rejected the rule of La Garite while the nobles houses like Kiss seem to be jockeying for position once La Garite is gone.
I like how the characters from opposing factions know each other to some degree, as it really does make this war a rather sad affair. Clearly the bonds of friendship are not strong enough to overcome the factional divides and given how the controversy surrounds the Voxes the conflict in and of itself may carry a religious element given how Kiss wants to destroy the Voxes (though Villagiulio seems to have flirted with the idea of possessing them), use the Voxes for conquest, or to safeguard them. Right now it seems that all sides share the same cultural habits and technology between them is roughly the same. I wonder if possession of the Voxes, regardless of the legends surrounding them is where La Garite draws its mandate to rule. While Moid still has is eyes shut it seems that Lan is the one that is supposed to be giving the orders and given how Moid has yet to kill her despite being in the optimal position to do so I think the likelihood that he freed Array has decreased significantly. Moreover it seems that Moid and Villagiulio are on opposing sides and hold different beliefs about what to do with the Voxes.
On the one hand I am glad Muginami isn’t an air head on the other hand I am worried about her mental stability. She goes from nice to menacing at the drop of a hat and while it seems clear that she is no warrior, she was deeply devoted to Villagiulio and his cause. Now that Villagiulio has cast her aside I wonder how she is going to cope. I am unsure of whether or not there will be any truly malevolent bad guy since it is still possible that they are going to avoid that route entirely and make the Civil War more about a dispute over prophecy that has thrown an entire civilization into turmoil than simply the fall of a ruling house. However there is still the issue of who Deme Trio was fighting when all three factions were united under La Garite’s banner. Either that enemy is long since gone or they are still around but no longer a great threat. Come what may I wonder who Yurikano was since Kirius and Villagiulio seems to venerate his/her memory, perhaps Yurikano was the last ruler that was able to hold it all together or simply the greatest hero of their age.
Villagiulio seems to be an interesting fellow on the one hand he did seem to have good relationships with Lan and Muginami in the past but it seems that after both achieved memoria he decided that they could no longer be friends. It’s not that I think Villagiulio is out to crown himself, though it is possible that the House he leads wants to rule in La Garite’s stead. Again it comes back to how the prophecy is viewed and what is the fate of those who achieve memoria. Perhaps now that Muginami has achieved memoria she is fated to die along with Lan and Madoka if Villagiulio achieves his goal of destroying the Voxes. What is known at this point is that memoria can be achieved easily but there are weighty consequences to it, if the legends are true. Lan believes in them while Muginami dismisses the legends as silly superstition. It would be something if Villagiulio’s house was one of La Garite’s trusted retainers only for them to betray La Garite. Lan’s hostility to Villagiulio hints that to be a real possibility since when she was younger she believed that Villagiulio would serve her brother, on the opposite side Villagiulio did warn Lan that her brother would be fighting a war he did not want.
While the episode was generally dark it was humorous in places with Lan’s terrible at bat, and Hiroshi and Villagiulio fighting over gaudy clothing. It was a nice diversion with Madoka going to cloud nine when she got her club room and it seemed as if everything was going on the up. Now though I hope that Lan and Madoka can put Muginami back together again. It’s pretty clear that Muginami adored Villagiulio and went out on her own to do what she thought he wanted. Sadly she guessed wrong and now Muginami can no longer be a part of Kiss. I wonder if Muginami’s intense desire to have a peaceful time of plenty stems out of her never having had that experience. Perhaps the war has gotten uglier on other fronts and Earth is one of the few places that have been largely untouched by their war. Still it seems Villagiulio is getting reinforcements and I am curious to see the underlying reasons for their war. Muginami seems to be headed towards some redemption though I wonder if it’s still going to be all that happy by series end.