Posted on 21 October 2006 with categories: Otogi Juushi Akazukin

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Okay, that was an excellent episode. It’s not centred around a character this time, but it’s meant to explain a few things about the overall story, namely the mirrors we’ve been seeing. I always took them for granted, but now it seems that they’ve got a huge back-story behind them, and are actually vital for Cendrion to carry out her plan.

The setting for this episode is a rather gloomy town. At first, I thought that it was a snow town, but it seems that the village lies next to a volcano, which is constantly dropping its ash on top of the village. That’s why the entire city has a grey colour.

In here, Akazukin and the others meet up with a talking parrot, who takes them to some kind of mansion. There’s a fairytale about this mansion, and Souta is more than eager to hear it. Once upon a time, when the volcano was still inactive, there was a girl, who was in love with a certain boy. Then, the volcano started to erupt, and the boy told the girl that god is angry, and that he’s punishing them. Because of that, he went inside a mirror, telling the girl that he needed to go to the other world. The mansion seemed to be the place where the girl lived.

Ringo, while cleaning up the mansion a bit, suddenly receives tons of phone-messages from her friends. She finds a broken mirror, and realizes that the shards of the mirror are actually able to send the telephone signals through from the human world. When the mirror is reassembled, Souta actually disappears into the mirror. In there, he sees the same girl from the fairytale, speaking to a mirror which displays a bit of the human world.

So the mirrors are actually links between worlds. There also seems to be some kind of dimension between Erde and Fandavale, and that’s where Cendrion has her main base. In there, there’s probably a special mirror, linked to a sealed dimension, and that’s where Cendrion is located. The reason Gretel and Randagio were able to transport so easily from Erde to Fandavale also was because of this dimension. I think this also means that if Souta would have touched the mirror, being held by the girl, he’d be able to travel back to Erde.

Another thing to note is that whenever a Nightmarian gets beaten, a mirror gets destroyed. Could it be that Nightmarians and mirrors are of the same essence? After all, the first episodes seemed to suggest that the mirrors in Cendrion’s base were able to see through the Nightmarian’s eyes.

The question also remains: who was this boy from the fairy-tale? Right now, the only one who fits the criteria is Souta’s father. It’s quite possible that he travelled to the human world, got stuck there or refused to come back, met Souta’s mother and that’s how Souta was born. It does explain why Souta is so special: he’s the only child between a person from Erde and Fandavale. Still, if this were true, Souta’s Father’s hair colour must’ve changed somehow from blond to brown.

These really are some very interesting theories. Thanks to this episode, I’m loving this series more and more. ^_^

Next episode, the City Musicians of Bremen will return. Yay!

2 Responses

  1. NetNN says:

    I wonder if Ringo’s gonna keep the shard of that mirror with her. I mean it can send the mobile phone’s signal to through dimension, so it may be of use in the future.

  2. psgels says:

    Well, if I’m not mistaken, they did restore the mirror back to its original form, because Souta believed that it would be better for the girl inside the mirror.

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  • Vincent
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 02:08 AM)
    @Bam No, it’s impossible to move specific items in cyberspace, and have the machine pick out exactly what we picked up or purchased. Even simple motions like picking up your mail require full stimulation of your nervous system, which, as I explained, is impossible to turn into data which can travel both ways. From you to the machine, and from the machine to you, simultaneously.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 02:07 AM)
    Furthermore what will actually need to happen is the device connecting to the brain stem, hence simulating the information that is sent through the sensory nerves.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 02:04 AM)
    @Vincent: actually a brain-machine interface is far from impossible and we currently have the hypothetical structure necessary for such a system. What’s holding us back is our limited understanding of neurology and the obstacles in translating the signals, since a lot of the functions of the brain are handled physically through neurotransmitters, and each brain has unique individual key.
  • Vincent
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 02:03 AM)
    Also, the final blow to why it’s impossible: the human spinal cord. The spinal cord is connected to all of the body’s nervous system, so it is crucial to motor, reflex, and sensory functions. So we would not be able to move,feel,or be mentally sane in SAO. Obviously you’d be fine in the real world, but once Kirito plugs into SAO, he’d be a paralyzed lump.
  • Vincent
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 01:49 AM)
    There is no way some measly helmet would be able to process the neural impulses in our brain to electronic data. At best (and we’re still stretching the limits of logic) we’d need to stick nodes into our brain.
  • Vincent
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 01:47 AM)
    But K-Off, as for the chances of NerveGear coming out in the distant future; it’s near impossible. Much less 2024, in SAO.
  • Vincent
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 01:43 AM)
    I’d like to get an Occulus just to try it out. I mean, if the whole Virtual Reality thing actually catches on, I’d like to be there at the beginning.
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 01:33 AM)
    @Zo No, you’re a troll because you get overzealous on an anime chatbox.
  • Zo
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 01:14 AM)
    @k-off Again, I’m not a troll. What, just because I was making a joke about the tenga, I’m now a troll?
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 01:10 AM)
    In all seriousness, the OR seems like a hassle, especially for a casual gamer like me. It really seems like something you’d only want to try out, like the Wii when it was first announced.

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