Posted on 18 August 2009 with categories: Shangri-La



And so the finale for this series has begun. This episode was mostly building up, but as usual with this series it came with tons of revelations. And heck; the creators might actually be able to pull of a satisfying conclusion at this rate.

I’m glad to see that even though we’re nearly at the end, the creators still show a bit of what happened to the folks of Duomo after they were evacuated inside Atlas. With this, Kuniko also got her wishes through that every last bit of space in Atlas would be used for the people, rather than simply letting them be wastes of space.

In this episode something that rather gets in the way of my “Kunihito is Kuniko’s brother”-theory, when some actual romance starts to develop. Thankfully though, there wasn’t a lot of cheese among the two and the situations that made them realize their crush was pretty creative (Come on, Kuniko hugging Kunihito when she tried to find out where the sudden lights came from was really cute). It’s a bit disturbing though, because aside from the blushes, their “lover’s quarrel” looked more like the fights that siblings would have, rather than lovers.

And then the pattern with Atlas in the middle. It turns out that it was supposed to be the whole pillar that would make Atlas the most influential city of the world. When Nagiko and Sergei was younger, this was their motivation to construct Atlas. It was an attempt to escape earthquakes, but it failed. That’s why they created the Hiruko: young sacrifices that would end up stopping the effects of the earth on Atlas, and which is also what killed Takehito’s sister.

In the meantime Karin (apparently Akihabara was spared in the bombings) has been stalking Kunihito with her subordinates, and so obtained the final dagger. Apparently, this is going to make Mikuni the true heir of Atlas (so that’s what was the purpose of these daggers). Medusa in the meantime is getting rather out of control, though Karin realizes it a bit too late when it’s already planning to crash the entire market through Antarctica. Now that’s going to be the turning point for her wealth, it seems.

The whole deal around Titan confused me a bit, especially since we never actually get to SEE it, but we’re very much given the impression that it’s an aerial fortress of Titan came to Tokyo after Ryouko tipped them off that the person behind Medusa is in Akihabara. Because of this, it launches a pillar of light at Karin. She probably hasn’t died yet, because we’ve yet to see her actually die, but someone else did die: Hiruko, aka Miiko. WTF.

So wait… Ryouko actually meant to kill Hiruko?! And we only just learned that it’s Hiruko that prevents Atlas from collapsing under its own weight. What the hell could her purpose be? I mean, if she wanted to crash Atlas, couldn’t she just have used a bunch of explosives? With this however, the finale has really been set up. I have no idea what’s going to happen to Atlas right now, but it’s definitely setting up for some sort of grand finale.

I’m also really glad to see that at this point, the budget still hasn’t run out. The final scenes, in which Miiko showed her last moments, were really well drawn and they looked absolutely beautiful. It’d be awesome if Gonzo is saving the last remains of its budget to go all out on that final episode.

With four episodes left, this series has a lot cut out for it, but if it manages to do everything right, then this finale is going to rock. Right now, it really seems like Ryouko is going to be the final villain. She might or might not be planning to use Titan for the final episodes, but it’s now clear that she’s really planning something that really shouldn’t be allowed to happen, and four episodes seem just about right to flesh it out enough, after all the build-up that she’s received up till now. Karin and Kuniko are probably going to form the centre of her opponents. And also, what’s the carbon trade going to do in the final episodes? Is the market really going to crash, or will Karin be able to salvage enough of her money to set up a small army?
Rating: ** (Excellent)

7 Responses

  1. Elvenwarrior says:

    Great thoughts, I can’t wait for this arc.

    I agree, another gorgeous looking episode art/animation wise.

  2. AKI says:

    Poor Miiko!!!

  3. Anipolak says:

    …KARIN! If she dies i don’t know what I’m gonna do.

  4. Shounen A says:

    I doubt Ryouko will be in control of Titan. In fact, I think it will be Karin who controls Titan, using Medusa that she had just managed to regain control of (although not in time to stop the first attack).

  5. Robhiengler says:

    For starters how does the carbon coefficient of 15.1 immediately make Japan the poorest nation. This series fails to even explain the basic premise of how carbon markets are tied to the real world economy. Karin shouting:

    “I’m going to take all the money in the world”

    really sums it up for me. For starters that’s entirely unrealistic and certainly not possible, yet you supposedly have a “carbon market” player talking utter gibberish. Secondly if the three old geezers were in akhibira and it was getting bombed, where the hell was Karin and Mikuni during all that?

    So this episode starts off with the stupid trivialities as usual. 8 minutes in and we get the pedobear love play. i mean come on, people have had their entire homes, identity and possessions wiped out and Kuniko is going on about a rice cooker!

    Ley lines and earth chi? as Tarsian says:

    what a load of bull

    Sounds a lot like Feng Shui or Vastu Shastra. Let’s just rape Indo-Chinese aesthetic geomancy while we’re at it.

    Did they even try TUNED MASS-DAMPENERS!? I guarantee you wouldn’t even feel the building moving, its an impossibility. As I said before never in japanese Mythology have

  6. Robhiengler says:

    As I said before never in japanese Mythology have

  7. Robhiengler says:

    As I said before never in japanese Mythology have less than 7 yo maidens ever ever been sacrificed to Hiruko. In addition how did they find this all out!? A god just pops his head from his arse and says “I can do you a deal”?

    Another thing regarding Amanonuboko (heavenly jeweled spear) it was never left on earth, Onogoro was formed FROM the drops of salt water that fell from it AFTER it was used to churn up the sea. So another rewriting of Japanese Mythology then.

    So back to Antarctica, funny enough you can’t have a “head-lease” on it because no-one owns it see:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antarctic_Treaty_System

    So how can Carbon Bank Japan have a 7% contract for land rights!? therefore what exactly is MEDUSA buying?

    Laputa I mean Titan the super-dimensional aerial fortress. Bigged it up but not even a peek. Boy is everyone going to be pissed when they learn this whole debacle is over some spoilt brats.

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  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 08:53 AM)
    I’ve seen Robot artbooks in the bookstores all the time, but never bought one.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 08:51 AM)
    I think with robot I grabbed random chapters of it and did it that way as is the case with me and episodic stuff.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 08:48 AM)
    *here
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 08:48 AM)
    @Bagel: Didn’t know anyone else on hear read robot. Been so very long since I did so…but I never read his bit…
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 08:45 AM)
    lol…is that his only officially translated work?
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 08:45 AM)
    @Emma oh wow…Dowman Sayman was in a Robot anthology (anthology book series of various artists started by Range Murata).
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 08:37 AM)
    I keep telling myself I should read tokyo esp on the basis its getting an anime adaptation but I never liked the ga-rei manga…it paled in comparison to the anime for me and I know esp shares ga-reis author =<
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 08:31 AM)
    *reads brynhildr* Ends up preferring Kotori to Kazumi…
    SCIENCE!
    What sorcery is this !XD
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 08:28 AM)
    @Bagel: Thats similar for me I think its a great series that catches interest and engages but I don’t go on a rave about it, won’t read/watch every story in it either.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 08:26 AM)
    this week’s mushishi was nice too, although I can’t seem to muster the intensity of emotions that others seem to have for this series.

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