Posted by psgels 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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  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 01:57 AM)
    @Bam: James Cameron hasn’t made a film I’ve enjoyed since terminator 2.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 01:55 AM)
    @Bam: Wow, someone else who noticed the Elysium/battle angel commonality, I’ve been thinking about that for a while myself also.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 01:18 AM)
    Also looking back I notice heavy thematic similarities between Elysium and Battle Angel Alita. The labor division and the great disparity in life-quality of Earth versus Elysium is almost a direct parallel to Tiphares and the Scrapyard. I wonder if this is going to hinder the Alita’s Hollywood adaptation, in which case good- that horrendous GitS one is more than enough.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 01:13 AM)
    Truthfully Seinen is an age/gender demographic and not really a genre or category, but even within Japan the term has come to be identified with manga that have sexuality and violence like the works of Go Nagai instead of those that contain general adult themes. That’s why comedies are pretty much never considered Seinen, even though some are probably only appreciated by the Seinen crowd.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Mar 2. 2015 01:29 AM)
    Late to this one but
    @BrendanVGC, that’s kinda tough. See there is a huge amount of very different manga that fall under the category “Seinien” You would kinda need to give us a more focused genre to work with here. Like horror, action etc.
    And pretty sure death note is shounen.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 07:35 AM)
    Damon I am more used to seeing in a drama or comedy role I reckon rather than an action hero.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 07:24 AM)
    Eric Bana is so underated =<
    I want to see more of the man on film.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 05:52 AM)
    The story would’ve been much more anchored and believable if the social imbalance wasn’t portrayed so heavy-handedly. It makes no sense for every house in Elysium to have a healing-bed that completely restores you and they dint bother to put a single one on Earth to keep the working class happy and healthy. I mean, c’mon now.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 05:49 AM)
    Yeah the action sequences were the best parts of Elysium. I don’t k ow, I just don’t feel Matt Damon in these roles anymore and I hope they stayed with Eric Bana like the rumors were hinting; that probably would’ve made it a more personal story.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 04:55 AM)
    Its been too long since I saw district 9 to have an accurate opinion on it.

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