Yeah, Samon’s face pretty much says it all.
Plot summary: After learning that Hakaze is truly dead — and that he had been communicating with a Hakaze from two years ago — Mahiro quickly switches sides and strikes a deal with Samon. If Samon can bring forth Aika’s killer, Mahiro won’t disrupt the former’s plan to revive the Tree of Exodus. Yoshino realizes, however, that Aika died for a reason, and that was to ensure that our current story has a happy ending. Yeah, really. So Yoshino proposes his own deal! If he can revive Hakaze and convince Mahiro to switch sides again, Yoshino will reveal the identity of Aika’s boyfriend! This actually works.
• After nine episodes, I think the corny lyrics is the OP is what I enjoy most about the show.
• Oh man, look at that glowing CGI skeleton levitate out of that barrel. Yo ho ho ho, a pirate’s life for me! You’ll notice though that the skeleton is actually being held in place by a pole. Where the metal pole comes from, however, is a mystery. I guess it managed to fit in a barrel too.
• Thanks to the show’s brilliant exposition, the reason why Mahiro can communicate with past Hakaze is because the doll that he uses as a makeshift walkie-talkie has to connect to some other doll. Unfortunately, that some other doll is presently destroyed. Oh, how ’bout we connect to a doll in the past instead! But if that’s the case, why another doll two specific years in the past? Why not one year? Why not three years? Why not 300 years?
• Why does she gasp now when Samon tells her that Junichirou has confirmed the identity of her skeleton? Doesn’t she already know this ever since Yoshino and Mahiro paid her friend a visit?
• Bones, what’s with all these juicy shots of Hakaze’s ass and cleavage?
• Like Schroedinger’s cat!
• Oh come on, even after nine episodes, the show still feels the need to repeat its whole “Our magic isn’t offensive!”
• On another note, trust me when I say I desperately want to say something smart about this anime. Nothing’s coming to mind though. It seems with ZnT, what you see is what you get.
• Yoshino: “But Mahiro, are you really okay with abandoning Hakaze-san this way?” Why does Yoshino care? Has he become friends with her? Are they close buddies now? Furthermore, she’s dead, bro. Finally, siding with her may end up ending the world. Seriously, the show goes to such lengths to bore us to death about the world’s logic, but it can’t do something as simple as explaining how a character feels. I never got the impression that Hakaze meant anything to Yoshino. In fact, he’s sort of been dragged along this journey for Mahiro’s sake. I’m not saying it’s stupid for Yoshino to care about Hakaze, but show me why he cares. Hell, you could even start by telling me too. The anime seems to have done neither. She’s been barking orders at them this whole time, but they’ve never actually seemed like actual friends. Now he thinks it’s a big shock that Mahiro switches sides? After all, avenging Aika has always been Mahiro’s only goal. This has definitely been no mystery. What, on the other hand, has Hakaze ever meant to either of them?
• Did anybody else roll their eyes whenever the background would turn all trippy whenever we got to hear Samon’s thoughts? I mean, really, what was that meant to convey? His state of confusion?
• Hakaze: “If I could quote Hamlet, the way Mahiro does at times like this, I would be much cooler.” Haha, nope. And neither is this anime cooler for randomly quoting Shakespeare.
• Aika repeats a line from Hamlet that we’ve previously discussed, so I won’t go over it again.
• If Aika is quoting already Hamlet, it seems odd to me that Yoshino feels the need to give her a brief plot synopsis of the play. Obviously, he’s doing it for the audience’s sake, which is even worse in my mind. If the audience has never read or heard of Hamlet, which is conceivable for a Japanese viewer, they can look it up if they’re truly interested. And if they’re not interested, I don’t think a short synopsis will matter one damn bit except to sound awkward and stilted in dialogue.
• Yoshino: “Would you believe me if I said they were cheap through mail order?” Groooooan.
• After all the talking, I gotta say I actually enjoy the hilarious three-way fight with Yoshino tossing flashbangs left and right.
I thought Samon was supposed to be this awesome, powerful mage, but he seems kinda useless here.
• Evangeline tells us her age, her last name, her employment status — everything but her actual character motivations!
• Samon: “Who cares about some boyfriend?! Why are you torn by this? Unbelievable!” I gotta say I agree with ol’ Samon here… I can’t believe this is the gamechanger. I thought Yoshino had some brilliant plan up his sleeve. Or maybe he was just going to wrestle the talisman away from Mahiro. I mean, what happened to the fight? I was enjoying it! But no, we go back to talking.
• Hakaze: “I can’t believe it… The whole situation has turned on its head just with the word ‘boyfriend.’ What is happening to the logic of this world?” I know, right?! I’m starting to wonder if the show is now parodying itself.
• And lemme guess… next week’s episode is going to be the four of them spending twenty minutes explaining how you can revive Hakaze.