The same shot as in episode 1 when Sannova gave Hiruko to Jibashiri and Nazuna looked up.
Nakiami to Akiyuki: “Nakiyame (No more tears). If you cry, you’ll never find your way.”
I dislike Hollywood endings…
“Raging flames consume scattering blossoms, a dance of beauty and loss.”
“That child lives. The one who swallowed up the beast of lost memories, the true Tenjo, will remain sealed in the Cave of Laments for a thousand years, until one day she turns her infinite smiles back to the world, and returns to ride the clouds once more.”
Note that this scene is a repeat from the previous episodes with a very different context. This episode was full of such scenes.
Note the significance of the locations highlighted in this scene.
She wears the same clothes as her mom it seems…
Haru looks amazing :)
Now he has balance.
Even after nine years, the girl still can’t walk.
Right, everyone is alive in this episode… Nine years in coma…
Midori turns 20.
“What is the color of love? Flowers of all colors bloom in my heart. I want to gather them up to lay at your feet. Maybe then, my words will reach you. I want to see you again, Nakiami.”
“When a person leaves something behind, they always come back for it.”
Isshu reads the same excerpt as in Episode 1. At that time Sannova was giving Hiruko to Jibashiri: “You sit proudly in this cave, like a Queen of Egypt. In my service to you, I shall never know rest. To prove my devotion, I have stolen this ostentatious offering. But I’ll show you things your dark blue eyes haven’t seen, smiles like a lake in the sun, blossoming like a lotus. Sitting upon your great throne, inscribed with a lion’s head, skin bathed in ebony light. At times, I’ll raise a lamp, and take my place at your feet. This pendant releases the light of Sirius, which your eyes will never behold. And I return to empty questions, and metaphysical wanderings. And when I gaze at my reflection in the mirror, I see only your pitiful servant. One who does not live for my sake, a child of this country, will bear this fire inside, and herself, freeze…”
Sirius is the brightest star in the sky, and its predawn rising was used to predict the annual flooding of the Nile in ancient Egypt. Back in Episode 1 Isshu said that she understands the text she reads, but will not loose any sleep over it. Indeed, she restates her position again in this episode: “It’s no good to put aside your own happiness to bear the sorrow of others.” However, this is what Jibashiri and Nakiami did in the end.
The episode looked wonderful. I especially enjoyed warm sunsets and good shot composition. However, I am less pleased with the writing… I didn’t expect any debriefing after the previous episode and leaving some things unanswered is fine sometimes. Rather I was disappointed that Xam’d had so much potential yet didn’t pull a proper finish. I’ll talk more about this in my review.
I still wonder about one thing… Since the terminology was so unclear and so little was explained that people’s thirst was never alleviated, how much the mode of distribution of this anime influenced the writing?