Initially when I jumped into watching Kyoukai Senjou No Horizon (Horizon In The Middle Of Nowhere), I was confident that I would somehow understand things along the way. Based on my past experience in watching animes that I have no idea what it is about at the beginning. I guess you could say that I was very wrong in that assumption of mine because after watching several episodes, I still did not understand what the heck is going on in every aspect. To me, watching each episode was like watching something random or watching a show in French without any subtitles (even if the Japanese audio didn’t have any subtitles, I would still be lost. But that’s not the point). Then I got tired of trying of being in the dark and decided to go read up a bit on Wikipedia, even if it spoils me to a certain degree. Guess what? I was still lost. That bad, huh?

The main gripe that I have about this anime which made me unable to understand the big picture is that there are too many characters and worse still, the countless terminologies and jargons. If you think the current generation of writing really short forms on the internet is bad, here the lingo sounded like a totally new language, despite Japanese being spoken. That was already enough to put me off and each time the dialogue adds a new term, my mind would be going “What the heck does that mean?”. Then there’s the dialogue. To further complicate things with the terms, the way they sounded seems real complicated. Maybe the subs I read were complicated. Is my English that bad? Furthermore, as I said there are lots of characters so much so I don’t think I remembered some of their names even when we’re halfway through the series. It’s even worse if the character doesn’t appear much. The best I could do is to remember the characters based on their most visible physical appearance. You know for example, that girl with very humongous boobs (don’t many of them have this?) or that big guy. Worst case scenario is that I may not even recognize if a certain character had appeared before or not.

Of course there is this Wikia site that explains a lot more in detail about everything about the series and thank goodness even though I did not grasp everything well, at least I had an idea of what is going on. I think. To sum up what I understand from this series, the basic setting in this futuristic future has mankind fallen from heaven. I’m taking that as mankind has managed to venture into space. However due to some unknown reason, they couldn’t but when they return to Earth, they find this planet uninhabitable except for Japan. Yeah. It’s Japan that gets involved again. So in order to find a way to go back to heaven, they began re-enacting history according to the Holy Book called Testament. Oh sure. That seems pretty foolproof. Why not just let history repeat itself so we can somehow get back up to the stars. Couldn’t they just emulate the final years in how they got up to space instead of the entire history? How many thousands of years will they have to re-enact? Great idea whoever came up with this crap. So of course with all the other nations invading and conquering Japan, dividing the land into feudal territories, Japanese natives are now reduced into living in a giant floating ship called Musashi. Then there’s the case of rumours of Apocalypse coming because Testament suddenly stops revealing what happens next after a couple of hundred years later. Just great. So why not walk and find your own path instead of relying on some record?

So the basic story is about a group of students led by a goofy leader using this opportunity to regain their homeland and to also save the girl he loves held captive in the hands of the enemy. At least he is not afraid to change history. Due to the complexity of this series (read: I can’t really follow each episode without having headache problems), I prefer to keep my blog pretty brief. You can find a very detailed episode summary at Wikia, which I often refer to after watching every episode. But that would be long winded as I would prefer to read the Q&A style of the episode summary from Infodump. I love the way it simply answers us in a simplistic way for us layman and dumb people to at least understand what is going on. Sometimes it is sarcastic too. It also has a glossary to define the many terms used. Your one stop info for anything you need to know related to this series. Thanks for the much needed help. Now, let me try to understand what is going on again…

Episode 1
The students of 3-Plum from Musashi Ariadust Academy are lining up before Makiko Oriotorai has her class chase her throughout the streets as part of PE lessons. All they need to do is to land a hit on her before she arrives at some mafia office at the other end (I guess it’s for some revenge thingy for kicking her out of her home). Those who succeed will get 5 free absences. So we got all the freaky freaks from class 3-Plum racing down the ship using whatever tricks, magic or technology to bring her down. Unfortunately, nobody came close in touching her and they’re all pooped once they reach the end. Then Oriotorai shows her chops by defeating the Archdevil mafia who is much bigger and stronger than her by landing a direct blow to his head. Then here comes their goofy leader, Toori Aoi who is also Ariadust’s student council president and Musashi’s Chancellor. Apparently he skipped class just to get his hands on some tear-jerking erotic game. He shocks everybody by landing his hands on Oriotorai’s boobs. So technically he wins the challenge because he touched her. Toori announces that he is going to ask the girl he loves out tomorrow. Which girl? Horizon Ariadust, the girl who died 10 years ago on the road he hates so much, Remorse Way. How is he going to propose to a dead girl? He doesn’t care if this means picking a fight with the rest of the world because he is done with running away. And since Toori continues to be his usual silly way, Oriotorai beats him up.

Episode 2
Vice president Masazumi Honda drops into Blue Thunder since she is hungry and learns about the amnesic automated doll named P-01S and also to look into Remorse Way if she wants to get closer to everyone. Oriotorai’s class explains the history of this Testament thingy (not that I care to understand in the end – I just couldn’t). Toori continues being the idiot when he strips naked in class as punishment! He has no qualms doing it… Masazumi who is cleaning her mother’s grave speaks to P-01S about the former’s family history. Her father failed to inherit some name so that had her undergo sex change to a boy. However halfway through the Matsudaira family suddenly dismissed their vassals and entrusted everything to automated dolls. Masazumi not only lost her boobs but became a lost noble. The lord of Mikawa, Motonobu Matsudaira announces he will be putting up an exciting fireworks display later. Toori’s friends are giving him advice on how to convey his feelings. How did it get so perverted in groping boobs? I don’t know how they convinced Neito Mitotsudaira to lend her boobs for Toori to try out. He got beaten up anyway. Masazumi talks to Tadatsugu Sakai, the president of Ariadust Academy about the 8 Divine Armaments taken from the 7 Deadly Sins concept. They control the world’s power balance and one is enough to flatten a city.

Episode 3
Tadatsugu meets Yasumasa Sakakibara, Tadakatsu Honda and his daughter Futayo. Tadatsugu and Futayo briefly fought before he ends it by groping her butt. Toori’s friends prepare for the party he suggested for tomorrow tonight while Toori tries to overcome his fear of walking through Remorse Way. Masazumi stumbles onto Remorse Way and happens to encounter her father passing by in a carriage. Toori also happened to be running by. He looks terrible. I guess the trauma is still there. Masazumi learns there is a grave nearby. A girl died in an accident 10 years ago around here. Ariadust’s name came to be when Motonobu became head of Mikawa 30 years ago. He took the first syllable and flipped the Matsudaira name backwards, it became Ariadust to show his allegiance to the Testament Union. When they recognized his loyalty, he changed it back but some kept that name. Some of them being his wife and her child Horizon. She died in an accident involving Motonobu’s carriage when he was heading for a function. Tomorrow will be the tenth anniversary. Remorse Way is a play on Toori’s name. Despite Toori and Horizon got injured in that incident, only Toori came back alive. The party begins at the academy and it seems like a ghost hunt!

Episode 4
Tadatsugu has a meal and little chat with the rest. That night, several automated dolls begin to make their move by taking out several guards from Tres Espana. Tadatsugu goes to Sakakibara’s manor but didn’t see him anywhere. He has a bad feeling about this and sees a paper containing secret words about a secret operation. He makes haste but comes into Tadakatsu. The ground starts shaking and it seems the platonic plate reactor has been activated. Tadakatsu reveals that with Motonobu, they are going to start a meltdown. They talk about loyalty but he has no time to play with Tadatsugu since he is going to intercept the Testament Union bastards. The reactor is starting to get destructive so Tres Espana sends several of its God of Wars and army to attack. Tadakatsu’s automated doll wife, Kazuno fights the army. Futayo discusses with her ship’s troops about the rebellion her father is involved. She decides to stay neutral for Musashi’s sake even if it means betraying what is in her heart. Because if the meltdown was intentional, the Testament Union may revoke its position and lay claim to Musashi.

Episode 5
Tadakatsu assists Kazuno but soon meet their match with Tres Espana’s Muneshige Tachibana. He wields one of the Deadly Sins Armaments, Lype Katarripsi. Both of them fight it out as Motonobu makes his announcement. The reactor has been activated and they’ve got only 5 minutes left to stop them before the complete meltdown. From what I understand, he is doing this because for the sake of entertainment for Armageddon. Everyone will enter a new apocalyptic world with no future. There is only one way of preventing this: Those who possess the Deadly Sins Armaments. But doesn’t that look like a ploy to gather the possessors and to fight each other? Motonobu that despite the 8 temptations, there is actually a ninth. All sins are born from jealousy. All of the Deadly Sins Armaments came from the emotion of a single girl: Horizon. A decade ago he ran over her and turned her into that. She has also been turned into an automated doll known as P-01S. Her soul is the Deadly Sins Armament called Oros Phthonos. The world would fall into chaos and the Far East could fall under totalitarian rule. But wouldn’t it be great to see a world not mentioned in the Testament? Muneshige needs to stop this madness but has to deal with Tadakatsu and his Tonbokiri weapon (Slicing Dragonfly). Muneshige has speed on his side and though he manages to overcome Tonbokiri and set his Lype Katarripsi towards the reactor (Muneshige has passed out after purposely letting himself get stabbed by Tonbokiri), Tadakatsu has his final moments with Kazuno and deflects the blast away from it. Muneshige’s wife, Gin arrives to retrieve him and wants to avoid a fight at all cost. Believing they will eventually have a rematch, Tadakatsu tosses his Tonbokiri to her and hopes she could pass it to Futayo if they desire a rematch. KPA Italia army drops in, beats up and restrains Toori and co to arrest P-01S and declares the area under their jurisdiction under some Testament decree. P-01S willingly goes with them since she can’t save herself. Masazumi knocks out Toori to keep his mouth shut. The reactor blows up and only Motonobu, Tadakatsu perish in the meltdown. The Testament Union acknowledges P-01S alias Horizon as the official ruler of Mikawa, thus sentencing her to commit suicide over the charge of the loss of Mikawa incident.

Episode 6
The Pope of KPA Italia, Innocentius and his vice, Galileo visit Tadatsugu. Innocentius vows to take back what KPA Italia had lost even if it means costing a life. Class 3-Plum discuss their next action whether to save Horizon or not. Shirojiro Bertoni wasn’t really interested till this money minded merchant was persuaded to believe there would be a business opportunity to make money from it. He argues about the consequences if they defy the Testament Union due to cut off of supplies. But to gain supplies while defying the Union, they must force Masazumi to side them. And to do that, they need to do something about Toori who has been moping ever since. Oriotorai wants her class to write an essay on what they would do but has them watch a video of Muneshige handing back Tonbokiri to Futayo. Oriotorai wants Suzu Mukai to read her essay but since she is blind, she has Tomo Asama to read it. It narrates how she first met Toori and he helped gave her self confidence and became friends. She loves Toori and Horizon. She loves it more when they’re together. She pleads to Toori to save Horizon. Toori then revives (like as though his sulking was fake) and assures that is what he intend to do. Then he gropes her boobs! Don’t kill the mood! And what seemingly was his ‘moping’ was him actually reading porn magazines to recharge his manliness gauge. Oriotorai beats him up so hard that he crashes into next door’s class. Back to business, Shirojiro thinks of holding a special student council meeting. The only time they can hold one held by normal students is to pass a motion of no confidence. Whether Masazumi turns up or not (the latter would mean she would be dismissed of her position), they can discuss and decide what to do.

Episode 7
Masazumi attends the special meeting. She along with Neito and Naomasa are against the idea of saving Horizon. Masazumi’s side will represent the Testament Union while Ariadust will represent Musashi. Each side gets 3 representatives and whoever wins 2 rounds will be the overall winner of this negotiation. The first round puts Naomasa and her God of War Jizuri Suzaku against Shirojiro (Toori commands the merchant to do it because he hates him!). So as they battle it out, from what I understand from Shirojiro’s money talk is that the more money he offers to the Gods, the more divine power he will get! Woah! Don’t tell me Gods are easily bribed with money too?! And that my man, is the reason why Shirojiro emerges victorious in the end. Yeah, it’s all about money talk. See the power of money? Next up is Neito and because she is a knight who will protect her people and land, the rest are having an emergency discussion who to send against her. Well, they got Suzu to do it. However Suzu is about to win this match when the rest realize something. From what I understand, if Neito loses to a commoner, she will also lose her knight status and thus their ability to be armed. This means they lose their combat effectiveness and Musashi will lose its knights. They tell Suzu to stop her and she accidentally trips, causing Neito to save her and win the match. With the match tied and Naomasa and Neito joining Ariadust’s side, the final match pits Masazumi against Toori. Oh boy. Idiotic Toori wants to go first in the debate. After all that build up, he drops the biggest bombshell shocking everyone who is watching: Why don’t they just give up on saving Horizon? WHAAAAAAAAAAAAT???!!!

Episode 8
Due to some loophole, Toori took advantage of it that’s why he wanted to go first. So now that Toori is against saving Horizon, this forces Masazumi to take the side of saving her and she argues several reasons why they should. However she has brought a cheat sheet to state her answer to save Horizon but this would end her aspiration to be a politician and turn Testament Union against them. Toori rips the paper because he wants her to state her own answer. Then some black algae that look pretty much like Clannad’s dango kazoku convince her to decide. She argues Horizon is not related to Motonobu and cannot be related to the destruction of Mikawa. She views this suicide as an abuse to recreate history. So who is to take the blame? No one. Mikawa is living off Musashi’s infrastructure so they can be attached to it to keep running. Innocentius interrupts the debate and enters one with Masazumi. However he applies a dirty tactic of denying and dismissing her arguments so that she will run out of arguments and concede defeat. Then using some parallel strategy that Testament Union doesn’t want to fight them and will turn a blind eye if she concedes defeat and about Masazumi’s failed sex change and thus hiding something to seize power. Idiotic Toori pulls down her pants just to check this out!!! Toori interjects he couldn’t understand a damn thing Innocentius said (so do I) and he understood was to kill Horizon. Masazumi was able to give him answers and will thus support answer. She justifies rescuing Horizon because the Deadly Sins Armaments originally belong to her. Plus, they will gather them to avoid Apocalypse. So she decrees that she wants his help to collect the Armaments to save the world. Otherwise they will mobilize with what they have to fight against him. Since they can’t see eye to eye now, Innocentius sends Galileo to get her. Noriki and Kiyonari Ulquiaga AKA Ukki jump into her defence but got their ass whipped since Galileo has got a Deadly Sin Armament, Staseis Porneia. Galileo is about to get Masazumi. Toori protects her. But the real protection comes in the form of Futayo who fends off Galileo.

Episode 9
With the king of Musashi, Yoshinao stepping in, Innocentius is forced to pull back and withdraw Galileo since he intruded on the students’ debate. A win, a lost and a draw for each side, they need a tiebreaker. Somebody needs to go up against Futayo and Toori’s sister, Kimi takes this one. Toori wants Yoshinao to make him king if Kimi wins. The match pits Futayo’s Tonbokiri and speed against Kimi’s erotic dance powers. From what I understand, her dance power only allows people she accepts to touch her so Futayo’s attacks cannot hit her. Flashback reveals that after Horizon’s death, Toori became lifeless. To a point that Kimi couldn’t stand it and gets rough with him to make him remember his emotions. She was successful and hopes he could laugh or get angry as he wants and help those who can’t do that or retrieve what they have lost. Futayo thought she had Kimi in Tonbokiri’s grasp but its ultimate technique didn’t work due to some mumbo-jumbo about Kimi had a host of different names which renders Tonbokiri’s cutting ability futile. Then Kimi slaps her coupled in with lots of lecture about Futayo’s mistake on crossing her and her duty to serve her lord as a samurai, thus she should be trying to save Horizon. Immediately Futayo admits defeat and bows to her. With Ariadust victorious, Yoshinao hands his authority to the student council but wants to keep his kingship even if Horizon returns. But he shall appoint 2 viceroys as assistants: Horizon and Toori. He also splits their power with a special privilege each. If Innocentius doesn’t agree, he can bring it up at the next Testament Union Conference of Representatives if he deems their actions as harmful. Innocentius notes something like this wasn’t mentioned in Testament. Masazumi says it does under the Peace of Westphalia. But this means it will be war till the conference. Masazumi declares their job is to retrieve the Deadly Sins Armaments to return them to its rightful owner. Innocentius still feels this is dangerous and will proceed with plans to extract the armour from Horizon after her suicide. Toori accuses him of wanting to do dirty things to the girl he wants to confess when Oriotorai declares Ariadust side as victorious and thus they will go save Horizon. Toori thanks his friends and will take it from alone here. They taught him they had a chance to rescue Horizon. But everyone follows Toori on his quest. He makes Toussaint Neshinbara to come up with a strategy and wants Futayo to enrol in their school as temporary vice chancellor. Tadatsugu hands Toori a letter of recommendation and wants everyone including Horizon to come back. Toori remembers his dream of becoming king of a country so that Horizon could live out her dreams.

Episode 10
Horizon is imprisoned and she can’t touch the walls because it will kill her. It will replay your biggest regret and if you can’t deny it, you die. No one can deny their sin, right? The mission to rescue Horizon begins with Toori, Noriki, Tenzo Crossunite, Persona, Adele Balfette (in a heavy old fashioned God of War) and a group of Ariadust students leading the main breakthrough ground force. Tres Espana and KPA Italia join forces to keep them at bay with their strategic formation. They do not need to win this war. Only just to keep them from rescuing Horizon. Because of Adele’s God of War is not easily damaged, Persona uses her as a shield to guide as safe passage through. It must hurt like hell, eh? Tres Espana’s battleships begin firing at Musashi. Asama uses her shrine maiden power to sink a ship. A God of War is launched so this is where the witches Margot Naito and Malga Naruze come into play. The God of War seems to have the upper hand and the witches look like they have exhausted their magic to defend the skies. But they receive a morale booster from an ex-Tres Espana admiral so they revive and activate some strong magic spell to blast the God of War out of the sky. The ground troops separate Toori’s group to weaken their defence. Yeah well, Toori is like having so much fun and at the same time being a coward hiding up a tree. Neshinbara gives the cue for Naomasa and Neito to launch into action with Jizuri Suzaku.

Episode 11
Neito and Naomasa make their impact in wiping out the ground forces to meet up with Toori. The guys are moments away from Horizon’s imprisonment when Innocentius uses his Staseis Porneia to nullify all enemy weapons within a 3km radius. That also means the rescuers’ punches and kicks have no oomph. The guys are losing morale fast but they are adamant to save Horizon. Since this is the case, Toori wants Asama to sanction his contract. From what I understand, Toori is transferring his powers to his mates. Despite being useless, that is only in the sense of combat effectiveness. As his is viceroy, he has a certain unlimited power from Musashi in which he can send to his allies anytime. But to continue this, he must maintain his happiness. If he becomes sad, he will die. He needs someone to take care of Innocentius’ Armament so Masazumi offers to do it. She challenges him to a one on one duel and he has to accept since he is a representative of Testament Union. Masazumi wants to move to a better place to fight but Innocentius won’t budge and wants her to come. Alright. She’s taking her slow sweet time! One foot at a time! This pisses Innocentius off so he rushes to where she is. This means his Armament loses its activation. Galileo steps up and has a rematch against Noriki. From the punches Noriki pulls, it may seem ineffective but this leads to a charging up that allows him to nullify whatever powers Galileo had on the third punch. When Innocentius arrive, Masazumi admits defeat as part of a distraction. She even has to listen to Innocentius’ lectures and his morale boosting speech to his troops. Futayo prepares to battle Muneshige. He has learnt his lesson fighting against Tadakatsu so Tonbokiri isn’t effective on him. Futayo is knocked out and Muneshige uses his Armament to ready to fire at a Musashi ship. Even if they rescue Horizon, they can’t leave the port. He wants the people on board Musashi to evacuate.

Episode 12
Futayo gets up after some flashback training with her dad. The rematch begins and this time Futayo emerges victorious. Because Muneshige spared her life earlier, she shall do the same. He admits her victory and passes out. Now that Muneshige has fallen, Tres Espana pulls out. A barrier separates Toori from Horizon. He’s still an idiot. She tells him to scram. He wants to rescue her and will become king of the world to do so. She thinks she would rather die for the benefit of the world. Toori starts ranting the craziest and longest line that includes all religion, professions, positions, subjects, countries, races, gender, dead or alive, etc. Wow. I think he was pretty flawless in naming every one of them without leaving out a category. And thus begins one of the most confusing debates that I will never understand. What the heck is this parallel argument thingy? First they started off that they are inversely parallel before Toori twists it to some way to make them parallel. After all that reading, my tiny little brain understands that because she is both P-01S and Horizon, an automated doll and the human girl, they have opposing views, thus P-01S’ decision making supersedes Horizon’s. So one Toori manages to make Horizon hold parallel views with her (for the sake of the world thingy), now he must give a better decision from a perspective that is different from what Horizon perceives to be the best. Geddit? So once Horizon says she wants to be saved instead of committing suicide, now they are parallel, where could they possibly intersect? Where all parallel lines meet: Above the horizon. Innocentius wants to interfere but Futayo comes in between. He wants a showdown with Toori but the idiot accidentally touches the barrier. Whoops! So now they’re in some flashback space. You deny your sin, you die. That day when Horizon died, she made breakfast but Toori thought it was horrible. She ran off in tears only to meet that tragic fate. He blamed himself for letting her die and thought she hated him. She denies this. She ran away because she didn’t want him to see her crying. So to deny the sin and meet above the horizon, Toori says it is dangerous over there and will head there to save her but wants her to come here too. Horizon accepts this, he is able to deny his regret and they break free from the barrier, returning in one piece.

Episode 13
Horizon accepts the letter of recommendation to enrol in Ariadust Academy. With this, they can resolve all conflicts at the Peace of Westphalia. Musashi grabs all its forces to retreat but Innocentius won’t let them leave yet because her acceptance only takes effect until they’re on Musashi. Some of the KPA Italia warships start chasing after Musashi, some ramming into them. Horizon and Toori activate Lype Katarripsi (I guess they got it after Muneshige’s defeat) but I suppose they could’ve used it more effectively if Toori would stop groping Horizon’s butt! More accurately, Horizon has no emotions so she doesn’t know how to use her soul to activate it. She is made to remember Motonobu and Toori’s suffering. A barrage of emotions overcomes her. Toori assures he will always be by her side. When she starts singing, Lype Katarripsi fires a powerful blast to destroy all the KPA Italia warships. Horizon can’t understand the pain of these emotions. Toori wants her to cry all she wants so there will be nothing but fun left once she gets everything back. Oriotorai and Tadatsugu chat when the ship of PDA Oda passes over them with the Six Demon Army watching over. They figure it’s their way of greeting over them and to prove they could see through their stealth. Then they see blood writing on the ground that says “Please kill me all”. Elsewhere Masazumi talks to Neito about her plans to head to England to form connections while Musashi undergoes repairs. They stumble upon the gang partying but Horizon and Toori sleeping comfortably, leaning on each other inside Blue Thunder. Next morning, Horizon makes breakfast for Toori but we can see how much she still sucks… At least she didn’t run away. Back over at Tres Espana, their supreme council and student council revoke Muneshige’s First Special Agent title due to his loss. Gin wants to enter the battlefront to prove she is strong to defeat Ariadust. Tres Espana detects Musashi in the sky and immediately sends its team for a full assault while our Musashi heroes get into the groove to defend and fend off the attackers. As usual, Toori is absolutely blur on what’s happening. And naked too…

Episode 14
So we’ve got a baseball team from Tres Espana hitting the shots. Naomasa and her Jizuri Suzaku up against Fusae Era and her Byakko the Pathfinder. Naomasa’s fight was just to buy time for Masazumi to make a truce since both sides gain nothing from this assault. But Gin drops down into the fray and vows to reclaim what she has lost. Futayo becomes her opponent. On a side note, there is this comical conversation whereby Malga talked to the Crown Prince of the Divine States, Azuma (he was introduced in the earlier episodes by making his entry living in a dorm room alongside a wheelchair ridden girl, Miriam Poqou). Azuma didn’t understand what sex is so Malga had a tough time trying to explain it to him. She puts it as something you do after having a fight, kiss and make up over a night. I think he got the wrong idea. So when he goes back to Miriam and propose to have sex (even rushing her into it), he got kicked out! Tres Espana’s student council president, Juana activates her Deadly Sins Armament, Akidia Katarripsi that is believed to bind the enemy who finds a part of themselves they are disgusted with or didn’t like. She is about to fire something when she accidentally touches Toori’s crotch!!!! How the hell did he get up there?! She got so freaked out that she beat him up and away. He landed into the arms of Tenzo who just stole Tres Espana’s secret data. Too bad that got ripped when Toori landed. Horizon fires Lype Katarripsi at Tres Espana. Gin and Byakko did a last ditch attempt to block the shot and though they sustained damage, the distraction allowed Musashi to escape in hyper drive. Musashi enters the territory of England and because they did not stop as ordered, England launches its assault (England does not affiliate itself with Testament Union or the conflict it has with Musashi). So Oxford Academy’s student council lead the attack and all Musashi needs to do is to prevent them from doing so in 3 minutes. Four Oxford’s 10 Trumps include Robert Dudley (a hagged woman with a man’s name?), William Cecil (Humpty Dumpty is a girl?), Ben Johnson (no, the poet and author from the Renaissance era and not the Canadian sprinter of the same name despite the one portrayed here is a black and is also an athlete) and Thomas Shakespeare (you know that famous playwright?). They fight against Malga, Asama, Noriki, Ukki, Persona (holding up Adele in her God of War as usual) and subsequently Neshinbara. Hmm… Author versus author. Are they going to use words to fight it out?

Episode 15
I’m not sure about Shakespeare using Macbeth to try and pull Neshinbara down. But it seems she hints to him that he was the 13th member of Mutsugorei Academy and part of a group of children rebelled and destroyed a secret facility under Tres Espana. She felt hurt over that incident. She also possesses a Deadly Sin Armament, Aspida Phylargia. The Oxford quartet pull back seeing they have run out of time. Musashi starts encircling England at high speed when a hidden enemy fires at them. Masazumi wants Futayo to cut the ropes tying down the cargo ship (because the rope is also hanging round a certain idiot’s neck). The cargo ship is about to crash on a group of children. A hooded guy named Scarred can’t make it to save them and plans to alter the path of the ship. Tenzo stops him and also shields him from the crash’s impact. The children are saved by Neito and Futayo. England has blocked all communications and Musashi have to keep circling since they have no permission to dock. I guess this means Toori can’t see Horizon since she has fallen into a comatose state on that ship. The 10 Trumps meet Elizabeth, the queen of England and Oxford’s chancellor about Musashi. She thinks of using this to their advantage against Tres Espana. Futayo, Neito, Masazumi and Tenzo take turns guarding Horizon inside the crashed ship. Neshinbara and Malga talk. Because he lost the fight, he got cursed and it won’t disappear till the play is over. That’s why he is staying as far as possible away from Toori for fear he might kill him. Felipe Segundo, the chancellor of Tres Espana academy goes to see Juana but she is sleeping. He tries to clean up the letters in her possession but she keeps them in unusual places! Between her legs? So can you blame Gin for misunderstanding this perverted situation when she sees this? Oh, there’s one important one stuck in her cleavage. It’s really stuck! I’m sure Gin has something to say about this too, right? Later he reads that letter about a kid who was once saved by him. The kid wonders if Felipe will come to rescue if war ever breaks out again. Of course he would. Next morning, Toori is hyped to go get his Horizon. Why not? Last night he’s been making a ruckus and a loud announcement enough to wake up those English people from their slumber!

Episode 16
Toori goes to greet his beloved but was punched in the crotch! She goes back to sleep to refine some essentials. Tenzo is tasked to help Scarred relocate the graveyard (it was affected during the crash). Because he could easily pull out the swords from the grave easily, Scarred thinks he can draw Excalibur Caliburn. Tenzo denies since Queen Mary couldn’t even draw it. Scarred says she was a failure as a woman, be it Mary Stuart or Mary Tudor. Thus she wasn’t’ fit to be king. Currently she is locked away in London Tower. Tenzo’s comforting words why she is holing up so that others won’t suffer touches Scarred’s heart. Scarred trips and the cloak comes off to reveal a busty blonde babe! Ben Johnson comes onboard Musashi with fellow Trump, Charles Howard the treasurer. He quickly prostrates himself before them to save England. It’s negotiation time. And when it involves money faced Shirojiro, it’s going to be bloody confusing as both sides try to get the best deal and compromise. This is what I understand. England is going to war with the Spanish armada in 2 weeks. They need to buy one month’s worth of meat. Musashi have meat but will expire in 2 weeks. If that’s the case, Howard wants to buy at dirt cheap price. Shirojiro knows they have processes to preserve meat to last longer and wants to sell at full price. So to double to consumption rate, it is agreed both sides will hold a joint cultural festival. Now, the negotiation is about how many days to hold them because the more days shortened, the more discount. Howard is adamant they want 3 days but to break even, Shirojiro needs 11 days. After more negotiation, Howard goes up to only 8 days. That is when Shirojiro does his perfect Triple Axel Dogeza including a confectionery gift to make Howard reconsider his decision and not lose face. He also throws in Suzu, Adele and Futayo to England as Musashi official ambassadors. This political move not only opens diplomatic relations, it also allows England to hold them as political hostages because they are Musashi’s best defence and offence.  In the end, it is settled it will be held for 13 days (7 days festival, 1 day rest and 5 days preparation) at minimum discount. The deal is sealed, the contract signed and may both sides have lucrative business and good sales.

Episode 17
The Musashi gang celebrate before the preparations get underway. Shirojiro must be toasting to his fat wallet… Horizon feeds Neito, Scarred’s crow familiar, Milton makes his escape when he learns Asama is around (I think it was odd the bird ate chicken meat…). On the topic of Nikyou Crest, Scarred only mentions they tend to appear when someone is spirited away and becomes a Lost One. Toori suggests Scarred and Tenzo to go bath together. Azuma still can’t comprehend the meaning of sex so Malga pushes it to Masazumi to explain. Futayo also wants to know. Horizon too wants to know! “It’s a proper way to mutually deepen your bonds with another”. Boring answer… Horizon starts crying when she and Toori talks about retrieving other Deadly Sins Armaments because she doesn’t want others to fight. She feels it’s an excuse and perhaps Toori doesn’t need her. Because Toori kept staring at her boobs and pesters her to go on a date, she punches him. He wants to test if she has interest in emotions. She thinks he is suggesting to start a world war to get her emotions back. He claims world domination is his job and since they’re parallel, she should come up with something else. Adele reports that Lype Katarripsi has gone missing. Tenzo discovers Scarred has lots of scars on her body. She realizes Tenzo’s action in stopping her because had she used her magic, it would have bounced off the cargo ship and hit the children. To help heal his wounds, she licks them! Masazumi needs a mouse (their term for some familiar). Because she is poor and needs functions, Asama got her a divine blessing and her random mouse turns out to be an anteater. The joint cultural festival begins. Toori and Horizon patron the festival grounds as Tres Espana’s ship hovers over England. Scarred shows Tenzo the Tower of London’s chapel. A woman appears from the windows and she is Mary Stuart who will be executed for a failed attempt on Queen Elizabeth’s life. Because she is Catholic (most English are Protestants), her execution is what will trigger Anglo-Spanish war, which is at the festival’s end. Despite calling it an execution, they won’t really take her life. Shakespeare sits next to Neshinbara in a convention hall and activates the stage for Musashi and England’s Oxford Trumps to fight since he is cursed with her Macbeth.

Episode 18
From what I understand, the fights will enable England to challenge Toori and they only need to win against Musashi in any one of their hidden fights. If they fail, they can pass it off as entertainment.

Ukki versus Nicholas Bacon: Nicholas tries to smash Ukki with his hammer. He reveals he is the keeper of England’s seal so he is some sort of fairy. Noriki notices lolicon Ginji Ohiroshiki getting caught up in the match and punches him to his senses. This snaps Nicholas’ spell and break the barrier free. Nicolas calls it a wrap.

Neito versus F. Walsingham: Because Walsingham’s body is an automated doll, her joints aren’t really joined and she can move freely. Plus, Neito is backed to her corner when she is attacked by her relentless shower of metal blades.

Shirojiro versus Howard: As Howard lacks any fighting abilities, his only way to stall for time is to have Shirojiro confirm each paper content with his stamp and seal. There’s a heap of them he must go through thoroughly.

Margot versus John Hawkins and Thomas Cavendish: In some underwater sphere match, Margot utilizes the small air jet left behind by Hawkins to chant her spells and sends an obelisk tumbling onto him and free herself from this barrier.

Malga versus Francis Drake: Big bad wolf wants to eat fallen angel? He ate his wife anyway. Also, Drake wants to find out more about Neito because her mom is some half werewolf thingy. Whatever. Due to Drake’s Armament, Brachium Justitia, whatever England calls it justice, Malga can never land a clean hit. The justice also memorizes the intentions of whoever means it harm. Malga uses a spell that puts heavy strain on his body to send him bleeding all over. But it’s not enough to knock him out. Just before he delivers the final blow, Gin joins the fray. She insists Tres Espana is the one with rights to wage war against Musashi. But Malga doesn’t want to be ruled out yet.

Futayo versus Walter Raleigh: Swordsman versus Swordsman. Walter is a man of few words. In fact, I don’t think I hear him speak. But the fight ends after Walter fends off Futayo’s attack and after receiving a message from Masamitsu Yokomichi. But Futayo is left to deal with the England guards.

Masazumi versus Christopher Hatton: Skeleton dude’s favourite word is “Death!” and is probably using whatever questions he had for her just to execute her. He pins her down with his fake body as a horde of skeleton armies are charging to pierce her. “Have a nice death!”.

Adele and Suzu versus England guards: I guess the guards must be perverts. They hear the girls undressing and when they realize something amiss, they rush in only to realize they have sought shelter in Adele’s robot. At least it is big enough for them to hang out till this blows over. So the guards eavesdrop some more and hear really ambiguous stuffs they are doing. Are they having fun by themselves in that enclosure? Loud music and heavy breathing? Let your imaginations run wild!

Horizon though senses some of their comrades in danger, Toori is confident they’re okay. It’s because they haven’t contacted them. It means they can deal the problem themselves. So let’s just enjoy the date. Scarred and Tenzo tour the festival grounds but he notices the lack of liveliness around. She then takes him somewhere as the festival is probably the last chance she gets to show it to him.

Episode 19
Scarred takes Tenzo into the Tower of London and explains England’s re-enactment of history. Something about Queen Catherine is supposed to give birth to Bloody Mary in the history book but the one in this world couldn’t give birth and Bloody Mary was ‘hidden by fairies’. Henry VIII was spirited away as a Lost Noble and thus left behind a crest that says “Long time my friend”. I guess Tenzo seems to be trying hard to control his lust looking at Scarred’s butt! Shakespeare is trying to play some guilty mind games with Neshinbara. She recounts all the achievement he got but failed to release a proper book. Flashback reveals Neshinbara, Shakespeare and another girl made a promise to become writers. That girl died so Shakespeare wants to know if he can tell which one of them is her. Masazumi gets out of her sticky situation by slipping out of her jacket. She is saved by Asama but her mouse is injured in which Asama heals it. Neito is having a tough time with Walsingham. After getting pierced with those knives hidden in lemons, she did some chain bondage thingy to tie her them together and sink to the bottom of the lake to draw the match. Gin cuts off both of Drake’s arms and both their aides stop them seeing their fight is futile now that Malga is gone (rescued by Kimi). Toori and Horizon continue their date-cum-talk. She is still baffled about his goal to obtain the Deadly Sins Armaments as it only gives her negative emotions. If it gives her sadness, she doesn’t want it. After letting her eat some apples, he points out she is not sad now and that is a happy thing. It proves she has positive emotions to fight off the negative ones. So gathering the Armaments will save even more people. He is going to war even if she ends up hating her because it’ll be right back at the starting line. He’ll keep thinking how much fun he had and move on. Horizon wants to go save the rest but Asama, Masazumi and Kimi carrying unconscious Malga pop up. Neshinbara wonders if she’ll forgive him for guessing the right one. No. It would make her happy. Shakespeare packs up and leaves. It’s become clear Suzu and Adele were playing some music rhythm game. Eavesdropping outside that Dudley is going to pry them open, Adele activates the robot and blasts away. Futayo spots the robot and follows it. But the robot crashes into the execution centre and a pillar threatens to fall on several kids. Tenzo swiftly saves them. Scarred hugs him knowing he is safe but Tenzo realizes this is not the same Scarred he knew. She is Elizabeth as the real Scarred pops up behind him. Twins? They look the same. Very much alike. Elizabeth points out Scarred as her sister, the Double Bloody Mary fated to be executed.

Episode 20
Scarred leaves with Elizabeth and her Trumps for her execution for the sake of history’s re-enactment. Adele tells Tenzo that the execution is for real and is something similar to what Horizon went through in Mikawa. Tenzo tries to stop them but was knocked out by Walter. What follows next later is some political negotiation between Elizabeth and Masazumi. If you’re hoping that the mysterious babe from Musashi is a new character, be prepared to be disappointed because it is Toori cross-dressing! First nakedness, now this?! England guys so disappointed… As Masazumi and Elizabeth’s debate have too many words and jargons in it that it confuses the hell out of me. From what I understand (this is inclusive of Q&A summary read from Infodump)…

Masazumi: We need to prevent Apocalypse via collecting Deadly Sins Armament and thus we need for England’s permission to leave port.
Elizabeth: Disagreed because based on history re-enactment, you should get it back during Peace of Westphalia conference and stay under ‘England’s protection’.
Masazumi: We can’t expect to wait for the Armaments to be given back to them as we need to get it back themselves and also to restore our independence.
Elizabeth: That will mess up the balance of the world power.
Masazumi: Then let’s form an alliance.
Elizabeth: No-go because all other countries will have to leave the Divine States and live in uninhabitable wastelands. Resist and we’ll destroy you right where you stand.
Masazumi: Then we’ll ally with someone else.
Elizabeth: Try it and we’ll destroy you with all our resources at hand.
Masazumi: You can’t do that. We know you can’t because of the impending battle with Tres Espana, your forces are spread out thin and since some are on their way towards Tres Espana, they won’t make it back in time if they u-turn now. Even if you do defeat Musashi, you must still reserve enough forces against Tres Espana. As for calling the Dutch ally to do the dirty work for them, it means relinquishing their military power. For the sake of history re-enactment to execute Bloody Mary, Excalibur Caliburn is to be used and to use it on Musashi means it would not serve its purpose for the re-enactment. So the only choice left for both sides to benefit is to be allies.
Elizabeth: How shall England benefit from this alliance?
Masazumi: We’ll turn England into a base of commerce and trading hub and make lots of profit.
Elizabeth: Considering it since it would preserve their own domestic affairs via exportation, stand above other nations and pioneer into the new world so they don’t have to stay at the Far East… (Even watching Innocentius wants to jump on board this good deal and make an alliance).

And suddenly here comes in Gin and student council secretary Diego Velazquez to object to everything in this meeting. Sighs… If they only cut the chatter and made the decision quicker…

Episode 21
So Velazquez argues it isn’t fair that Musashi went to war with them to save Horizon. So why aren’t they going to war with England to rescue Mary from execution? Then Toshiie Maeda from PA ODA walks in. He also doesn’t approve Musashi’s alliance with England because it will turn European flight paths into hell. He wants to destroy Musashi right now since they’re going to be enemies anyway and fight at the Battle of Sekigahara.  To show how serious he is, he summons his armies of the undead from hell. Toori crashes in. At least he is not naked but he’s wearing Masazumi’s shirt! Because he is bragging how he tried Asama’s too, she tries to shoot him with her arrow. Elizabeth thinks she was bold enough to bring weapons into the court. Things get worse when Horizon drops her Lype Katarripsi (from what I understand, she keeps it in her butt in some space dimension rift). Asama is tasked to clear this misunderstanding up and in the end embarrasses herself claiming the Armament is a huge hug pillow. Back to business, Toori asks Horizon’s opinion on this affair since she was once in this position. There is something she couldn’t understand. If somebody is willing to die for the sake of history re-enactment, will it mean misusing of Testament if they execute someone? What is the basis of right or wrong in the recreation? If someone wants to save Mary, Horizon is prepared to fight England. Gin understands since the execution is unavoidable, the war shall proceed. Toshiie wants orders from Elizabeth to crush Musashi now so Masazumi withdraws her suggestion of the trade pact since it is harder for Elizabeth to accept now. In exchange, she wants her to cancel her mercenary pact with Toshiie and hire Musashi as replacement (Toshiie’s army is helping England against Tres Espana in the upcoming war). This would also instantly resolve issues between Musashi and England as Musashi can obtain weaponry as business necessity because they are seen as England’s navy. Toshiie can’t offer a better deal for England so he asks Masazumi has he seen Avalon. She heard about it but has not seen it so he notes she doesn’t know everything yet and leaves.

Later Elizabeth takes Masazumi and shows her Avalon. It is a space that her father made to escape his cramped Tower of London. This space also re-enacts the past between Elizabeth and Mary. However Elizabeth can’t remember which of the twins she is. Meanwhile Howard tells Shirojiro about changling. Something about Elizabeth and Mary were swapped by fairies during the process of enthronement since Mary was never shown to the public during the re-enactment. However Mary executed 300 Anglican Church members and leave scars on her body to establish she is Mary before being locked up in the Tower of London and Elizabeth took the throne. There is a mini black hole in Avalon which Elizabeth believes is Apocalypse. Demonstration reveals that whatever is thrown inside it becomes nothing. This is probably what the world will be facing. As I understand, England is conducting research on this black hole (as it’s going to be the world’s problem) that’s why it’s ‘forcing’ this mini black hole to stay open and officially send and receive data to and from other countries. Meanwhile Toori is causing his mischief. He is trying to pull out Excalibur but it looks like he is pole dancing with the sword to me! Why the heck are the Trumps just sitting there watching him?! Anyway he sends Mary a message that he may not be able to pull the sword out but is confident one of his members will. He flees when Elizabeth is seen rushing in. Neito visits Naomasa and hopes to get some training since she isn’t satisfied with her fight results with Walsingham. Naomasa introduces Hiro Mishina, the specialist sent to fix Jizuri Suzaku. Tenzo is seen getting reprimanded by Yoshinao about his manners. He notices a map of England in Tenzo’s possession. Because silly Toori blurts out those spots he marked as guard stations en route to the Tower of London and how he is going to attack it (which will cause an international problem), Yoshinao cleverly disguises it as booth stands Tenzo is going to visit on his date. He also marks additional ‘high end booths’ Tenzo missed out. Toori sees a scar on Tenzo’s back and thought Scarred had healed it. Seems like she left one behind. Tenzo remembers how Scarred said that if she would fall for someone, she would like to be a woman who can give her man a scar. Tenzo says he will make a big announcement on the final day of the festival and goes off to complete his mission with Scarred only on his mind.

Episode 22
The joint festival comes to a close. Neshinbara opts out of the battle with Tres Espana to keep his Macbeth curse in check. Because he is still down from Shakespeare’s earful, Asama gives him some book he first debut with. Toori has read it too and his comments were his work is crazier than Shakespeare. Malga is not pleased that Margot is leaving her out for the battle so Kimi super slaps and then bites-kisses her lips to tell her that with the wounds she sustained, she’d end up dying. What’s the point in that? Before Musashi sets sail, they see Tenzo’s goodbye letter. They rendezvous with him and they learn his big announcement is that he wants to confess his feelings to someone he loves. She has scarred him so he wants her to leave a deeper scar. Everyone supports his decision and so Horizon explains that parallel argument thingy again that she will save the world from Apocalypse and begin her happy life without using her negative emotions. Masazumi contacts Elizabeth that they are going to war with England. This pisses her off. Don’t worry. They’ll still be their mercenary for Tres Espana. Those staying behind with Tenzo include Neito, Ukki, Malga, Masazumi and Neshinbara. Adele takes command and briefs her mates of their battle plan. When the battle is about to start, Tres Espana’s armada surprisingly draws out. Felipe is the one ordering this but it is not a pullout. Suddenly many smaller Tres Espana ships hiding in the waves start to show on the radar. As history dictates, Tres Espana will lose to Musashi but their naval powers will remain unscathed. Felipe calls himself a coward and plans to die in this battle. Juana disapproves all this. She doesn’t want him to leave her alone and admits her lie. She was the kid Felipe rescued. Because she is a half elf, she is discriminated and born out of wedlock, she hid her trauma by claiming to be a full elf. However to save Juana, Felipe tells her to stop putting up this act and even has Fusae lie to confirm she is a full elf. The battle begins with Tres Espana firing the shots in their formation but Musashi is able to break their firing formation after analyzing their attack pattern. Meanwhile the rematches are underway. Neito against Walsingham, Ukki against Nicholas and Masazumi continues to run from Hatton and his deathly skeletons. Tenzo and Malga got passed several English guards as Neshinbara meets up with Shakespeare for their rematch.

Episode 23
Neshinbara couldn’t guess which of the girls was Shakespeare because she was the only one there then. If Shakespeare wins, she will have him stay in England to figure out which one is her. She uses her Deadly Sin Armament to summon her Birnam army. After that, Shakespeare summons the character from most tragic play of all, King Lear to fight against Neshinabara’s Heavenly Deity Michizane in a giant sword fight. Malga takes in Cecil and Dudley’s gravity attack to let Tenzo head on first. Kimi who surprisingly stayed back negates the gravity and helps Malga fight the duo. The battle between Musashi and Tres Espana resumes. In what it looks like Tres Espana pulling back to resupply, Musashi advances forward but entered their trap because Tres Espana sacrifices several ships loaded with explosions to heavily damage Musashi. Even all the automated dolls of offline. Adele is in a pinch and panics. Till Toori comes in and blurts out about their doom. He is happy about it? What he is trying to tell Adele is to twist history a little. With that, she gets her confidence back and yells for help. The automated dolls reboot and get back online to do counter attack and Shirojiro and his money thingy to play his part that I don’t really understand, and Margot giving air support. The anteater is lost and wants to help Masazumi. It encounters the black algae who send data about Masazumi’s personality (a bad comedian?). Once they finish, Asama transports the anteater to Masazumi who is a moment away from being Hatton’s death. The anteater is armed with explosive spells and turns on the tables on Hatton. Happy death! Neito finishes her match with Walsingham by using the power of the moon to enhance her power and some Jeanne d’Arc chanting. Walsingham’s true form is a tiny mouse. Though King Lear defeats Michizane, Neshinbara did some editing to summon Macbeth and put King Lear out of his misery and end the play in his victory. Shakespeare wonders who she is and Neshinbara replies why not be the one who likes him. She gives him her Armament since she doesn’t need it anymore but he steals it from her. She hints she wants to stay with him. Lastly, Elizabeth confronts Mary in her room and wants to play a game they used to play with their father. Only this time it will be with a certain fool who may come to her side. If Tenzo could get past Walter, that is.

Episode 24
Milton distracts Walter so Tenzo could slip pass him and head straight to the execution grounds. At first the Mary at the execution grounds seems to be Elizabeth in disguise but Tenzo knows better it’s a bluff. Why? Because Mary’s boobs are bigger! Mary is Mary and Elizabeth is Elizabeth sitting at her throne. Because Mary won the ‘bet’, Elizabeth allows her 5 minutes to wrap things up with him. From what I understand, Tenzo doesn’t care all the scars and impurity Mary has. If she tries to resist, he’ll steal her away. Mary is upset that he didn’t kiss her back then. So Tenzo had to come up with something creative like he wasn’t sure if she was the right match then. To prove she is now, he has her take a deep breath and then squeezes her boobs! He has decided. She’s the one. He loves her. She loves him too and they kiss. But show time is over and Elizabeth is going to pull Excalibur out. Tenzo wants Mary to do it too and surprisingly they both pull out Excalibur. Elizabeth has Excalibur Caliburn while Mary has Excalibur Collbrande (some history sh*t that I couldn’t understand). What does this mean? How will England respond in having 2 women fit to be king? Masazumi interjects and suggests a truce. Based on Testament, Elizabeth will designate her nephew as her heir. This means, Tenzo and Mary’s child. She wants Mary to seek refuge in Musashi and is willing to accept her transfer. Mary parts from Elizabeth vowing to protect her dream as a fairy who is living in the human world. Musashi continues its battle with Tres Espana. Felipe plans to die by setting his ship on fire but Juana jumps onboard to rescue him. She got desperate enough to make out with him. As usual, Gin always had to come in at the right timing. The second wave of attack continues with Margot’s witches easily pummelling Tres Espana’s God of Wars. But Tres Espana manages to dock Musashi and they are racing to take control of the bridge. Adele realizes there is more than one Tres Espana battleship because one is in stealth mode. Because of this one firing from the opposite direction, it is throwing Musashi into confusion. Suzu recognizes the sound of another ship. The hidden one that attacked Musashi when they first arrived at England. Musashi has no defence at where this hidden battleship is aiming but thanks to Grace O’Malley returning the favour (something to do when Musashi deflected the debris of the cargo ship back then), she blocks their shot. Softball siblings Pedro and Flores Valdez face off with Noriki while Futayo takes on Gin. Futayo feels grateful for Muneshige tutelage and tries to express it via English term: “It’s like we had sex together”. I guess she misunderstood what sex is. Shocking no, Gin?

Episode 25
It doesn’t help when Futayo uses ambiguous words. There was blood. He penetrated her. They did it 50 times. Still remember the fight between Futayo and Muneshige way back then? Poor Gin misunderstood so much that she’s going to chop her up and clear her husband’s name. Noriki has analyzed the Valdez siblings’ vanishing magic pitch and punches it back to them. It was going to hit Flores’ face but Pedro uses his hand to defend it. It is Noriki’s loss due to some baseball rule thingy. Meanwhile Takakane Hironaka and his big baseball bat fights Shirojiro and his power of money. Literally. He is using coins and commissions to fight! Naomasa pilots Jizuri Suzaku for another rematch with Fusae and her Byakko. Asama fires naked male succubus Kenji Itou and slime spirit Nenji into one of the Tres Espana battleships. I don’t know what ‘activity’ they did so it causes the other surrounding battleships to go out of formation. Musashi’s foot soldiers are losing confidence and wondering what they are fighting for because their victory means making an enemy out of Testament. Till Toori makes an announcement that he will rush over to whoever is feeling down and give his love! No way! Toori adds that they should leave the impossible to him and in exchange believe themselves that they can do it. I guess this fires them up to fight back. Elizabeth and England now joins Musashi against Tres Espana. I don’t understand this ‘battle’ between Velazquez and Hassan. The former materializes what he paints and the latter serves curry instead of fried rice as he ordered? I don’t know. I think the old dude lost and retreats. Takakane puts in his last spurt to defeat Shirojiro and his bountiful of coins (it’s raining money!). Plus, Shirojiro is wearing armour made out of coins! Takakane refuses to admit game over and charges for him but his underlings push him away and retreat while he rues their side lost. Fusae is shocked to see a body within Jizuri Suzaku. Naomasa explains it is her sister who is powering it. Back then when the machine wasn’t moving, she wanted Naomasa to use her life to activate it and it saved them. Once more, she does so and they defeat Fusae and Byakko, blowing them out of the sky. Lastly, Futayo and Gin continue their fight. Gin now wields double twin swords after Futayo cuts off her prosthetic arms. But Futayo pulls off the same moves that Muneshige did to defeat her and break her swords. To avoid making Futayo the same level as her husband, she concedes defeat and Futayo stops short of cutting her down.

Episode 26
Malga reunites with Margot to transform into some powerful unit and take out the lesser Tres Espana ships. Adele is in a pinch because Tres Espana has destroyed their condition in history recreation to win the battle. Can’t depend on Toori for ideas, can’t she? Then she gets this crazy idea to turn stealth. This alerts Tres Espana and when they come back on radar, they fire at first sight. However this is only a decoy (the cargo ship) and the real Musashi is doing the seemingly impossible vertical loop to get behind them. Horizon and Toori use their Lype Katarripsi to fire back at Tres Espana but Juana counters it with hers. She is joined by her fellow comrades to push back Lype Katarripsi’s firepower. Horizon then whips out Aspida Phylargia serving as extra battery power. However in order to activate it, it needs some soul activation that will cause Horizon to turn into a different woman of what Toori wants. He is okay with it because he will always be by her side. She sings her song as tears stream down her cheeks. The shot was powerful enough to destroy a Tres Espana’s big battleship. Felipe is going all for broke to win and targets Musashi. However the shot is deflected and Musashi protected by Mary using her Excalibur Collbrande with Tenzo backing her up. In the end, Musashi and England wins the battle and the re-enactment Masazumi declares the battle over. Felipe and Juana return to their Tres Espana troops who welcome them back. Musashi has a bonfire party with Kimi, Asama and Neito putting up some rock group performance. I wonder if this kind of offering is appropriate. Everyone else celebrates Ukki’s birthday and he gets several boxes of big sister eroges as present! He must really love those types. It seems Gin has been left behind on Musashi. She is surprised to be reunited with Muneshige whom she wanted to see so much. As they hug, Muneshige suggests they throw away their inherited names to be together and become transfer students at Musashi. Mary is officially transferred to Musashi and shares the same room with Tenzo. She strips naked so she can sleep better and wants to share many more happiness with him. Horizon and Toori talk about that parallel thingy again to retrieve her emotions while avoiding Apocalypse. Toori is cool with it as long as she comes out smiling in the end. Musashi enters Izumo for repairs and everyone rest up for their next long journey.

Lost Somewhere Over The Horizon…
Urm… Eh… What… To pretty sum it all up, I didn’t really understand what is happening most of the time. I am like Toori, if not worse than him in every aspect since from start till finish my head is still empty on what is going on. So blur. The talking and the dialogue was the main turn off. Heavy and just loaded with terms that my brain refuses to understand. Apparently the story isn’t done yet and those who are really interested in continuing this can read up on the novels. I on the other hand would like to spare myself from all the headaches I have gotten. Save the world? Yeah, I think they can do a better job without me interfering. From the final episode, you can glimpse a lot of weird people which I believe are from different student council bodies of different countries. Yes. It feels like it is going to be a pain going around trying to collect the Deadly Sins Armaments to prevent Apocalypse and retrieve Horizon’s emotions. Well, if they don’t, who will? So for the first half of the series it was about Musashi embarking on a mission to save Horizon from KPA Italia. The second half has Musashi locking horns with England before joining forces with them against Tres Espana. With many other countries spread out, I think it’s going to be a very long and colourful battle. So in a way, it’s not really ‘fair’ that such a handful of countries just make their appearance but putting in anymore countries means more characters, terms, plots and other stuffs that will make my head explode. So I’m cool with how it all ‘ends’.

The only thing that I enjoyed most (Toori’s silly antics are an entirely different case) is the battles. They never cease to amaze me because of the awesome firepower and magic that makes it so exaggerated, over the top and epic enough. Whether they make sense or not it doesn’t matter (are they supposed to?). Even though I do not really understand the explanations of certain moves or why the fight is done so in this way, trying to understand it would just diminish my enjoyment of the action. I knew the dialogue was going to be a pain just like the rest of the talking in this series. So I would first switch off my brain and enjoy the superb action unfolding with all the mega explosions and ka-pow impact when projectiles crash and collide into magical defence barriers. After the action ends (or rather the end of the episode), I would just rewind to the scene and try to make sense of the workings. Sometimes I get it, sometimes I don’t. But I do enjoy the fights and especially when Musashi was up against the Trumps. What the f*ck was Shakespeare and Neshinabara’s Macbeth fight all about? Screw that! Just get your kings and chop each other up. Shirojiro against Naomasa? Screw your money talk and let the action do the talking. Shirojiro and Takakane? Money everywhere! Gin versus Drake? All I know is somebody’s arms got chopped off. Muneshige went up against Tadatsugu? I don’t know what they said but their weapons pack a lethal badass punch. Get hit, you die. Futayo x Gin? Slice! Slice! Bang! Bang! Chop! Chop! Pew! Pew!

After coming this far and due to my inability to comprehend things on the bigger picture, I feel that this history re-enactment thingy didn’t have any major influence on the show. Not that I realize since my history is that bad. Like the final battle between Musashi and Tres Espana, both sides were trying to fulfil the conditions of the battle. So they re-enacted the battle. So what? Do they feel closer to their original goal of reaching the heavens? Maybe not in this generation. It certainly doesn’t feel like it. Besides, it feels like an excuse for everyone to pursue their own agenda so that’s why in a way I believe it is just an excuse and a loophole to get things done their way. You can blame my misunderstanding or lack of comprehension on the story overall. Nobody said this series was easy.

For Toori as the main guy, he might seem like a useless dud who is just carefree, having fun without a care. And for the second half of the season, he spends most of his time naked! I read it was some sort of ritual of paying tribute to the Gods or something. Despite his goofy looks and his inability to do anything, he is actually the backbone of his class. You know chess pieces? The king is the most important piece despite being the one with the least power. That is what I feel Toori is. I mean, why would he need to have some sort of power himself when he has his reliable Musashi friends to do it for him? That’s why he believes in them. That’s why they believe in him. It’s probably the same reason why in some shows the leader seems like less capable than his crew but they still follow him around (think One Piece). Toori is always positive and says what is on his mind. He doesn’t beat around the bush and in a way is straight to the point. You got to love some of the speeches he makes. Inspiring? Motivating? A way to hit on chicks? If your dialogue is that sophisticated. So sometimes it is hard to call whether he is someone to be admired and looked up upon or not. Okay, so maybe take note of his good qualities. Well, at least this proves he is not perfect. The original Horizon might be dead but she lives on in the heart of others. Though the current automated doll is still trying to understand about human emotions, sometimes it is comical to see her put Toori in his place. It’s like they’re a stand up comedian.

After Toori and Horizon’s love hogging the first half, it is Tenzo’s turn to take the spotlight in the second and I’m glad that he and Mary finally found true love. The other characters in Musashi seem pretty okay too. They all show their mettle and strength for their love for Musashi, there’s no doubt about that. Adele proves that she can take the lead, Futayo an excellent lancer with her Tonbokiri while Margot and Malga work best when they’re together. It’s always money, money and more money for Shirojiro and Masazumi is blooming as a future politician. Asama provides spiritual backup while Kimi does the same but mostly for her brother. The Musashi family seems to be growing with Mary, Muneshige and Gin joining in. The funny thing about Gin is that she always has this habit of walking in the wrong time that causes her to misinterpret things in a sexually ambiguous way. I bet she hasn’t done anything like that with Muneshige before. Due to the large amount of cast, it’s hard for them all to get enough screen time. For instance, Azuma and Miriam. Their appearance anime wise seem redundant and can be done away. All you see them here is bumming around especially Miriam who is holed up in her room. And they both have a ‘child’ not from sex but from that ghost girl that was discovered during Toori’s ghost hunt. Perhaps they would have played a bigger role in some other parts of the story and novel. As for the other characters from other nations, again too many of them. Like Innocentius and Galileo were antagonists in the first half of the series but after their defeat they become mere spectators in the second. England and Tres Espana had many colourful characters but the most amusing one (and probably my favourite) is Hatton because ironically as a skeleton, he is very lively with his “death” lines. Some of the rest make a little impact, some were just forgettable, some just made you go “What happened to him/her?”. Some felt like foreboding of things to come like Toshiie and the host of new characters’ cameo in the final.

Sunrise is the studio production for this anime. They produced many hit animes like Code Geass, Cowboy Bebop, Gintama, Inu Yasha, Keroro Gunsou, Mai-HiME and Mobile Suit Gundam series. So when I first saw Horizon who has this very uncanny resemblance to Clannad’s Tomoyo and the black algae that reminds me of dango kazoku, I thought the characters were also Key designed characters. Despite the futuristic setting, I find it really strange at first that some characters have odd body parts. From huge boobs (Kimi and Asama) to very large oversized prosthetic arms (Gin and Juana) and large plumes of hair (Kimi and Neito). And then with the myriad of different races, it felt like a futuristic version of RPG! I mean, in addition to human beings, you have beasts like dragons and wolves, fairies, elves and lots of little cute animals that could serve as mascots or familiars. Take a look at Toori’s class. It can be a good example of an RPG party. From the character race, he’s got a half dragon, a male succubus, some slime and a big mute guy who wears a bucket on his head! Is this some freak class or something? In terms of class, there’s a ninja, a shrine priestess who is more of an archer, swords(wo)men, mechanic, dancer, strategists, politician, almost everyone is there. May not be the most complete RPG group (if they ever turn into one) without the typical class but I think they still cover the basic and if not a wide areas of a party, right? Also, look at Elizabeth’s Trumps. They are another bunch of weird looking characters, no? A wolf, fairy and Humpty Dumpty aside, she’s got a skeleton undead in her group! Maybe she was influenced by One Piece’s Luffy’s Brook, eh? Besides the characters, I give them points for the creative designs of the ships, weapons and other equipment. It really gives a futuristic look despite there are some old and traditional designs and workings the technology and model it is based on.

Jun Fukuyama as Toori is a riot with the character. He sounds like he is having fun all the way despite being in constant danger. I mean, you expect a guy who runs around naked for a big majority for the second half of the series to put on a serious expression? Can you take such joker seriously then? I guess Jun Fukuyama being casted as Toori is very suitable as he also played such ‘joker’ characters such as Kakeru in Akikan and Grell in Kuroshitsuji. Recently I have been hearing a glut of monotonous, expressionless ladies by Minori Chihara. As Horizon, she reminded me of her other roles like Anastasia from Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai Yo Ne, Hina in Busou Shinki and Teresa in Seikon No Qwaser. Yup. She goes a long way back from her days as Chiaki in Minami-ke and Nagato of Suzumiya Haruhi No Yuutsu. Now do you see the resemblance? I’m starting to think that Yui Horie and Yukari Tamura are beginning to play ‘anime sisters’. As Scarred/Mary and Elizabeth respectively, don’t their roles remind you of Ben-To’s Kyou sisters and Busou Shinki’s Ach and Yda? Strange? Coincidence? The rest of the extensive cast include Daisuke Ono as Tenzo (Sebastian in Kuroshitsuji), Miyuki Sawashiro as Masazumi (Shinku in Rozen Maiden), Yu Kobayashi as Futayo (Mariya in Maria+Holic), Marina Inoue as Neito (Kyoko in Skip Beat), Chiwa Saito as Kimi (Kirie in Girls Brave), Emi Nitta as Malga (Ricca in Da Capo III), Nao Tooyama as Margot (Kanon in The World God Only Knows), Takehito Koyasu as Shirojiro (Ryousuke in Initial D), Mutsumi Tamura as Neshinbara (Sonya in Baby Please Kill Me), Minako Kotobuki as Gin (Tsumugi in K-ON!), Tomokazu Sugita as Muneshige (Gintoki in Gintama), Daisuke Hirakawa as Noriki (Makoto in School Days), Aoi Yuuki as Suzu (Madoka in Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica), Ami Koshimizu as Asama (Horo in Spice And Wolf), Kei Shindou as Naomasa (Kuro in Kodomo No Jikan), Ayuru Oohashi as Adele (Ayumu in Hoshizora E Kakaru Hashi), Ryoko Shiraishi as Oriotorai (Himeko in Sket Dance), Jouji Nakata as Innocentius (Giroro in Keroro Gunsou), Momoko Saito as Shakespeare (Nazuna in Working!) and Rie Tanaka as Juana (Maria in Hayate No Gotoku). Phew. I think I missed out a lot but I might go crazy if I’m going to list down everybody since some of them do play multiple roles.

I did mention that Minori Chihara has a ‘knack’ in voicing monotonous, expressionless characters. However she sings both the opening themes and they are both are upbeat anime pop beat. Well, she is quite an accomplished singer herself and as several albums and singles under her name. I guess there is a big difference between voice acting and singing. The first opening theme is Terminated while the second one is Zone // Alone. There are 4 ending themes. Half is the typical ‘happy’ anime pop and the other half has a darker and grimmer tune. Somehow I very much prefer the latter. Like Stardust Melodia by Ceui is my favourite as it brings back memories of her other song, Mellow Melodies from Sola. Although Kanashimi Wa Dare No Negai Demonai by Aira Yuki doesn’t sound as dark and grim, it has a little disco beat to it but at least it isn’t as ‘happy’ as Pieces by Airi or -Side Sunrise- Sora No Uta by Masami Okui. Even the ending credits animation match the feel of the song because if it is the ‘happy’ kind you can see the characters in chibi form doing fun things. Some of the background music are quite okay as they range from techno rock mix to even epic orchestra pieces.

I don’t know what else to say since I think I am done saying what I want to say about the stuffs that I understand, those that I don’t and the things that amused me. There are so many things going on in this series and so many potentials and back stories to tell that perhaps it would all really flesh out well throughout several seasons. Would I still be a loyal follower if there are ever sequels? Maybe for the action and Toori’s joker antics. Otherwise I would just say instead of recreating history to achieve glory like we did in the past, isn’t it much better to chart our own futures and walk our own paths? Isn’t that how the people in the past used to do it? Not knowing what the future holds is pretty scary but aren’t those who make the first bold step the ones who write history? We all winners only do that. If you ask me if I would start a world war and make enemies out of everyone just to save my girlfriend, I think it would be very much easier just to break up with her. Then let her get absorbed in her fury and destroy the world. Haha! Oh shiiii…!!! See me get blown across the horizon~…

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