@#! YOU ONIZUKA AND SOL TECHNOLOGY! @#!(# YOU! HOW DARE YOU DO THIS TO PRECIOUS EARTH!!!!!
WELL SHIT. I did not expect them to go this far, heck I don’t think any of us actually did, much less Earth’s loss to cost him everything, his memories and himself. Since Earth remains in the ED Theme, I’m hoping this won’t mean it’s the last of him. How Earth will be saved remain unknown (AND HE BETTER BE SAVED BECAUSE HE IS OUR PRECIOUS CINNAMON ROLL), but for now, it’s a tragedy to have lost one of our favourite and most adorable Ignis. Also shocker, when Earth “vanished” Spectre started crying (which now gives us official confirmations that Earth and Spectre were partners).
On the flip-side of things, duel itself was terribly boring for me, I caught my mind wandering off several times, mainly because I didn’t find it particularly exciting, much less interesting. For most part, I found it to be quite predictable, the characters’ word choices made it obvious Earth was going to lose. The only thing I was off the mark about was thinking Onizuka was going to be forcefully logged out because his physical body was at peril, and it would be their way of sparing Earth from a certain defeat…. After what has played out, I am sad Earth couldn’t avoid the worse case scenario.
As for the whole backstory of how Onizuka became the Human-AI Hybrid with the AI Implant…. While necessary to show us what Sol Technology has been up to, as well as their intentions, I found it was rather laughable. Onizuka agreed to be the lab-rat because he was told it would enable him to duel better than most people (and exceed Human capabilities in terms of knowledge and power). So basically this is like a “cheat device” implanted in the brain. And really, we litterally saw this play out when Onizuka revealed a skill he created, “Anti-Skill”, effectively canceling the effect so it cannot be used. Honestly, it makes me wonder if Onizuka is going to create more skills, so he can switch them up to whichever he likes. Since he as a AI-Hybrid, now has the ability to create them, you would think he wouldn’t stop there, especially now that he has become a mad man obsessed with his new power and superiority. The Onizuka we once knew no longer exists at this point, all that remains is his shell, the result of the trade for power he desired, by making the deal with the devil.
And it’s an understatement to say SOL Technology is the Devil himself. They have no intention of stopping with Onizuka, once they perfect the AI Implant, they have a dumbass plan to making profit off it by releasing it to the public. When Queen first announced it, the first thing that crossed my mind was, “LADY, THIS IS THE KEY TO SELF-DESTRUCTION OF HUMANITY!” and on top of that, just watch Lightning abuse this! I can imagine this implant would make his ambitions of enslaving the Human Race a hell lot easier, all he needs to do is to make sure he does it discreetly, which he has been successfully doing all this time.
On that note, after witnessing firsthand the shit SOL Technology is up to, both with the AI-Implant, and what they have done to to Earth, I can’t imagine Akira would want to remain as a SOL Technology employee. The only reason I can see him staying put is to start working more actively as a mole, by sharing information with Yuusaku’s Team, even at the cost of doing some terribly things he disagrees with.
In the mean time, Aoi surprised us with actually dropped by to observe the remaining of the outcome of the duel between Onizuka and Earth. She was quick to establish she is there to help protect the Ignis, not hunt them. But what struck me the most this episode was how much it shook Aoi to see Earth being ‘dismantled’ like that after seeing the conviction he had to protect Crystal Heart, him crying about how he too has free-will, fearful and devastated of losing his memories of his beloved. For the first time, we have someone from other than someone Yuusaku’s team, question “What is an Ignis?” This makes me very excited to see Aoi’s development in regards to this event. Better yet, the preview says she and Aqua are somehow connected to each other, in a way that may not necessarily be involved as a Victim of the Lost Incident. However there is the mention of ‘memories resurfacing’ so perhaps as some theories goes, Aoi is unknowingly missing some of her own memories. Either way, I can’t wait!!!!