Sola Episode 12 ~ Thoughts…

I blame Takeshi for all this! if he hadn’t brought his crazy sword then maybe Matsuri (or Aono) wouldn’t need to die! As the curtain unfolds we definitely see that the end is near.

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“Are you my master?” ~ wait! wrong series! O.O

In a nutshell: The fight is on! Matsuri and Aono goes head to head and fight each other with everything they have. Mixed together with flashbacks we learn more of the past relationships our trio shares. In the end we see Matsuri doing the impossible as she stabs herself, willing to trade her life for Aono. And then…the cliffhanger drops…

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“I do not want to be alone”

Thoughts: A story of the past and present, I guess with this most if not all of the past is revealed ~ I don’t feel much is missing from the situation now and its all down to what happens after in the present.

From the past it seems that it was already quite a complex love triangle going on, while Aono is jealous about Matsuri being close too Yorito, so is the same for Matsuri being jealous towards Aono and Yorito (as they are siblings after all). It was Aono who claimed that Matsuri will never be left alone again now that she has friends, which is a rather bad move for her ~ after being lonely for so long and to know the comforts of having friends it like a drug. Matsuri just doesn’t want to be alone anymore so even after Aono died this “will” pushed her into reviving Aono even though it is not something that should normally be done. As we see in the flashback Aono flips and tries to run out of the cave (and thus getting burnt) trying to deny the truth, Matsuri then pulls her back and says that she does not want to be alone (at this point I do feel that Matsuri is being the selfish one here).

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“You are my brother”

Back to the present the fights were hard and fast. Matsuri is clearly no match for Aono (deadly paper cuts :D) but she carries on with her goal. While it seems to be pretty standard stuff showing Matsuri and Aono trying to counter each other, the trick came from Aono actually cloning herself not once but twice! (And I do not call that cheating by the way :p “all’s fair in love and war” as they say ~)

The end was a real twist! After pausing to stare at the screen with the projection of the sky Matsuri ends up stabbing herself. Is she crazy? No…And the reason to why she did that was because Takeshi’s sword has the power to sacrifice the life of one yaka to turn another into a human again. So does this mean that by stabbing herself, Matsuri intends to turn Aono into a human again? (Of course Yorito will surely die…)

But no! From earlier it is clear that Matsuri is intended to kill Aono, looking at how she stabbed the second clone I for can’t one take the “she’s only trying to immobilize her” as an excuse. It was a full shot aimed for the body and that would be a killing blow, instead the reason why Matsuri stabbed herself instead is a whole new split second idea. She did it after seeing the sky at last ~ maybe this caused her to make up her mind about who to save, while it is a fight to the death and the winner gets to claim Yorito as the prize only one can become human.

Matsuri sees the sky at long last and her wish is fulfilled so there is no reason to stay anymore, giving up her reason to be with Yorito she decides to give Aono a second life. While she did intend to become human herself so Yorito can keep his promise with her the fact that the promise is fulfilled means that she that promise is finished and thus we see what has happened happen.

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“End of a dream?”

oh boy…what an episode ~ not the most twisted episode I’ve seen coming from this series but Aono has an insane amount of yaka power…I mean making a house and the even some clones, puts a whole new meaning to “unlimited paper cut works” ~ the music was just drop dead gorgeous ~ especially during the final fight



9 Responses to “Sola Episode 12 ~ Thoughts…”

  1. 1 Kaioshin Sama June 23, 2007 at 9:09 am

    I had called Matsuri going out in to the day sky and evaporating in Yorito’s arms in a sappy Key style scene, but series creater Naoki Hisaya has basically said “To hell with my roots in Key scenarios, to hell with hacks like Jun Maeda, I’m doing my own original story and I want it to be different”. An is it ever a great series. I never would have seen it coming and I congratulate Hisaya on proving himself the superior writer in my eyes versus Maeda.

    Okay to be fair Sola was free from the constraints of the Bishoujo game genre that severaly limit the type of story you can tell overall. It’s going to be made into a game later on, which judging by how well Sola has turned out, should in an ideal world be the new standard from here on out.

  2. 2 deathkillz June 23, 2007 at 9:16 am

    Oh yes i agree 🙂 without a game to act as a pain on the back side of this series it is virtually left free to be explored! The page is blank so imaginations run wild, and it’s quite amusing to see how this free imagination with no constraints and some blank paper can feel more satisfying to the soul than some other major series out there.

  3. 3 Cats June 23, 2007 at 6:41 pm

    Oh it’s not over yet, there are still 3 episodes left.
    The battle’s not over until the fat lady sings ~ xP

    BTW, nicely put, indeed: unlimited paper works ~ in more ways then one. ~heh

    BTW Dethie,
    I normally don’t nitpick like this since it’s impolite, but here you are at the beginning ( I think ) so no biggie ~ Here’s some feedback.. in the 3rd or 4th paragraph ( depending on how you count ) from the bottom up, you repeated in a very long sentence the entire explanation on how the sword works. You already gave the explanation in the begging so that kind of catches the eye and, for me, broke the flow.

    Nice job overall tho’ xD

  4. 4 deathkillz June 23, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    oops. I’m such a noob *rolleyes* thx for pointing that out 🙂

  5. 5 innominate June 25, 2007 at 11:32 am

    I thought there were only a total of 13 episodes… Excluding dvd.

    [quote]oops. I’m such a noob[/quote]
    Nah, killz, you’re okay. At least you’ve got gut to write a blog…

    But back on topic I don’t really enjoy Sola for the fact that the plot and characters are just too inconsistent. Plot twists are okay, but when it happens every episode it just kills the general direction of the story and all.

    Fans enjoy speculating. It’s like partaking in a lottery, just that, when nobody hits jackpot, people would find themselves disillusioned, and gradually lose interest. No pun intended. I was simply part of this lottery once. Now I’ve fallen to adopt the ‘wait and see’ attitude ^^. The outcome would be the same, nonetheless, the difference being the fact that I wouldn’t really be looking forward to it as much.

    (Erps what a lame analogy >_>)

    Oh, but on the bright side, I like paper! At least they forsook consistency for the sake of drama. You get a little excitement out of the insanity, I guess that’s good ^^.

    Pity Aono doesn’t really throw paper cards the way I was expecting. Fashionable, but yet to be realistic. ^^”” As a card magician I am rather skeptical about these things ah~aha… >_>

  6. 6 Mirrinus June 26, 2007 at 6:40 am

    I dunno…when all the main characters are obsessed with committing suicide, they aren’t going impress me very much. Yes, there’s drama, but it’s getting a bit ridiculous IMHO. At least there’s papermastery battles, which is always a plus for me.

    However, Takeshi and Mayuko are

  7. 7 Mirrinus June 26, 2007 at 6:41 am

    Gah, messed up post. Anyway, Takeshi and Mayuko are pretty much the main reason why I’m watching this show. How dare you blame him. ^_^

  8. 8 Kaioshin Sama June 26, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    On the suicide thing, the creator did work with Key and Key’s character tend to be attracted to dying in tragic ways. Plus there isn’t much more of a tragic way to die than suicide. It’s just the Key Virus at work, but since it’s not Jun Maeda there’s a chance they’ll beat it.

  9. 9 Mirrinus June 27, 2007 at 1:10 am

    Nah…suicide isn’t all that tragic in my eyes. Personally, I think it’s far more tragic for a character to press on despite the odds (which is a lot more common in Key games…I don’t think anyone ever successfully committed suicide). When a character just decides to give up and end it, I can’t help but feel disappointed.

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