Final Judgement has come. Who will meet Polaris?
RECAP: All seven Septentrions have been defeated. Now, Alcor has decided to kill Yamato with the idea that he will leave the meeting with Polaris to Hibiki, entrusting Hope unto him. When Yamato survives Alcor’s kamikaze, it then becomes Yamato vs. Hibiki.
Alcor was treated as an actual person by Hibiki, which is the primary cause for his opposition towards Yamato. Although Yamato was his first “friend,” Alcor had come to realize that Yamato is the way he is because of his own intervention. As an observer of humanity, Alcor was never meant to interfere with its progress. However, he influenced Yamato with his presence and talk about the “Shining One.” In a way, Alcor is taking the responsibility for Yamato’s actions by killing him, even if it costs him his own life.
Makoto was once a lost lamb, saved by the future Yamato gave her. Will she admired him for that, it is hinted that she may have held feelings towards him. Nonetheless, she saw him as her hope for the future she could never experience. Although she knew that Yamato’s methods were always inhumane, she could never go against the new life she was given.
For Daichi and Io, they hold the similar way of thinking Hibiki does. They know that Hibiki has the strength to stop Yamato and, like Makoto’s sacrifice, they were willing to go into harm’s way to make sure that happened. It is saddening that the Void made them forget who they were, but in their final thoughts they thought about what a great friend Hibiki is. The hope they and everyone else who died, entrusted unto Hibiki will likely be brought up as the fuel that will power Hibiki from the depths of almost losing in the upcoming battle against Yamato.
What I still find strange is the fact that Hibiki has only summoned Byakko and Suzaku so far. I have a feeling that he will summon all four gods, adding Seiryuu and Genbu to his Demon repertoire. Anyways, the battle against Yamato will be a tough one. The winner will be granted the right to meet Polaris and change the world to the way they want. While it is pretty obvious that we will see Hibiki end, the real charm of the next episode will lie in the way “Hope” is brought to fill the pitch dark abyss that Alcor sees as Yamato’s “future.”
It’s a wonderful thought that Daichi has become useful in combat for two episodes.