ζ – A Match made in Heaven

We kick off the third volume with Voards Viewlard visiting Ladios Sopp and getting a very deliberate look at the nude, beautiful and positively male meister.  Sopp is pretty irked (“pretty and irked” works just as well!) and if you notice carefully, when he steps out of the shower he covers his chest just like a lady.  Viewlard actually has an aside here that wasn’t translated in the official English version: “Why are you covering your chest!?”

pretty irked ladios sopp

pretty irked ladios sopp

The scene is ridiculously funny.  I find it interesting that a character in the position and with the personality of Voards, who in your usual anime (or IRL for that matter) would be expected to behave like a manly man, is quite open about his attraction for Sopp and asks for a kiss in exchange for his help with Lachesis, after he has confirmed 100% Ladios is male.

The stage is set for the debut of Lachesis.  As the Fatima meets the many headdliners interested in her, she comes face to face with “Amaterasu”.  We can see how confused Lachesis gets, even if just for a moment.  In fact, there is a lovely irony in this brief meeting.  Amaterasu is supposed to hate Fatimas.  But Lachesis is looking precisely for Ladios to be her master, and Ladios is the real Amaterasu.  At the moment he is struggling in his heart whether to go with his feelings and take Lachesis.  Eventually he decides to do so.  However, the person in front of Lachesis isn’t Amaterasu, but Aisha Codante impersonating the Emperor.  Now, Aisha loves Amaterasu and so she dreads the very existence of Lachesis.

The irony then is this: while the fake Amaterasu behaves toward Lachesis negatively, just as everyone would expect the Emperor of Grees to do, the real Amaterasu, a.k.a. Ladios Sopp is behaving the wrong way and getting ready to embrace the Fatima.  There’s also this little irony: if Lachesis had chosen “Amaterasu” right then, she would have actually chosen Aisha, and then she could have disposed of her Fatima anyway she saw fit.  So in a twisted sense Aisha could have done much better if Lachesis had chosen “Amaterasu” over the meister Ladios Sopp!

In any case, Sopp has an encounter with his deceased wife Mecorr Litra.  Mecorr is a classy act: she performs the ultimate sacrifice for her lover, coaxing Sopp/Amaterasu into listening to his heart and going in search of Lachesis.  He sees the Fatima, calls her, and off they go.  Lachesis’ dash toward her new master is portrayed very much like her little sister’s escape to Betolca.  I wonder if running Fatima will become one of the recurring motifs of the series.  They look so graceful when they do it…

...and she's off!

...and she's off!

Juba orders Pejoit to retrieve Ballanche and he himself sets off with his “nephew” Decors on an air doorey in pursuit of Sopp and Lachesis.  The Grand Duke’s outrage is understandable, I think, because he has been financing Chrome Ballanche to produce Fatimas while being kept in the dark about their lacking a mind control system.  In  sense, then, the meight has been ripping Juba off.

The escape sequence here reminded me of the original Star Wars films.  The two mysterious cloaked men Colus III met in Betolca lend their hands to Sopp in an awesome Jedi-like display of power.  The dig in which Sopp and Lachesis escape looks like the vehicles on Tatooine.

What happens next is even funnier than the shower scene.  Voards is totally stunned by a series of events: 1) the cloaked men reveal themselves to be Rognar, AKD Commander-in-chief and his Fatima, Eatta; 2) Colus III tells Voards not to worry about not meeting Sopp again, showing that the infatuation is no secret!; 3) then Colus sends his regards to Magaella, further showing that Voards’ own true identity is no secret!!  The AKD are the Big Boys here, and the likes of Voards Viewlard can’t even compare.

Magaella.

Magaella.

To cap it all off, and with the stunning Magaella [whom Nagano designed to resemble your typical American supermodel] in attendance, he screams “I love you Sopp!!”  🙂 At a more serious level, we get to know that Rognar and Eatta have been gathering evidence against Juba and that now that the Grand Duke has gone off to capture Lachesis, Viewlard will have no problem in cleaning up the city of Bastogne.

In the meantime, Pejoit and his men reach Ballanche’s castle, only to find that he is being guarded by four great Mirage Knights.  Landwand Spacorn’s cybernetic madness is particularly frightening!  Sopp’s dig gets blown up and he and Lachesis find themselves on the ground, looking at the doorey as it spits out Juba’s three MHs, Helmine included.

But Sopp has an ace up his sleeve, and it happens to weigh 144 tons!!!

[covered VOLUME 3: from the beginning of the volume to page 36]

~ by Haloed Bane on September 22, 2009.

2 Responses to “ζ – A Match made in Heaven”

  1. The irony then is this: while the fake Amaterasu behaves toward Lachesis negatively, just as everyone would expect the Emperor of Grees to do, the real Amaterasu, a.k.a. Ladios Sopp is behaving the wrong way and getting ready to embrace the Fatima. There’s also this little irony: if Lachesis had chosen “Amaterasu” right then, she would have actually chosen Aisha, and then she could have disposed of her Fatima anyway she saw fit. So in a twisted sense Aisha could have done much better if Lachesis had chosen “Amaterasu” over the meister Ladios Sopp!

    Wow, I TOTALLY missed this.

    Great job, I enjoyed the memory of this whole bit even more.

    One of the best names in manga:

    F. U. Rogner

    Only exceeded when you spell out the first name:

    Falk U. Rogner, Prince of Babiron

    Eatta is love, Megaella is love. This whole bit is win.

  2. Falk U., LOL.

    This arc is just so full of interesting things. It’s a fantastic little symphony.

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