Ozma 06: END
This finale makes the series a must watch for Leijiverse fans. I think others will enjoy the six-episode series, the submarine battles and the little twists and turns. But I’m supremely biased so don’t take my word for it. On to the spoilers!!
The Nitty Gritty
I’ll explain what the whole deal with Maya was as best as I understood it. See if you agree with me.
Humanity (with the Ideal Children at the top) has ruined the planet. Maya cares for the planet and is distressed at its present condition. At the same time, however, she herself is a human being and she cherishes humanity.
Ozma is able to save the planet by fixing the ecosystem that humanity has ruined. This would be an easy choice for Maya to accept except for the fact that she knows that the Ideal Children would not survive in the new, harsher environment. She is torn between her love for humanity and her love for the planet.
The problem is solved when Maya realizes (better yet: remembers) that the Ideal Children are not the only humans on the planet. The Natura, including the pirates for example, are far sturdier and brave and they could survive. Therefore Maya can have Ozma implement the new ecosystem without fearing that all humanity will perish. I’m glad Leiji was able to get his message across without making the story too silly.
I complained very early on that the art for the enemies in this series was terrible, relatively speaking when compared to that of the pirates. I realize now that this was actually a deliberate way to show how far these Ideal Children had decayed!
One of the best scenes in this episode is Danga’s death. The raw sun, the source of all life, kills what’s left of him. Think about this in connection with the Japanese and their relationship with the sun…
What is Ozma?!
It seems that there is actually a biological component to the beast, it’s not all machine like most of us thought. It was probably an ancient creature that was enhanced and even plated with machinery (inside and out). It has a whale’s tail but something of a crustacean body. You can be sure I’ll be keeping an eye on the official anime site, where the Ozma Design section still reads: COMING SOON.
Sam is Useless
Well, he did give Maya a ride to Ozma. Oh wait no, Mimei actually did that. OK, he’s totally useless then.
Gido, Dick and Bainas
Clearly the best scene in the episode, maybe the entire show. The direction of the scene, artistically speaking, is perfect. The music is great, and I love the idea of the black spaces as the door/wall between Dick and Bainas. We could have predicted that the “Dick” in Gido would have come to the surface near the end (not only is this a classic trope, but the second season of Galaxy Railways has a similar incident), but what he ends up doing with that awareness is pretty unexpected. The word might actually be crazy, as Dick/Gido ends up attacking the “good guy” in the story, even if it’s for a good cause. On the other hand, it was Dick’s destiny to strike Ozma with the Monokeros. He achieved his dream in the end and helped the creature settle down a bit, thus saving the world. Good stuff!
If this is what the Matsumoto machine can come up with a small budget on the spur of the moment [when did we learn of this project, 3-4 months before it came out?] then imagine what Zero Desigze will look like! Imagine what the Mahoroba film will look like!! Imagine, finally, what the CG Harlock film, which supposedly has a record-breaking budget, will look like!!!
In short, it’s a great time to be a Leiji fan.