Victory blinds one to the shadow of failure and desire eludes sight from the light of prudence yet desperation empowers recklessness with the weight of resolution. As Shiki and Ziggy are cornered in their respective battles, their loses become solidified in their opponents minds creating a blind spot for Shura and Nero. The weight of the convictions challenging them crash down on them like the reality they chose to ignore. What an absolutely spectacular chapter filled with thrills, twists and terrifying possibilities. Will Rebecca come into play or will the battle be decided in the current reality with the participants present? The resistance Shiki’s offers Shura suggest that Rebecca may not need to use her Cat Leaper abilities.
Shura, as shown before in his previous fight with Shiki, utilises his gravity in a completely offensive and aggressive manner whereas Shiki applies his gravity more defensively. The contrasting nature of their gravity applications creates the conflict between the two forces where imbalance exist. Shura does not know how to use his Gravity the same way Shiki does and vice versa for Shiki. At the end of it all, the victor will be the one not with the greater force of gravity but one with the greater weight of determination. Shura has already been shaken by Nero’s comments he assume are bluffs but with so much at stake how will such thoughts play within his mind during his battle with Shiki. What will motivate him going forward? The prospect of victory is now but a potential possibility hinging on whether Nero performed what he said he did.
Turning to Nero, I believe he really transported the explosives originally on Nero 1 to Nero 66. Nero suspected such a betrayal from Shura and the fact that explosives were kept on Nero 1 that could be remotely detonated in the first place is such suspicious reality. Why keep the explosives on Nero 1 when they represent such a risk? Nero didn’t get to where he is by being ignorant and oblivious but rather his cautiousness is what helped him stay ahead of his enemies. This is why I believe Nero in his claim of having transporting the explosives on Nero 1 to Nero 66. The fact that Nero revealed his Ether Gear during his battle with Ziggy lends further weight to his statements. I had suspected in the previous chapter that Nero’s Ether Gear had something to do with evading or manipulating his placement in space but I honestly did not connect his powers to being able to teleport objects elsewhere within the universe. His Wormhole Ether Gear makes so much sense now and it is such a dangerous ability. Can he apply the effects on other living organisms? Or is it limited to just himself and inanimate objects? Would Ziggy constitute as being a living being or an inanimate object that is programmed to move? With Ziggy in his current state, can he even mount a subsequent fight back after being dismantled? Would be interesting to see Ziggy use his gravity to fight Nero as many parts.
That lost eye of Shiki’s is such a concern because it was crushed by Shura. There is no healing that eye. Will Shura progress through the rest of the story with just one eye? Or will Sister and Weisz design an artificial eye that Shiki can use? Or will Rebecca actually end up reversing time? There are so many possibilities in play currently. I personally would prefer if Rebecca doesn’t reverse time for this arc climax as overuse of her ability cheapens its effect and value. Rather, I would like the deaths to stay as they are and for the current combatants to bear the scars and injuries they will sustain during this battle. Shiki proceeding on his adventure with a lost eye will be a constant reminder of the type of people currently in the universe and how it is inevitable that some may be beyond saving. A reality that Shiki will constantly need to reconcile with his heart and desires.
Rebecca and Pino can now attempt to stop or destroy the All-Link system now that Shiki is holding off Shura. Would Pino releasing an EMP shut the All-System down or has Nero implemented safe measures in the All-Link system as well? Excited to see what happens. Very much looking forward to the next chapter.