Okay, this chapter is huge. It does give the impression that Hata is getting serious with the main plot(TM) and is trying to tighten up most (if not all) the loose ends. Apparently we are heading towards the end of the series, and in a good way: despite all the fillers and subplots and extra characters, I am convinced that Hata has his storyline in mind, and that the story is heading towards its natural end.
Everything that has a beginning has an end. A natural ending of a story is nothing to be sad about.
So, back to this “huge” chapter. What makes this chapter “huge”? Put it simply, it explains quite a few things, which in turn reveals Yukariko’s motives and gives Himegami (and Mikado) a purpose to be the villain(s). In other words, I am finally given the official reasons for everyone to be so crazy about the Royal Garden, and things make much more sense to me now.
No, fan speculations never count for me – mine included.
Before going on with the main exposition, let me first tie up a particular loose end for myself: yes, it can now be confirmed that Hayate was referring to that business in Shimoda when he said he heard the
word voice of God before. So, I guess it is safe to say that I did not miss the most important thing that is relevant to the current plot. As for what she has said exactly… well, I think you can see it for yourself.
So, reasons. I am not going to repeat word by word what Mikoto says in this chapter, so I will jump straight into my thoughts. For me, they really shed some new light on Yukariko. Before this chapter, I have always been under the impression that Yukariko entered the Royal Garden for mischief, by pure luck, or for no reason at all. This makes Yukariko’s journey into the Royal Garden too random for me, and… I just don’t like people doing random things while at the same time carrying the tag “blessed by the gods”. You see what I mean there?
While this chapter still hasn’t explained how Yukariko managed to enter the Royal Garden (specifically, what gives a girl who is “blessed by the gods” such negative emotions?), at least now I know what she has been up to there. You may say that she is being naive for trying to interfere the stuff between a god and a king, but at least you see the good in her for not being greedy – unlike her very own father.
Obviously, Mikado is not the only one who would like the Royal Power to himself. There is also Himegami, who has been name-dropped by Mikoto. And… there is – or at least was – You-Know-Who. That person happens to be a fan-favourite, so I guess it would be wiser for me to shut up bashing them. Then again, they said themselves that they were “accomplices” with Mikado and Himegami, and they were all punished by the gods, so…
This chapter seems to have divided certain people into two teams, based on their reasons for seeking the Royal Garden. On the one hand there is “Team Yukariko”, with Mikoto and Hayate attempting to fulfil Yukariko’s wish of retuning the Royal Power to the god. On the other hand there is “Team Mikado”, with Mikado, Himegami and (maybe) You-Know-Who. With these two team names, you know that I am suggesting that, sadly, in the end this looks like a family civil war between Yukariko and Mikado.
As for Mikoto’s choice of venue for this big revelation… God, she is an even bigger drinker than Yukiji, isn’t she?