This episode was particularly thought-provoking. It begins with the mysterious masked stranger warning Ai to leave the country. In Ortus, the land of the dead, the living are not permitted permanent residence. We find out a lot more about this strange country. It’s a place where the dead can – in the words of Ai – “have a happy ending.” For those who have lost all meaning and reason in their lives, are granted acceptance into Ortus after a ceremony… a ceremony that kills them “peacefully.”
The lines between life and death are definitely blurred. The dead are dead but not really because they’re still able to function like the living, but physically and psychologically they begin to deteriorate… the dead get sick too!
We also find out Kiriko’s background, or rather, his origin. He was made from parts from five humans who all desperately wanted to have a child after God abandoned the world. In search for a solution, they approached a witch who told them that humans really wanted a child, God would have granted that wish. But the witch is still able to grant their wish, and taking pieces from each human, a sixth person was created – Kiriko. He was made thirteen years ago and looked about fourteen then; he ages exceedingly slow. So there’s God-miracle magic and then there’s twisted witch magic. Then there’s still science that places gravekeepers, the living and the dead on the same plane in terms of heath… What a strange and unusual world.
In this episode, Ai meets a new and intriguing individual – the Princess of Ortus, Ulla Eulesse Hecmatika. Ai has such a friendly and infectious personality that you can’t help but like her. She quickly warms up the Ulla, who has her face and eyes covered on a regular basis. Is she blind? Or just bandaged? (You literally get spoilers in the previews) She uses a quill and pad to communicate. The interactions between Ulla, Ai and Kiriko are so adorable and lighthearted compared to the rest of the plot so it’s a nice change every once in a while.
I’m beginning to understand more of the social systems in this world. At the end of the episode, Ai and Yuri, who are having dinner when Kiriko bursts in to tell them that Ortus is placed under martial law and that all visitors are confined to house arrest. 105 of the wandering living have requested permanent residence into the country and they are about to undergo the transition ceremony. Ai reveals to Yuri that Ulla is actually of the living and believing that Ulla is unaware of the ceremony, runs to the palace to let her know. Though Ortus is a happy ending for many of the dead, is it truly okay to kill 105 living people just to give them a new home?
I’m growing to love the soundtrack that’s slowly being reveled in the series. I can’t wait till it’s released; it really does a fantastic job in setting the atmosphere and adding to the mystery and suspense of the plot. I hope you guys are finding this series as curious and exciting as I am. Thank you so much for dropping in and I hope you like these screenshots!
What are you pondering today?