- Sat Mar 29, 2014 6:04 am
ookamilord wrote:i like the aspect of a dark inner self it feels like a fighter game in a way.
I do really like The King of Fighters
Orochi Saga (KoF 96-97), so I likely drew from it subconsciously.
The dark persona serves two main purposes. First, it is an echo of the invading entity that threatened to consume her in Dark Energy Trilogy
. Facing who she was in those few hours serves as her dealing with the trauma done to her psyche. Second, it is a mental block to her full potential. Personally, I have always believed that Ayeka has held herself back. In the series, we see her fight with Ryoko often, and the two always seem to be tied. However, when Ayeka faced Kagato in Universe
episode 25, Kagato says that Ayeka "finally evoked Jurai's power", as if she never really had. If Ayeka had not really been using Jurai's power, what was stopping her? Much like Tenchi in the OVA, I theorize that Ayeka is preventing herself mentally, mostly likely due to her royal training or some other trauma.
ookamilord wrote:with the whole mental battle it also felt like a spirit quest in many ways.
A "spirit quest" is probably the best way to describe Ayeka's journey in Jurai
. My interpretation of Universe
's conclusion is that Ayeka vacated the throne to be with Tenchi on Earth. What becomes of her then if Tenchi does not choose her? She always defined herself as "the crown princess of planet Jurai". What is she without that title or the prospect of Tenchi's affections? Essentially, who is "Ayeka" without reference to Jurai or Tenchi?
I also admit to being inspired heavily by Literary Eagle's Confess to You
, where Ayeka goes on a harrowing journey to find herself. If you want a very good Tenchi Muyo!
story, I would read this one. Lita is an excellent author, and you will get the FEELS.