Takt Op. Destiny – 08 – Call Her By Her Name

Despite being worn down by a combination of sleep deprivation and Destiny, Takt makes the first move against Felix, and would have socked him in the face with a speed and force Felix didn’t expect, were it not for his trusty sadistic bodyguard, Hell, who breaks his ribs with a kick. Destiny retreats with Takt in her arms, and Hell lets them go, because killing them now won’t be as fun as waiting until they’ve recovered.

When Takt comes to (after she administers water to him with a kiss), Destiny has returned to Normal Girl Mode and made a fire, but her bandage wrapping leaves much to be desired. She acknowledges this, and her shortcomings outside of battle in general. When Takt asks why she didn’t continue fighting without him, she says when she saw him crumpled on the ground, her body moved on its own: to him, and away from the fighting.

Takt tells Destiny more about Cosette, and how now that she’s gone, there’s no one left around to hear his music he might compose. Of course, he’s wrong; not only are Anna and Destiny there, but a whole lot of people who want and need to hear his music so it can warm their hearts like the fire in the cave.

The next morning, Destiny meets Felix and Hell back in the woods with two axes and tries her best to fight. Alas, without her Musicart Mode she’s no match for Hell, who merely toys with her. Just when she’s about to be choked out, Takt arrives, and the two get into a lover’s quarrel, completely ignoring Felix. Lenny and Titan arrive to keep Felix and Hell busy while the two talk things out.

Takt asks Destiny—by name, for the first time—if she also needs to hear his song like all those other people out there. Destiny says she doesn’t simply need to; she wants to hear it. With Felix and Hell standing in the way of that, Takt tells Desinty to use as much of his life as she needs to dispatch them. And what do you know, Destiny actually takes it to Hell, overpowering her giant attack with one of her own and  burning her arm.

Hell is ready to go another round, but the fight is stopped by the ethereally calm and gentle voice of Heaven, Grand Maestro Sagan’s Musicart. Speaking for Sagan, Heaven relieves Felix of his position and fires him from the Symphonia with immediate effect.

Just like that, Hell turns her back on her former Maestro and snaps his baton, and departs with Heaven. There’s an ominous to Heaven’s presence (aided by the music that plays when she arrives) and to the fact that Felix was officially relieved for disobeying orders…not for trying to kill Takt and Destiny.

Still, it’s probably not the last we’ll see of him, and I was a little miffed Takt wasn’t able to land a punch to his smug, villainous face. But in the end I was just glad Takt and Destiny made it out of the predicament alive, and doubly glad to see them reunite with a ridiculously relieved Anna. Like Takt, she calls Destiny by her name for the first time. She lost a little sister, but now realized she gained another.

Watching Destiny evolve before our eyes with an essentially full suite of emotions, and watching Takt and Anna shed their denial and accept Destiny for Destiny, was as fun as watching Destiny, Takt, and Titan kick ass. After all this excitement, could another comparatively relaxing road trip episode be in the offing?

Author: sesameacrylic

Zane Kalish is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

2 thoughts on “Takt Op. Destiny – 08 – Call Her By Her Name”

  1. Wonderful and complete review of EP 8. Many fans are trolling Takt op. Destiny for reasons which are all over the map., but it seems that some cannot face the fact that Takt op. is really a comedy. In the very first EP 1, when Takt says “This is music.” and then face plants into the cement (with no injuries), the artists animate three yellow quote marks and freeze frame his free fall for a moment as if to say, “Look, this is comedy!”. Destiny constantly destroying buildings and running through walls, is a comedic schtick, a repeating motif, like the comedian walking on stage with a rubber chicken,. Schindler complaining about being ignored while Takt and Destiny have a lover’s quarrel, is funny. Comedy does not preclude drama or tragedy as Shakespeare showed long ago when he cracked some hilarious jokes in Ophelia’s grave, or when the excellent comedy Kaguya-sama concluded its second season with the powerful Ishigama tragic arc and then blew up an entire High School with a Red Balloon. Felix Schindler is an over-the-top comedic villain (There was a real Felix Schindler in Beethoven’s life who named the 5th Symphony, The Fate Symphony after the composer’s death) And his sidekick Hell, is just as outrageous and comical. But all the powers of Hell cannot defeat Destiny, the Victory Symphony, when she is fully powered in full orchestra and conductor. As you observe, Schindler is fired for disobeying orders, not for killing masses of people. Which appears to lead to the larger plot that corruption may run deeper in the Symphonica than just Schindler. If they attempt to “fix” Destiny, they might actually try to corrupt her to their own wicked purposes in order to gain total control of the Destiny Symphony and her power.
    Excellent review of an excellent and very enjoyable story with beautiful characters and very funny set-pieces. “Takt: op. Destiny” is a rubber chicken, and I like rubber chickens.

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