I was anticipating this chapter and am not even sure why; it’s the typical rule of most manga that the end of a massive conflict is immediately followed by some downtime, though the purpose of this chapter revolved around that final revelation, which wasn’t much of a revelation truth be told.
The various species are glad for their free and begin to emerge from the shells. The magicians however express doubt over their victory and ask whether freedom and equality achieved were a worthy cause for the sacrifices they suffered.
Magi is at its best when its asking all these difficult questions and giving few answers. There was hope in chapter 231, watching as the various species finally emerged from hiding and enjoyed the sun, free from the oppression of the orthodox magicians.
However there was also despair from the magicians that had fought for decades and centuries to bring equality to the other species, only to achieve their goal and lose their families as a consequence.
The first half of this chapter was dark; there was less doubt in Solomon’s leadership than I expected and more raw anger, with most of the magicians coming to accept the fact that Solomon wasn’t to blame.
He bounced back rather quickly, Solomon, putting his mind to the task of figuring out what David intended in massacring his friends and family and then gifting him with the stave.
Following previous revelations about David’s intentions to capture god, it was of little surprise what the crew discovered at the end. Yet one has to wonder what David had in mind.
I cannot even begin to ascertain where this story is going. We know David has foreknowledge of the future. Which means all his actions where intended for a very specific purpose and not merely meaningless violence.
And now we have Illah, stuck in another dimension, leaking magoi; this has to link back to the great Alma Toran disaster and what Al tharmen has in mind for the present world.
+Predictions- We can presume that the Father is Illah corrupted into a black rukh form, and is probably responsible for Alma Toran’s destruction. Solomon’s friend's are still on track to becoming Al Tharmen.
With this chapter I am now even more certain that Sheba will become Gyoukuen. She is clearly mesmerized by Illah whereas Solomon is curious. He’s probably going to find something that deems Illah in his current state too dangerous to be set free.
David will probably prove to be righteous, with his previous actions intended for the greater good, and in her attempts to set Illah free at all costs, even with the potential destruction of reality, Sheba will turn against Solomon.
And she did call Illah father after all, the same thing Al Tharmen called that black thing that fell out of the sky.
+RATING: 7/10, This Magi flashback is gearing up for quite the epic finale.