Written by: Micha
Well, this was one hell of a chapter. Can you handle the amount of spirituality this one contains? This chapter was so religious, and overwhelming I think I’m going to need therapy after this. This chapter solves a quite number of mysteries that we’ve been pondering for a while; including the riddle of the black rukh, and “Destiny”.
Continuing from the last chapter, Arba gets incredibly upset from witnessing that David had been stealing magic from Ill-Ilah as we know that she is very devoted to God. Ugo also seems to agree that David was arrogant for stealing magic from God, while Solomon tries to reason why David had wanted him to see the place.
|This panel is insight to what stimulates Arba the most.|
We then see all of Solomon’s friends intensely looking through their third eye at God’s form, which is not only impressive but also creepy for someone like me who isn’t used to seeing the eye on your forehead shedding tears.
|I'm serious. I'm very creeped out.|
After observing what was happening in front of them, they had finally understood God’s Agenda or what they call Destiny. Destiny is absolute and certain, and there is one path and one only in life, that leads you to the Destiny that was predetermined. For the sci-fi lovers, this must be displeasing to know, because this part of the chapter was rather religious than focusing on the topic of “choices” and “alternative life pathway”.
The concept of Destiny in Magi is consistent with the same concept in most religions, or more precisely, Judaism and Islam. I won’t go further than that, but the point is, everything is written. And every action you take, every thought you have, and every word you say, it all happens so because it’s all part of one great flow that leads to a fixed Destiny.
It is also interpreted that everything is in god’s hands, regardless of how much we think we’re in control of our actions. And that they had unknowingly been living in the prison called Destiny. And they realized all of this because the magic emitting from Ill-Illah’s form was running through their bodies courtesy of David who had wanted them to be aware of it.
Solomon, of course, did not approve of this. He saw the enormous amount of magoi in front of them, and planned to use it to change the Destiny of the world so that they wouldn’t have to be confined within the one flow god had created. In other words, Solomon was going to commit the ultimate blasphemy after him and his friends had been against the views of Orthodox who were devoted to God.
The people around him were stunned by his declaration. Arba insisted that by violating, disgracing, and killing god, Solomon would be becoming exactly like David who had wanted to replace god himself. Solomon, however, argues that he would not be becoming god as he intends to share the power, or more precisely the rukh, with every intelligent creature.
|Does this remind you of everyday politics?|
Sheba, being a person who has a deep faith in god, was not willing to accept Solomon’s declaration. Ugo was contemplating about how impossible it was to utilize a magic of that much intensity, and wondered what would happen to a person who manages to do it.
Solomon thanks everyone for following him until then while he uses David’s staff to utilize the magoi and rukh. He says that Sheba was the one who understood him the most, with Ugo's creations would b be possible regardless of the destructions that may come, and he acknowledged Arba to be trustworthy and had remained loyal to him.
|This kind of emotion-provoking, beautiful art is exactly why I need the therapy.|
The rukh was disposed of Ill-Ilah’s body which was sealed in another space, and rukh was divided among the species and magicians equally. And the rukh, which was black, turned white. Solomon’s will became part of the rukh flow.
My thoughts on this chapter:
This chapter is a nutcase, but in a good way. We've found out so much about the rukh, and it's origins which can be used to compare Alma Torran and the current world. There was no rukh in Alma Torran as it existed exclusively with Ill-Ilah, but that is changed after Solomon distributed the rukh among everyone.
But I want to highlight this one thing about "Destiny" that was repeated throughout the chapter multiple times. I believe I've cleared any confusion that may have occurred regarding the concept of "one absolute flow" earlier in my review. But for some reason if you've skipped the review, I want to emphasize that Destiny is predetermined by God, and everything that happens is in accordance to God's will.
But confusion arises when Solomon managed to kill God, and distributed the rukh. Was this also an event that was predetermined? Because, correct me if I'm wrong, up until the destruction of the flow, everything should be working in the flow of Destiny. Did God intend Solomon to destroy Him and manipulate the rukh? If so, is God a conscious being in this manga, or just a mass of powerful energy?
This is making my head spin.
Also in the end, it would seem that Solomon really did succeed David. He carried out his deed, even though Solomon denies that he's anything like his father. Also, by this chapter it is pretty clear that Solomon's friends, who are currently members of the evil group Al Thamen, did not betray Solomon (...yet). Whatever events that had occurred after this contributes to them becoming evil.
Also, what's up with this?
I'm very certain that this is not David, although Solomon looks very mature in appearance and very much like his father.
|Judar approves and so do I.|
Also, she now has an ask.fm and tumblr. Here's your chance to harass her.Micha likes to broadcast her terrible drawing skills to the world on her DeviantArt account and talks about her life long ambition of making Yakushi Kabuto a woman, on her Skype; michasucks. Yes, with the dot. She will also respond to e-mails on her email@example.com because Amber forces her to.