Written by: Micha
I apologize for the delay in writing this review of chapter 222.5, which has to be the most brief yet confusing chapter ever published. In this informative chapter, we saw a page of David’s prophetic book which isn’t revealed to the people of the current world because it’s not part of the “Great Flow”; henceforth it’s not recorded in the rukhs of Solomon’s Wisdom. In the pages of the book, David has highlighted the following topics:
- Solomon’s birth,
- the “paths” and phenomenon of the future he sees,
- the birth of “singularity”,
- and his grand mission of surpassing god.
The chapter starts with the faces of people of the current world being seen by David, and by the looks of it, he seems very pleased, too. This is the demonstration of his ability to “see” the future, or more accurately the events and phenomenon of the future. I will come to this later in the review as I will be breaking his content in to chunks for easy studying.
This book was written after his son, Solomon, was born and he mentions that he hadn't thought of having a child for 800 years. So what changed? Not accounting for libido, of course, he said he decided to have a child because it was necessary and “part of destiny”. The only logical explanation could be that he had seen the birth of his child prior to his decision to have one. This man is acting according to the “path” he sees.
Next comes the topic of David’s unique ability of seeing the phenomenon and paths of the future. It is uncertain that the ability is something he was born with or later acquired, because by the sentence “If someone devotes himself to observing the paths in this world, and he is able to understand the rules and the interactions of such paths, he can naturally see any kind of phenomena that belongs to the future” it can be interpreted that the ability was acquired through learning. However, later in the passage he curses god for making him the only one able to see “the limits of the world” which implies that he was born with it.
Maybe this is a contradiction, or the passage is misinformed through the translation process. Or I am.
This section of the book is extremely philosophical and deep, as David talks about "singularity" and his loneliness rooted from the fact that he has reached a different level of nature. He feels lonely because he was the only one who could see the path and limits of the world, while everyone else around him were just ignorant and uninformed as they go wherever life took them. He feels like a hipster in an urban world, if that helps you understand it better, however in this case, David is the motherfucking real shitznit.
But doubts arise when he refers to the "singularity". We're all aware that David's ultimate goal is to become or surpass god. And maybe I could be wrong and/or scrutinized for pointing out the relevance, but the Jewish (David and Solomon being prophets of Islamic and Jewish faith) are very strict about the singularity of god. Or in other words, the oneness of god. The belief that there is and can be one god, and one only. Which must be what David was referring to when he says "singularity". You can conclude your own take on this, but this is mine for now.
However, the one thing that is nagging me about the "singularity" is that Gyokuen Ren, a magi, had referred to Sinbad as "First Class Singularity" during Magnostadt Arc. I'm not entirely sure that Sinbad has a connection to David, but I'm damn well going to bet on it.
David then talks about the purpose of his existence since he believes that all naturals things, including himself and the singularities, have a mission in this world to accomplish "to its end". Now, I highlight this quote because this phrase ties up everything that's coming later in the end of his passage.
David believes that like god's mission, his own is also to create. And the factor that's obstructing his goal was nothing but his lifespan, which he has been extending with the help of magic. He dwells on how much a magician would be capable of if it weren't for the limitation of life. The creation of the Gunud towers, his achieved position in the orthodox as a senator, and the creation of the Agenda were nothing but elements he needed towards accomplishment of his very grand plan.
At the end, he goes back to talking about Solomon. And according to him, Solomon will stand against him, and probably defeat him, and he knows it. This motherfucker knows it. And he still strive for the creation of another world, because he has accepted the facts of what he saw. And he will see that his mission is completed "to it's end"; that is until his inevitable death.
This chapter is by far the most interesting, and intellectual chapter I have ever read. Ohtaka managed to build a well-developed character with the depths of an underwater trench with just 5 fucking pages. That's more than what other managakas can do in 5 years worth of plot. That's talent! I am overflowing with my fangirl juices here for David and Ohtaka.
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Also, she now has an ask.fm. 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.