Because this week’s episode fucked it up so badly with the entire Camlann Iris Gem event, I took the liberty of recording it from my save. First up, the party seeing the contents of the Iris Gem, courtesy of Mayvin (yes, I actually put everyone back into their classic costumes except for the dolls, lol):
Yes, the anime flashback scene skipped it, but both Sorey and Mikleo are survivors of the Camlann massacre, and that they didn’t think Sorey was going to live for more than a few months because he was born so prematurely and yet look at him, all grown up and getting ready to save the world. And Muse’s farewell to baby Mikleo makes me cry every time. The manga version is even sadder as one of the last panels we see of that sequence is Muse hugging baby (now Seraph) Mikleo for the last time as she tells him goodbye with her circlet wrapped around his blankets. And before anyone tries to tell me that baby can’t be Mikleo, he still looks like Muse in the anime, Michael still has purple eyes, and the circlet Michael takes off of Muse’s forehead is the exact same one we see Mikleo wearing when he’s underwater at the Galahad Ruins way back when in Season 1.
And then, of course, Sorey’s answer:
No, Mayvin normally doesn’t show up at level 112 with over 45k HP, that’s just what happens when you have the game cranked up to Chaos.
As for when this happens in the game … well, for one thing, there’s no good corresponding moment in the anime. As for what’s happened in the game, this is after Glaivend Basin, after Sorey loses (and regains) his resonance, after he’s gone through the 4 trial shrines for the mystic artes in each armatus, after facing off against Heldalf and Symonne a second time, and Zaveid basically reminding them all that Maotelus has been MIA ever since the Age of Chaos began, and hinting to Sorey, Mikleo, and Rose that Maotelus has been using the continent as a vessel, and this is Lailah’s way of getting the truth of what happened in the past to Sorey and Mikleo so Sorey can come to his answer as the current Shepherd.
It’s worth noting that this is where game-Sorey realizes what needs to be done, and the full implications of it, and what the risks would be, and note how even though Mikleo has undoubtedly come to the same conclusion, he’s still right there supporting Sorey and while he’s not the first to speak, he is the last (and most important) and when the chips came down, it’s Mikleo that Sorey armatizes with and it’s Mikleo that Sorey was going to “use” for the “bullet” for Mayvin.