Now you have even more reasons not to trust adults…
~I swear this isn’t late due to procrastination. It’s late because of a lack of a proper internet connection *sob* But with no internet, meant no procrastination, which means I actually got this finished in a matter of three hours on Saturday. THAT’S A RECORD. So anyway…this episode opens up on a very bleak world where Black Gold Saw waters a section of ground that turns into budding people in hoods….
Meanwhile in the real world, it’s revealed through Yomi that Kagari is doing fine after her manic episode last week. She ended falling over and falling asleep at the end of the episode. The two happily walk on there way to school, until Yuu needs Mato to come with her to a meeting. At Basketball practice, Mato’s skills get her to be a semi-regular in the summer tournament and have a place at the training camp, as decreed by coach Koha. When Yuu and Mato are talking about it afterward, they discover Koha giving a confession letter to a boy! Yomi calls later in the evening as Mato is packing for the camp, but gets a little disheartened as she talks about Yuu the whole time.
In the Other world, Black Gold Saw catches the eyes of one shaking, hooded girl and gives her hand to her. Before she can make any such motion to take it, the ground begins to shake and rubble falls on some of the hooded figures. At the same time, Mato wakes up, this being her second dream of the Other world. She tells about these dreams to Yuu, who also had woken up. Yuu speculates that maybe these girls are helping endure her pain, just as the counselor, Saya, had said about someone taking away the pain. Mato thinks it wouldn’t make sense, and mentions about seeing one girl that seemed older than the rest of them…
As Mato and Yuu buy souvenirs at a store the next day, they spot Koha’s friends making a fuss over Koha buying a wooden sword for the guy she confessed to before she left. Meanwhile at school, Yomi comes in contact with Saya, but rushes off. Saya goes into the room and pulls out a yearbook that has red circles around Mato and Yomi’s names.
Even Yuu is stanning MatoxYomi~
At every mention of Yuu from Mato, Yomi seems to get more disheartened, even making a comment about her and Mato not being best friends. She continues to try her best though, happily talking with Mato at school. Once they turn into a hall, they spot a group of students around a bulletin board. Koha makes her entrance and spots her confession letter posted on the bulletin board! Everyone begins to laugh, including Koha, who takes the letter down and acts like it was her fault. Koha still seems cool about the incident as she drinks coffee at the counselor’s office, but Saya’s words and sudden tears slowly start to break down her strong exterior. She keeps mentioning the fact that they were laughing, and continue to laugh, at her, and that she’s now the joke of the school. The more Saya speaks, the more the room starts to grow darker until everything fades out…
Back in the Other world, Black Rock Shooter makes her appearance and shoots her canon at the group of hooded figures. She stands in the mass of the lifeless figures, discovering that one, the shaking girl in the beginning, is still alive.
Koha ends up tripping over a girl’s leg at basketball practice, twisting her ankle. Mato helps her to the Infirmary, where she reveals that she doesn’t like thinking that it’s someone else’s fault when something bad happens. She likes to think that it’s her fault so she can do something about it. Mato offers to bring a teacher to giver better first aid, but Koha commands her to go back to practice. As soon as she leaves, the room suddenly turns dark. Meanwhile Yomi sits at the counselor’s office and drinks her coffee, which was left bitter on purpose by Saya.
Black Rock Shooter continues to walk closer to the shaking figure, her hand reached out, but as it keeps retreating, her left eye turns ablaze. In a quick flash to the real world where Koha starts screaming, the figure falls to the ground, its head rolling away. Saya suddenly starts to shed tears and Mato discovers Koha collapsed on the floor.~
Look at Yomi and Mato getting all blushy-blushy when they called each other by their first names! I may poke fun at this show (a lot), but I really do like Mato and Yomi as pairing~. Speaking of pairings, THE JEALOUSY ENSUES IN THIS SOAP OPERA! The love triangle may be over, but that doesn’t mean these two can have a happy ending together yet. Poor Yomi is starting to doubt that they’ll become best friends because of Yuu, who’s been with Mato since Kindergarten. Either we’ll go back to the OVA where Yomi gets more of Mato’s attention and Yuu becomes jealous, or Yomi just continues to get jealous and have negative thoughts, which might bring back Dead Master. It’d be pretty sweet if she goes back to being as bad-ass as she was in the OVA. Then again we have yet to see Yuu’s Other world counterpart so I’ll just have to see how the story progresses. Also, I couldn’t believe how ridiculously anti-climatic the ending to Kagari’s storyline was; they ended up finally toning down the dramatics at the worst possible moment. It felt like such a cheap cop-out to start a new story…I mean, I’m glad we’re done with the arc, but I feel a bit cheated after getting so overwhelmed with that cliffhanger.
My speculations of the counselor being Black Gold Saw are nearly proven! I knew they didn’t just add her to be the caring adult who helps them with their problems. Some speculated it was going to be Koha because of her color, but she was just too cheerful and not as focused on (until this episode) as the other characters were. Saya, the counselor, knows all of their problems since she created a welcoming and trustworthy aura around herself so they’ll come willing to her. She can easily plant seeds of mistrust, doubt, and other negative aspects because of their trust in her advice. These negative thoughts grow in their minds, and can grow fast if they get watered by Saya’s words from constant visits to her. I want to say that in the parallel world, Black Gold Saw does the same, but creating, what I like to call, minions of pain, which represent these dark feelings that potentially lurk inside girls’ hearts. If they take her hand, they could possibly turn into something stronger, both in the real world and the parallel world, just as it had down to Kagari and Yomi and their counterparts. I assume Black Rock Shooter tries to stop and prevent these pains, these dark feelings, for all of them; just as cheerful and kind Mato would do for her friends in the real world. This could explain why she had to kill the potential counterpart for Koha, who just wouldn’t take her hand. It seems Saya now though is trying to get to Yomi, who has a delicate heart already. I’m curious though as to why Saya cried when BRS killed the growing minions and then the potential Koha one, and of course as to how this will affect Koha in the real world, seeing that she collapsed.
But why, WHY?! That is the ultimate question! Does Saya have connections to this Other world, or is she just some crazy adult who likes to pit middle school girls against each other? If she does have these connections, then how did she know about Mato and Yomi? Does she just want to pull them away because of some inter-working of fate that concerns them being together? Or does she just want to destroy Mato so she can destroy BRS, who’s quite powerful in the Other world? She could even be trying to build some kind of army against BRS so she needs to manipulate certain girls who know Mato to create these counterparts in the Other world. SO MANY QUESTIONS, SO MANY SPECULATIONS…Am I just over-thinking this now?~