love is in the air~ (but it’s Mirai Nikki style so it’s more like *kiss kiss stab stab*)
The episode begins with a flashback, because God knows we can wait to see if the main character plummets to his death or not…Anyway, the flashback shows Seventh as children; Mar comes to Ai’s rescue when she’s abandoned, and all throughout high school she’s seen to stick to him. Despite his predilection for gangsta pants. GURL R U TRIPPIN?
Unfortunately the rest of the school don’t like their relationship, and Ai is tricked into going to an abandoned factory where a group of boys are waiting for her. Mar is too late to prevent the rape but when he does arrive he’s so enraged that he kills one of the students. Later on that night Mar is horrified with what he’s done to the point where he nearly kills himself, but is stopped by Ai. The two agree to protect each other and thus the deadly duo of Seventh is born!
Back to the present and it seems Yuno won the grab-a-Yuki prize. His dad is snatched and they chase Seventh to the roof for another face off. Well, Yuno does…Yuki does the smart thing and hides. Yuno is equipped with a plan as usual and using the fake diaries used to fool team First in the last episode works in their favor this time around. This separates Seventh long enough for Yuki to distract Ai and for Yuno to slit her throat.
As the building starts to collapse Yuki’s Dad grabs one of the parachutes and runs off with it to save himself. He gets away but is caught by Rea who knows what a loose he is. Yuki and Yuno and a dying Ai are trapped in the rubble with Mar still outside trying to break in and save Ai. Mar also starts poking the holes in Yuki and Yuno’s “relationship” until he finally breaks through, revealing a pipe skewering his perfect abs. So Seventh admit defeat and give Yuki and Yuno the parachute while they remain on the tower to die. Once Yuki and Yuno land he’s given the unpleasant news that his Mother is dead.
I really needed an episode to turn around how I felt about Seventh, and thankfully this did the job. The rape plot was handled with a whole lot more finesse than, say …Kamisama Dolls, and didn’t even fall into a trashy fanservice ploy. It was what it was supposed to be; disturbing. And led to some really nice character development for Ai and Mar. I buy their relationship now. The phonyness I felt they embodied when they first appeared was abolished and I actually started to care about them as a couple. Just in time for them to go and die. Isn’t that always the way! Still, these two did become one of my better liked “enemies” that Yuki and Yuno have faced – even if it took me a couple of episodes to fall for them.
Yuki’s Dad on the other hand is just a bastard! I mean, first he sells out his son…then he STABS his ex-wife? Bitch! Take some Prozac man, and and stroke a kitten! It was pretty disappointing that the cliffhanger from last time was immediately resolved with nothing much to say about it. At least the end of the episode brought Yuki and Yuno – hopefully – onto a new plain. Yuki actually imploring Yuno to give him a freakin’ reason to trust her for a change was great. She does actually need to prove herself if she wants to get anywhere near him. Surely even a stalker knows that?
I’m looking forward to Yuki’s inevitable mental breakdown next episodes – Oooooh, what will it be? Dispondent apathy? Voice-cracking, rage filled screaming? Moe-moe man tears? I can’t wait. I have a feeling Yuno rise to the occasion so to speak….she has a nasty habit of getting under Yuki’s skin when he’s vulnerable. It was quite funny that the news came only moments after he was telling her all his plans about getting his parents back together. Oh, Yuki, irony is a bitch.