“Wait guys … I got this.”
|Now that we have that little training montage out of the way, can we expect a much tougher Hibiki? I really hope so because without Tsubasa she can’t do much of anything unless she goes berserk …|
Punching bag-kun. :<
Now that the training montage is over Hibiki proudly shows off her new found power, taking out an unsuspecting punching bag from its holder into a pond. To Miku’s dismay, she doesn’t get to wake up to the face of her
lover best friend who always seems to be busy.
Over the phone a naked woman speaks to an American man about the Nehustan relic, using extremely accurate American phrases no less. (pfff) Anyway, they discuss their deal, which is left pretty vague. She then wanders over to Chris, the Nehustan Symphogear from last week, who is chained to an electric wall. She has some kind of wish that the naked woman probably told her she could fulfill, explaining why she works for her.
Miku covers for Hibiki who didn’t go to school because of a “cold”. Turns out all that montaging left her worn out, and she takes refuge at the second branch. There she, Genjurou, and two others discuss the politics behind their division and the relics. Apparently the US and EU are waiting for a moment to strike and take the relic technology for themselves. We also learn that Ryoko is away visiting an important government official to talk about security.
I hope you find your happiness Tsubasa. D:
Meanwhile Tsubasa has a dream with Kanade where they talk about the meaning of life for a Symphogear. Kanade reminds Tsubasa that it’s up to her to decide how close they still are despite being so far apart in the physical world. Tsubasa gains consciousness after the dream. (Forever OTP.)
Two government officials, one Ryoko was supposed to be visiting, are attacked and killed by Americans. They take a briefcase with them with unknown contents. Later, Ryoko arrives at HQ carrying that very same briefcase and the contents are revealed to be orders from the government. The orders are to deliver Durandal to a vault underneath Parliament.
I wonder which is Ryoko’s …
On their way to delivering Durandal the group is attacked by Noise who easily destroy the many underling’s cars. Ryoko and Hibiki, who are riding together, are also attacked, flipping their car upside down. Chris appears and attacked the two, however Ryoko manages to activate a barrier that protects them. Hibiki transforms and easily takes out the Noise around her.
It’s about time, Hibiki!
Durandal escapes it’s container, and Hibiki manages to grab it before Chris has a chance to. The relic activates Hibiki’s berserk mode and she destroys the remaining Noise and defeats Chris. Oh, and she pretty much obliterates the entire surrounding area in the process. Hibiki passes out and Ryoko protects her from the debri. She makes a call and tells whoever is on the other side that the delivery was not a success.
Creepy, creepy, creepy …
The face of evil!
WHAT!? I didn’t see that coming at all! Ryoko you sneaky lesbian. D:< Gah, I hope they’re not just trolling us. Seriously though, everything adds up to Ryoko being the mastermind behind the Nehustan Sypmhogear, and also the evil intermediary between the US and the second branch. Let’s see, she has almost the same hair as the naked woman from the start except with a different color, they both have yuri tenancies, there was the blood mark on the case, and their voices were VERY similar, like they might even be from the same VA, but I don’t want to assume. (If the Ryoko we know ever tries to speak English, it’ll be even more obvious.) Her cheeriness feels a lot creepier now too.
This episode was surprisingly enjoyable! I feel like I’ve been lowering my standards week after week in hopes of not getting too hyped, but this episode for the first time felt entirely entertaining for all 23 minutes. Usually I have to rely on one or two scenes for some excitement, but even the dialogue this week felt more inspired. (The dream Tsubasa had of Kanade for instance.) Plus there are the added bonuses of the plot finally coming into focus and Hibiki finally not being annoying! Without Tsubasa around, Hibiki is so much more tolerable, and now that she finally has some power any upcoming battles will be even better.
There was plenty of action this week for those of you still holding on for that aspect. The car chase was … weird at times (eg. cars breaking the laws of physics and soaring off into the distance), but I thought it was a nice break from the usual Noise battles. The fight scene towards the end gave us some insight into the results of Hibiki’s training, and she really kicked some butt. No more helplessly skipping around punching things randomly! The berserk mode with Durandel had to be my favorite part of the scene though. I might have nightmares of that face tonight …
I still have plenty of questions bouncing around in my head, such as where Ryoko’s and Genjurou’s powers come from, and why Chris knowingly attacked Ryoko, so hopefully we’ll get some answers next week! I might be making a biased prediction here, but it seems like the series will get 10x better from now on with Hibiki being able to stand on her own, Tsubasa having some confidence, and another villain being introduced. Now I have little to complain about!
Also, when the woman speaking English said “As reported” I almost died laughing. I’m not sure why I found it so funny. That entire scene in general was just … weird. =_=