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|Enjoying the Valentine’s Day fun at Metanorn? Your chocolates may be gone, and your roses and wilted, but the festivities seem to just keep going here. It’s like getting two gifts! However, the rabu-rabu celebrations end where the new ZKC begins. There isn’t a shred of romance here (unless you don ultra-sensitive yaoi goggles). There is just brutality.|
Andy has been given pressure from 3 sides: USEI, PANDRA and BABEL. Seeing him squirm uncomfortably whenever he’s forced to choose one has been one of the best parts of the show thus far, and episode 6 really runs with that. To be honest, I would have liked if they dragged out Andy’s inability to decide for one more episode or so. He was pushed to make a decision rather soon, and I think they could have amped up the tension more before forcing him to reveal his hand. That’s not to say I don’t think Andy’s decision right now is final and he won’t change something else later, but his stint as an undercover agent is certainly over. Things will have to come to a conclusion soon – at least regarding where Andy’s loyalties lie.
It’s not surprising that Andy’s initial choice is to go with what USEI wants and get around to some thief-work. It’s the default option, and it’s easier to stick with the original plan than suddenly improvise and do something else. Andy isn’t particularly fond of USEI since he joined on a whim because espers wouldn’t accept him. His connection is really only skin deep, whereas the espers on the Catastrophe accept him as their own. This is the first time Andy has ever been accepted by other esper from what we’ve seen, which is why it has such a big impact on him. Originally impartial to normals or espers, it’s like he’s re-connected with his roots and is stuck trying to decide where he actually belongs. He chooses USEI in the end – at least for now.
Now, choosing USEI is only an easier choice because it requires less thinking to just maintain momentum than to stop and go in another direction though. Actually going through with this is hard for him. We see Andy struggling a lot with the morality of betraying his comrades all throughout the episode. Not only is he now close enough to the adult members for them to joke around and play pool with him, but he arguably Yugiri’s second favourite person next to Hyoubu. She’s the one that causes Andy to hesitate the most…which makes that one amusement park episode seem very well placed since Yugiri is fresh in our mind as this adorable little package of cuteness. How could you betray a little girl with a flying squirrel?!
Seeing Andy struggle with things was great. It’s a tough situation, and even I don’t know who I’d pick to side with. I was right there along with Hyoubu until he said he wanted to kill all Normals, like some kind of esper Hitler. That’s far too extreme to agree with. It’s a shame because Andy has gotten so close to Hyoubu’s crew, and even Hyoubu himself. Although Hyoubu knew Andy was a traitor from the beginning, he still took him in. Why? I think he might actually be fond of Andy. Episode 7 seems to show Hyoubu’s past, so they might actually know each other from a long time ago. Even if they don’t, I get the feeling that Hyoubu’s kindness towards Andy is only partially fake.
Being on the verge of death isn’t enough to stop Hyoubu from kicking ass
These bonds Andy has with Yugiri and Hyoubu will probably make him change his mind later on. He may not exactly support Hyoubu’s plan, but he will probably try to save him. Hyoubu can’t hide his sickness forever, no matter how good of an actor he is. It seems a lot worse than I had originally thought considering that he spent a good chunk of the episode gripping his chest and cursing his mortality. Even when knocking on death’s door, he’s desperate to have Kaoru as the queen of espers. The last plans he seems to be forming as he scurries around revolve around setting that up so it comes to fruition even after he dies. It’s such a weird plan that I can’t really get behind him on it. At this point, Hyoubu really seems a lot more like an actual villain. He has good intentions, but man are they ever twisted…
I’m still not sure what to make of Hyoubu’s ghost-powered ship quite yet either. Once I know who the hell this guy he suddenly summoned from a bloody notebook is, I’ll be able to say something aside from “wow, that’s creepy but also very practical!” I guess ANYONE would like a device that can make boats fly and turn them invisible. No wonder USEI sent Andy in specifically to steal it. I was expecting something more like a secret weapon, but I suppose this still counts. I guess after seeing all these psychic powers, seeing ghosts really isn’t that much of a shock any more.
I’m really looking forward to see the continuation of the cliffhanger and Hyoubu’s past. There is so much that’s left unexplained about him. The next few episodes are really ramping things up, and I can’t wait to see how they finish things off. We’re only on episode 6 and it feels like the finale is already within reach. I suppose Andy might be swapped out for more scenes with BABEL and The Children for a while since he’s done his undercover role. Only time will tell.
Preview: Hyoubu’s past!!!!!! What’s more to say?
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